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

Via the Google Friends Newsletter.

Friday Ark #236

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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.

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.