Oh Boy an Earthquake!
I must remind you all that even though I now work as a highly sophisticated GIS’n’Excel monkey, I’m still a geophysicist, god dammit. And someone’s been sucking the physics right out of geophysics, to replace it with stupid not-at-all trendy math:
Keilis-Borok’s team now predicts an earthquake of at least magnitude 6.4 by Sept. 5, 2004, in a region that includes the southeastern portion of the Mojave Desert, and an area south of it.
Still, not all seismologists are convinced. “Application of nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory is often counter-intuitive,” Keilis-Borok said, “so acceptance by some research teams will take time. Other teams, however, accepted it easily.”
Dude that is so last decade! Chaos theory hasn’t been cool since Stephen Wolfram wrote that book and ruined it for everyone; you may as well just get drunk and watch Pi while wearing nothing but your most-falling-apartest pair of underpants, for all it’s going to help you pick up cute grad students at AGU. On the other hand, a casual mention of the snakes in Haicheng can work wonders. Snakes are sexy classics that are currently back in vogue!
Sure, my house falls more or less within “the southeastern Mojave, or maybe Palm Springs, or someplace in the San Bernardinos or near one of those other places starting with San” but I’m not falling out of my chair to stock up on bottled water.