Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 31 2011

Crazy Columns and Ice-Polished Rocks: Salt Creek Falls

I’m not going to say a damned word about lineaments. Let’s just say that traveling down Route 58 is something of an intrigue: you’re crossing the Cascades, but it doesn’t feel that way. You’re on a long, nearly straight road that doesn’t seem to go up much. Mountains rear all round you, and yet here …

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Aug 30 2011

Accretionary Wedge #37: Now Available! And Sexier than Ever!

There’s some superfine geology in this month’s Wedge. Go have a look!

Aug 30 2011

Dojo Summer Sessions: The Writer’s Rituals

I think most of us who write, no matter how skeptical or non-superstitious we are, have our little rituals to summon the Muse (not that the wretched entity comes when called). Consider this an invitation to regale us with yours. I’m not picky when it comes to blogging. I’ve done it in my PJs, but …

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Aug 29 2011

Los Links 8/23

Whelp, I managed to catch up on all the blog reading I’d missed whilst adventuring. It wasn’t easy, as it was interrupted by long periods of unconsciousness. Exercise makes you energetic my arse. It’s been quite the week, what with an earthquake on the East Coast and a hurricane ditto and Nymwars heating up and …

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Aug 28 2011

Dear Famous Scientists: Please STFU About Areas Outside Your Expertise

Erik Klemetti, on Twitter, had steam coming from his ears on Wednesday: WHY, OH WHY did Bloomsberg talk to @michiokaku instead of a geologist about the VA earthquake? Come on, people! http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/kaku-says-virginia-earthquake-should-be-a-wake-up-call/2011/08/23/gIQAeeTXZJ_video.html That’s probably because some journalists seem to find it impossible to distinguish between various types of scientist. They also want a big, recognizable …

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Aug 27 2011

First Rule of Great GeoTrips: Start at OMSI and Build II – Fossil Madness!

One of the beautiful things about OMSI is the Paleontology Lab. This is a place where a mere rope stands between you and delights like this: Triceratops in jacket – snazzy! I believe they’re freeing a triceratops from its matrix of rock. Again, the distractions of friends kept me from paying as much attention to …

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Aug 26 2011

Earth Erotica

My non-geo friends don’t get dry mouths and pounding hearts when passing road cuts. Sometimes, I think they’re blind to beauty. Unclothed rocks are some of the most beautiful sights on earth. Behold this road cut near Kingman, Arizona that had me screaming for the camera: Road cut on I40, Kingman, AZ That’s a beauty …

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Aug 25 2011

Poor, Pathetic Paraceratherium: Who Killed the Kitsch?

Whilst I await Brian Switek’s Archaeopteryx post in order to round out our visit to OMSI, I figured I’d do you up an unexpected roadside attraction. If you drive Highway 97 from Klamath Falls to Crater Lake, you’ll stumble across this decaying beast near Chemult: Ginormous Mystery Beastie A few questions come to mind, all …

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Aug 24 2011

First Rule of Great GeoTrips: Start at OMSI and Build

When you have a gajillion friends in Portland and an intrepid companion who isn’t all that interested in geology but willing to suffer through a bunch of rock pounding so he can see some scenery, and you can get an extra day off work, it’s not a bad idea to start your geo adventures at …

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Aug 23 2011

Dojo Summer Sessions: Connie Willis on Comedy, Tragedy, and Getting Married via LOTR

Comatose from traveling, I’m afraid. However, I have Connie Willis here to delight, surprise, and teach you. She’s one of the best SF authors in existence. Also, funny and surprising. Watch! Don’t miss this next one for sheer geeky hilarity. Lord of the Rings has changed a lot of people’s lives, but I don’t think …

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