ucla earthquake preparedness and the great california shakeout 10/15 @ 10:15

The Great California Shakeout

The Great California Shakeout

today, october 15, 2009 (10/15) at 10:15 am, ucla faculty and staff participated in the ‘great california shakeout.’ the great shakeout is an earthquake preparedness drill sponsored by the state of california. employees are asked to identify sturdy tables and desks under which to duck and cover in the event of an earthquake, and then walk through an actual evacuation route to a predetermined rendezvous point outside of the building.

the drill was boring, but beneficial. at ucla, there were no siren blasts, news media hovering overhead in helicopters (like we had for days when michael jackson died), or people screaming. best of all, no one was injured during the drill.

we ducked and covered, made our way to the evacuation point, read our bruinalerts (bruinalert on facebook), (which have recently told us of emergencies on campus such as stabbings), and returned to our offices. it was a good way to prepare a plan of action in the event of an actual emergency.

i used my time wisely to read briefly from a hebrew book i rather enjoy reading. i figure, if you’re gonna go, you might as well go out reading something you enjoy.

Members of the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities rendezvous at the Murphy Sculpture Garden during the October 15, 2009 "Great California Shakeout" earthquake preparedness drill.

Members of the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities rendezvous at the Murphy Sculpture Garden during the "Great California Shakeout" earthquake preparedness drill.

UCLA Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs) demonstrating how to properly 'duck and cover' during the Great California Shakeout on October 15, 2009.

UCLA Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs) demonstrating how to properly 'duck and cover' during the Great California Shakeout on October 15, 2009.

"If you're gonna go, you might as well go reading something worthwhile." - Robert Cargill Dr. Robert Cargill reading his BHS under a sturdy table during the Great California Shakeout.

"If you're gonna go, you might as well go out reading something you enjoy." - Robert Cargill

Dr. Robert Cargill reading his BHS under a sturdy table during the Great California Shakeout.

Dr. Robert Cargill reading his BHS under a sturdy table during the Great California Shakeout.

new free biblical hebrew textbook available online

Ruth 1 from the Aleppo Codex

Ruth 1 from the Aleppo Codex

john a. cook and robert d. holmstedt have made available online their new biblical hebrew textbook entitled, ‘biblical hebrew: a student grammar‘ for free. available as a simple .pdf download, the book appears at first glance to be a well organized introduction to biblical hebrew. because it was developed with online dissemination in mind, the book integrates several pedagogical techniques (like digitally marking up texts and apparatuses for clearer explanation) that are not found in older, classical hebrew textbooks. releasing the book for free online will guarantee greater exposure and therefore better adoption than publishing a bound paper volume alone. likewise, the digital format will allow for quicker corrections to any typographical errors that can then be integrated into the text itself, which is superior to a separate, printed errata sheet tucked inside the front cover of a printed volume.

for those of you that always wanted to learn hebrew, this is a great opportunity. thank you to drs. cook and holmstedt for the effort and for making it available for free online.

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