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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 30 2011

Call to Action

My darlings, please take one minute and go sign Bernie Sanders’s letter to President Obama: So, today, I am asking the American people that, if you believe deficit reduction should be about shared sacrifice; if you believe the wealthiest people in our country and the largest corporations should be asked to pay their fair share …

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Jun 30 2011

When Lives Are On The Line: Part II

It took me over a year to get hired at the 9-1-1 center where I work. Now, before that my scope of employment was 95% shopping mall jobs, so its kind of like going from playing Calvin-ball at the park with some friends and then trying out for the Yankee’s. Now, to be fair, it …

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Jun 29 2011

River Walking: Skykomish

Let me show you a sight that is frankly astonishing to someone from dry country: This is the Skykomish River.  It has got water in it, all the time.  Where I come from, a river is defined as a linear depression in the ground that is too wide to jump over and is occasionally moist.  …

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Jun 28 2011

A Welcome to New Readers and Paeans to the Old

Oh, my.  When one gets linked by PZ Myers, Maria Dahvana Headley, and Neil Gaiman in the course of a few days, traffic suddenly goes through the roof, and new readers show up. Allow me to quote Rowan Atkinson: “My god, there are a lot of you.” Let me just state this clearly and upfront: …

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Jun 28 2011

Dojo Summer Sessions: Neil Gaiman’s Sage Advice

A brief intro for those who have been a) living under a rock, b) out pounding on rocks (hey, most of my friends are geologists, so it’s distinctly possible) or c) brand new to the cantina: Neil Gaiman is the writer I place at the head of my personal pantheon of writers.  He gives outstanding …

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Jun 27 2011

Neil Gaiman in Seattle FTW

ZOMG, my darlings, Neil was here.  I last saw him ten years ago, and I’ll tell you something – aside from the beard, he hasn’t changed.  He’s still the warm, wonderful, blisteringly funny and deeply profound writer he was then.  He still has humility without humiliation.  And my god, does he know how to work …

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Jun 27 2011

Los Links 6/24

Late again, I’m afraid.  Story of my life.  But you didn’t think I was going to deprive you of your delicious linkage, did you? Either I wasn’t paying attention, or I was distracted, but I didn’t notice any enormous controversies this past week.  Oh, there were dust-ups and flare-ups and there’s always something stupid trending …

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Jun 26 2011

Need to Know

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but my own ignorance drives me crazy. That’s really been driven home these past couple of weeks, in a few different ways.  There’s the research I’ve been doing for Nyaanovos, which has occasionally caused me to scream and yank out hanks of hair.  Ron mentioned that Mediterranean geology is …

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Jun 25 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Confucius

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. -Confucius Dear, wise old Master Kong!  You’ve all probably heard of him at some point: ancient Chinese philosopher, wrote the Analects, comes across as rather uptight and all about propriety and ritual and so forth.  Stuffy.  At least, that’s the impression …

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Jun 24 2011

Okay, Sometimes the Biology’s All Right, Too

Never fear, I’ll have more rocks up in the not-too-distant future.  But seeing as how I’ve got research to do and Aunty Flow’s here, we’ll have an interlude for biology.  Some of it’s awfully pretty, even though it gets in the way of all the nice geology.  I can even identify some of it, thanks …

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