First let me state flat out I am not a Luddite. Before I retired my area of "expertise" was educational technology.
In the past few years I am noticing a dependence on technology. I have had students so tied to the chartplotter
that they do not look around. I had one situation in which an owner thought he could get all the information he needed from his networked tablet while laying in bed
On my South Atlantic crossing
I had decided to while away my time brushing up my celestial navigation
, especially sun sights. Just before we departed I wondered into a bookstore and saw Sextant
: A Voyage Guided by the Stars and the Men
Who Mapped the World's Oceans by David Barrie. I had no choice but to buy it. That was my off shift reading for the trip.
Each mid morning, noon and mid afternoon I took sun sights when the sun was visible. It took a lot of relearning to get the point where I "got" it. The big "gotcha" moment came from the the epilogue of Sextant
It is time to rediscover the joys of celestial navigation, not merely as a safety net, but because using a sextant to find our way puts us in the closest possible touch with the natural world at its most sublime.
We use the universe to find our place in it.
I usually do not usually do New Years resolutions. But this year I am going to put myself in touch with the universe.
, at night especially, I often put myself in the animated movie