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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 08 2010

I Shall Never Look At a Catalog The Same Way Ever Again

Dr. Crislip’s outdone himself.  He very nearly got me in trouble at work – riotous laughter in the call center isn’t strictly forbidden, but it draws attention. I dare you to read this title without at least a chuckle: “Sky Maul.” It’s the best takedown of the products in the SkyMall catalog I’ve ever read …

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Dec 07 2010

Dana’s Dojo: The Power of Suggestion

Today in the Dojo: How to make magic without showing how it’s done. “I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you.”-Orson Welles Limitations abound when you’re …

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Dec 06 2010

I Need a Geology Degree

Then I can hang this on my door: (Tip o’ the shot glass to Chris Rowan)

Dec 06 2010

Sands of Time

Michael Welland of Through the Sandglass has done a very superb job blogging the paper I’ve had open in a tab meaning to read for absolute ages now.  I had one thought when I first began reading it, and it’s quoting T.H. Huxley: “How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!”  I’d just never …

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Dec 06 2010

For a Friend

She’ll know why.  The rest of you are invited to enjoy.

Dec 05 2010

Suzanne and Sunset

If that doesn’t take your breath away, you have no eye for beauty.  Two more where that comes from.  Now do you see why Suzanne makes my heart sing?

Dec 05 2010

Wupatki Wonders

I’m behind the times.  One Fly has had a gorgeous, photo-filled post on Wupatki National Monument up at his Picture Place up since November, and your own dear cantinera makes a cameo appearance.  You geo-types will like to know that the monument’s built from the sandstones of the Moenkopi Formation and the limestones of the …

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Dec 04 2010

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Protagoras

As to the gods, I have no means of knowing either that they exist or that they do not exist.  For many are the obstacles that impede knowledge, both the obscurity of the question and the shortness of human life. -Protagoras Ancient Greek philosophers are an interesting lot.  Protagoras was among the first, pre-Socrates even, …

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Dec 04 2010

For Those Who Missed It

Accretionary Wedge #29′s up at Ann’s Musings on Geology and Other Things.  Lots of tasty geo!

Dec 03 2010

Bedrock Bonanza

You’ll have to excuse me if I sound a bit distracted in this post – I’m writing it whilst watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire again.  Why am I watching it twice?  Because that’s the silly-arsed kind of thing writers do when one of the actors is reminding her vaguely of a character …

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