Daily Archives: January 15th, 2010

And now a word from your blog whore

Just a minor programming note:

I have adjusted ye olde widgets so that “Recent Comments” are shown much higher on the side bar than they used to be. I want to be doing my part when it comes to giving out the props and showing all of your adorable little avatars. The “Blogroll” is also very important and I tried hard to keep it in the limelight, too. To accomplish this some other stuff (like the Calendar) was moved down.

I appreciate every comment so much and want to bring to the table my share of reciprocity as a way of saying “thank you” for stopping by and sharing your textual goodness here. 🙂

Haiti earthquake topography

At 4:53 p.m. local time on January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Hispaniola Island, just 15 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Besides its strong magnitude, the earthquake’s shallow depth of roughly 8.3 kilometers (5.2 miles) ensured that the densely populated capital suffered violent shaking.

This map shows the topography and tectonic influences in the region of the earthquake. Lighter colors indicate higher elevation. Black circles mark earthquake locations determined by the U.S. Geological Survey, and circle sizes correspond with quake magnitudes. Dozens of aftershocks followed the main quake. Red lines indicate fault lines.

The epicenter of the quake appears just south of the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault, the southernmost of two major east-west-trending faults that bear the stress of the convergence of the Caribbean and North America tectonic plates in this location. Though faults are weak spots or fractures in the Earth’s crust below the surface, very often there are topographical clues to their presence. In this case, the presence of the fault is indicated by long, straight valley cutting through southern Haiti, just south of Port-Au-Prince. The Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault is a strike-slip type fault, with the Caribbean plate moving eastward with respect to the North America plate.

Image and text courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory.

No more Hoff beef injections!

Hoffjizz in my Hoffpants

America’s got talent but America’s Got Talent (AGT) does not have The Hoff. Sup with that?!?

In the upcoming season AGT has replaced David Hasselhoff with Howie Mandel. Howie is cool and all, but he is no Hoff.

What are we going to get now? A steady diet of Howieisms? No way!

Seriously. WTF? I can only surmise the Hoff-man got Hoff-fired. No way he was going to get a better gig so I can’t imagine he quit. And too bad, really. He really gave the show the zing of zaniness that it really needed.  If he was fired I say, “Hoff with their heads!”

Will I watch AGT this season? Probably not. It just too much damn change. Besides, I’m still busy pulling extra shifts trying to save up to buy my Kevin Skinner album.

We may sit in our ivory towers and make fun of The Hoff. We may feel secure up on our higher ground as we look down and chuckle at his antics. He’s a guilty pleasure, we tell ourselves. But no matter how much we claim otherwise, we just can’t help hanging ten as we surf that slippery slope that we call Hoff. It’s not highbrow. It’s not lowbrow. It’s Hoffbrow. And we has gots to haves it.

But, truth be told, we need The Hoff. Without him we are diminished. He satisfies the part of ourselves that seldom sees the light of day. Only The Hoff can feed the beast that lives within.

Hoff has announced publicly that a new program “which will be announced very shortly” is his reason for leaving the show. I call hoffshiat on that. And seriously, Hoff, trust me on this, if you are planning The Grandson of Knight Rider, don’t do it! It’s not worth it!

My gut tells me this mysterious other program is just a smokescreen. So it’s up to people like you and me to do what we can. Hoffer, if you read this, call me, and you can help me organize a benefit concert I have planned to help you through this difficult time: Hoff Aid.


Now that I think about it, maybe it’s a reality TV show staring none other than The Hoff. I found this on the net:

Meet the Hasselhoffs!