This video from Stories (???) reminds me of the book Beneath The Neon by Matthew O'Brien. Earlier this year, I almost tried to go into some of these tunnels but I stopped myself when I couldn't find somebody to do it with me.
The Chatsworth Tunnel, located behind Chatsworth Park North in California is an active train tunnel. It is easy to access from many videos posted on YouTube and elsewhere and occasionally, idiots manage to almost get themselves killed while going into it.
Stay tuned for some photos of an amazing place that I ventured into this weekend. So glad I wore my Red Wing boots for this because I literally had to cross a small river.
Here's an interesting TEDx Vienna talk by Bradley Garrett about the role trespassing plays in a democratic society and in one's own creative self-expression. I find myself agreeing with what Bradley is saying here -- that preventing somebody from entering a premises is usually disguised as a means of security. But security from what? From terrorism and terrorists? From people potentially injuring themselves and finding the building owner liable? What sort of society are we living in where we as adults are not allowed to weigh the risks of exploration for ourselves but instead need to be told DO NOT ENTER?
Bradley then goes into how the notion of security in NO TRESPASSING signs is incredibly weak. Because in many cases, you can pay to explore places and take photos, which really wouldn't hinder anybody (like a terrorist) from doing the same and getting that information legally.
Often, I find myself just straight up walking into places I don't belong and opening doors that don't seem to be locked. I disregard the signs altogether most of the time because honestly, the consequences of being caught and told to leave isn't really all that big of a deal to me if the other side of the coin is being able to get a good view of something fantastic.
When I was younger, I was fascinated by the story of the Titanic disaster. The deep ocean seemed like such a wild unexplored place and to know that there was essentially "buried treasure" there in the form of a grand sunken ship was just the stuff my young mind needed to be engaged in learning about this important part of maritime history.
Since then I've kept up with the Titanic expeditions (some led by James Cameron) and have always been incredibly interested in the finds they dig up there. Old rooms, artifacts, decaying ship parts, ocean floor sediment patterns, etc. You get the idea. The Titanic is not just a relic on the ocean floor but a doorway into ocean discovery itself. Maybe that's why I like it.
Anyway, there's this video here that shows the Titanic disaster in real-time along with CGI of the ship in water. It's a long video, about 2 hours, but it's a neat way to depict the events of that night on April 15, 1912 without going through the dramatic love story of films centered around the ship.