Thursday, October 20, 2016

Shakeout in the Classroom

Today public and private facilities of various functions conducted the annual Great California Shakeout. It came on a day I was embedded in my classroom at Atascadero High School. I had not heard or read any mention of the annual earthquake preparedness drill being observed at this school and I feared they were not doing it until 10:20 a.m. this date of 10/20/16. Vice Principal Allen broke in over the loudspeaker and narrated an earthquake drill encouraging all students to get under desks and such to protect themselves. I was heartened to see this as I feel this sort of thing is incredibly important and not emphasized enough in society generally. Other sorts of drills at schools are for things like fires and shootings, things which at most schools will never happen. In California there is a 100% probability that a significant earthquake will be experienced at nearly each and every school in the state eventually, something my master teacher/co-teacher pointed out to his drill-disrupted 4th period class this morning. My mom happened to drive by a small Christian pre-school observing the drill at the time appointed so this demonstrates even private education entities participated at least in some cases which I'm heartened to learn. Below is a montage of footage from the Loma Prieta Earthquake (whose 27th anniversary occurred just three days ago) led off by the now-infamous footage of a classroom on the campus of U.C. Santa Cruz getting demolished by the quake. This is followed by a high school gymnasium hosting a girl's volleyball game getting called early. As this footage amply demonstrates, classrooms (and gymnasiums) can be hazardous spaces in a major earthquake. Taking proper precautions such as diving under desks is well-advised. *Note: I forgot to participate in this drill last year so it was nice to get reconnected to it. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dear Bill

Tonight I saw this welcome and congratulations note from a departing President G.H.W. Bush to incoming President William Jefferson Clinton on Inauguration Day 1993. It reveals a level of cordiality and collegiality almost unheard of nowadays in partisan politics. God help us all!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Picture of the Day - THIS IS ISS

Earlier this evening I received word from my mother who received word from the local weather anchorman that the International Space Station was to pass over our area around 7:30 p.m. PDT tonight. I remembered to go out at that time and watched and watched and saw nothing.... until 7:33 p.m. My camera is out of commission for now and so I am and have been for some time relying on my iPhone 4 camera to capture images. This was the best I could do with said camera phone in capturing the orbiting space station.

This Ain't No Dumbo

My mother told me about this story of Kham Lha the protective protected elephant today which story had previously escaped my notice but has gone viral apparently... and with good reason.

Picture of the Day - Category Five Hurricane

While in a local gas station paying for my gas earlier this evening, I spotted this bottle and could not resist getting it given my obsession with disasters and the eclectic.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Loma Prieta Quake Remembrance In Five Images

I find it nearly unfathomable that it was 27 years ago today that the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the then-concurrent 1989 World Series pitting the San Francisco Giants against their crosstown rivals the Oakland Athletics. Where has the time gone? That was the defining disaster of my coming of age and yet nearly nobody I'm going to school with at Cal Poly and certainly nobody I am teaching at Atascadero High School was even yet born when all that happened. I feel both old and timeless in a contradictory hibridity I cannot adequately put into words.

I still remember CNN Sports Tonight's Fred Hickman referring to the 1989 World Series as "Bays Ball."

I have one or two original copies of this newspaper stored somewhere on the premises.

I have added this location to my bucket list of places in California I wish to visit.
Photo by Fogcat5/Creative Commons.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

This Is Never Gone

Tonight I found my first major electronica musical discovery in quite some time and despite my more recent turn towards progressive house this is a 2007 trance track, perhaps one might even argue it is progressive trance. "Never Gone" comes from Polish deejay Adam Nickey remixed by English progressive group Above & Beyond. This track really gets going at about the 2:00 mark. The longer versions don't get really rolling until over a third of the way into their 9-minute runs. I get annoyed at even greats tracks that take too long getting going. This one is worth the wait or just fast-forward.