December 30th, 2004



The scale of the tsunami disaster is almost incomprehensible – so many dead, and the total rising on each report; so much damage; so many problems for the rescuers. I feel overwhelmed by the scale of the tragedy.

If, like me, you feel you’d like to do something to help then there are three ways you can do so immediately :-

1. phone 0870 60 60 900 and pledge / give by credit card
2. go to and do likewise
3. go to your local bank / building society / post office and they should be able to take your money (although it may take a day or two before they have the forms they need to do this)

These are basically things for UK residents to do, although anyone can use the web site. If there are other ways to donate in your country and you think it would be helpful for me to include them then let me know and I’ll add them to the post.

[cross posted to a few journals]

Quotes of the Day

Some quotes for you.


People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), in a book review

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought-- particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things.
Woody Allen (1935 - )

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
James Thurber (1894 - 1961)