austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

People come and stand in line to rob the forest of her wine

The museum also had an Imax theater showing of Titanica, a documentary about the dive. It would be bunny_hugger's father's first Imax experience, although we weren't sure he'd have one because we had to buy tickets for it. There were perhaps four parties in line ahead of us when we got in the correct line, about fifteen minutes before the show started, but the parties were involved in some impossibly complicated financial maneuver which prohibited their being handled. We did get tickets --- we skipped concessions because we had to be back home that night --- and got into the theater better than halfway through the ``This Is The Imax Experience'' prelude.

Titanica, the documentary, is largely one of showing a dive and discovery of artifacts. It's also a bit of an artifact itself, as it was made in 1991 and all the equipment still shows CCCP markings over it. And yet it raises more questions that it troubles to answer, based on one early scene: a guy is introduced as particularly key because he has the exact coordinates of the Titanic's wreck. He'd memorized them off Dr Robert Ballard's charts before those were secreted away. And why did Titanica need to, effectively, steal the information rather than get it as one serious-minded non-looting-based project from Ballard's team? No one says. Why include a scene that adds an element of ... spy-thriller or at least heist-game action to what the documentary wants us to accept as a legitimate, above-bard operation? Again, no one says. A bit of casual web searching doesn't turn up an obvious answer to me, either. I love learning things that make me wonder new things, but I don't think that's what they wanted me to wonder.

I should say in wrapping all this up that we went to International House of Pancakes for dinner, something bunny_hugger's father was looking forward to eagerly all day. We didn't go to the one promised falsely by the Michigan Department of Transportation and instead went for one in the Lansing area that still exists, although we got there to find they were less than an hour away from closing for renovations. Just observing the oddness.

Trivia: Ogden Reid, managing editor of The New York Tribune in 1912, hired several tug boats to try to meet the Carpathia and its survivors of the Titanic before they docked, and installed a battery of four telephone lines at dockside to relay news to the office. Source: The Paper: The Life And Death Of The New York Herald Tribune, Richard Kluger.

Currently Reading: The Air Show At Brescia, 1909, Peter Demetz.


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