Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back to Reality

From LiveScience:

Asia took the brunt of natural disasters in 2009, experiencing more than 40 percent of Mother Nature's havoc, with the Americas coming in second, according to a new report.
The Philippines, China and the United States were the countries most often hit by notable natural disasters last year.
Overall in 2009, 335 natural disasters were reported worldwide, killing 10,655 people and affecting more than 119 million others. The economic damages from these events exceeded $41.3 billion in U.S. dollars. The number of disasters is actually down compared with the 2000-2008 annual average of 392, mostly because there were fewer storms and other meteorological disasters last year.
While there weren't any so-called mega-disasters, residents did feel the Earth shaking and burping scorching magma. The highest number of reported deaths was due to the earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia on Sept. 30, which left 1,117 dead and more than 2.5 million others affected. The floods in July in Southern and Central China impacted the most individuals (39.4 million people).
The new report, called the Annual Disaster Statistical Review and compiled by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, reveals the unequal distribution of the burden from natural disasters. For instance, from the 111 countries affected by natural disasters last year, 18 accounted for more than 75 percent of the overall reported number of deaths, victims (number killed and affected) and economic damages.
The top 10 countries by number of notable natural disasters experienced in 2009 were:
Philippines: 25 disaster events
  • China People's Republic: 24 events
  • United States: 16 events
  • India: 15 events
  • Indonesia: 12 events
  • Brazil: 9 events
  • Mexico: 7 events
  • Australia: 6 events
  • Bangladesh: 6 events
  • Viet Nam: 6 events
The number of events doesn't tell the whole story, though, since disaster type and intensity as well as the country's infrastructure can play a role in determining the number of human victims.
Here are the top 10 countries by natural-disaster-caused mortality in 2009:
  • India: 1,806 deaths
  • Indonesia: 1,407
  • Philippines: 1,334
  • Taiwan: 630
  • China: 591
  • Australia: 535
  • Peru: 419
  • Viet Nam: 356
  • Italy: 335
  • El Salvador: 275
Nature's most destructive disasters
Hydrological disasters, such as floods, remained the most common disasters in 2009, accounting for 53.7 percent of total reported natural disasters. This was followed by meteorological disasters (storms such as hurricanes), accounting for 25.4 percent of disasters; geophysical disasters (earthquakes, volcanoes) accounted for 2.7 percent of total disasters.
The 10 most destructive disasters regarding mortality included:
  • Earthquake in September, which killed 1,117 individuals in Indonesia
  • Flood from July-September, which killed 992 individuals in India
  • Ketsana tropical storm Ondoy from September-October killed 716 individuals in the Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Typhoon Morakot in August killed 664 individuals in Taiwan, the Philippines and China
  • Typhoon Pepeng in October killed 542 individuals in the Philippines and China
  • Heat wave from January-February killed 347 individuals in Australia
  • Flood from September-October killed 300 in India
  • Cyclone Aila in May killed 298 individuals in Bangladesh, India and Bhutan
  • Earthquake in April killed 295 individuals in Italy
  • Hurricane Ida in November killed 281 individuals in El Salvador, the United States, Mexico and Nicaragua
And already Mother Nature has delivered a blow in 2010, from the catastrophic Haiti and Chilean earthquakes to the U.S. blizzard that descended on Washington, D.C., in February. In fact 2010 is already proving above average in terms of natural-disaster casualties.

Friday, June 25, 2010


This is an old ad so some of the balls were no longer in use. But these are still playable. As for those who got the door, these are some of the balls I thought of. So we have a Kiwi ball, a North Korean Pufferfish ball, a Quezo de bola, a kangaroo ball (yes, there is such a thing), a French frogball and a Nigerian scumball.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Problem with Self-Timing Your Camera

sooner or later, you fall down

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Why We Love the Movies

A great mashup of the films of Scorsese and Kubrick

Kubrick vs Scorsese from Leandro Copperfield on Vimeo.

A mashup of the films of Tarantino and the Coens

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Mood

Fonts Failing You?

Friday, June 11, 2010


The Facebook Song

Are You Fucking Kiddin' Me (The Facebook Song)
by Kate Miller-Heidke

They say everyone should have their heart  broken
At least once
That is how you grow emotionally
Well I have been misused by many, many, many men
But nothing can compare to how you treated me

At times it really felt as though the pain was here to stay
And though it's many years ago I feel it to this day
And nowwwwwwwww
You wanna be my friend
On Facebook
Are you fucking kidding me?

All the memories are flooding back to me now
All the ways you stole the light from my eyes
I travelled so far just to get away from you
Til this morning's friend request surprise

At times it really felt as though I'd never smile again
You narcissistic asshole
You nasty, nasty man
And nowwwww you wanna be my friend on Facebook
Are you fucking kidding?

I don't wanna know what kind of cocktail you are
Or which member of the Beatles
Or which 1950's movie star
I don't give a toss if you're a ninja or a pirate
I suspect you'd be a pirate but I don't wanna verify it
And I don't give a shit what your stripper name is
Or if your kitty had a litter
Look, just follow me on Twitter

I don't care about your family tree
And I certainly don't want you poking me!

And so you wanna be my friend on Facebook
Oh you fucking fucking fuck

Click 'ignore'

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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