The ability of human beings to work in an underwater environment has obviously improved pretty dramatically in the last few decades, and our ability to find the wrecks of vessels like the Titanic in thousands of feet of water many decades later is pretty amazing when you think about it.
But there is still a long way to go when it comes to underwater searches. The problems with locating that missing Malaysian Air flight immediately come to mind, but there have been a few other examples lately that make me wonder what the hell we are doing wrong and what we could do to improve.
We seem to have a widespread problem of not finding people in (relatively) shallow waters like lakes, ponds, rivers, and creeks.
Today is a beautiful day. In fact, today is supposed to be the best day this weekend. Do all of us who are stuck inside working a favor:
Take your dog for a walk. Find a bench and read Game of Thrones in the sunshine. Go to your local park with some friends and practice your light saber dueling. I know we’re in the grip of Marathon frenzy right now so maybe don’t take a backpack anywhere, but go out and do something. Get some of that Vitamin D that we New Englanders lack.
And for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t hole yourself up in a library, museum, mall, or other indoor windowless place. Those of us who are stuck working inside one of these places thank you in advance.
1) Yes, the bomb squad has had a busy day today in Boston. Yes, they did just blow up two things in controlled detonations (as in, within the last two minutes) at the Marathon Finish Line. Geoff and I are both fine and were nowhere near any of the controlled detonations today. Yes, there were more than just those two detonations, no, we were never in any danger.
2) To all the crazies/”patriots”/martyrs/whatever who think that today is a day for demonstrations of their ideologies by throwing backpacks full of stuff into random places: Go back under whatever rock you came from. We don’t want you, you will get caught and possibly killed, and your “message” just gets lost in the kerfuffle. Stop already, enough. April 15th is for paying taxes.
3) To the people heading up the security theater that now invades so much of our lives: I want my rights back. Catching the guy who tossed those backpacks into the middle of a heavily guarded street was no biggie. Stopping the guy who shot up KS yesterday? Not a whole lot of warning on that one despite his obvious history of hatred. Oh, and that was terrorism too, in case you missed the memo. Just because a white guy did it doesn’t mean it isn’t terrorism.
And finally, to leave the serious topics for a minute:
4) Geoffrey and Joffrey aren’t the same person, thank all the Gods. If you’re looking for information about the character on Game of Thrones who died, his name is Joffrey and that post is here. Geoffrey is my husband and he is a) not a psychopathic murdering boy king and b) very much alive.
ETA by Geoff: And c) I am very much loyal to the Starks and hate the Lannisters very very much. I am a true man of the North. Nyah.
If you missed Game of Thrones last night then you’re probably going to be confused by the title of this post. That or you’ve already been spoiled by the internet from some other source. Either way sorry/not sorry.
Geoff and I have read the books, in some cases more than once, so we know the general story line despite what Benioff and Weiss might do to it to streamline for TV. That being said, the title of this post isn’t in and of itself a spoiler, it’s tradition. Either way, if you don’t want to know more, don’t go past the jump.
As anyone who knows me well will tell you, I am somewhat obsessed with emergency preparedness and safety in general. Mind you, not to the point of having a bunker and hoarding gold coins and such, but I do take that sort of thing seriously when it comes to normal Red Cross-type preparation.
So there was the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere.
Then this happened.
And then, the fan art.
My day? Made.
ETA: Fan art, the gift that keeps on giving. Now with MORE CHICKEN.
ETA the Second:
While twitter brought us the above image, it didn’t bring an attribution… immediately. Thanks to the link to this post getting around the original artist got in touch with me and I can credit the original image to ROCOM. You can find ROCOM at that link, which goes to tumblr, or on twitter @rocom
This is what the original image looks like.
If I hear from the creator of the image at the top I’ll be glad to ETA again.