The 2015 Fukushima Pinup Calendar



*The 2015 Fukushima Pinup Calendar* is part of my ongoing project Tin Towns and Other Excel Fictions.  It adds another data point to *The Good Fortune Land* - a collection of Excel spread sheets that tell one part of the story of the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant disaster.  Of course, we have moved past 2015, but this Calendar is intended as a vivid reminder of the history of the then-four-year attempt to pretty up the picture.  It was also a useful calendar online or printed, for home or office for that year. It consists, of course, of the twelve months of the year – each month commemorating one of the extant issues surrounding the “control” of the plant and its surrounding water and land.  In the spaces for each day, data from 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 is recalled – along with the important holidays! 


by M.D. Coverley

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*The 2015 Fukushima Pinup Calendar* is not a comprehensive account of the Fukushima Triple Melt-Through.  Rather, since the disaster is relatively complicated, the figures inconsistent, and news reports fragmentary and conflicting, I approached the subject with some specific (in a sense, artistic – since all art and literature involves limitation) constraints.  Having closely followed reports from the few sources that have been covering Fukushima since the disaster – sources including TEPCO itself, the Daily Yomuri, Asahi News, Fukushima Diary, ENEnews, NHK World, Physics Forum, and others – I found I had collected hundreds of articles – and had access to many more through news archives.  What sense to be made of all of this (?) especially since this affair will be ongoing for hundreds of years! 

I decided to choose one theme for each month of the year (the explosions, the land contamination, the health effects) and in the day/spaces for that month to include only articles on that particular subject.  June, for example, is the month for Water – and the problems relating to the radioactive water leaks from Fukushima.  Surprisingly, choosing only the articles published between June 2011 and through successive Junes until 2014, I had more than enough headlines to fill the boxes.  The Calendar, then, is an impressionistic look at a continuing narrative – the end of which is unknown. . . .

What does emerge, I believe, is a sense of what happens to information/storyline (disaster narrative, if you wish) – when input is scattered, confusing, and extended over long time intervals.


Background on Tin Towns and Other Excel Fictions: 

We normally think of fiction narratives as represented in linear text.  Yet, electronic literature works – the born digital varieties - have been created with and contained in a range of innovative and often non-linear applications.

 *Tin Towns and Other Excel Fictions* experiments with making fiction using spreadsheets and other Excel templates.  The content of each “metastory” is necessarily shaped by the architecture of each specific application.  The basic spreadsheet layout allowed a compression of both time and space into formulae, but other useful formats were also available.  As the project builds, I am using budget makers, billing statements, yearly and perpetual calendars, expense reports, blood pressure trackers, loan amortizations, tinkle potty charts, nursing schedule charts, party planners, memos, display booth diagrams, schedules, breakeven interactive charts, and time sheets.  I am not wedded to correct application or function of the apps – they are a way of framing and commenting on the fact that, for all the quantification of our economy (as a way of understanding the world), many important elements may not be factored in. 


This project is a suite of stories that gather a set of “data points” reflecting intersections in technology, history, economics, and memory that tell a tale of human behavior and unexpected loss.  *Tin Towns and Other Excel Fictions* contains works about mega-events that include historical periods from the collapse of the Bronze Age to the 9-11 and the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster.  In looking at the reconfigured data for these events, we begin to explore how our narratives of understanding (or misunderstanding) are assembled.

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The 2015 Fukushima Pinup Calendar is one segment of *The Good Fortune Land.*  It forms part of a collection of pieces from
Tin Towns and Other Excel Fictions



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