Must-See TV – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

("Must-see" is a relative term.  This 3-part documentary can be fairly hard-going.  I first saw the series along with several other works by Adam Curtis early this year, so I've had the chance to view them a few times; first to let them wash over and again to drill down deeper.) Adam Curtis is a film-maker and … Continue reading Must-See TV – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Probability of strong quakes revised upward for eastern Japan | The Japan Times Online

Probability of strong quakes revised upward for eastern Japan | The Japan Times Online. The Japanese seismic intensity scale "shindo" is a measure of the effects of an earthquake.  It is more meaningful for what is happening at the surface and at various locations away from the epicentre.  In general, a higher Magnitude means a higher shindo, but there … Continue reading Probability of strong quakes revised upward for eastern Japan | The Japan Times Online

Mitsubishi i-MiEV – My First Drive

By the good grace of its owner Karl, I had my first drive of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV at the Canberra International EV Festival. The iMiEV (an acronym for "Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle") is based on the Mitsubishi i Kei car; light vehicles governed by displacement (660 cc), size (Length 3.4 m, Width 1.48 m, Height 2 … Continue reading Mitsubishi i-MiEV – My First Drive

M7.3 tremblor could have been an aftershock from 3/11

Japan Times is reporting that the Japan Meteorological Agency said the 5:18 p.m. quake was likely an aftershock of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami [東北地方太平洋沖地震], the magnitude-9 quake that devastated the region on 11 March 2011 and warned of an aftershock from Friday's temblor of up to magnitude 6 within a week. A tsunami of up to … Continue reading M7.3 tremblor could have been an aftershock from 3/11

2012 Canberra International Electric Vehicle Festival – My impressions

This was the third CIEVF I've attended and it was interesting to compare to those of earlier years. Location The move from the lawns near old Parliament House in previous year to the Civic Walk was a change that probably paid off.  The relaxed, open, green fields and the blocked roads for full-throttle Tesla rides were replaced … Continue reading 2012 Canberra International Electric Vehicle Festival – My impressions