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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 22 2012

Earthrise: the Movie. Plus, Earth Day at Rosetta Stones

LRO Recreates Astronaut View of 'Earthrise'. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC

I’ve spent the majority of today spelunking NASA for nifty satellite images, then writing up an Earth Day post for Rosetta Stones. Whilst looking for inspiring images of Earth, I discovered NASA did a video for Earthrise. Delights like this make me immensely glad to be alive at this time, in this place.

Apr 22 2012

Sunday Song: Scandinavian Black

Lockwood found this simply awesome map of metal. I knew, from the instant I saw his tweet, what it was mapping. The majority of my favorite metal comes from the Scandinavian countries. So, of course, all I have to see in proximity are the words “heavy metal” and “Scandinavia” and I’m happily singing in the …

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Apr 21 2012

The Doctor

Okay, people, this is cool beyond words. Not only has my cherished friend Evelyn Mervine become Doctor Evelyn Mervine, she’s regenerated her Geology Word of the Week. And what’s the first word she chose? Time. Dude. Doctor. Time. She’s an honorary Time Lord, and with apologies to Doctor Who, she’s way cooler (although I love …

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Apr 20 2012

Atheism for Believers: Do We Need a Book?

Some interesting comments on JT’s “Happy Ask an Atheist Day!” post got me to pondering that question. Do we need a book about atheism which we can comfortably hand to believers? I’ve not really thought about it before. I’ve got close friends who are believers, but I’ve never felt uncomfortable recommending books like The God …

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Apr 19 2012

Weapons-Grade Cute: The Ultimate

This is it. There is no fighting back against something like this. Skirmishes may continue, but the war is over. Behold: Sleeping clouded leopard cub being tickled. That quivering spotted tummy, that twitching leg! It’s over. Well, barring the celebratory drug-fest, anyway (pump up the volume). This is why working with Starspider is so hazardous. …

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Apr 18 2012

No Outing is Complete Without Geology, Featuring the Coolest Trilobite Ever

Mah very own corundum!

So, you remember how I mentioned Heritage Park is within walking distance of downtown Kirkland? There’s one thing certain to happen when I’m within walking distance of downtown Kirkland: I’ll end up pulled in to Earthlight Gems and Minerals like a planet that’s passed the event horizon of a very large black hole. “You have …

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Apr 17 2012

Mystery Flora: Las Princesas

Mystery Flower I

The wildflowers haven’t really popped yet, but the domesticated ones certainly have. We’ve got trees putting on spectacular shows all over the city. When I headed down to Kirkland after visiting North Creek Park, driving the city streets was an exercise in enchantment. Kirkland’s beautiful anyway, but with tulips and daffodils and great big flowering …

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Apr 16 2012

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: LBB Wetlands Edition

UFD I

This is the effect you’ve had: when I decided, rather spur-of-the-moment, that I should take Saturday off and go play in the sun for a while, but didn’t want to go far from home, I didn’t go looking for geology. That’s mostly because I know that the areas within a few miles of the house …

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Apr 15 2012

Um… Happy Anniversary, Titanic?

Just before midnight on April 14th, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Yes, this really happened. No, it wasn’t just James Cameron making shit up. I thought I should state that for the record, because it seems some folks these days aren’t aware of that fact. I know you already know this, my darlings, but …

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Apr 15 2012

Sunday Song: Magna Canta

Right, I don’t care if you hate this song our not. If you do, just turn the sound off and put the video on full screen anyway, because the video flies over some spectacular geology and it’s well worth seeing just for that. Still drooling. I quite like Magna Canta. I’m something of a sucker …

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