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Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 24 2010

Frozen Hydrology on My Geology

Three words: butt-ass freezing cold. Seattle’s not equipped for this Arctic air shit.  Inch or so of snow and ice, and the entire city shuts down.  Having already been in one car accident this year, I decided to forgo a second.  The car stayed home, and I hoofed it to work.  At least the sun …

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Nov 23 2010

Dana’s Dojo: Killing Your Darlings II

Today in the Dojo: Getting over the fear of being a killer, and keeping the story going strong after killing off somebody essential. There’s blood on my handsBut I’m sure in the endI will prove I was right. -Demons and Wizards, Blood on My Hands There are a few major classifications of writers.  There are …

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Nov 22 2010

Adios, Ozma

Your papa delivered one beautiful eulogy.

Nov 22 2010

Great Scarp! Seattle Has Faults!

You know how I promised you a tour of one of Seattle’s most prominent fault scarps a few months ago?  You’d probably given up hope I’d ever get round to it.  But here we are at last, taking a trip through the southern end of the Seattle Fault Zone, and seeing some pretty dramatic evidence …

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Nov 21 2010

Give Lockwood and Ozma Some Love

Ozma’s dying.  She’s Lockwood’s beautiful feral baby.  We didn’t get a chance to see her when we were there – she’ll only associate with Lockwood – but we caught a glimpse.  She’s a gorgeous girl.  I’m glad she’s got someone she loves and trusts who will stay with her to the end. Ozma Love and …

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Nov 21 2010

Tomes 2010: Written in Stone Edition

When this book: came in the mail after I’d waited literal years for it, I was like, ZOMG, And now that I’ve finished it, I’m totally feeling like Brian, this had better be the start of a long and prolific career, because one’s not enough, buddy. This book constantly surprised me – not because it …

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Nov 20 2010

Sending You Elsewhere

You know how I thought I’d have Written in Stone read in two nights?  Make that three.  Books with actual, real-life science content take longer to read than novels.  Whodathunkit? So I’m sending you away.  Lockwood, for instance, has a magnificent post up on coffee, trees and rocks, which includes a glorious photo of a …

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Nov 19 2010

Explaining Monkeys and Uncles to Christine O’Donnell

Yes, I know the election is old news.  Yes, I know Christine O’Donnell lost.  But she speaks for a hefty ignorant chunk of the population when she spouts that snide “Then why are there still monkeys?!” line at the slightest whiff of evolution. Brian Switek explains a few things about monkeys, uncles, and why your …

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Nov 18 2010

Why I Won’t Own a Kindle

No matter what my stepmother says about how awesome it is, a Kindle will not darken my door until certain issues are resolved.  Namely (h/t): Having learned all this, I went along and had a closer look at the current Kindle License Agreement. There is some simply petrifying stuff on there. For starters, you don’t …

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Nov 18 2010

Sometimes, To Read is To Write

When it’s research, it counts, damn it.  And I’m counting Written in Stone as research.  It’s got bits on equine evolution I’ve needed for years.  It’s mine.  My own.  My precious Written in Stone.  And I’m going to spend the next two nights reading it, damn it. Good thing for you lot that I had …

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