Stuff that pops into my head. Innit.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Short musings and thoughts

The earthquake that hit the South Island of New Zealand last week was actually stronger that the one that killed a quarter of a million people and virtually destroyed the entire infrastrucure of Haiti.
Thankfully no-one in NZ was killed, but it shows that if you have the resources and finances to build stuff properly your chances of survival increase massively. The big clean up has started down there already, and although the damage to the country will be measured in billions of dollars, they'll be ok soon enough.

"The bloody ground go shaky"

The US Coastguard has arrested a piece of machinery. A blowout preventer to be precise-the bit of the oil well which is supposed to stop the thing exploding. No, I'm not making this up, Admiral Thad Allen, a retired Coast Guard commander in overall charge of the operation to gather evidence for a possible lawsuit against BP declared that the preventer "will be taken into custody" and become part of the "evidence material that's been required by the joint investigative team. 
I imagine the 350 tonne, 50 ft high lump of steel is on the phone to it's lawyer as we speak.

"Get me Lionel Hutz right now!"

Light sculptures.
Done by Chilean born artist Ivan Navarro, I think these look great.

More here

Finally today, as I was scooting about the web looking for funny, weird, cool or just plain interesting things to tell you about, I came across what may be the single most harrowing picture I've ever seen.
If you want to know about the true cost of the Pakistan floods, look below. 
A warning, this picture is extremely upsetting - and for once I'm not joking. Not even I can joke about this.


Miss Melicious said...

You're right, that picture is disturbing. It makes me want to bundle them all up and bring them to my house. so sad .

fizzee rascal said...

That's pretty much exactly how I felt.

Anonymous said...

Oh man, that is a sad and disturbing picture.

Thanks for introducing me back to reality Fizz. It just breaks my heart.

fizzee rascal said...

Shocking isn't it? It kind of puts everything into perspective.

The Muller said...

Fizzee, you killed my funny buzz with that last picture. Darn you!

fizzee rascal said...

Sorry mate.