Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Evanston: an apology; underway in the South Pacific; in charge
I thank Roger, who first brought to my attention that the story of the JATO powered car is not true, and an anonymous reader who left a comment to that effect. Roger also provided this link:
I had gone to the Darwin Awards site and not finding the story assumed that it was from a distant previous year. Here is a link to the Darwin’s Award site.
Another anonymous reader commented ‘Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.’ As I responded I do not agree. I like good stories, but they should be labeled as such and not masquerade as truth. There is far more than enough falsehood on the Internet, unintentional and intentional. I deeply regret having contributed in circulating a little more and I apologize. I dislike exaggeration and have always preferred understatement to hyperbole even though hyperbole has become the norm. I will be more careful in the future.
Above is a screen shot taken this morning of the Marine Traffic site.
Pleasure craft are purple and you will note that there are not many. Of course not all pleasure craft carry an identifying transponder, GANNET among them.
There are still a few boats at sea between Panama and the Marquesas. A modest stream is sailing from the Marquesas to Papeete, Tahiti, located near the center of the screen. One all alone on the lower right hand side may be at or near Easter Island. In the upper left are several in the vicinity of Guam. A boat near Sydney, Australia, might be heading toward Lord Howe Island, and another north in the Coral Sea seems to be sailing for Townsville or Cairns. I wonder what its welcome will be.
After I posted last week, ‘Sometimes I doubt I am really in charge’, a friend asked, “Then who is?” As far as I can tell, a chance concatenation of recessive genes.