Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 25 2011

Sweeping Sands

Sand Dunes, Oregon Coast

First, let me take your breath away. Just for a moment. I’ll give it back, I promise. Back in 2010, my intrepid companion and I went geotrekking with Lockwood, and he took us to see some ethereal dunes on the Oregon coast just north of Florence. This photo comes from a viewpoint somewhere past Darlingtonia …

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Nov 24 2011

Thanks A Lot. Really. I Mean It.

So, Thanksgiving in America. I’m finding myself thankful for a lot of things today. I’m thankful that once I finish today’s shift, I’m free for four days. So, thank you, Sarah Josepha Hale. Thank you for not giving up until we had ourselves a holiday, and for so much else besides. Thank you, Tree Lobsters, …

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Nov 23 2011

Not Made of Cheese (Definitely) nor Labradorite (Probably): Lunar Anorthosite

When last we left labradorite, we’d discussed the fact that large bits of the Moon are composed of anorthosite. Isn’t that labradorite, you ask? And the answer is no. Not quite. Labradorite is a mineral, and anorthosite is a rock often made of it, but the two are not precisely equivalent. I’m thrilled to say …

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Nov 22 2011

Dana’s Dojo: Imodium for the Verbal Diarrhea

Today in the Dojo: We begin to come to grips with this hell that is description.   A long, long time ago in a Death thread far, far away, Glynis posted the following question: I wonder if there is a way to stop before doing in cases of over description? And I said I’d write …

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Nov 21 2011

Los Links 11/18

Okay, yes, I’m late. I usually post around midnight, and here it is, 4 in the ay-em. Blame the 6-day work week. As far as why there’s so many links, you can blame the people writing interesting things. And I know what the writers and writer watchers will say: “But, Dana, aren’t you supposed to …

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Nov 20 2011

Accretionary Wedge #39 Now Available!

This did not escape my notice, but I neglected to blog it last night. Too focused on cute kittehs and trying to catch up on reading. Accretionary Wedge #39: Dress Barbie as a Geologist is now posted, and it is fabulous. We’ve got some truly creative people in the geoblogosphere! Enjoy!

Nov 20 2011

Interlude with Cat III: Winter Sunshine


Our server’s acting the idiot again, and I have to work on my usual day off, plus I’m needing to get some reading done for Los links, so I’m afraid there won’t be substantial posting today. Here. Have a kitty in the sunshine: She’s enjoying one of those rare winter mornings where bouncing sunshine hurls …

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Nov 19 2011

He’s a Sexist AND a Sockpuppet!

Why, this is adorable! This comment appeared today on my open letter to Nature regarding that loathsome bit of sexist dumbfuckery known as “Womanspace.” It’s under the handle “Disappointed.” Observe how it appears to be a supporter of the author: Amazing: someone writes something whimsical, which pokes fun at middle-aged men, and suddenly it becomes …

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Nov 19 2011

My Country ’tis of Thee, Bad Land of Police Brutality

Police Brutality

This is what America’s Finest are up to these days: Note the technique: the insouciant stoll, the pepper spray held at a casual yet effective angle, the expression that says he could just as easily be spraying cockroaches as students, because they’re equally vermin to him. Note that his safety and the safety of others …

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Nov 18 2011

Dear Nature: There is a Crucial Difference Between Being Contentious and Being a Misogynistic Asshole

Update: Bonus fun! “Womanspace” author Ed Rybicki has appeared in the comments, trying to sockpuppet himself some support under the handle “Disappointed.” Be sure to take this opportunity to speak your mind directly to the responsible party. Enjoy, everyone! You may wonder what I’m doing here with a can of kerosene in one hand and …

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