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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 29 2011

Hey, Geos! Ask Me What Time It Is!

You know the answer, you do. It’s always beer-thirty: The featured comments are hysterical. But if you need more than this video and the persuasive point that empty beer cans make a great field seismograph, allow me to provide you all the justification you need: So there you have it. Beer is important, people. Geologists …

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Dec 27 2011

Los Links 12/23, Part I

You know, I meant to use the holiday to catch up on stuff. The best laid plans oft gang aft agley, as Burns put it.  But Los Links you expect, and Los Links you shall have, even though I’m going to have to break it into parts. Between family, friends, Castle, and the Muse – …

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Dec 26 2011

Geoblogosphere Conglomerate II

Another hodge-podge of geologic goodness for your pleasure. Brian Romans gets to walk by this enormous geologic map of China at work. I’m surrounded by corkboards filled with sad little corporate slogans. I must admit some jealousy. Cartography can be beautiful, especially when it’s that fabulous swirl of color and texture that reveals the geology …

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Dec 25 2011

A Sandatlas Christmas

This is one of the most genius things I’ve ever seen, and I’m very pleased Siim allowed me to repost his gorgeous Christmas card here: I’m usually pretty bah humbug about Christmas kitsch, but when someone creates a snowman out of sand grains, I squee. This is a geology geek’s holiday delight. I especially love …

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Dec 24 2011

Saturday Song: Christmas Eve Sarajevo

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is one of my favorites. I love metal, I love classical, I love the fusion of the two, and I love the fact someone managed to make Christmas music that doesn’t suck. Of course, I had no idea they existed. I first became acquainted through Savatage’s Dead Winter Dead album, on which this …

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Dec 23 2011

Pathological Accommodationism

Sigh. Another day, another dumbass bashing the Gnus: It’s accommodationism day in the neighborhood…I guess it’s a Christmas thing. Baby Jesus is born, Tim Minchin got his (requested) song dropped from a tv show, Julian tries to square a circle, and to make it all complete, Chris Stedman writes yet another “mean atheists are doing …

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Dec 23 2011

Geoblogosphere Conglomerate I

Right. It’s the holidays, you’re likely all busy doing holiday stuff, and even if you’re trying to avoid all that, you’ve still got plenty of Los Links you haven’t caught up on. And I’ve got a file full of geologic odds and ends I’ve collected from Twitter and other sources that I’ve meant to do …

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Dec 22 2011

The Joye of Ancient Literature

Literati observing me as a youngster might have despaired. I had no real interest in musty old tomes. For a long time, my tastes ran to mysteries and Westerns. Then I became addicted to fantasy and science fiction. I still adore all that stuff, and I believe some of the best fiction ever written is …

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Dec 21 2011

Layover Geology: Discovery Park

Baby seal and lighthouse, Discovery Park

I believe Andrew Alden may have started a new meme: If you travel enough, one day you’ll be laid over in some airport city for a day. What if it were here? Sure you could party with local friends, but you could also take those friends with you on a field trip! He’s soliciting suggestions …

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Dec 21 2011

Dana’s Dojo: So You Wanna Be a Pseudonym

Today in the Dojo: To ‘nym or not to ‘nym, and how to make it work.   Yes, I’m plucking the low-hanging fruit from the Pitch 2.0 tree, but this is actually a rather important topic. We’ve already established that a ‘nym’s not a problem, per se. Jason Black was kind enough to drop by …

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