There's absolutely no way for me to pretend that this has something to do with politics, culture, the politics of culture, or any other vague term I use to describe my blog (though I'm probably wrong since it has something to do with documentary film). I just couldn't help linking to Gizmodo's item about Jaques Cousteau's son Fabian and his new robotic shark submarine! Wes Anderson isn't the only David Bowie-, Faces-, and Nico-loving storyteller obsessed with the life aquatic. I, too, dream of jaguar sharks and iridescent marine life. Fabian's goal? "The idea is to create a shark submarine. And not just a sub that goes with sharks but a sub that looks, acts, moves, feels, and even is anatomically similar to an adult great white shark. We now have the shark semi built. It is 14 feet long with stainless steel ribbing to hold the structure of the “shark”. It has a material called “skin flex” on the outside which is usually used for animatronics such as dinosaurs or robotuna from MIT and even used in the movie ET! It is a really flexible rubber material that feels a lot like skin and we can modify it to feel like shark skin. It is flexible so when the propulsion system of the Shark sub is engaged it looks real!"