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Earthquake in RI, again?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 | Personal | 3 Comments

I just felt a minor earthquake, or what I thought was one.  It was either that, or our dog scratching herself violently.

The house shook, things moved just a bit.

Only a little over a year ago we had another minor earthquake felt in RI.

How do I know?  I saw on Twitter: earthquake RI

Others felt the same thing too.

Everyone seems safe, unless you were building houses of cards.

UPDATE – October 16, 2012 @ 7:47PM

It was a 4.5 earthquake, centered about 5km west of Hollis Center, ME.  Reports on twitter say it was felt throughout the northeast including MA, VT, NH, RI, CT and parts of NY.  Someone tweeted me from NY saying her mirror move a bit.

The earthquake was picked up by mainstream news outlets in the past few minutes:

No reports of any damage that I’ve seen yet.

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Earthquake, in Rhode Island?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Personal | 11 Comments

I swear I just felt the house moving around a little.  I just through I had been staring at code too much, but I had just read on CNN that there was an earthquake in NY / DC.

In case you’re curious, you’re not crazy.

Lets hope everyone had it as minor as I just did (just the monitors swaying a little).

UPDATE 8/23/2011 @ 2:33PM

There was an earthquake.  Some relevant links:

So far it seems minor, and no reported injuries or deaths.  I guess that also means no photos to be posted about the earthquake?

If it ever starts working again, you can report what you felt at the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.

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David Sedaris and his books…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Business | 1 Comment

David Sedaris

David Sedaris

David Sedaris is an author, among other things, of comedic books.  For the past 6 months I’ve been listening to some of his audiobooks while I drive back and forth to Boston and skiing.  So far I’ve finished Me Talk Pretty One Day, and have been working my way through When You Are Engulfed in Flames recently.  

I wanted to point out a few things.  First of all, audiobooks aren’t that bad.  I’ve always looked down on audiobooks myself somewhat.  They’re not really reading, and I’ve always detested abridged versions of books.  I’m not saying I love the concept of abridging books, but I didn’t find that it bothered me.  The winning point of audiobooks, for me, is having the author read the books.  I fully believe my experience listening to David Sedaris’ audiobook Me Talk Pretty One Day, was significantly improved by hearing David tell the story himself.  It does help that he’s a great writer, and reader.  

His stories are the types of stories we would all have gathered throughout our lives, with a comedic edge.  I got into reading his books when my girlfriend couldn’t stop laughing on a plane ride about an event in a bathroom.  

What brought me to writing this, was that I wanted to point out David Sedaris would be appearing at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 6 @ 8:00pm.  Unfortunately I can’t go, but would love for someone else to get to experience it.

Here are some other books by David Sedaris:

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Naked
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Holidays on Ice: Stories
Holidays On Ice: Stories
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
Holidays on Ice
Holidays on Ice
The Book of Liz
The Book of Liz
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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