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Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug 27 2010

Outtakes at Last Vol. 2: Fog, Sun, Fog

Day Two: Wake up hideously early, realize intrepid companion isn’t going to be awake for hours.  No intertoobz due to wi-fi on the fritz in machine.  What else to do but head out for Hurricane Ridge Road to snap photos of all those lovely road cuts we didn’t get a chance to linger at the …

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Aug 26 2010

Outtakes At Last Vol. 1: Hurricane Ridge or Bust

Yeah, yeah, I know the trip was over a week ago.  Yeah, it took me this long to pull out the bits I’ve decided you can’t live without.  I’m one of those horribly disorganized people whose time management skills are not the envy of all.  More like a laughingstock.  Besides, I’ve been busy pre-writing stuff …

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Aug 26 2010

Phil’s Not Faring Too Well

I love Phil Plait.  I respect Phil Plait.  I follow him on Twitter, shall soon be following him on teevee, and enjoy him immensely.  But even the people I love best occasionally do things that earn them a gentle savaging from their peers.  And it seems that his Don’t Be A Dick shenanigans (hereafter referred …

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Aug 25 2010

The Pleasures of Knowing

I’ve taken a brief break from geology to sort through photos of flowers.  Yes, you’re going to get hit with Northwest flora sometime this winter.  Probably more than one post, actually, because I’ve got a lot of photos of flowers. Aside from giving me a warm, flowery feeling, these pictures have reminded me just how …

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Aug 25 2010

Dumbfuckery du Jour

Memo to Gov. McDonnell and idiot friends thereof:  Taking $2.5 billion from the feds to balance your state budget does not make you a brilliant balancer: The Wall Street Journal editorial board has an item today heralding Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s (R) $400 million budget surplus. According to the WSJ, it “proves” the efficacy of …

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Aug 24 2010

Wither Geology? National Parks Edition

I don’t know if the rest of you have noticed, but the vast majority of parks seem to all but ignore geology.  You find little informational signs dotted everywhere talking about flora, fauna, settlement, discovery, etc.  But just a few pathetic mentions, if any, of the geology behind the spectacular scenery.  Unless, of course, you’re …

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Aug 24 2010

PZ Is Ailing

Our Cephalopod Overlord got the kind of phone call from his doctor’s office that no one wants to get, the one that says, “Get to the hospital, like, NOW, and if your university has a time machine, we suggest you use it to get there sooner.”  Now he’s wearing the latest in hospital fashion and …

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Aug 24 2010

Dumbfuckery du Jour

Way to go, fucktards: For nearly eight years, the right had a simple mantra when it came to defending the Bush/Cheney White House against criticism from the left: liberals were emboldening terrorists. If there was another large-scale attack, it’d be our fault. It’s hard to overstate how common this was. The left was constantly reminded …

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Aug 23 2010

Things I Found in the Twitterverse

I woke up to a slew of interesting links on Twitter this – um, well, afternoon.  Look, I work nights, all right?  The crack o’ noon is my version of other peoples’ 6 ay-em.  I once had to explain this to a scheduling manager at a former job who didn’t understand why we night folk …

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Aug 23 2010

Dumbfuckery du Jour

When you become a Con, you apparently get a little license that allows you to be an outrageous hypocrite.  Case in point: I’m embarrassed to admit, I didn’t see this line of attack coming. It just seemed too ridiculous, even for Republicans, but I’m reminded why low expectations are rarely low enough with these folks. …

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