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Archive for July 29th, 2008

LA Earthquake Data Now Called Chino Hills Quake

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 29, 2008

An earthquake hit Los Angeles this morning (5.4 Magnitude), and here are a few places on the web you can go for more data:

USGS Info

USGS Main Website

KNBC Live Stream (LA TV Station)

LA Fox 1 Live Stream

LA Fox 2 Live Stream

The Live Streaming pages require a broadband connection and probably Windows Media Player.

**update** 5.04 PM I noticed on the live feeds that the reporters are calling this quake the Chino Hills quake. Also…LA Fox 2 is not active currently. It may be brought back up in case of breaking news.

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Quiz: Nerd, Geek, or Dork?

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 29, 2008

As I was taking his quiz, I kept thinking to myself…”Have I taken this before?”. I looked it up, and sure enough, here are last year’s results, (78 % Nerd, 73% Geek, and 26% Dork). Here are my results this year:

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test…

Modern, Cool Nerd

83 % Nerd, 70% Geek, 30% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn’t use to be cool, but in the 90’s that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn’t quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and “geek is chic.” The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!

Congratulations!

Thanks Again! — THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

Take The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test at HelloQuizzy

So, I am getting Nerdier and Dorkier, while losing some Geekiness. I have no life.

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Obama’s Prayer Approved For Publication

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 29, 2008

A Ma’ariv spokesman was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying that “Barack Obama’s note was approved for publication in the international media even before he put in the Kotel, a short time after he wrote it at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.” The paper added that is was “pleased” with its “journalistic accomplishment.”

The campaign might be less pleased with another pronouncement by Maariv: “In any case,” the spokesman said, “since Obama is not a Jew, publishing the note does not constitute an infringement on his right to privacy.

Source: Israel Insider

Related: Belief Net
Related: Atlas Shrugs

Commentary

The prayer should not have been published. I know I would not have allowed my prayer to be published, and the very fact that Obama’s Campaign had copies of the prayer to hand out to media outlets mocks the nature of man’s relationship to God:


[Update as to Maariv’s statement as published in Haaretz on July 28: “Obama’s note was published in Maariv and other international publications following his authorization to make the content of the note public. Obama submitted a copy of the note to media outlets when he left his hotel in Jerusalem.”]

This stinks of a cynical manipulation of the media on a scale that reminds of one other:

It’s something to think about.

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