Sooooooooooooooo there's this new amazing sdtrk from Drawing Restraint 9. It's marvelous, and I'm excited to see the movie. If you guys wanna check out the album go to emusic.com I love it!
Current Music: Storm- Bjork
"all I've undergone
I will keep on
underneath it all
we feel so small
the heavens fall
but still we crawl
all I've undergone
I will keep on"
i feel bummed right now. It's like you have everything you need, love, a warm place to sleep, in a students case- decent grades, a growin relationship with God, but you stillsearch for that something. I don't know what it is... a warmer heart? wisdom? if anything, it's nice to be debating this rather than something like where am i gonna find food tonite?
It makes me feel like such a jerk. Freakin human needs, they're terible...
take action now!
Current Music: we're in this together- nin
here is the awesome three as amateurs in their... whatever group they are.
|» random songs....|
I'm really into wasting time, so im gonna try this:|
1. How can you offer me love like that? My heart's burnt.
2. tea tea and coffee helps to start the day
3. So I look in your direction, But you pay me no attention, do you.
4. The me that you know doesn’t come around much
5. Please, remember me Happily
6. Where you are thats where I want to be
7. You quiver like a candle on fire
8. It's tricky when you feel someone
9. I have a friend, he is made mostly of pain.
10. Turn out the lights...
11. Things seem so much better when
12. I want to kill this man but he turned around and ran.
13. Carry me Caravan take me away
14. I-N-I-T-I-A... (ITS A GIVEAWAY)
15. I'll drown my beliefs To have you be in peace
and my attention span is short, so this is short.
but if you guess right you will receive a free USAFA tee!
|» TWO WEEKS!!!!!|
YEA YEA, most of you real college students have like one week til spring break. but im still excited about spring break coming around in two weeks. woot woot! ill raise the roof to that one. |
so the chance i get to see nin live, its on a freakin weekday. that troubles me, and makes me want to fight the booking person to the death.
maybe not... but itd be cool to see trent reznor sing in his forties or whatever.
|» exciting news from colorado springs!!!!|
I JUST WON A FREE NIGHT PASS!!!! woot woot *raises the roof|
i bet you folks are wondering what IS a night pass... well the authority here at USAFA say we have to leave on with a pass. we're only given so many. we had a happenin party at our superintendent's house yesterday with a karaoke contest. my squadron sand "lean on me." i think the only reason we won was because we had the most people up there. it was tizight.
another two months mi amor...
|» another way to scare us|
Please, feed me all the "possible" so I can live in fear of everyday being my last. This is no greater than trying to scare people in believing the terrorist could attack tomorrow. Yes, everyday can be our last, but that is the beauty of life. I'm sure in any period of history you could find many natural disasters around the globe. |
IMAGINING THE UNIMAGINABLE
In what might have been exceptional foresight, Japanese priests named 2004 "the year of disaster." Indeed, it was heralded on December 26, 2003 when a large earthquake in Iran destroyed the city of Bam, killing 30,000 and leaving around 70,000 homeless; to the day one year before the cataclysmic undersea earthquake in Sumatra. Let's take a look at 2004.
More than 52 tornadoes struck Illinois and other Midwest states, devastating Utica, IL and killing 8 people in the basement of the Millstone Tavern. The NASA Ames Research Center found that bug populations that have multiplied unchecked due to extremely mild winters have devoured huge swathes of forest in western Canada and Alaska since 1995. The damage had gone unnoticed because the region is largely uninhabited and not harvested for timber. An exceptionally strong monsoon flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh left 15 million homeless. Six hurricanes struck the U.S., drove Floridians out of their homes and left 350,000 people without power for days. Charley was deemed the second costliest hurricane on record. Jeanne delivered a hard blow to already poverty-stricken Haiti, and the Philippines saw the worst storm season in 13 years. Unprecedented numbers of locusts ravaged Africa and made it as far north as Portugal and the Canary Islands. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, one ton of locusts can eat as much as 10 elephants or 2,500 people in one day. The San Andreas Fault ruptured near Parkfield, CA, producing an earthquake of 6.0 on the Richter scale. Mt. St. Helens was spewing huge clouds of steam. A record ten typhoons hit Japan, killing more than 100 people and causing estimated $6.7 billion damage. Typhoon Tokage, the deadliest to hit Japan in over two decades, produced a wave eight stories high and was followed three days later by the deadliest earthquake in one decade, which destroyed more than 6,000 buildings and caused more than 1,000 landslides.
And, to top it off, On December 26, a 9.0 earthquake shook Sumatra, causing a tsunami that devastated the shore lines of 12 countries in the Indian Ocean and, at last count, had killed over 140,000 people from 37 different nations (and counting).
Are there more such cataclysmic events waiting to happen? Unfortunately, yes. Consider, for instance, a warning that was issued by a group of researchers at University College London in 1999.
