Drumming Update

If anyone is interested, I did another recording to track my progress with learning the drums. I have been making myself go back and redo any sections I stuff up, but that doesn’t make for a fun listen, so I did a single run straight through the two songs Ive started learning (The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters). Oh, the stuff up at about 2 minutes in was because Miki (one of my dogs) decided to jump up onto my lap 😛 The rest (as always) are mine.

The Unforgiven [5mb]
Nothing Else Matters [5mb]

Let me know what you think 🙂

Cyclone Yasi Part 3: Return of the Disorganisation (aka Why So Disorganised?)

joker-1 (Small)Oh, before I get onto a cynical spin, I would like to say I was pleased that just about everyone stayed so safe.  Being an ex-NQ guy myself (Cairns and Townsville), Ive seen the mixture of panic and apathy the public presents when a Cyclone looms. It looks like the North Queenslanders may have paid attention to the cyclone preparation.

Now, on to the real cynicism 😉

It’s all rather self serving. Ie.  If the government and the media have exaggerated the danger presented to start with, then after the threat passes we find less damage and problems than they told us would occur, people will automatically assume that they did an excellent job and that’s kept people safe.  When in reality there was less danger to start with…

I thought I’d check off all the usual stuff that happens after a cyclone (some mentioned in a previous post):

Other things that always happen after a cyclone, that I didn’t put in the post (they are so obvious it’s probably not worth mentioning, but I will just for completeness 😛

You’d think by now they would be pretty well versed in how to respond to a disaster in North Queensland by now, especially after Cyclone Tracy, Cyclone Larry, and many others.  But, I have a friend who has registered to volunteer with the cleanup etc, but as yet none of the organisations (he registered with multiple) have not called him back, even just to tell him whats going on, let alone to tell him to head to North Queensland to clean up after Cyclone Yasi.

Maybe someone should point out to Gillard and team that they could probably set up a template in their preferred word processor software?  😉

Cyclone Yasi – Part 2 (Yasi Strikes Back)

Photo of damage from cyclone Yasi in Innisfail

Capture from the web cam feed in Innsifail after Cyclone Yasi @ 8:30am

Well, I’m hearing news reports of trees being blown around “like matchsticks”, but can’t say this photo shows anywhere near that damage.  And whomever set up the web cam either has a good generator and fair amount of fuel, or they didn’t lose power? Even that wooden fence has stayed standing… good to hear it wasn’t as bad as all the media channels were “predicting” (hyping up more like it).

ABC was also reporting that so far there have been no lives lost to Cyclone Yasi.  Great news 🙂

Everyone I know in Townsville and Cairns are reporting less damage than expected, and so far I haven’t heard of anyone I know having any major problems.

Cyclone Yasi Part 1: Cyclone Yasi (2011) vs Cyclone Olivia (1996)

Fark, I’m already over cyclone-friggin Yasi and it hasn’t even gotten to the coast yet.  Talk about people getting all hyped up…. Not to say that its not serious and that it will cause major problems, but seriously, does the media need to bash it so much when its not even here yet?

I think people just love drama and this is better to them than any reality tv show, because people might die! And houses will be destroyed! I have had so many ICQ’s, facebook messages etc about it and how terrible it is…

…But checking YouTube shows a very different picture… just a bit of wind and rain.  Even a live stream on UStream from Innisfail shows there is barely any wind worth mentioning.  Looks like the rain is picking up though (@ 7:20pm EST).

In looking at past cyclones, I saw that a world record, in terms of wind speed, was claimed by Cyclone Olivia.  Anyone remember that one?  Just because it crossed over a less populated area, it didn’t seem to make many headlines, not compared to the barrage of sensationalism the media is vomiting out already for Yasi.

Just to highlight how much the media is making a spectacle out of this, and for those that want to go on about how big it is, have a look at this comparing the two (copyright remains that of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology of course):

Cyclone Yasi (2011) vs Cyclone Olivia (1996)

Not much difference in size eh?

How about people pull their heads in, calm down, free up the phone lines for emergency personnel, and wait until something happens before getting all worked up….

I wonder how many people have died in the last 24 hours in situations that probably wont even make the news.  Just to really push the point, Heart Disease apparently kills 500,000 Americans each year (and that’s the conservative number from the website).  Thats 1,369 people per day, 57 per hour, or nearly 1 every minute.  How often do you see this kind of media blitz for Heart Disease?  Hell, there are over 2,100 suicides (2005 statistics) in Australia each year, or over 5 per day.  Where is the government support, financial aid etc for them and their families?

BTW, if you have a problem with this post, let me know 😉

*shakes head*

Update @ 10pm EST:  The UStream feed from Innisfail is still going strong (occasional drop out), so things cant be too bad yet.  I do hope people in the area are tucked away somewhere safe by now.

Oh, and I’m calling it now:  We will be hearing about this for months and months (years?) – the politicians will be fighting over payments / relief to the area, there will be whingers who will get their 15 minutes of fame because a tree blew over on their house while they were in it, postage/freight problems, electricity problems, the council not cleaning up enough quick enough, should the tax payers help foot the bill, insurance companies wont pay out because they’ll argue flooding (which most people aren’t covered for), charity ribbons and crap like that, telethons, relief concerts, looters, scum suckers who will abuse the relief funds…. should I keep going?