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In Victoria, they have a new fire warning: catastrophic.

Now, it may be that I'm a backwards sort, but catastrophic seems to me to be a somewhat dramatic statement to lay down because of weather conditions. It promotes images of burnt out cities. Of cannibal children. Of Cormac McCarthy, telling everyone that the Road is a trilogy. Sure, this could happen if fires burst around, but the old warning of 'extreme' seemed fine enough to me, and catastrophic seems to be mostly connecting to the fact that governments want to frighten their citizens into doing as they say, which is hardly new, but seems to be lacking less and less subtlety as life goes on.

Here's a t-shirt called 'When Geek-ness Goes Retro'



I had a good time in Melbourne, however. I saw some friends, swam in the ocean, went to a wedding, and spent money that has left me largely broke now as the bills move in.

(crossposted)

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king_espresso
Jan. 12th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
I'm waiting for a fire warning of apocalyptic. It sounds much more dramatic than just catastrophic. Catastrophic could be used to describe a badly prepared souffle. Apocalyptic has a certain oomph to it.
benpeek
Jan. 12th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
its good to know that there are places still left to go.
shadowsandice
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
...you visited while I was on another continent on purpose, didn't you.
benpeek
Jan. 29th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
it was a diabolical plan, especially given that i wasn't sure when you were leaving, and they planned the wedding a year in advance. but, you know, with the proper sacrifices...

i was kinda bummed when i realised you were gone while i was down :(
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