Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s Wednesday, and the second issue of the “Friday” Funhouse is late. I’ve come prepared with not one, but two, great excuses. A little late, here it is again, the mixed bag of articles related to New Orleans, Louisiana and general geekitude, with a healthy dose of snark from yours truly.
1. Physicists Find Internet Users Uninterested After 36 Hours
Statistical physicists working in the US and Hungary have found that the number of people reading a particular news story on the web decreases with time by a power law rather than exponentially as was previously thought.
It just means that readership for any given news story goes down like a lead balloon after 36 hours, instead of gently sailing into the horizon. Implication: Keep blogging about New Orleans under the We Are Not Ok tag until your fingers are bloogy stumps. Once you’re done, disinfect, rinse, repeat after 24 hours (for good measure).
2. UNESCO’s Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Up and Running As Scheduled An American city’s levees and pumping stations, however, are not. Shame, shame, SHAME!
Twenty-six out of a possible 28 national tsunami information centers, capable of receiving and distributing tsunami advisories around the clock have been set up in Indian Ocean countries. The seismographic network has been improved, with 25 new stations being deployed and linked in real-time to analysis centers. There are also three Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) sensors. The Commission for the Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is also contributing data from seismographic stations.
3. ‘Crime Emergency’ Declared In Washington D.C. Following Surge in Crime Hey! Crime Capital is the only thing at which we’re #1. Don’t take that away from us, too, you greedy scum! Speaking seriously, notice that our killings are contained within gangland – we haven’t reached tourists and other visitors with our 38-pills yet.
Fourteen people have been killed since July 1 in the District, in all quadrants of the city, and police are being pressured to take action by residents at community meetings and vigils to honor the dead … The victims included a popular store owner slain at closing time, a community activist killed in a park and a British citizen whose throat was slit in Georgetown.
Another episode of the Funhouse pour vous, just under the wire. More on Friday – I promise – to make up for your frustration, tears and gnashing of teeth from this past weekend.