March 31, 2009

Recent Earthquake Activity

For those curious about earthquakes here is another nifty Google search feature:

Search for recent earthquake activity

Now when you do a Google search in the U.S. for "earthquake," you'll
get information on some of the most recent, significant earthquakes
from around the world, right on the search results page. Type
"earthquake" into the search box followed by the city and state or
U.S. zip code. Or for recent earthquake activity in other parts of the
world, just type in "earthquake." The data is provided by the US
Geological Survey (USGS), and you can click through to the USGS
Earthquake Center for more information, or visit the epicenter of any
quake using Google Maps.

Here is the result for a search on just "earthquake" done at 16:44 MDT:
Recent earthquakes

Magnitude Location Time

2.9 Northern California 5 hours ago Map
5.4 Pagan region, Northern Mariana Islands 7 hours ago Map
4.3 Northern California Yesterday Map
earthquake.usgs.gov

(ED: Unfortunately my formatting is not quite as good as the original)

Via the Google Friends Newsletter.

Posted by Steve on March 31, 2009

March 27, 2009

Friday Ark #236

We'll post links to sites that have Friday (plus or minus a few days) photos of their chosen animals (photoshops at our discretion and humans only in supporting roles). Watch the Exception category for rocks, beer, coffee cups, and....?

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Posted by Steve on March 27, 2009 | Comments (3)

March 25, 2009

The Guv'mnt Liquored'm Up

Peter Schiff: Do the opposite of everything we are doing now.

Might as well take a listen to something besides the executive line:


Via Below the Beltway

Posted by Steve on March 25, 2009

March 23, 2009

For All You Writers and Writer Wannabees

Yea, I'm one of them...

This guy writes really well:

I began by writing brief chapters on fundamental principles, such as clarity, simplicity, brevity, usage, voice, and the elimination of clutter. Then I settled into the heart of the book—longer chapters explaining how to write a lead, how to write an ending, how to conduct and construct an interview, how to write about travel and technology and sports, and and how to write other forms of nonfiction. Throughout, I supplied examples of writing I admired. My authors were widely different in personality and style, but they all wrote well. That was the premise I wanted to establish: that nonfiction is hospitable to an infinite number of voices if the writing is good.

So well that I'm going to order his book tonight!

Reading it will be another wonderful way to, you know, avoid writing.

Via Maggies Farm.

Posted by Steve on March 23, 2009

March 22, 2009

geithner Can Resign If He Wants

The Washington Post tells us

In excerpts released yesterday by CBS, Obama joked that even if Geithner offered to step down, he would say, "Sorry, buddy, you've still got the job."
Except that geithner can leave this position any time he likes. It's a free country, right?

Well, wrong. Just try quitting the military before the government wants you to.

Apparently it is not freedom they are fighting for.

Posted by Steve on March 22, 2009 | Comments (1)

Why We Need Newspapers

From Bob Welch at the Eugene Register-Guard:

Them: “Getting back to the real reason we cannot let (newspapers) fail is: How are we going to paper-train a new puppy?”

Me: You’re right. It’ll be the end of yellow journalism as we know it.

'nuff said!

Posted by Steve on March 22, 2009

March 20, 2009

Friday Ark #235

We'll post links to sites that have Friday (plus or minus a few days) photos of their chosen animals (photoshops at our discretion and humans only in supporting roles). Watch the Exception category for rocks, beer, coffee cups, and....?

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Birders: I and the Bird: A Blog Carnival for Bird Lovers is published every 2 weeks.

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Dog folks: remember to submit your links to:

  • The Canine Carnival hosted by Pamibe last year is on hiatus an looking for a new sponsor
  • The Carnival of the Dogs hosted by Mickey's Musings
  • has been out of operation since July 2007

For other current carnivals check out The Blog Carnival and The TTLB Uber Carnival

Posted by Steve on March 20, 2009 | Comments (4) | TrackBack

March 19, 2009

Have A Bucket of Oysters

The Bird Chaser is serving them up at I and the Bird #96!

