Daily Archives: 06/23/2003

Summer Solstice, Yona Guam

I took this panorama from my balcony Saturday evening. I think the results are pretty damn spectacular. Look for more of these in the future. Warning! This file is about 2 megabytes in size, so be prepared for a long download. Quicktime is required to view this panorama.

This image was created by an excellent software package, The Panorama Factory. I think the results are pretty damn spectacular, especially since this was my first attempt at making a panorama. I will definitely purchase this piece of software, it’s well worth the money.

Black Robe

I finally got around to watching Black Robe last night. I’ve have that particular Netflix DVD lying around since late April, but I never got around to watching it. I wonder why? It is a beautiful film, stunningly filmed and with a powerful message. Sometimes I think we haven’t learned a damn thing in 400 years. I guess it is a depressing film at its heart; two cultures just cannot fathom each other and it leads to despair and death of all involved.

One thing that struck me though was the appearance of a manitou during several dream sequences. I can remember seeing the manitou on Manitou Bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. Quite a sight actually.

Censorship

I recently noted the 50th anniversary of the publication of Fahrenheit 451, a most excellent novel. One thing I did not mention was how livid Ray Bradbury was when he discovered that editors were snipping out bits and pieces of his book in the interest of making it safer for teenagers to read. The irony of people censoring a book about censorship was not lost on Mr. Bradbury. Well I managed to dig up a preface Mr. Bradbury wrote for a later edition of his novel, addressing that very topic.

More On Anatahan

Clicking through the myriad links I presented in the previous post, I stumbled upon Anatahan’s somewhat lurid history. The island was home to a couple dozen shipwrecked Japanese fishermen and sailors during World War II, including one woman. The long isolation, close quarters primitive living conditions, and sexual jealousies reduced the number of castaways, frequently by knife fights between various suitors for the woman’s affections. U.S. Forces knew about the holdouts on the island, but were unsuccessful in repatriating any of the Japanese. They held out on their island fortress for six years, until the woman grew tired of island life in 1951 and flagged down a passing US vessel. The other survivors were soon persuaded to give up and return to Japan, marking the last formal surrender of WWII.

This misadventure was actually the subject of a movie made in 1953, The Saga of Anatahan.

Oh yeah, more cool pictures I found at Wash U’s web site.

Anatahan Eruption Update

I found a couple cool websites with more preliminary information about the volcanic eruption on Anatahan last month.

Wow. Some of those photos are really amazing, especially the photos of the abandoned village on Anatahan buried in ash. This plethora of information is a perfect example of the quality of information available on the internet, enabling knowledge for people around the world. It is amazing that all this information is so readily available.

FYI: The volcano continues to erupt and the island is still off limits according to the CNMI Emergency Management Office. A good reference for the current conditions is the NOAA GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) Guam sector web page, and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center.