I was doing some reading today in the normal places (reddit/HN) and found a couple of good posts:
How to construct a web-developer in 12 months : http://www.jpstacey.info/blog/2011/03/13/how-construct-web-developer-twelve-months
This article had some really great pointers, some that I can even use (about yr 4 web-developer here). Anyhow a good place for a beginner to start.
Japan Quake Map: http://www.japanquakemap.com/
This shows a animation on top a a google map over japan. The size of the circle shows how far away the quake should have been felt. It starts off a little slow but as it gets late into friday march 11th.. it gets really bad. This visualization shows just how traumatic this must have been for the japanese people.