March 27, 2004


A woman named Elena in eastern europe has taken a second (?) motorcycle tour of the dead zone around Chernobyl. It is stunning and thrilling and, as clear and clear can be, our future. Not to be melodramatic. Don't miss it. But it's via slashdot, so don't be surprised if the server is slammed. After the first tour was posted, Elena wrote "who are those slashdot people? they swept over like Mongol-Tartars."

Her pictures capture both the moment things stopped, and the chaos in the days and years after, some chaos from people, some from time & nature. She writes, "it is last day of Pompei sort of place." Which doesn't even begin.

Posted by dbrown at March 27, 2004 09:27 AM

Incredible photographs. There were times when I began to feel like I was playing Zork again, or Myst:

"You are at reception desc of largest hotel in a ghost town."

"Rooms with trees growing from a beton floor.."

"Elevator doors all open."

"They call it a town where time stands still. May be it is because clocks in a ghosttown don't show real time, they are set for showing a radiation level."

It's kind of automatic poetry.

Posted by: tmonkey on March 27, 2004 10:23 AM

the site is clear alright, but this woman's knowledge of physics is as limited as her knowledge of history.

alexander akimov didn't push "the wrong button". a novice engineer would know not to design a reactor that can be destroyed by push of a button. he flipped a switch. an EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN switch, which was supposed to SHUT THE REACTOR DOWN. and it was the right thing to do. he followed the protocol. she doesn't mention that it was a gas explosion because xenon built up and the excess of neutrons was not absorbed (xenon poisoning). she also doesn't mention that the man who tried to stop the chain reaction died 3 weeks after the accident. a careless, insensitive and ignorant narrator.

she talks about serious issues and yet manages to smile and strike a pose for the camera, and then dares to call this site her "favorite part" of the ride! with this reaction, i doubt she ever lived there.

by the way, radiation does not "evaporate".

Posted by: veronika on March 31, 2004 05:22 PM

umm, those are politics, not physics you're talking about.

Posted by: dbrown on March 31, 2004 06:34 PM

shut up critics. write something better if you can and only then dare to reprehend. i had a sharp impression reading this. maybe there are some mistakes, but it's not a physics manual or history thesaurus.

Posted by: Vilnius on April 1, 2004 10:04 AM

take a look at Elena's another story, fashionating read

Posted by: Lusyen on September 28, 2004 04:12 PM
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