Saturday, March 12, 2011


(CNN) -- The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

"At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).

Theories of how the end of the world ( for humans ) is going to happen vary. Maybe an Ice Age? Maybe a reshifting of the entire planet's continents ( Pangea )? World War III? Robot takeover? Wide spread riots? A combination? Of course it shouldn't be surprising that the Earth has shifted it's axis by 4 inches. Earth is a planet and I guess the most basic law of the universe is that change is constant in some way or another. I guess in modern times, as a society, we refuse to comply with the possibility of such chaotic and destructive degrees of change. I don't think any of us have ever lived to witness 30 foot wall tsunami waves outside of Point Break the movie.

Does this mean we're actually going to be an easier target for solar storms? Does it mean that life on this planet is going to start undergoing planetary transformations humans haven't even witnessed yet? Or maybe they have, but we were just tadpole lifeforms still? With Japan being one of the more actively prepared countries for natural disasters, and a government who has prioritized protecting it's citizens from a disaster state, I feel kind of uneasy about the United States looming shitty economy, deficit, and federal preparedness for such a crisis. Obviously, Katrina is a prime example of what can go wrong in government aided relief.

There are a million ways to die. After thinking about this stuff yesterday I was walking home last night only to have a dumb kid throw a glass bottle off a 5 story roof a foot away from me. The exploding glass reminded me of the dim complacency of people in the United States. The ignorance of real survival. And when I say "real survival" I mean situations abroad where people in other countries are rioting their government because they can't afford to eat the same bread and water they were eating last week. In an age where technology and information is easily accessible, in a world where there are 500 million facebook users, I'm not sure if natural disasters are going to be wholly responsible for the end of the human race or if human ignorance and social irresponsibilities are going to kill us all.

Friday, March 11, 2011



The devastation in Japan makes me super fucking sad. The sheer power of the Earth and all it's natural disasters is almost unbearable to watch, wherever it unfolds. I hear the death count is up to 1,000. The prospect of death is always grimacing and whether you are involved in a car accident or swept away in a tsunami, as distant in chances as these probabilities may be, they happen every day. One of the things they used to teach us in school in San Francisco about earthquakes was that a lot of injuries and death come from getting hit by falling debris or out of control fires. To survive an earthquake only to get smashed by a concrete roof, or get ripped apart by a sign barreling at you is not how I'd prefer to leave this world. This disaster is pretty mind blowing, and I only wish things like this didn't have to happen.


I'm finally getting around to uploading some photos from Italy. I took about 700 photos ( no joke ) so I will be breaking them up over the next few days. The first installment is going to be the food section. The killer food section.

One of the three nights I ate a fine Italian meal, I met up with American friends Jill and Meggie. Sweetest humans ever! Felt really lucky I was able to catch them before they returned home.

The language thing was a barrier. I felt like such an asshole not really knowing how to say anything in Italian. Here you can see Meggie utilizing the universal hand gestures for "pepper please." Although, in the picture it doesn't seem so universal

Pre-food rippage. Did I mention the arugula was unreal? I don't even like green things but it was like perfectly sweet and tangy. Mind blowing health options.

Lobster Spaghetti. Brava.

Damn even the carcasses look good.

In Italy, you have the apps, the first course, the second course, and dessert. You would think this is a recipe for obesity but in Milan I did not see such affects. Sticking to tradition, I basically ate a second meal of Beef Fillet that they had apparently cooked rare. Oops. It was totally awesome.

Ate Indian when I went. I love Indian food. All the restaurants are covered up by drapes on the windows so it's kind of hard to tell where is good to eat. I rolled the dice and scored on this one.

Garlic naan. At first I thought it looked kind of funny- but the garlic showing through is baked into the naan not on top, so it was more garlicky than usual. Score

Of course ordered the chicken tikka masala. It's Italian counter part is much less tomatey than what you would find in the States. Very good.

Indian mints/enchanted charms

il Carpaccio. This display was the first thing I saw when I stepped in. Amazingly gorgeous. I figured everything they set out is fresh for the day and they use the ingredients off the tables.

I think this is one of my favorite photos of Italy. Straight Italian grandma style- big ass fish just hanging out next to some bottles of Fernet Branca and Gruppa. That fish is almost falling off the table but it looks so good!

Vegetables anyone?

Spaghetti alla Carbonara. Made with Bacon. Tops

Cleaning up.

I forgot to bring my Italian phrase book but fortunately the waitress was Chinese so I could fandangle some suggestions. She brought out my second course which was cooked ham with sauteed artichokes and onions, potatoes, in rosemary and light olive oil.

Pastries I did not finish but ended up bringing back to the States in a piece of foil. However, the apple gelato/ice cream was not so lucky.



Thursday, March 10, 2011


Some pictures from last night. After no sleep on a ten hour flight, straight to the Vans park for this ladies night that's been a while coming. I was kind of worried nobody would show up. But I was surprised to find there was a carpool of chicks from DC that came, as well as a lot of really young rippers. I do not kid when I say rippers- I mean it, as you will see in the photos provided by further below. After last night, Vans is stoked on doing this every other month or so. Aside from the helmet steez, it was a really awesome time between eating shit after not skating for a while and free tecates. The group picture further below is straight skate camp steez. So good. Not pictured: all the females that were actually there.

Long gone are the days of the 90's All Girls Skate Jams where any girl could show up with rocket shuv its and be legitly sponsored by like Nikita and Oakley or something random. I'm stoked this night came together at the House of Vans last night. Females were shredding and everyone was rad. Well yeah except for that one DJ/Model/I get three boxes from Vans a month chick- she sucks. Did I mention she's the only human who I've ever met that's tried to straight kick me off an ipod? Just to play her own DJ mash up that was made for lesbian raves? Harsh. Anyway, watching Jennifer skate last night reminded me of like watching Sean Malto or something. Not only really good style for a chick- but bluntslides pop out? Damn 2011 really came through!!!