Right. I Want to Try Something.


There’s a Welsh phrase I love very much: “Like killing snakes.” Means “very busy.” I’m like killing snakes right now. The start of the Winter Writing Season is always like throwing a grenade into the middle of my life, and this time, I decided to go nuclear, what with starting the Geokittehs blog with Evelyn, joining Freethought Blogs, offering to do some of the social media work for Burien Little Theatre, and participating in the Skepticism 101 panel at GeekGirlCon. And I’m not going to tell you the major cell phone carrier I work tech support for, but I’ll put it like this: we’re getting the iPhone 4s, which means they’ve closed the vacation calendar, opened up overtime slots, and are basically expecting us to be like killing snakes at a snake farm in which some mad strange person has been giving the snakes fertility drugs.

As I said, busy.

And that won’t leave as much time as I like for in-depth research for meaty geology posts. Not that we won’t have meaty geology posts. We will, at least a few. I’ll also be highlighting my beloved geobloggers as the weeks go by, because they deserve to be known and you’ll be happy to know them. But I’ll also need topics I can do as a hit-and-run. Which brings me to a somewhat pathetic cry for help.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to provide me with quotations. I loves me some quotations. Give me your favorite geology and/or science quotes. Bring me the ones that inspire you, get right down into the core of you and light a bright little fire. And what I shall do with those quotes is use them as a jumping-off point for posts. Who knows what will come of them? Who knows what I will make of them? Only way to find out is to place them in my hands and see where they take us.

But that’s not all!

Perhaps there’s a subject you’d like me to pontificate about. Perhaps you’d like my opinion on some matter. Perhaps you’d like to show me something outrageous and see if it gets up my nose far enough for the Smack-o-Matic to come off the wall. Believe it or not, I’m not nice all the time. You might like me when I’m angry. You can have a look through the archives, now that our own Jason Thibeault has managed to migrate them over, and see. I figure a good rant’s like a brisk run: good for the blood on occasion. We might want to engage in one at some point.

And if you have pictures of some very delectable geology you’d like to throw my way, I could do up a nice showcase of same. Perhaps you want to tell me a little about your field work, or a particular bit o’ geology you know and love. Write me up a paragraph or two, send me a photo, and we’ll display it here. Yahoo knows me as dhunterauthor. I’m not at all hard to find.

That should maintain this establishment’s reputation for quality whilst I’m also engaged with trying to lock some fiction into a full nelson and get it pinned to the page.

Thank you in advance, my darlings, for your kind assistance.

And while we’re on thanks, go over and show Jason some love. He worked his heart out getting the archives online here, whilst he was also responding to others’ pleas for help, and he deserves a tanker truck full of his preferred beverage. Muchas gracias, Jason!

Comments

  1. fastlane says

    ‘Like killing snakes’?

    In the midwest (which I am grateful to have left, yay Pacific Northwet!), it’s ‘busier than a one legged man at an ass-kickin’ competition.’

  2. besomyka says

    Being a programmer, something that one of my professors told me in an automated reasoning class has always stuck with me:

    “Computers are very good at doing very stupid things very, very quickly.” -Professor Robert Boyer

    A few others:

    “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” -Galileo Galilei

    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” -Philip K. Dick

    “Of what possible use are beliefs if not to be attacked? What fun would I have if nobody ever attacked my beliefs?” -Henry Neufeld

    • Dana Hunter says

      I could do with them. No idea where I stashed ‘em. What have I been saying about my organizational skillz?!

  3. Pharm Sci Grad says

    Oh my, I do love me some quotes… Not much geo love to send your way, but some goodies I think.

    “The truth shall make you free, but first it shall make you angry.” (not sure whose that is – ze’s right, though)

    “If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.” Isaac Asimov

    “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” Charles Darwin

    “But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” Carl Sagan

    “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…'” Isaac Asimov

    “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” Albert Einstein

    “Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.” Albert Einstein

    “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” Albert Einstein

    “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Albert Einstein

    I’ll even throw in a writing one for free, because I’m awesome like that:

    “Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense.” Anonymous

  4. says

    “It has often and confidently been asserted, that man’s origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

    – Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, London: John Murray. Volume 1. 1st edition, p. 3.