I’ve been watching the news unfold on this story for the past few days while I battle the sniffles. It’s a fascinating story, especially the captain, a man who not only left the ship but resisted direct commands to return. Seriously. You can view the interchange in the original language (Italian) on this YouTube video.
This guy was in charge of over 4,000 people. When he crashed his ship into the rocks, he ran. There is no denying that. He left his post and all those people who needed a leader to help direct them to safety. And yet, when he’s called on it by De Falco of the coast guard and ordered to return, he tries to use words to weasel out of it. I think, if he polished up his act, he could make a good politician. It definitely inspired me to re-read George Orwell’s essay Politics and the English Language and that’s always a good thing.
Speaking of politics and misused words, Wikipedia will be offline tomorrow as a protest against SOPA and PIPA. I highly recommend reading up on this bill. Like many others I’ve seen in the past couple of years, these bills are just too broad. I’m glad to see Wikipedia taking action, even if it’s in a small, mostly symbolic way. I’m joining them. No posts tomorrow from me.
Finally, I’ve decided to post my cover to get some feedback before I start actually using it. I should have the story formatted and uploaded by the end of the week. If my sniffles don’t get any worse.
Here it is.