Earthquake in Indonesia

Thanks, guys, for your concerned e-mails. I'm just off the western coast of Irian Jaya at the moment (the western half of New Guinea), and we are quite far from the disastrous 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck north-west Indonesia earlier today. Luckily, we weren't hit by any enormous waves either, as there is a lot of land between us and the epicenter.

Thanks also to those of you who sent me birthday wishes. Even from Indonesia, I appreciate your thoughtfulness very much.