I have been looking at the photos. I don't think I shock too easily for stuff like this but I feel kind of stunned. It is about 3am here in California and when I saw the news a few hours ago, the death toll was something like 12,400. This article is entitled Asia Tsunami Toll Tops 16,400, Rush to Find Bodies yet the blurbs on the photo slide show is Tsunami Waves Kill Over 19,930 in Asia (it is actually another article -- I included both links).
I wonder how our Indian Cyburbanites are doing. It makes me think of all the hurricanes in Florida this year as well. And Nerudites ordeal in Edmonton. All of that makes me think of some blurb from somewhere: "We are the earthquake generation". I think it is an astrological reference, but I can't remember. Anyway, my vague understanding is that alignments of the various planets are pulling on the earth powerfully and wreaking havoc with our "weather" ....er, not that earthquakes are part of the weather. I mean, it seems as if, just like the moon causes the ocean's tides due to gravity, that the various planets could also pull on the earth and encourage quakes, hurricanes, etc. under the right circumstances.
I know, I know: my super secret santa gift is on its way: one of those cute little jackets with the wrap around sleeves in the style known as "a straight jacket". Please remember that it is 3am here and be kind.