I'm okay!

Mar. 11th, 2011 08:24 pm
liresius: (Japan Tsunami)
Just popping into Lj to say I am fine. The earthquake was a long way up north, although it is the longest earthquake I have ever experienced - it went for 3-4 long minutes (or so) and I was kind of stunned and scared about that. I checked the Jpn meteorological site for the details and then went to the loo and it was STILL going! I kept anticipating it stopping - but No! It didn't! ... for what seemed like an incredibly long time I kept looking outside and watching the lamp post sway madly and my building was doing the same, which is a good sign.

Swaying means rubber in the foundations or some such high-tech building thingy. Japan has excellent earthquake- resistant tech, building codes and much better responses since the Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) quake. It wasn't hugely strong where I am (just looong) and nothing shook loose. Nagoya is also protected by peninsulas, so we didn't get tsunami either.

Hope everyone is well!
liresius: (The Chaser's War on APEC)
The Chaser ... in fine form
liresius: (Stargate Ripples)
Atlantis Found? Or Not?



What do you reckon?

In other news, I bought a ticket for Australia - 8th - 22nd March.
liresius: (BabelFish)
His newsletters always make me smile ... he's such a GUY! And for those of you who don't know what White Day is ... go here

bison bones were the bling of the day )
liresius: (John ~ Witching Hour)
I've updated my Profile Page with the few banners I've ever received. Yes, I know, a paltry number, but I'm rather proud of them anyways!

And you should get a load of this! Ah, Nature!

You are what you eat

Storm

Nov. 17th, 2008 09:53 pm
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The place that I grew up (The Gap, in Brisbane) has been devastated by a terrifying 5 hour storm. My brother is currently without power, but has a gas stove so they can boil water, although apparently the roof of the water reservoir has collapsed in on the water so it may not be safe to drink. He should be okay in his imitation Tuscany house though, despite the carpets being soaked. Others were not so lucky with roofs being ripped off or being smashed by fallen gum trees.

Brisbane declared natural disaster zone in storm's wake
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W00t! Wired.com reports the major labels have finally seen the light and have agreed to allow free P2P music sharing/downloading on Qtrax.

Oh Brave New World!
liresius: (Spock - White Rabbit?)
Heh! I just heard on PM that the Qld. government gave 500 tins of pineapple (probably Golden Circle brand, since that was THE brand of my youth) to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip for a present, on the occasion of their marriage (in 1947). Wow, kinda seems a bit gauche, but maybe in another 60 years time with things going the way they are - Earth population and environment-wise - 500 tins of pineapple might be worth a Queen's (or it will probably be a King's by then) ransom.
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My university has restructured its Master of Applied Linguistics course (starting in 2008) and students can if they wish transfer from the 40 point to the shorter 32 point one. I sent in asking if I could transfer, but because I had done some units quite a long time ago, it wasn't a sure thing for me. It had to go before an academic committee.

I got the an email from Admin yesterday saying that in my case, I would be accepted into the shorter course!! Yay! Yay!

So what that means is two less units AND because I've already completed 32 points, it means I'm finished study! I REPEAT ... "I'm done finished with study"! *twirls madly*

I just have to wait for April 2008 though for the award to be conferred, because that's when the first batch of 32 point course students will be graduating, but that shouldn't affect my job chances, as universities often accept teachers who are just waiting for the paper. I can get a document from MQU saying I have satisfied all the requirements.*ggg*
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Yay! Pirates and Buccaneers had TEH BIG GAY LOVE!! Ha! I did know this but it's still good to listen to learned researchers pontificate on the subject here where you can d/ the audio or "listen now"

Australia's ABC blurb: "Pet parrots, excessive drinking, skull and cross-bone flags -- these are all things we associate with pirates but, did you know that in the 18th century when you became a pirate, you had to sign up to special pirate rules, or that there's a tradition of homosexuality within the ranks of pirating?

Well, Bartholomew Roberts raided 400 boats in his short career as a pirate in the Atlantic from 1719-1722 but, unlike the classic image we have of pirates, he didn't drink, gamble or carouse with women. Richard Sanders is a pirate historian and he's written about this disciplinarian pirate in his book If A Pirate I Must Be: The True Story of Bartholomew Roberts, King of the Caribbean.

The Book Show's Sarah L'Estrange spoke to Richard Sanders about the allure of pirating for the common man."

ETA: Without romanticizing pirates, I do take the message that the demise of the Golden Age of Pirates appears to have removed the last impediment to the slave trade.

Also in other news the first in the world to be convicted of downloading pirated movies using BitTorrent file-sharing technology :-(

ETA: I'm off to Mie tomorrow (a prefecture a bit south-west of me) to pick up the vase I bought from my dear potter friend two years ago. We've been so busy and haven't been able to catch up until now.

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