I didn't get a chance to see this January but saw it today. Very, very
interesting show about all the engineering challenges that they had to face
raising the ship.
Sunken Ship Rescue
(Repeat, Science, 1/21/2015, TV-PG)
Cameras follow divers and engineers working non-stop to secure, raise and
salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship from its perch on a submerged cliff.
In alt.home.repair, on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:45:04 -0500, "Dean Hoffman"
I saw just a trifle on the news. Nova is a good program.
The Italians on that island may have hated the ship being there for 2 or
3 years, but I bet now they'll appreciate their view a lot more for
decades to come.
It will probably be on several more times this week. It's really worth a
look to see what kind of rigging and work it took to right the ship. Lots
of time-lapse video, too, showing how bloody long it took, too.
Oddly enough, I think it was a friend of the captain that wanted a better
view of the coastline that caused him to go up on the rocks. What I didn't
realize was how close the wreck WAS to the shore. I wouldn't have wanted to
stare at that wreck for that long. I am sure they are glad it was taken
away but I'll bet someone there missed not seeing it. This is Italy, after
all, land of Gorgonzola cheese and something really icky called Casu Marzu.
They tell me YouTube's *awfully* slow on dial up. The great Urban/Rural
High Speed Internet Range War is already underway. Google wants to use low
orbit satelites and balloons to bring high speed internet to the boondocks
because some people live outside of Chicagoland. Freemarket at work. The
people who feed the country are mostly stuck on dialup or l-o-n-g
l-a-t-e-n-c-y satelite internet that goes out during rainstorms, windstorms,
duststorms and sunspots.
What, too lazy to look up the URL? (-:
As a personal aside, I am really beginning to hate YouTube's endless
suggestions, ad info creeping into the frame and the more than occasional
"ack, ack, ack" of buffering because of a crowded internet connection.
Besides, how many cat/dog/baby videos (that people send me URLs for all the
time) can you watch.
Did I ever tell you about my techie but slightly hard-headed boss insisted
we demo an OPEN video conferencing system called See You, See Me. We kept
telling him you have to control every channel for a demo to the high-priced
clients we had at the time. Needless to say, when the demo came the whole
room learned what the word "dickpix" meant. Oddly enough, it was a woman
who first exclaimed at the extreme close-up as it slowly pulled back: "What
is that? Is that a man's - OH MY GOD." Demonstration over. The idiot held
it against my team even though we had warned him again and again that the
open video chat channels had a lot of perves and weeny-waggers.
Did I answer your question? (-:
They should also wonder why they need so much money. Besides, PBS has
become as mercenary as regular network TV. I can't believe all the
blantant advertising I now see. Worse than those "donation drives" are
those dig-up-ancient/forgotten-music groups and charge big $$$$ to buy
their old songs.
I recall the lure to cable TV, back in the day. "Would you be willing
to pay to view zero commercials?" As if......
Yeah, I remember that big lie that got bigger every year. I think TCM is
one of the few channels outside of premium cable that at least shows movies
I have a 1 minute commercial skip button on my DVR (that's well over 10
years old and whose clock has drifted two hours in that time - it used
analog TV signals to set it and provides NO other way to reset it). Movies
on something like TNT have gone from 3 clicks to 7.
I sometimes rent TV shows on DVD from Netflix and you realize how seriously
the commercial breaks impede the dramatic tension of the show.
When I used to delete the ads from a one hour recording, it usually left
less than 45 minutes of actual program material. Someday it will 30
PBS has many more stations than the "regular nets", including some
places with multiple stations in the same town. Saw a study a few years
ago that suggested if you sold off the "extra" stations and invested the
money, you would get more than the Federal contribution at the time.
?Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.?
no doubt that area now misses concordia.....
sure there view is better but seeing it may have attracted some visitors / tourists
and more importandly that 1.5billion or whatever the cost was was no doubt a boost to the local economy..
bet they are missing the bucks.
the divers probably ate out a lot, bought all sorts of stuff from local stores etc etc......
Lots of really interesting techniques going back to refloating of the USS
Oklahoma after Pearl. It isn't easy righting a ship that's toppled over.
I had never seen them use another technique - filling huge bags that they
pumped concrete into to support the superstructure. Also showed how another
ship was cut into sections using an abrasive-coated rope saw between two
I didn't catch the cost of the Concordia operation, but my guess is that it
You get dragged behind the ship in a dinghy for that rate. That's got to be
a bill that makes you really flinch when you open up the day's mail. I
suspect that a lot of captains have been given the very serious "once over"
look since that incident because that's something you just don't want to
Something I read, but can't get my head around, is that a large ship
(trawler-sized) sinks every four days somewhere in the world (lots of them
in Greece, apparently for the insurance money).
The source was a newspaper article about lawlessness on the high seas. My
wife and I joked about the fact that now even landlocked Bolivia is flagging
ships. The country that flags a ship supposedly investigates crimes on the
(In the interest of accuracy I had to check and indeed, landlocked Bolivia
DOES have a navy!)
<<Bolivia - the Bolivian Naval Force has several thousand personnel. When
the force was established, Bolivia had access to the Pacific Ocean, but it
lost control of its coastal territory in the War of the Pacific. Now, the
Bolivian Navy patrols Lake Titicaca and Bolivia's larger rivers. It also had
a naval unit permanently deployed in the Argentine city of Rosario. To some
Bolivians, the Navy serves as a symbol that the country has not given up on
regaining its lost access to the sea.>>
There was a War of the Pacific? (-:
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