An interesting earthquake analysis by John Holdaway (PhD student) is posted here: http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/. It focuses on the amazing amount of energy released in an earthquake.
We all know what odd and even numbers are but why are they so called? Why should a pair of things be considered even, but three things be seen as odd? It is a bit like left (weak) and right (good) but this can be partly explained by the fact that left-handed people (like me) are a small minority, and we can be awkward (this is because we must operate some things made for right-handed people). But with numbers the amount of odds and evens is the same. A mystery to be solved...all I know is my grand piano stays 'even' because it has an 'odd' number of legs!
Congrats to my student Damian Duffy who has won the Black Seeds remix contest. His version will be included on their next album. http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=40731187&blogId=538913203
There is an interesting article in the latest MIX magazine (Sept 2010) which features an interview with Mike Hodges, who was the re-recording mixer for LOTR 'The Return of the King', and King Kong at Park Road Post.
13 days later and everyone is trying to get back to normal. The most spectacular damage was in the centre of town (all around where I work at the MAINZ building). These photos tell the story. We are still getting aftershocks.
How quickly our priorities can change. On Saturday morning at 4:35 am a 7.1 earthquake hit here (Christchurch, NZ). Thankfully few people were injured due to the time it occurred, but there was major damage to roads and buildings. The CBD is still cordoned off as many of the old brick buildings have collapsed. Our house was not damaged, although a garden wall collapsed. The power went off at the time of the quake and remained off until mid afternoon. Water mains were burst and we got the water back on Sunday evening. Monday now, and we are still having aftershocks (there have been dozens of them, giving us sleepless nights - quite a few are over 5.0). Anyway we thank God that we are all safe.