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Sometimes a picture says three words

Vada a bordo, cazzo, indeed
UPDATE: An interesting couple of recent videos about Costa Concordia from the fine folks at the news programs 60 Minutes:

And current (mid-January 2013) news:

FURTHER UPDATE (September 2013): Preparations are nearly complete for the one-shot parbuckling attempt to refloat this casualty of poor life choices:


John at NYC said...

Yes, it is hard to believe that a good ship in calm weather could end up like that.

Btw, and at the risk of sounding like a boat nerd, I think you put the French flag instead of the T flag on the photo.

Rhys said...

Good eye! If only I offered prizes...

You caught me taking a shortcut. I discovered a "WTF" graphic on line that I saw actually read "FTW", which conveys an unrelated sentiment.

So I rotated it 180 degrees and started mucking in InDesign, thoroughly ignoring the fact that the T flag and the French flag are actually different things.

I've fixed it. Does it read clearly now, Captain? (if only the Italian skipper had been as observant!).

John at NYC said...

Yes, I am a bit meticulous, ahem.

But don't you think many sailors suffer from some form of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

They can’t call the AAA-CAA and wait comfortably by the road if their boat breaks down or hop over to the nearest grocery store if they run out of food.

It seems we have detailed check lists and triple check everything.

But that might just be me.

What's your view on that?

Rhys said...

Oh, I agree. I've got lists coming out of my ears much of the time. So maybe the old term for OCD is "keeping a log", "keeping things shipshape and Bristol fashion" and "carrying too many spares". I am also willing to admit that learning so many aspects of various trades, techniques and skills means if I didn't make lists, I would start to forget things. I don't think it's early senility so much that the mental hard drive is at capacity, and I have to forget old stuff to remember new. I'm currently forgetting Grade Four, for instance, so I can understand electrolysis and galvanic isolation concepts.

To be fair, until very, very recently, not being fussy about gear, procedures and generally being very cautious around land could and did get you killed. That's why our friend Captain Coward is not only culpable for his actions, he's despicable for his attitude. He's like a priest who molests kids in that he's abused the trust placed in him, which is really more than the trust placed in a bus driver. You can walk away from a bus crash. Not an avoidable sinking.

Besides that, he let down the fraternity (including prudent female sailors, of course) of the skippers who have internalized this sort of prudence and work hard to avoid accidents and try to maintain their skills, their health and their attitudes so that they never need endanger others with their actions while at sea. Hence the lists, the checking, the fixing, the spares, etc. You want to avoid getting into trouble, but if trouble finds you, you want to get yourself out of it.

This bozo showed all the prudence of a jetskier hammered on vodka pops. He's not only a criminal, he's a huge disappointment to anyone who loves the sea. I predict that when this hulk breaks up, it will foul that little island for years to come, probably ruining the place, its fishery and its tourism. So Captain Coward isn't done yet.

Anonymous said...

Goff says:

It's o.k to forget what you learned in grade 4--that's what your kids are for.

Mind you, it's important to pretend that you're testing their knowledge instead of --
--instead of---

--durnit--maybe I shouldn't have bothered reading up on chaos theory!!!

Rhys said...

Personally, I blame the aluminum cookware.

I can't recall why I blame it, of course.