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Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 17 2011

How to Get Mistaken for a Geologist

One of the flattering (and alarming) things to have emerged from getting linked by Pharyngula was having a few folks mistake me for a really real geologist.  I’m not a real geologist (but I play one on the intertoobz).  It wasn’t quite the same shock as getting adopted by the geoblogosphere, but ran a close …

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Jul 16 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Lin Yutang

 ‘I have done my best.’ That is about all the philosophy of living one needs. -Lin Yutang I first learned of Lin Yutang in the long-ago days of my 20s, when a coworker came in with a photocopy of the section “The Importance of Loafing” from his remarkable book The Importance of Living.  It was …

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Jul 15 2011

For Callan and Lily

Source Closest thing to a geology wedding cake available.  So this may make Amanda Oakleaf Cakes the official sponsor of geologic weddings everywhere. Hope your wedding day (and all the rest of your days together) rock!

Jul 15 2011

Tomes 2011: Really, Honestly, I Haven’t Forgotten Tomes!

It’s just that I’ve been arse-kickingly busy and other things keep getting in the way.  I’ve also been reading a lot less than I should.  Someone needs to see about adding a few extra hours to the day without employers catching on and demanding we spend them there rather than in a nice, comfy spot …

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Jul 14 2011

The Photo Not Taken

    This month’s Accretionary Wedge is a tough one.  When I go out to a geological locality these days, I tend to come away with about everything I could possibly ever need or want – until later, when during some research I find out there was more to the place than I suspected, and …

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Jul 13 2011

River Walking Parte the Third: Wild Water

When last we left the Skykomish River, it was chillin’ in the basin.  You could zip up it in a speedboat, and the rocks were wee little things, most of them no bigger than the size of a fist.  Unless you visited at flood stage, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a tame, sweet …

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Jul 12 2011

Dojo Summer Sessions: Freedom to Explore

Some of you in the audience are probably quite a bit like me: mildly OCD.  We build up habits and concepts that are terribly difficult to change. Here’s how bad I am: I cannot use any other program than Microsoft Works to write books.  I know there are people out there who use and love …

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Jul 11 2011

A Very Hygenic Heron, Plus Baby Duckies!

So I meant to do lots of stuff today.  Really did.  I was going to complete my drumlin research, and play around in Scrivener, and clean the house, and email people, and maybe get to some other things that have been clamoring for attention.  But fucking Mr. Sunshine just had to peek out between the …

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Jul 10 2011

Los Links 7/8

As far as clever intros this time, all I can say is “Meh.”  Sure, we had the Scandal o’ the Week, but I’ve already expounded on that here.   The other big event that I paid attention to was, of course, the Fourth of July, and that was only because I wanted to go out …

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Jul 10 2011

River Walking Parte the Second: What I Have Against the Skykomish

Every time we go out on a new adventure, I tell myself very sternly, “Dana, you have already got rocks.  You have got lots of rocks.  Rocks are, in fact, threatening to outnumber the books.  You will have to move someday.  It will cost you roughly $4,000,000,000 dollars to move the books and the rocks …

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