Posted by Steve on March 19, 2009

March 13, 2009

Friday Ark #234

We'll post links to sites that have Friday (plus or minus a few days) photos of their chosen animals (photoshops at our discretion and humans only in supporting roles). Watch the Exception category for rocks, beer, coffee cups, and....?

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Cat folks: remember to submit your links to:

Birders: I and the Bird: A Blog Carnival for Bird Lovers is published every 2 weeks.

For the spineless: Circus of the Spineless. A monthly celebration of Insects, Arachnids, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Worms and most anything else that wiggles.

Dog folks: remember to submit your links to:

  • The Canine Carnival hosted by Pamibe last year is on hiatus an looking for a new sponsor
  • The Carnival of the Dogs hosted by Mickey's Musings
  • has been out of operation since July 2007

For other current carnivals check out The Blog Carnival and The TTLB Uber Carnival

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Posted by Steve on March 13, 2009 | Comments (3)

March 10, 2009

Thieves and Kidnappers Terrorize Phish Concert

Thugs stole over $1.2 million of good and cash from people attending the Phish concerts in Hampton, Virginia. In addition 194 concertgoers were kidnapped.

It is unfortunate that the band was forced (or agreed) to pay for the 200 supposed peace officers who turned into domestic terrorists.

Is it time for us to create our own protective organizations?

It certainly appears clear that current local, state and federal police organizations not only can not protect us from real criminals but are, themselves, going to continue to use inappropriate force against against those they are supposed to protect.

Posted by Steve on March 10, 2009

March 6, 2009

On politicians, bureaucrats and the punditry

From an entertaining article in Vanity Fair about the financial debacle in Iceland:

After three days in Reykjavík, I receive, more or less out of the blue, two phone calls. The first is from a producer of a leading current-events TV show. All of Iceland watches her show, she says, then asks if I’d come on and be interviewed. ‘About what?’ I ask. ‘We’d like you to explain our financial crisis,’ she says. ‘I’ve only been here three days!’ I say. It doesn’t matter, she says, as no one in Iceland understands what’s happened. They’d enjoy hearing someone try to explain it, even if that person didn’t have any idea what he was talking about—which goes to show, I suppose, that not everything in Iceland is different from other places. As I demur, another call comes, ....

No, not all that different at all.

Posted by Steve on March 6, 2009

Friday Ark #233

We'll post links to sites that have Friday (plus or minus a few days) photos of their chosen animals (photoshops at our discretion and humans only in supporting roles). Watch the Exception category for rocks, beer, coffee cups, and....?

Visit all the boarders, Link to the Ark and check back for updates through Sunday afternoon!

You can board the Friday Ark by submitting your post here, leaving a comment or a trackback to this post or emailing fridayark AT themodulator.org.

You can find previous editions at the not quite up to date Arkives page.

Cats

Birds

Other Vertebrates

Dogs

Invertebrates

In Memoriam

Didn't Make It

Exceptions (inclusion not guaranteed)

Extra, Extra: All Ark boarders are invited to shout out at the Friday Ark Frapper Map.

Cat folks: remember to submit your links to:

Birders: I and the Bird: A Blog Carnival for Bird Lovers is published every 2 weeks.

For the spineless: Circus of the Spineless. A monthly celebration of Insects, Arachnids, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Worms and most anything else that wiggles.

Dog folks: remember to submit your links to:

  • The Canine Carnival hosted by Pamibe last year is on hiatus an looking for a new sponsor
  • The Carnival of the Dogs hosted by Mickey's Musings
  • has been out of operation since July 2007

For other current carnivals check out The Blog Carnival and The TTLB Uber Carnival

Posted by Steve on March 6, 2009 | Comments (3)

March 5, 2009

Morning Chirps

Join in the morning songs at I and the Bird #95 hosted by Birds O' The Morning!

Posted by Steve on March 5, 2009

March 4, 2009

Really, Just Why...

...Does Anyone Pretend To Be Shocked???

The bush administration behaved in accordance with these memos. It shouldn't require reading them to figure this out...just breathing anytime during the past 8 years should have been enough.

Oh yea, the wars continue and can anyone confirm that the immoral and unconstitutional wiretaps have ceased?

Just when is the patriot act and its siblings going to be repealed?

Posted by Steve on March 4, 2009