Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 31 2011

Dojo Summer Sessions: Mah Sooper Sekrit Projeckt

So, for almost three months now, I’ve been writing like mad.  I’ve often compared writing to volcanoes: there are times when the magma chamber’s empty, then over a period of time it fills, you get your basic harmonic tremors, and then an eruption that lasts days, weeks or months, depending.  That’s how it’s been for …

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May 30 2011


The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial My dad used to tell me stories. He’d been in Vietnam.  Infantry, United States Army.  He’d gotten drafted while switching colleges (never let it be said grades aren’t important: they can keep you from getting shot, for instance).  And it was a hard year.  That year changed his life.  He …

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May 29 2011

Accretionary Wedge #34: Weird Geology

It seems to me that there would be no such science as geology if dear old planet Earth wasn’t really damned weird. Image Credit: Chris Rowan People had been running into seashells on mountaintops for years.  Seashells.  On mountaintops.  “That’s weird,” they said, and eventually, some clever types not content with “Funny old world, innit?” …

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May 28 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Steven Pinker

The problem in dealing with people is that people can deal back. -Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works So can animals.  Just ask any pet owner who’s left the buggers alone for a weekend, and upon their return discovered that revenge is a dish that may be served cold, in several expensive pieces, or as …

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May 27 2011

Los Links 5/27

I caught up on some reading whilst Aunty Flow was here.  That means you’ll have more linkage than you know what to do with.  And on time!  So let’s get right down to it, shall we? Biggest news of the week, at least for the United States, was Joplin getting leveled by a tornado.  It’s …

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May 27 2011

Accretionary Wedge #34: Last Chance!

This is it!  This is the very last day to throw your weirdest geology at me.  Get your entry in before midnight Pacific time if you’re planning to join the sideshow.

May 26 2011

Mathematical Memories

There’s this post, you see, up at a new blog called Hyperbolic Guitars, that’s dredged up some old memories: We should have, as a goal, to never hear the question “why are we learning this?” again.  No one asks why we learn to read.  The same should be true for basic mathematics.  Once students go …

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May 25 2011

Permanent Impermanence: or, How the Fuck Did That Fossilize?

It’s Weird Geology month here for the Accretionary Wedge.  Geology might not be quite as weird as quantum physics, but it’s got its moments. There’s a great many weird things to choose from, but I’ll tell you what warps my mind: seeing things we normally think of as temporary preserved forever in stone. Ripples in …

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May 24 2011

Dojo Summer Sessions: What Use is Creativity?

Well, quite a lot, actually: In fact, I’ve just published a study that shows that almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences are actively engaged in arts as adults. They are twenty-five times as likely as average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be an artist; twelve times more likely …

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May 23 2011

Los Links 5/20

Right.  Okay.  So it’s late.  Again.  So what’s new?  Look, I had some frantic fiction writing going on, there was a Peacemakers concert, and then meeting Helena.  I was busy.  But I’ve finally got everything gathered for your reading pleasure. Before we get on with the rest of Los Links, there’s one I just want …

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