October 25th, 2004

Manga Me

Two Natural Disasters in the Span of Days

Last week Japan got hit hard by a typhoon. It is a record number to hit the archipelago in some time. Part of it passed over Osaka and I must say, I thought I knew rain, but I was wrong. It started to drizzle in the morning than it started to rain, by noon it was pouring. It continued to do so until around 9 at night. By this time the river had risen about 9-12 feet, and this is a river that is about 30-40 feet wide and stretches farther than I can see in either direction. That is a huge volume of water! I went out to get lunch and should have not even bothered to bring an umbrella. It was useless. The rain hit the ground and splashed up and the wind carried the drops under the bell of the umbrella. I was soaked when I got home. No one was badly hurt round here but there was some major flooding in the prefectures North, North-East of us.

To top of the typhoon, a series of huge earthquakes (in the low to mid 6’s on the Richter scale) hit the prefectures near Toyama. They hit Saturday in the mid afternoon. I don’t really recall feeling them here, so they must not have carried very far. I probably felt them but thought it was a truck passing or something. There was a lot of damage done by the quake and some people were killed. Japan really took a double hit from Mother Nature. But I am okay.
Manga Me

What’s in a name?

There has been some confusion about my blog’s name, A Recovering Physicist’s Apology, it isn’t an “I’m sorry” kind of apology. I choose the name as a spoof of G. H. Hardy’s masterpiece A Mathematician's Apology. It is the classical sense of “apology” that is to say a defense and/or a justification. Weird how words shift over time! Anyways, I am not apologizing for being a physics major, because I get far far too much joy from laughing and pointing at people when they try and impress me by saying they majored in a tough subject like Environmental Studies, or Economics, or Chemistry, or English, or Literature, or a language, or Music, or Computer whatcha callit, or Philosophy, or Biology, or History, or Mathematics, or something that ends with “Studies, “ or anything that isn’t physics. Ohh you want an apology for that statement? I am elitist what can I say. Okay, okay here is my apology, I am sorry your major wasn’t anywhere near as rigorous as mine and you are a lesser person because of it. That’s A Recovering Physicist’s Apology!