Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 7:21am
Today is March 14. Also known as 3/14. Which is close to 3.14. Which represents the first 3 digits of Pi, the number that expresses the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Right? Right!
So, that makes it Pi Day! And geeks all over are celebrating. Check out this musical interpretation of everyone's favorite never-ending number.
And this girl can recite the first couple thousand digits of Pi from memory. And she does it quickly.
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 1:37pm
John Vidale with the University of Washington's seismology lab joined Dave and Luke today to put today's Japanese earthquake into some context. He says today's quake was 1000 times the strength of the Puget Sound's Nisqually quake of 2001.
[Photo by Danny Choo]
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 9:04am
Dave Ross Commentary - Listen: We are here at the planet's whim
I've been watching today's earthquake videos.
I've heard reports it lasted two minutes, three minutes FOUR minutes.
"It was a terrifying sensation. The entire floor was shaking, almost like a carnival ride, only you never knew it was going to stop."
High rises buildings kept swaying in slow motion even after the shaking stopped.
And the tsunami...a tsunami broadcast live.
Did you see that wave race across the farm fields? After hitting the coast at something like 480 miles an hour? It turned black as it surrounded and then picked up cars boats and houses -- it raced raced toward roads with traffic on them. And traffic doesn't seem to notice. The cars seem to drive right into it... because they had no idea.
We're here at the planet's whim.
"When the quake first hit people ran to the middle of the road and I thought some people were going get run down by cars just because they were so panicked."
I work in an office not too far from a large body of water -- I'm trying to imagine just what the evasive maneuver would be if a thirty foot wave came rushing up the street.
And doesn't it make the stuff that wars are fought over seem insignificant? Like Libya -- a war being fought because one guy won't quit his job.
It would be better, I think, for the nations of the world to concentrate their defense spending on defending mankind from the whims of this planet.
Because frankly -- it doesn't seem to give to a rip about collateral damage.
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 6:55am
The Stranger's Charles Mudede just shared this earthquake video from Japan.
Watch more videos from the quake at YouTube's CitizenTube channel.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 1:30pm
The Washington State Patrol says if you’re going to drive in the left-hand lane, you better be passing another driver. If you’re not passing, GET OVER TO THE RIGHT. KIRO’s Chris Sullivan couldn’t agree more.
Listen to Chris' conversation with Dave and Luke:
[Photo: Traffic on I-5 by Walsh]
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 11:11am
Before he was belting out songs on American Idol, Stefano Langone was studying music at Bellevue College. Today on Ross and Burbank, we talk to his former teacher there. But first, check out Stefano's performance from last night's show.
UPDATE: Listen to Dave and Luke's conversation with Bellevue College Music Department director Thomas Almli, who used to teach Stefano Langone:
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 9:18am
Dave Ross Commentary - Listen: Rep Peter King's hearings into radical Islam may in fact bust a few stereotypes
In fact, so far, Muslims are coming across as patriots. Rep. Keith ELLISON, one of two Muslims in the House, told the story of Muhammad Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old paramedic and police cadet who was seen running toward Ground Zero as the attack was happening.
When he failed to show up at work the next day -- news outlets speculated he might have been involved.
"Some people spread false rumors and speculated he was in league with the attackers, because he was a Muslim, but it was only when his remains were identified that these lies were exposed. His life should not be identified as just a member of an ethnic group, or just a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow Americans."
He'll be accused of grandstanding, no doubt. But HAMDANI, in fact, is even mentioned BY NAME in the Patriot Act... as an example of a Muslim American who acted heroically.
Al Qaeda terrorists tend to be Muslims. Aryan extremists and anti-abortion extremists tend to be Christians. Radicals frequently invoke religion.
Except since most of us know so many perfectly reasonable Christians, we realize the Christian extremists are rare.
But we tend not to know many Muslims.
So here's an idea. If you're worried about Muslim extremism, visit a Mosque. They pray five times each a day, there's a sermon every Friday, and they welcome visitors. And I know there's this 12th century stereotype, but if you call ahead some of the larger ones can even arrange a Power-Point presentation.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 @ 8:34am
Dave Ross Commentary - Listen: Another star athlete suspended
University of Washington senior Venoy Overton -- defensive star of the Husky basketball team -- was suspended yesterday based on charges that he supplied alcohol to a minor. Specifically two 16-year-old girls who he then had sex with.
But because Husky Coach Lorenzo Romar knew the facts of the case weeks ago, commentators have SKEWERED him for not suspending Overton sooner. They point to BYU which suspended one if its star players merely for having sober sex with his girlfriend -- no charges at all.
But could we call a quick time out here? I know we all want gentlemen/athletes, but if you look at any high-level athletic competition -- it's a primal thing. It's regulated war. There's a clear winner and a clear loser. (Except in soccer, of course.)
I realize young people look up to athletes, and so we want to give them something to look up to -- but that's unfair to the athletes, isn't it? You deliberately recruit these high-strung competitive personalities, and then you ask them to turn it off the moment they step off the court, so that they can satisfy OUR need for moral examples.
How about this -- we stop looking to athletes as moral examples. And look at them as athletes. That way all this stuff becomes the team's business, and not something the rest of us have to agonize about.
Because the fact is, what fans care about is whether the team wins. That is the nature of sports -- WINNING. Yes.
Sports fans want wins not halos. Unless it's Halo 3 and then we want to win that too.