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Putting a Century in Perspective [Apr. 14th, 2012|04:49 pm]
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I can't believe the colossal fuck up I almost committed today.

I had no reminders on my calendar, no notes to myself. I've known for quite some time that I wanted to say a few words to mark the occasion, and yet, because I had my head stuck up my ass, I almost missed it.

This isn't something you can mulligan, unless you're Superman and can reverse time by reversing the rotation of the planet.

Today, of course, is the centennial anniversary of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic.

Ever since I first heard the story, I've been fascinated despite the fact that I never got around to studying the event in great detail. I don't have all of the facts about the ship, her crew or her passengers memorized.

Perhaps my biggest claim to fame with the ship was when I was on a mission trip in Guatemala. For three days in a row, we took a 45 minute boat ride across the bay to get to a remote area that needed our help. I let it slip I was interested in the ship and I wanted to rebuild it and set it on the same course one hundred years to date. I even thought that we could pause right over the position of the berg and have a moment of silence, perhaps by cutting all power.

The night before we were all supposed to fly out, someone had the bright idea of coming up with ways to remember people on the trip. That was one of the things that was mentioned when they came to my name.

But I haven't made my millions yet, hence the reason why you're reading these words here and not hearing my words marking the occasion from me aboard T.A.G. Titanic. As much as I would like to talk about the ship and the event, that's not what I've come here to pontificate about.

No, I'm here to discuss something that I don't think will be discussed much today. I want to talk about the unit of time known as a century.

In the century since the sinking of the Titanic, the planet has seen two World Wars. Mankind went to space and even the moon. Computers were invented and now we have more methods to communicate immediately across the globe so that another Titanic-like accident could never occur with such casualties.

Mankind has devised a method that will get him from London to New York City in just over three hours. The recording industry has come to fruition as has the engaging motion picture. People can move about more freely and more readily; the quality of life has risen asymptotically.

I can't imagine someone reading my words today not knowing about the story of Titanic; as such, I think that it's an event that can help give perspective on just how long a century is and what can be accomplished in one.

I feel like I'm just not getting my point across and maybe it only makes sense to those who grew up with the story of Titanic who have spent time studying the event, so I'll offer a reasonable approximation: James May's 20th Century.

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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2012-04-15 08:07 am (UTC)

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You made perfect sense to me, but I have been fascinated by the Titanic since I read a fictional dairy of the happenings on the ship and I fell in love, not a huge fan of the movie though.

THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!! :D
[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-04-16 01:12 am (UTC)

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I'm intrigued by the whole story. Because of my laziness, I simply haven't devoted the time to study the matter as I should.
[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-04-16 01:14 am (UTC)

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Incidentally, I happen to like the film, though I am more concerned with how the film got made than with the story. It is true you do have to be in the mood for the film, especially the love story, but you can watch the film and focus on the visualization of the event.
[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-04-16 01:15 am (UTC)

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THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!! :D
I am flattered to have such an attractive fan. I'm trying to write more, but my schedule will not allow for at least another week.

Thank you for sticking around. I promise to reward your faithfulness soon.
[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2012-04-15 06:39 pm (UTC)

James May

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James May's book is one of the best approximations as to how far mankind has come in "just" a century.

That was certainly a neat idea - and I think there were a couple of centennial memorial ship cruises to the spot.

There's a History Channel memorial episode that I really want to watch as well - they map the wreckage site in 3D to put everything together.
[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-04-16 01:17 am (UTC)

Re: James May

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James May's book is one of the best approximations as to how far mankind has come in "just" a century.
Thank you for your validation. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as well. I would love to see you either review the book or riff on the idea of how long a century is, pick your own favorite century and give the world a precise on said century.
[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2012-04-16 07:35 pm (UTC)

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I'll see what I can do!
[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-04-16 01:18 am (UTC)

Re: Titanic Idea

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That was certainly a neat idea
Fear not! The way I see it, I have twenty years now to make my fortune, four to rebuild the ship and eight moths to market my plan for the 125th (is there a word for that?) anniversary.

Edited at 2012-04-16 01:18 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2012-04-16 07:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Titanic Idea

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I know that 150 years is sesquicentennial... not sure about 125 years though.

I'm sure Google has the answer! XP
[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-04-16 07:58 pm (UTC)

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Names for units of time passed must be a graduate level topic.
[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-04-16 01:19 am (UTC)

Re: History Channel Special

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I'm intrigued by this. I wonder if they ran specials all week on the subject of Titanic.