Sunday, January 9, 2011

A look back at 2010!

It came. It devastated. It vanished in the blink of an eye.

A bird's eye view of devastated Haiti
2010 has gone, and not without leaving serious imprints. We started off the year with a groundbreaking (literally)  7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed tens of thousands and injured other thousands. Reports calculate around 230,000 lost their lives when the epicenter hit Port-au-Prince, the Haitian Capital on January 12. Like a chorus, Chile followed, with an 8.8 magnitude quake, and so did China, with a 6.9 magnitude- and many other affected areas around the world. 

On March 16th, Uganda's World Heritage Site, the Kusubi Tombs were destroyed by fire. No one truly knows how or why it happened, but it's a shame such an integral piece of history is now only contained in pictures and memories..
Kusubi Tombs in Uganda

On May 20, Five paintings worth €100 million were stolen from the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Not sure what the thinking behind that was. After all, why have something you can't show off or brag about without facing arrest, federal and national charges? Who would buy something everyone is looking for? I mean we're not talking about a pair of red socks that would blend in if you're wearing boots and long pants. 

"Hey Joe, is that Picasso's Le pigeon aux petits pois?" 
"Why yes, it is... The original one, too!"
"Wasn't that one stolen from the museum?"
"Well I purchased it from a noble source.." 

Like really. You'd have better luck selling the bong Miley Cyrus used to intensify her IQ.

Besides the hundreds of tribal, country and international level conflicts killing hundreds, we also had a moment of entertainment as the World Cup unraveled in the heart of Africa, reeling spectators, fans and hopefuls from every nation to follow every game with intensity.

The populars fell hard and fast, with Italy and France not even making it to Quarter Finals, Brazil and Portugal sporting the label as World's Biggest Let Downs and the Koreas being epic fails. However, there were also unlikely underdogs that shock and awed, like Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Uruguay. In the end however, there can only be one Winner, and Spain conquered like it hadn't done since the Spanish influenza in 1918.

July 25th, Wikileaks, the controversial website that posts military and government secrets, unleashed 90,000 internal reports on the war in Afghan. What world would we be living in if we can't read, watch, and comment on every confidential matter the government is lying and hiding to us about from the comfort of our smart phone?

Indonesia suffered the toll of both an earthquake and repeat eruptions from Mount Merapi in October. Between both disasters, over 600 lives were lost. 

October 13, however, positive news captivated the world for a couple days for a change, while 33 miners were brought to the surface of the earth after nearly 3 months in absolute darkness. During that time, Ninavstheworld posted information and links to live stream of the footage. It was also the month my blog came to be, bringing you a daily dose of nonsense. :) 

Nov. 17, researchers at CERN trapped, wait for it.. Anti-matter for the sixth of a second. That's right, for a split of a split of a split of a nanosec, they captured.. Nothing. Absolutely nothing.  Earth shattering, huh? It's wonderful how millions of dollars are spent on these experiments where scientists observe the universe comprised of matter and wonder if there exists places where anti-matter exist, and whether they can harness that anti-matter. In fact, its considered one of the greatest unsolved problems in physics. 
This is a representation of antimatter, also known anti-hydrogen.

December 2nd, NASA informed of a new Arsenic-based life form in Cali- and no, it wasn't Katy Perry, or her daisy dukes. 

Good thing for pictures. All I got was a sleep deprivation headache.
December 21 I stared out of my window at 2:00 am squinting at a foggy night sky trying to make out the moon. As you will recall, it was the first total lunar eclipse coinciding with the northern winter solstice/southern summer solstice that last took place in 1638. At that point, Galileo had just lost his vision and missed out on the eclipse- and I had 20/20 and couldn't see jack. Thanks, Clouds. 

And so closed another year, the beginning of a new decade, and the hope of a world for a better tomorrow. And then we woke up. Well, at least you can keep coming back to my blog and filling up on nonsense to pass the day, the hours, and the year. :)

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