“It is necessary to repeat the truth over and over again, because the falsehoods around us are also being constantly repeated, not by individuals but by the masses, in newspapers and encyclopedias, in the schools and at the universities. Everywhere, falsehood is on top, comfortable and secure in the knowledge that the majority is on its side.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (via acorda)
Back on Monday the BBC released a fantastic vocal recreation of the Morse code messages sent between the wireless operators of the RMS Titanic and other ships within radio range, described as like ‘an early version of Twitter’. There are a lot of things about not only the audio recreation (which is just amazing) but the accompanying story of the wireless operators that really struck me. Despite being the first to know that no one could possibly reach them before the Titanic sank, Jack Phillips, the senior wireless operator, stayed in the radio room as long as possible in order to continue communications with the potential rescue ships. His last message was sent minutes before the ship went down. Ultimately he was lost and likely went down with the ship.
Anyway, it was enough to get me to finally start learning Morse code. And because the internet provides, I found an excellent Morse code training site. So far I only know about 10 letters reliably, but I really like the way the lessons are set up. About time I learned something so cool.
If nothing else, you should listen to the audio. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve heard in a while.