Sunday Morning Links

It’s a bright Sunday morning. Sitting here reading the headlines and listening to Selected Shorts on KPRG. How about a few links of interest?

  • Lonely Whale Wanders The Pacific: Since 1992 researchers have tracked a lone whale wandering the North Pacific. Using naval hydrophone designed to track submarines, researchers have tracked the perambulations of a peculiar whale singing a song unlike any other known whale.
  • Attack Submarine School Album: Speaking submarines, here is an interesting photo album from a Japanese attack submarine training school. These young men were trained to become human torpedoes in their ‘iron whale’ suicide submarines.
  • Chilean Colonel Charged in Jara Killing: Over thirty years after the Chilean singer Victor Jara was brutally executed the colonel suspected of ordering his death has been charged with murder. Jara was a popular singer and well know communist who was tortured and shot repeatedly on Sept. 11, 1973, the day the military staged a coup d’etat of Salvador Allende’s socialist government.
  • Finally, a post from Coherence Engine that I will quote in it’s entirety:

    An AP article carried on CNN presents the usual sky-is-falling problem of students blindly accepting information on the Internet. It takes a sideways swipe at Wikipedia — “The credentials of the people writing grass-roots Web journals and a committee-written encyclopedia called Wikipedia are often unclear.” — but allows that, maybe, multiple reviewers and points of view just might be useful.

    The article’s kicker is a quote by Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future:

    Referring to the 1903 Western “The Great Train Robbery,” Saffo said audience members “actually ducked when the train came out on the screen. Today you won’t even raise an eyebrow.”

    It’s hard to know if the mistake is Saffo’s or the unnamed AP reporter, but the movie that featured a training hurtling toward the audience was 1895’s L’Arrivée d’un train à la Ciotat, directed by the legendary Lumière brothers. (“The Great Train Robbery” did feature an outlaw firing a gun directly at the audience.)

    In any case, this story of panicked audiences seems to be a myth, according to this article from the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

    It seems that you just can’t trust everything you read on the Internet.

  • Sorry, got one more here. An interesting essay on How to Save the World about leaving the United States while the getting is good. Maybe I will look into a life in New Zealand…