October 16th, 2006

Forensics Geek

Stormy Weather and The Science Channel

The Weather Overhead: Houston has been under flood warnings all day. Brays Bayou, near my house, is very high, and it's still raining. Even the buses weren't running for some of this morning, so I went in to work late--I wasn't about to ask Mark to drive me to work through water that the buses couldn't get through. They closed our office at 4pm today and let all nonessential personnel leave before then, so I left at 3pm and luckily was able to catch a bus home. It was raining all the way south.

At this rate, I'm not sure if the office will be open tomorrow. We'll see what happens with that.

An Open Letter to the Terrorists:

Dear Terrorists,

Last night, I was informed by the Science Channel that you guys don't have to worry, anymore. It seems that Mother Nature will see to the disposition of Our Sinful Nation all on her own and doesn't need any help from amateurs.

Between the supervolcano stewing under Yellowstone Park and the western half of La Palma Island sliding into the sea, creating a mega-tsunami that will wipe out the eastern seaboard from New York to Miami, I really don't see that you guys have to exert yourselves.

My best advice to you is that you should go home, get real jobs, get married, have kids, relax, have happy lives, and let Mother Nature take care of Our Sinful Nation. I promise, she'll do a great job; she always does. Maybe you've heard of the Universal (earthquake) Event of circa AD 365? She was behind that. Cool, huh? I'll bet it contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire.

It's all Stephen Hawking's fault, by the way. I wanted to see that show on The Science Channel about the Hawking Paradox, and I thought it was on last night. Turns out it is on next Sunday, but I got hooked on the programs about earthquake storms and mega-tsunamis, in spite of myself.

That evil Science Channel is addictive, I tell you, addictive!

So anyway, terrorists--Just go home, relax, sip some tea, eat some popcorn, and enjoy the show. You don't have to do a single further thing. Really.


Me :)

Natural Disasters: A further note--According to the Science Channel show on earthquake storms--Istanbul is likely to be hit by a significant quake soon, as it is in the stress zone left after the Izmit Bay earthquake. That is going to be an unholy mess, with the heavy population density.

Edit: I just found this Wikipedia article on La Palma. Apparently, there is cause to dispute the notion of half of this island sliding into the sea. Makes interesting reading.
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