Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:06 pm
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my friend dan clark posted this photo of earthquake damage in Princeton, NJ

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I was curled up on the bed reading, and fell asleep. Then, I felt someone shaking the bed. (usually they just shake me!) Okay, I'm up, I'm up....

Well, apparently I just experienced my first earthquake!

Actually, there was a small quake in NJ shortly after Jim and I moved down here (In Cheesequake, NJ) but I slept through that one. This one actually woke me.
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I thought I had posted this here the other day, but apparently I facebooked it and forgot. Yet one more thing I hate about facebook... it makes me lazy and forgetful.

While the stereotypes of vikings usually bring about images of very large blond men who pillage and fight and all that jazz, researchers are now saying that many of the settlers in Viking villages were female, and that the society they lived in was pretty egalitarian.

Originally, the researchers who have been studying Viking society mis-identified the remains of the settlers as male because they were often buried with swords and shields. Finally sorting them by their bones, (!) instead, it was recently discovered that approximately half of the remains were female.

And not only does this discovery prove that there were a lot more female Vikings than previously thought, but researchers are also theorizing that the whole “rape/pillage/war” thing that Vikings are stereotyped for has also been exaggerated.

Women may have accompanied male Vikings in those early invasions of England, in much greater numbers than scholars earlier supposed, (Researcher) McLeod concludes. Rather than the ravaging rovers of legend, the Vikings arrived as marriage-minded colonists.

It will be interesting to see how this shakes out in terms of revelations about how their society operated.

USA Today more info here
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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s disaster management agency is testing the country’s emergency broadcast system with warnings of severe storms in Middle-earth, the fictional setting of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”

Messages broadcast Wednesday mostly on state radio and television are warning Hungarians about floods and catastrophic weather in Gondor, Rohan, Rivendell, Helm’s Deep and other locations inhabited by Hobbits, Orcs, Elves, Ents and Dwarves.

Officials say they chose Tolkien’s fantasy world because they don’t want to alarm people by mentioning real locations in the test and want to gauge how effectively the emergency messages reach Hungary’s youth.

washington post

(I do see "do not redistribute" at the bottom, but since it is followed by the usual dozen buttons to "share this on facebook, twitter, etc., etc I am inclined to say "wtf?!")

Poor Faramir must be having that dream about the wave again.....
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A friend posted this on facebook. Coincidence???
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On tv they are showing clips from today's royal wedding. (I am watching only to see how many bad hats I can spot)

Speaking about Kate's hair, the voice over exclaims: That's all her! There is not one extension!

Jim turns to me and asks- "What about William?
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My friend Melissa DiMassino Cram amused me by posting this to my facebook:

Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.
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Badass of the Week.

Japanese guy puts on SCUBA gear, finds his wife and mother during the tsunami.
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Collected translated tweets from Japan the night of the earthquake.
(reposted from here)

We were getting tired of waiting on the platform when homeless guys came by and gave us their cardboard boxes to use as mats to keep warm - even though we’re the ones that see you and pretend we don’t see you. Thanks.
@ aquarius_rabbit

As I was walking my 4-hour walk home, I saw a woman with a sign in her arms that said “Feel free to use our restroom!” She was offering her bathroom for us walking the long walk. I think you can say that Japan is the most heartwarming country in the world, you know. I couldn’t help my tears running down my cheeks.
@ fujifumi
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Good thing I get the BBC news in my fios package, because when I turned on the American news channels to find out about the Quake and Tsunami, they are all talking about Charlie Sheen. What the hell is wrong with the media!


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