There is a strong possibility, the scientists warned, that the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma, one of the Canary islands off the North African coast, could erupt with such force that it would virtually split the island in two. That would cause a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean of such force that tidal waves up to 160 feet high would strike the North American East Coast, destroying large parts of Boston, New York, and Miami. "Following an eruption in 1949, scientists found a fracture running through the western side of the volcano," states an article in last week's Republican. "The land mass - a half trillion tons of rock - appeared to have slipped 13 feet toward the sea during the eruption, but friction apparently stopped the slide."
A new eruption, warns the team from University College London, could cause the entire land mass to slide into the sea, creating the feared mega-tsunami. J. Michael Rhodes, a volcanologist at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is skeptical. He says there is no way to predict if and when such a landslide will occur-and what effect it would have. "[It] really depends on how big the landslide is and how rapidly it moves. It also depends on whether the land slides all at once or whether it goes in pieces. And there is no way of knowing that," he told the Republican.
Then there is America's pending super-volcano in Yellowstone National Park. In 2004, it showed an alarming rise in sulfuric gases and water temperature, killing fish and wildlife and causing park rangers to close some sites to tourism. When (note, we didn't say "if") a mega-eruption happens, say scientists such as Bill McGuire, professor of geohazards at the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London, "the explosion would be the loudest noise heard by man for 75,000 years." Falling ash, lava flows and the sheer blow of the eruption would eradicate all life within a radius of a thousand kilometers, according to McGuire.
Or in the New Madrid zone, for example. This earthquake-prone fault runs through parts of Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas. The three earthquakes-each an estimated 8.0 or higher on the Richter scale-that occurred in 1811 and 1812 near New Madrid, MO are among the Great Earthquakes of known history and affected the topography more than any other earthquake in North America. Large pieces of land sank into the earth, new lakes were formed, the course of the Mississippi river was changed... so strong were the quakes that they reportedly rung church bells in New England. Casualties were few, however, since at that time, the Mississippi river valley was sparsely settled. A similar earthquake today would cost hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of lives.
Then there is the fault associated with the meeting of the African and European tectonic plates that run through the British island of Gibraltar. Some earth scientists forecast that this is the one most likely to go, triggering a massive tsunami that would devastate the coast of Portugal-as it did in 1755 when an estimated 100,000 people were killed by the disaster.
A recent NY Times editorial titled " The Year the Earth Fought Back" compares 2004 to 1906, a year of major earthquakes-including the "Great San Francisco Earthquakes"-volcano eruptions and other natural disasters around the world. "Given these cascades of disasters past and present," wonders author Simon Winchester, "...might there be some kind of butterfly effect, latent and deadly, lying out in the seismic world?" He speculates that "the movement among the world's tectonic plates may be one part of [an] enormous dynamic system, with effects of one plate's shifting more likely than not to spread far, far away, quite possibly clear across the surface of the globe."
What to do? First and probably most important, don't take Mother Nature for granted. No amount of modernity can tame the earth. If you live in an area that has been devastated in the past, or that is at risk, take what steps you can to be prepared-including keeping a stash of long-lived food and try to secure a source of clean water (or, the water purification materials need to create same). Then go about your business.
|» so this may be my first less commentary entry|
distractions completely make me forget what im living for... then there's that brief moment i remember, and i am humbled. |
i remember high school, it was a time to be a kid and take it easy. life was slowly becoming my own, it was such an indepedent time. so much that i listen to now reminds me of those good times. its hard to say the choices i made then didn't make me who i am right now. for those of you who know my past, yea i wasn't a "bad" kid per say. but, it wasn't always an awesome time- the drugs and such. there was always a piece of me that felt some sort of shame or emptiness. it didn't fulfill my spirits anymore. once i got over the whole pot scene, i felt clear minded. i was content with myself and i picked up on my relationship with God (something i'm still working on and will be the rest of my life).
I never been good expressing myself in words and today i realized it. well i guess my grades show it, but even in the music i listen to. everything's so fragmented. i was jammin out to this bjork mix kip made for me as a graduation gift and there's this bjork parody on there. some girls is just mocking bjork and saying random things about sitting on a chair and "my hair is so pretty" going on and on a bout nothing. its hilarious, but true at the same time. maybe bjork is just hesistant to reveal everything she is feeling...
so yea my college life is a little different from most but i've grown up here within these confinements. i have responsibilities and they will only pile up the older i get. it makes me anticipate old age so muc hmore tho. there are so many wonderful things i think about after-college life, some i think are too early to say maybe cause im worried im too naive or its just too early to predict. but college, the absence of parents, and "freedom" have definitely made me grow. forget the mistakes of partying too much, its just not gonna happen here and i think i've had enough of it. its time for coffee, a book, and miles davis.
(after this last two exams)