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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 18 2011

Donors Choose: Final Stretch!

Mah Contribution to the Cause

Right. So remember how I said I’d match two $50 donations? And remember how we had two challenges going on, so I kinda figured I’d split my fundage between the two of them? Heh heh heh whoops. Left it too late. We are down to one unfunded challenge, thanks to your awesomeness. So I put …

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Oct 18 2011

Dana’s Dojo: A Time and Place

Today in the Dojo: How do you establish a story’s time and place? Among the many pitfalls just waiting to impale the unwary writer is time and place. You’d think it would be so easy, right? How hard could it be to let people know the when and where of things? That’s nothing compared to …

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Oct 17 2011

Teaching Geosciences in a Religious Country: A Discussion

Ron Schott, who is the geoblogosphere’s Bora Zivkovic, hosts Geology Office Hours on Google+ every Monday and Thursday. It’s a time for geo professionals and the geocurious to get together, chat about whatever topic comes to mind, and sometimes show off our rocks. Anybody with a webcam and a G+ account can get in on …

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Oct 17 2011

Los Links 10/14

Herein are contained the links that saved my life last week. At the end of long days spent explaining to angry people that, when millions of them all try to activate their snazzy new iPhone 4s at once, and those anxiously counting the days until their upgrade decided they could all at least have OS …

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Oct 16 2011

It Are My Weekend

I plan to spend it eating and sleeping, followed by some sleeping and eating, followed possibly by sleeping while eating, if I can manage it. I’ll plunge into some long-neglected geology research, after I get done with the sleeping, eating, etc. It’s possible I’ll finish up with watching some Doctor Who. The cat is fully …

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Oct 16 2011

Finding Reality Via the Back Door

So I was having this conversation with my best friend one Sunday, and we got off on this long rant about reality.  Turns out one of his friends had given him a lecture about how glorious reality is.  This brought on by the fact that, like me, he writes speculative fiction. Now, don’t get me …

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Oct 15 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Quintas Ennius

We do not regard what is before our feet; we all gaze at the stars. -Quintas Ennius This is the father of Roman poetry, the Homer of Rome, and it’s really too bad his work exists only in fragments. There are many ancient writers I’d love to read, if I could hop in a time …

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Oct 14 2011

Why I Love Scientists: Kraken Kraziness Edition

This exchange happened recently on Twitter, retweeted by Brian Switek, and exemplifies why geologists and paleontologists generally get along. I present it to you in its full glory: scientists making fun of the kraken story. Enjoy!    

Oct 14 2011

Freethinking in YA Land or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Narnia

-Guest post by The Ginger Waif.   For my first Christmas, I received a handsome boxed set of all seven Narnia books. It should be noted that I was born in October, and the gift was first wrapped by my gleeful parents and then unwrapped in front of a two-month-old baby. That was how we …

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Oct 13 2011

You Call Those Evil Volcano Lairs?

They’re quasi-evil. They’re semi-evil. They’re the Diet Coke of evil… Erik Klemetti may sneer at the Geological Society of London’s Top 5, but Mt. Erebus? Sure, he’ll have well-dressed minions, but he’ll also be too ice-bound for true evil. Jessica Ball’s on to something with Pagan Island, but her evil lair will be overrun with …

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