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Dan Cline


 - posted January 16, 2006 04:32 PM      Profile for Dan Cline           Edit/Delete Post 
While reading the novel, "The Nautical Chart," by Arturo Perez-Reverte, I came across the following quotes that all students of navigation should appreciate:

"You can do everything right, strictly according to procedure, on the ocean, and it'll still kill you, but if you're a good navigator, at least you'll know where you were when you died."
-- Justin Scott, "The Shipkiller"

"'...but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had not the slightest idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but she thought they were nice grand words to say.)"
--Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

From: Midland, MI
Dan Cline


 - posted January 18, 2006 10:23 AM      Profile for Dan Cline           Edit/Delete Post 
Alice's question is even more interesting in the context of the full quote and her DR position at the time:

"Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end! 'I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. 'I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think - ' (for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) ' - yes, that's about the right distance - but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.)"

--Lewis Caroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

From: Midland, MI


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