March 15th, 2011

My Widdle Bwain

Not So Tough After All

I feel so emasculated as a Californian. We think we're all that when it comes to earthquakes, but Japan's got us completely p0wned. With the recent 'quake, before the ground even started shaking there was a news alert on TV that a large earthquake was coming and to take shelter. Within 15 seconds the official news reported all over the country that there was a magnitude 8.8 'quake off the coast of north-eastern Japan.


I mean, us Californian slugs would spend the first five minutes after the start of a 'quake theorizing on magnitude and location while waiting for the USGS website to update automatically. Five whole minutes! It's amazing we function at all with such slow responses.

If you want to see how fast people responded to the 'quake, go read this article. In fact, the article is made of so much perspective and win that I'm going to make a separate post just for it. Because you should go read it that much. Really.
My Widdle Bwain

Valuable Perspective On The Japanese Earthquake

This article is beautifully done and gives some much-needed perspective on the current situation in Japan, and is a welcome relief to the confusing reporting done in the English language media. Go read it. Seriously. Plus, it's got lovely statements in it like "Japanese does not have a word for excessive preparation." (It's true. They could probably make one up, but why would one want to? Being prepared is important!) So it's amusing and it's informative, and it explains why this is not the end of the world while respecting that, hey, life really sucks for some folks right now so have a little sympathy. How can you not read this?