Lessons from Super Typhoon Yolanda

Super typhoon Yolanda, with an international name of Haiyan, was the 4th strongest tropical cyclone in the world since 1960. It was also the strongest that made a landfall in Earth’s history. It was unexpected, no one was prepared for it, not even the typhoon-experienced Philippines.

The aftermath was equally worse. The National government was “paralyzed”, “shocked”, and in “chaos”. No, they would not admit it — for obvious reasons — but anyone can that it is the case. What went wrong? How do we move forward from this disaster? Where should we go next?

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Inclusive versus Exclusive (Calendar) Counting

Calendar-Clip-Art-Free.jpg Ever encountered documents, statements, or people that to you they counted dates wrong–additional 1 day or lacking 1 month? Or maybe you were in a situation wherein you were wondering if you have to count the starting date as 1, or count the next day/month instead.

It is confusing, yes. The reason is simple, when it comes to counting calendar dates, most cultures both in times past and the present (at least our present) count days and months and years, even millenias and eons, inclusive of the starting date. There was and is no 0 (zero). We do not start counting from zero. But in other disciplines, especially where mathematics is involved, zero is equally important as any other numerals. Hence the confusion.

In this post, I’m going to give some few examples of the different between inclusive and exclusive calendar counting.

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The Demigod Files Timeline

Looking for the dates when the events in The Demigod Files occured? Your search is over! On this post, I will show you when the short stories–Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot, Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon, Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades–fits in our combined timeline.

Of course, if you have already seen our combined timeline, then you already know the dates. You can read on and decide for yourself if you agree with my key points.

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Riordan Modern Mythology Reading Order

Since we have now established an accurate combined timeline of events of what I call the “Riordan Modern Mythology” world, it is only obvious that there should be a recommended reading order. After all, should be read it based on the released date, or chronologically, or whichever we feel like reading?

Below you will find my recommended reading order, a chronological list (if you prefer that), and released date order.

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