Thursday, April 03, 2003

Big-Ass Squid (not the official scientific name) captured in Antarctic waters. Rumors of a sudden upturn in Red Lobster stock were unconnected.

Here's an update to my post a few weeks back:

Mystery bug doctor dies

The World Health Organization expert who first identified the mystery pneumonia that has claimed dozens of lives has himself died of the disease, the UN agency has announced.

Dr Carlo Urbani, a 46-year-old Italian and an expert on communicable diseases, had identified Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in an American businessman admitted to hospital in Vietnam in February.

The WHO said Dr Urbani's early detection of SARS had led to increased global surveillance, enabling the identification and the subsequent isolation of those with the disease to slow its spread.

At least 54 people are known to have died of the disease, and more than 1,400 people to be suffering from it.


Schools closed in Hong Kong, 1000 people quarantined, complete media blackout in China and denial of access to World Health Organization doctors...

Like I said, this doesn't sound good.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

The taste of fugu is incomparable. If you eat it three or four times, you are enslaved...
Anyone who declines it for fear of death is really a pitiable person.
-- Kitaoji Rosanjin

Shinto priests offer prayers to appease the soul of this departed fugu.
Digital Globe

I'm completely obsessed with overhead satellite images. This site has quite a few. The image above is Bora Bora, French Polynesia.