Archive for May, 2011

24 Minutes

May 27, 2011

If you had only 24 minutes to save yourself, how would you spend those 24 minutes? Who, or what, would you grab?  Who would you call?  Where would you go?

The residents of Joplin, Missouri, had only 24 minutes to save themselves from the time the tornado warning sounded, and that massive beast touchdowned and destroyed the lives of so many people.

The residents of Northern Japan had approximately 15 to 30 minutes to save themselves from the time the massive 9.1 earthquake struck Japan and generated the unimaginable wall of death that shattered the lives of so many people.

A massive earthquake off the Big Island could generate a huge tsunami that would reach Kane’ohe in approximately 24 minutes.

So if you only had 24 minutes, what would you do?

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WTF? Italian Seismologists Charged for NOT Predicting Earthquake

May 27, 2011

What’s wrong with the Italian government?  Why are they charging their top earthquake scientists with manslaughter for NOT predicting the 2009 earthquake? Check out the news story here.

Everyone knows that you CAN’T predict earthquakes.  Earthquakes can be explained scientifically, but you can’t pin-point the exact moment it will occur.

So why is the Italian government charging their scientists with manslaughter?  This has got to be one of the top most ridiculous things I have ever heard.  It makes me NOT want to go to Italy.  After all, how can I visit a country that acts so irrationally?

It also makes me ponder the scope of history.  Italy, as the birthplace of Ancient Rome, has a history of being one of the most rational and logical places in the world.  When you study the Roman Republic and Empire, you learn about the inventors of concrete, the builders of amazing engineering feats, and the developers of a very progressive type of government that combined elements of democracy, aristocracy, and monarchy so that ALL classes of people eventually had a say in the government and that their interests were all balanced against the others (i.e., this government, though, only existed during the days of the Roman Republic).

Yes, the Roman Republic had harsh laws.  For instance, it was the right of the head of a family to kill a dreadfully deformed child.  Another laws says that if someone sung a song that slandered or insulted another, that person should be clubbed to death.  Can you imagine living in a society with such laws?  It is certainly not a humane society, although some may argue that it is more humane to kill than to let a deformed child suffer. One thing to note about Rome’s law though-it was the decision for the head of the family to kill a deformed child.  It was NOT the decision of the state.  If it was, then Rome would be equivalent to Ancient Sparta and Nazi Germany.

Furthermore, if we lived in a society in which you could not insult another, then we would have no freedom of speech.  We would also have no tabloid headlines to read as we stand in line at the supermarket.  Slander, on the other hand, is something that can land someone in a court of law.

Nevertheless, some Roman laws were also very logical.  For example, one law states that if your neighbor’s tree leans over onto your land, you can remove that tree.  Another says you can gather fruit from someone’s tree if it falls onto another’s property.

Italy, then, certainly has a history of being quite logical and rational.  So what’s up with them charging seismologists for NOT predicting the 2009 earthquake?  Well, Italy is a long ways from Ancient Rome.  Much has happened in the centuries between then and now, and obviously Italy has given up rationality in favor of sensationalism.  Too bad the Italian seismologists can’t fire back and charge the government with slander and have this irrational court system clubbed to death.

SummerLine

May 21, 2011

Despite my lofty goals at the beginning of the year, I have made only two dresses so far. If I plan to fulfill my sewing goal, then I really need to step up my game.  Below are the two dresses I made, perfect for my as of yet non-existent summerline, combining vintage fabric and tweed.  The first dress I just completed today.  It took me about 3 hours, and for once, everything went right when I constructed it (i.e., no running out of bobbin, no need for the seam ripper, no thread changes, etc.).  The second dress I made on March 11, the day of the devastating Japanese earthquake/tsunami, which resulted in a day-off for most workers here in Hawai’i as we were under a tsunami warning.  This dress took me 6 hours because everything went wrong.  If only I could hire someone for dirt cheap to sew my clothesline for me I’d be stoked.  I absolutely love buying fabric and putting different fabric prints together.  I just hate the actual construction of it.  Nevertheless, since I finally have more time to be productive as summer has started, I plan on recreating the below two dresses as part of my summerline that I hope to start selling in August.

Vintage cotton fabric + tweed

Vintage polyester fabric + tweed

KCC Farmer’s Market Tropicals

May 13, 2011

Get in touch with your creative side and create your very own flower arrangements with fresh cut tropicals from the KCC Farmer's Market and striking baskets from East Asian Basket Company. This arrangement took about 10 minutes to put together, and cost about $25 to make. If you bought this same arrangement in a flower shop, it would cost about $60. Whether you make it yourself, or buy a tropical arrangement, though, it is a much better use of your money than buying a rose or spring flower arrangement. This is Hawai'i--those types of flowers die fast. Tropicals, on the other hand, can last over 2 weeks with minimal care. The tropicals that you see in this arrangement are one week old, but barely show their age.

If you need fresh cut tropicals, then KCC’s Farmer’s Market is the place for you!  All of the above flowers came from this market except for the pink & green leaves which I grow in my yard.  I got the yellow & orange claw heliconia and the orange purpurea from Ska Tropicals, the pink anthuriums from Nita’s Flowers, and the sexy pink hanging heliconia from another vendor that I didn’t get the name of (but is somewhat across of the pizza vendor).  The flowers for this arrangement cost less than $20.  The basket, which I got from East Asian Basket Company on Queen Street–simply the best place to go for your basket needs–was approximately $5.  Add in the Oasis and the plastic tray for under the Oasis, and in total, this arrangement costs approximately $25 to make.  Furthermore, it’s really not hard to put together–start with the center, which is the tallest piece.  Then, on either side of it, place two shorter pieces.  Then fill according with shorter flowers, and hide the Oasis with greens.  And remember–less is more!  Simple arrangements are a lot more pleasing to the eye than cluttered ones that have no center in which to draw the eye.