This week’s non-comic related blog entry deals with science and undersea pedantry. Over the years, I’ve written these peeves into several comic strips, but my better judgement has prevented me from keeping them in the final drafts.
So in an attempt to excise these petty complaints from my brain and free that valuable real estate for the creation of new and derivative fart jokes, I will air them here. I don’t expect this to rally the masses to my cause. I would just like to put the Science Channel on notice.
The Bends. Whenever a science program mentions the bends, the narrator must explain that it is a condition caused by nitrogen gas in the bloodstream. Every time. We know. Just say the bends and use the time you saved to explain how a caisson could be lowered within inches of its target in the nineteenth century.
ROVs. Every time these things come up in some documentary about undersea exploration, it’s said, “An ROV, or Remotely Operated Vehicle.” If you have to explain the acronym each time you use it, don’t use the acronym. It’s not saving you any time. Some might say I’m biased against ROVs. It’s true. I fucking hate them. But this complaint is more about language than those evil underwater robots and their beady robot eyes.
I was going to include something about misuse of the word “casualty,” but it didn’t fit with the underwater theme. I also might want to use it should the Eavesdropping Avenger ever come back.