Saturday, March 12, 2011


The truth begins to trickle in.
The police chief of Miyagi prefecture, or state, told a gathering of disaster relief officials that his estimate for deaths was more than 10,000, police spokesman Go Sugawara told The Associated Press. Miyagi has a population of 2.3 million and is one of the three prefectures hardest hit in Friday's disaster. Only 379 people have officially been confirmed as dead in Miyagi.
You might recognize it.

UPDATE: The Gray Lady weighs in, three days later. the death toll from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami climbed astronomically

Friday, March 11, 2011

Julimac, 67, Does Not Die

Today at least.
Here's a little fun for Friviality Friday.

Turned this

Into this

And you can too.

Re: Japan And What Passes For News

 As a news person and just an ordinary person, I am unbelievably frustrated by the lack of coordinated, comprehensive and credible information out of Japan. I was up until 2 a.m. being mezmerized by the film and appalled by the MSNBC anchorette — yes, I said that, she's just a hired bimbo and never did figure out the time zone differential between New York and Hawaii — and thinking, well, there are probably tens of thousands dead.
This morning Andrea Mitchell — Andrea Mitchell! — asked an expert what "seismic predictions" he could make based upon what happened in Japan, trying to escalate the fear factor no doubt.
Yet no one's saying the obvious. Were all those buildings and vehicles empty when the tsunami swept them away? Yeah, right. Only 300 dead or missing? I don't think so.
It's probably policy somewhere to rely entirely upon official casualty statements and so, if the gubmint ain't saying it, it ain't happening. Then, of course, you have your lying eyes.

UPDATE: Or you can start doing the math, like the BBC.

The only "oh, the humanity" I heard was from one news anchor at KOMO, who apparently didn't read the memo.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention, somebody needs to do the math. I haven't seen a timeline of any kind so far, not even at NYT.
What time did that wall of water hit those farmlands anyway? We saw moving vehicles, so not everyone got warned in time to evacuate.
But I did learn from their one timed item that the 6m tsunami did hit Kamaishi Port at 3:21, 35 minutes after the quake. Those are the films of the boats being swept under the bridge — I assume it's a bridge — one mast snapping as the boat goes through. Yet there were people on that bridge, apparently unafraid to be there, which kind of makes me think there was room for the water roughly where there was a channel and it wasn't tumbling any vulnerable buildings, etc.

UPDATE II: Okay, somebody asked about time. Somebody at the NYT.
Vasily Titov, director of the Center for Tsunami Research, said that coastal areas closest to the center of the earthquake probably had about 15 to 30 minutes before the first wave of the tsunami struck. "It’s not very much time. In Japan, the public is among the best educated in the world about earthquakes and tsunamis. But it’s still not enough time.”

UPDATE III: Or you can wait for the BBC to do the math.
ne of the worst-hit areas was the port city of Sendai, in Miyagi prefecture, where up to 300 bodies have been found in one ward alone.
Japan Railways said it could not trace four trains along the north-eastern coast. A ship carrying 100 people was also reported missing.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nightmare In Japan

Can barely believe the tsunami film coming in, showing cars speeding along as the wash of trash approaches.
Ten minutes later, the second wave.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Basic Cooking For $600

Well, there are worse things to do with your Microsoft gazillions.
I have a lot of other reading to do, though, so I don't think I'll be indulging in this.
Pictures are fabulous.

Soup: Gonna Make Some More

With Bittman's help and inspiration.
Warning: I thought his time on the bean types was way off and someone in comments caught it, too. So follow the directions on the package, Bittman erred I think.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We Are Not Broke, We Are Not Going Broke

Thank you, Michael Bloomberg, for starting something that employs this reporter, who, for my money, has produced perhaps the best, most comprehensive, most understandable piece on our economy since, since...since I can't remember another.
No blah-blah filler, no "on the other hand," false balance from the crazies and the frauds who get paid big bucks to lie to me, just dig-down real journalism for the average guy.
This is about as technical as I can bear, yet is hardly technical at all.
I want to quote every paragraph.
I think I'll email it, too.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Simple Dog and Helper Dog

A nice place to visit. In fact, I wouldn't mind living there.
We were beginning to think that our dogs were permanently broken

Human 3.0

To go where no man has gone before. But it must look familiar. Hmm.
Just recycle a few billion neurons and, voila!, you have speech, writing, music.
After all, the change from Human 1.0 to 2.0 is nothing short of universe-rattling: It transformed a clever ape into a world-ruling technological philosopher.
What will we make of ourselves in the future? Logically, it must be argued, it is already happening because it comes from culture. Or something like that.