Man I wish I had $1.5 mil so I could buy these badass rhino cups!
Via The Huffington Post: Antiques Roadshow’s Most Valuable Find Ever
Many of you have probably read this already
Also, a very nice piece by two drug policy activists
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Via John Legend
I knew being multilingual had it’s benefits! This is a very interesting article from the New York Times:
We’ve all seen a lot of tsunami videos in the last month, but none of them have the visceral impact of this one.
Via Mashable: Dramatic New Video Of Japan Tsunami
This would be really cool if it wasn’t so sad.
Via 360Cities.net: Damage in Rikuzen-Takada-Iwate Prefecture
Basically by not checking your bag, lines are longer, and more TSA personnel are needed to scan luggage.
This is a very good article in plain language about the crisis and Fukushima. A must read.
Via Ars Technica: Understanding Japan’s Nuclear Crisis
OK, a lot of friends and family are e-mailing about conditions here in Japan. I personally am in Osaka. Things are more or less normal down here. For me, the short-term worry is shortages and rising prices of goods. Long-term I worry about radiation leaking into ground water and contaminating food supplies.
A lot of people ask me about who and what to believe from the media. I take it as a matter of course that any government will at the very least downplay any disaster. We’ve seen it with the Gulf oil spill and Katrina in the US. I personally assume it’s worse than the rosiest veiwpoint, but not as bad as the gloomiest.
As I’m typing this, Japanese TV is showing people in Sendai who are trying to get messages to friends and family in Japan. Phone service up there is very very bad. I’m seeing how there are severe shortages of water, food, gas, and kerosene for heating stoves. The foreign media seems to focus on the nuclear aspect of this disaster. I have a theory as to why this is. First, the Japanese government doesn’t want to cause a panic here in Japan, so they are more than willing to encourage the media to broadcast feel-good and hardship stories. Second, we have all seen the aftereffects of natural disasters almost ad nauseam in the last few years. Katrina, Haiti, China, the Indian Ocean Tsunami. But this nuclear disaster, especially the severity, is new. We’ve never seen this before, let alone so close to the largest city in the world. Third, there is a culture and language barrier. I think it’s easier for foreign media to invite nuclear experts into the studio than send reporters into the field. Especially given the radiation danger.
Ok, let’s be real. I’m sitting here in Osaka. I haven’t been watching the news all that much. It’s sad, scary, and 24/7. I really have no idea what is happening up there. All I can do is speculate. I am by no means fluent in Japanese. These are my personal reflections on what is going on. I would welcome any comments and different points of view. Tell me what you think.
Just read this article about radiation and potassium iodide pills. Very informative.
Via BoingBoing: Should I Take Potassium Iodide Pills?
A verrrrry intersting article from Yahoo News covering the last 40 years of Japan’s nuclear power companies. Reminds me of the Deepwater Horizon debacle. Not really surprising.
According to a recent report, online news is now the prevalent news source. Almost half of this is consumed in mobile form. I’m not surprised especially during this last week. I get most of my news from Twitter nowadays.
This is a nice surprise. It applies to wired (60 mins) and wireless customers starting 3/11 to 3/31.
Via Engadget: AT&T Makes Calling Japan Free Until End Of March
I just looked on the AT&T page and can’t find any info on it.
Update 2: Found AT&T’s page and Verizon’s. Not Sprint’s though.
Update 3: T-Mobile has waived fees too. I imagine everyone has at this point.
This is a very informative Q & A article about the nuclear crisis in Japan.
Via Yahoo! News: Nuke Crisis Raises Many Questions, No Easy Anwers
These are pretty simple ways to donate/help the relief effort in Japan
Via Mashable: Japan Earthquake And Tsunami: 7 Simple Ways To Help
A very interesting Time article by Fareed Zakaria.
In an effort to cover the estimated $300,000 cost and curb huge crowds, the National Cherry Blossom street fair will begin charging a $5 admission fee. The fair is April 9th. The National Cherry Blossom Festival website has announced that the peak blooming period is March 29-April 3.
Via Washington Post: Cherry Blossom Street Fair to Charge Fee
Use a catapult!