Only a 2.7 earthquake, but it was close! This was the first time for me to counteract my "if this is big, where'm I gonna go to hide?" instincts. No. Not doorways, not under desks. Next to desks, next to large items. I pointed to it recently (yesterday!), but I'll do so again... how to survive in collapsed buildings. I like the Did you feel it? website.. community feedback to gauge the quake's intensity.
A new item on my Manila Wish List regarding the oh-so-powerful PictureRef macro. (how about a straight href="http://www.urlhere.org/" rather than making me create a shortcut for the destination link?)
Oh, to be able to indulge in denial and walk away from all of this. Nope, can't do it. At least not right now.
I was talking earlier to someone about all my online news sources; when I got home, I typed 'em up and sent 'em off in email. Of course, that has me checking them.
The Silicon Valley.com weblog has a number of articles worth looking at: Jessica Stern writes Meeting with the Muj, as part of her research into religious extremism. Pakistan: Poverty means no education, so the radical religious school houses, clothes, feeds, and educates young boys to read the Koran and learn extremist ideologies—jihad. I saw a headline somewhere that said something to the effect of "U.S., Beware trusting Pakistan." After reading this, I understand a bit more why.
A buncha links. (Note: Some articles have perspectives I don't agree with; I'm just tryin' to be informed):
- Truth or Consequences [via Backup Brain] If terrorism is result of US foreign policy, and US changes its policy to cease terrorism, will we be acting or reacting? But the article says it much, much better
- Capitalism Magazine: An American Peace: How To Win The War Against Terrorism This one bothers me.
- Eric Norlin's Tactics of Network Destruction. Take your understanding of computer networks —and how to disable them—and apply that to networks of terrorists. [via Doc]
- Pacific News Service's list of stories on this whole matter.
- Megnut found the information motherlode: Sept 11 Journalists' Resources. If I followed every link there, I'd be doing nothing else for days on end.
- Joshua Allen shows how hard it is to follow the money.
- L.A. Times, also on the money trail: Age-Old Way of Moving Cash Leaves Little Trail
Disks in my audio CD turntable: chant music, especially Arvo Pärt's Kanon Pokajanen.