Why Is There A Bell Tower In the Middle of An Italian Lake?

If you’re a fan of Curon, then you may already know the answer or like me, you simply assumed that it was either a man made prop or some kind of computer- generated image (cgi) magic created specifically for the show. You’d be wrong on both counts because the half-submerged church steeple is an actual factual historic landmark. But before I get into the 7-part series that was created around it, a little history, first, eh?

Lake Resia freezes during winter making the steeple an enticing object for exploration.

Firstly, let’s get our geographical bearings correct out the gate–the lake in question is located in South Tyrol, Italy, near the border with Austria and Switzerland in the scenic Venosta Valley and is about 22 meters or 72 feet deep as of June 2020.

South Tyrol, Italy

The history of the bell tower dates back to 1950 when, five years after the end of World War II, the construction of a large dam was taking place for the production of hydroelectric energy which would unite two of the three natural basins at the Resia Pass–Lake Resia and Lake Curon.

When civil engineers combined the two lakes, the water swallowed the old town of Curon Venosta and part of Resia forever. Or until the lake dries up due to drought or some other natural disaster such as is the case of Lake Mead, but I digress. Despite protests and even having involved a Pope to intercede, 150 families were forced to abandon their homes, jobs and everything they had. Wait. I’ve heard this one somewhere before…oh yes, where was it? The ghost town of Centralia, which remains today the epic fail of all levels of government in the state of Pennsylvania. But more on that in a future post.

Back to Curon. With their homes gone, most residents were forced to move away while a small remaining minority founded a new Curon Venosta. But standing as a stark reminder of the event is the bell tower of the Romanesque Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria built somewhere around 1357 or thereabouts. It was the only structure to survive the explosion that demolished about 160 buildings to make room for the man-made lake. (Cue the dramatic music here.)

It’s a given that any little town on the planet in search of some kind of revenue stream, as a matter of survival, would create and disseminate anecdotal snippets that would inspire tourists to check it out. At the same time, the mythology can neither be confirmed nor denied (Nessie, anyone?) so the local legend has it that on winter nights, when the lake freezes and the bell tower can be reached on foot, the bells, which were removed before the basin was flooded, can still be heard. (Bwahahahaha hahahaha hahahaha.)

The TV series, Curon, debuted just last month on streaming video and showcases the lives of four Italian teenagers who, as per their demographic, lead fairly typical lives, but simmering just below the surface, are the tantalizing tales of il lupo oscuro/dark shadows they’ve overheard the adults talking about in hushed tones. Ah, yes, the duality of human nature is hilarious until someone gets his eye ripped out by his own evil doppelgänger, which is exactly what happens on cold, dark nights in the alpine town of Curon.

Assuming you’re into languages spoken other than English, what’s curious about this series is that parlance switches gears from Italian to German to English and back again because those are the primary languages in South Tyrol.

Polyglot, et vous?

I highly recommend this series if you’re looking for supernatural entertainment, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it, in any way, compares to Dark. (Hint: Future review of same in the works.)

For a closer look of the bell tower check out the following drone footage:

(Note: the embedded video may be blocked but is accessible here.

Curon Val Venosta: La tragedia del Villaggio

Cue the Crazies, Stage Left…

Over at my original site, I encountered a lot of mental illness throughout the years. Some of it was in daily life in person while the rest was via posted and emailed comments. It was intermittently entertaining but the great majority was just so fucktardedly moronic that I had to completely ignore lest it infect me. And I suppose if I had thought about it, I expected as much over here, but didn’t think it would arrive this soon. But in this morning’s email, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a fresh hit of digital effluvium spewed by (I’m sure) one of many crazies yet to contact me directly with his own speshul stamp of bat shittery.

I won’t legitimize the subject matter by posting it here but let’s just say that it involved a link to a doc involving China’s most notorious export and something about big corporations and a One World Order, so, bottom line, repent sinners, the end is nigh.

I blame social media for leading the crazy to my doorstep, but then again, it could have just as easily been an opportunistic criminal performing initial recon to setup his next mark for a potential scam.

The following is a summary of security related activity compiled by software used to monitor malicious activities perpetrated to B&E into my new digital home to smear shit all over the walls and to otherwise attempt to fuck up whatever it can. Keep in mind that I just debuted the website on June 22nd.

The kind of shit you have to deal with once you get your own domain and hosting.

You may be wondering why I’ve suddenly become popular in Eastern Europe but it’s to be expected given that the web host is located in what was formerly known as the United Soviet Socialist Republic.

Ah, Glasnost, ain’t it grand?

Fun with DNS Enumeration

Because I am now 100% in charge of the care and feeding of my shiny, new website, I’ve had to implement all the web dev knowledge I’ve been learning for the past few years. I consider myself to be Half-Assed plus 1 (“HA+1”) web dev, which is my designation for someone who knows a bit more than the moke occupying the rung immediately beneath mine. I know just enough to be dangerous, but the +1 factors in because I also know how to fix anything I may bork. Additionally, as an HA+1 web dev, I, therefore, know how to use DNS enumeration tools such as host, dig and nslookup. (h/t to HackerSploit over at YT)

What is DNS enumeration, you may ask?

In non web dev terms, these are tools used to find a website’s DNS servers, which are responsible for resolving hostnames or domains (such as prattleonboyo.com) to their numerical IP address so that the internet can find it and then display it in your browser. Your computer only speaks in ones (1) and zeroes (0) so any site that loads in your browser always has an IP address that contains a series of numbers such as 54.241.2.241 and has been converted to binary. (But that’s another discussion.)

If you typed 54.241.2.241 into your browser, it will load the domain associated with it. (I’ll leave it up to you as a fun little exercise to discover the domain on your own.)

Host, dig and nslookup are all useful for troubleshooting a website or a computer network that has shit the bed. I’m going to assume that your interest in these commands is purely informational so will leave it up to you if you’d like to explore them further. (Open your fave search engine, such as DuckDuckGo and away you go.)

Exactly how does one use host, dig and nslookup?

If you open a command line called shell on Linux or terminal in Mac, or simply command line for those Windoze users out there, you’ll see something similar to this.

Ain’t no winders, Cletus! How my s’pposed to surf the inter webs?

The average person is usually terrified of this window, as in, even more so than the number thirteen, because they have no idea how to use it or what it’s supposed to do. So they aren’t even a half- ass. In fact, they’ve got no ass at all! (ba dump bump.)

Using a command line with a computer is the difference between a driver who knows how to use a stick shift vs. not. And like cursive handwriting, knowing how to write a check, the ability to tell time using an analog clock and/or reading a map, along with a shit ton more of practical skill sets that have been deliberately withheld from younger generations in the United States, unless you’re a web dev, network admin, or some other computer-related tech, most people have no use for the shell. It doesn’t make you a bad person, per se. But you should know that when the world’s computer networks and satellites fail, and GPS along with it, you’re going to be in a world of shit because you won’t know how to find your own ass with both hands and a compass, the latter of which you probably have no idea how to read, either. Assuming that you even know what a compass is. But I digress.

I mention it here because I’m trying to repopulate my new domain with more content, but hey, if you’re bored and want to skip straight to former golden oldies such as The Nutjob Next Door series, then please, feel free to browse the archives at the other domain. But stay tuned here because it’s going to get good.

Movin’ On Up

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