2PP061 – 24 August 2011

Only delayed a week! We recorded this the day of the earthquake in Virginia. Then, shortly afterward, Arthur left on holiday but didn’t have the chance to edit or post this before he left. Turns out, he had to re-edit this once he got back.

To start out today, Jason talks about his experience of the earthquake. That leads us onto a discussion of that and of how our perception of the severity of these things varies from person to person. Arthur shares something he posted to Google+ (now included in a blog post) where he complains about snark of people toward thoseon the east coast.

Arthur suggests setting up your cellphone to be able to text to Twitter, Facebook or other social media in order to be able to let a lot of people know quickly—by text message—that you are OK or (in trouble). This is because text messages will usually go through when voice calls can’t connect. At the very end, we even talk about the Mayan calendar (double brain farts led to calling them Aztecs).

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Links for this episode:
Six months later – Arthur’s blog post on the Christchurch earthquake that Jason mentioned
Perspective relativity – Arthur’s blog post, which includes what he read on the podcast.
Snow in Wellington – The video Jason mentioned
Shake Rattle and Roll – Jason’s blog post on the earthquake, posted after we recorded
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2 Responses to 2PP061 – 24 August 2011

  1. Roger Green says:

    Totally agree re the snark. Someone I know in Albany, NY said, essentially, that he didn’t feel the earthquake, so it wasn’t a big deal. The thing, tho, made my legs feel like JELL-O and my stomach feel nauseous. It passed, of course, but it was, in the moment, a BFD.

    Heard the same about Hurricane Irene, especially in New York City; “what a wussy storm”. Well, yes, a wall of water didn’t inundate Manhattan. But there was massive destruction elsewhere (NJ, VT, upstate NH, etc.) This kind of discounting talk REALLY infuriated me.

  2. Roger Green says:

    (That should be ‘upstate NY’, though NH also got hammered.)

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