Remember when everybody in Sri Lanka was rocking the oversized Titanic T-Shirt? I wish I had one right about now. Actually, I wish I had one all the time, but nevermind. James Cameron, the director of that film, Terminator and Avatar (among others) has successfully descended to the bottom of the sea in a custom-built submarine. The man is truly a genius. For reals.
A true genius, I think, is a polymath. They dabbel, break rules, and excel. Da Vinci, Jobs, uh, Ravana, they all had multiple skills and weren’t easily bottle into one genre.
I’m still pretty freaking impressed that James Cameron built his own submarine, a vertically oriented one that made a dive no government can really do, and certainly not so parsimoniously and well.
Here are some fun facts about the dive.
- Cameron practiced yoga to get used to the confined space/
- While he tweeted upon reaching the bottom, the tweet was actually pre-written and released by an assistant on the surface
- The whole sub squeezes in three inches at the bottom
- He did not find the Heart Of The Ocean
- That’s all I got
The bottom of the sea still looks pretty boring, but it’s damn impressive that he did it, and both impressive and somewhat disturbing that exploration has been taken over by private citizens (X-Prize and Branson in space, Cameron in the sea) while governments are desperately trying to maintain the status quo.