Tuesday, July 27, 2004

rogue waves

'Rogue waves' reported by mariners get scientific backing (via Follow Me Here)
Even though the research period was brief, the satellites identified more than 10 individual giant waves around the globe that measured more than 25 metres (81.25 feet) in height, ESA said in a press release

More on Rogue waves here:
Scientists used to dismiss tales like this of unusually large waves as the folkore of the sea, like monsters or mermaids. But with increases in shipping traffic and oil/gas exploration, accumulated observations have finally led to mainstream acceptance of this seafaring "myth" (source)
Seasteading: A Practical Guide to Homesteading the High Seas

I remember reading a harrowing account of an encounter with a rogue wave in a biography of Miles and Beryl Smeeton and Tzu Hang

Googling the Smeetons brought me to this interesting tangent
One of the things that makes us human is the ability to invent or latch on to metaphors or symbols that enrich our religious convictions and explain or cushion harsh reality. But as reassuring and entertaining as images of storms or fate chasing our vessels may be, they can sound hollow. ... Worse, such images can serve as tools of dysfunctional denial as they gloss over a true, hard reality that we really should acknowledge...

Most of us do not relish staking our lives on lotteries. A world in which chance plays a part seems like a world of chaos. Our discomfort with randomness can take the form of denying its existence altogether (for example in the platitude, "Chance is just a fool's name for fate," immortalized in the appropriately loopy Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie The Gay Divorcee

NB...That was a chance quote. Watched that loopy movie on Saturday night.
Think I'm fated to turn foolish.

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