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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 25 2012

Paul Kane’s Famous Mount St. Helens Painting

I’m fairly certain Paul Kane didn’t expect to paint an active volcano when he went West. He was interested in Native Americans. The Hudson Bay Company almost didn’t send him so far, either: they thought the Irish-born Canadian might not be tough enough for the American West, so they adopted a wait-and-see attitude. Make it …

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May 25 2012

I Promised Thee a Geokitteh, and a Geokitteh Thee Shall Have

Here you go. How cute is that?

May 24 2012

An Astute Observation on the Bible, Which Made Me LOL

I’m reading a lecture called “How the Bible Was Invented,” delivered by M. M. Mangasarian to the Independent Religious Society Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Illinois, although I’m not sure what year. The 10th edition of that lecture was printed in 1900, so I assume this was in the late 1800s, when lots of freethinkers were …

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May 24 2012

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: So Pretty

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This is one of the best bird photos I’ve ever taken. It’s not the most visually fascinating bird I’ve ever found. The contrast is rather unfortunate – brown bird against brown background, urg. I had to use a lot of zoom and crop, so the resolution isn’t spectacular. But look at the pose it struck …

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May 23 2012

New on Rosetta Stones: A Very Prescient Paper

My Mount St. Helens montage continues with Prelude to a Catastrophe: “The Current Quiet Interval Will Not Last…” This post explores one of the most fascinating papers I’ve ever read, in which Crandell and Mullineaux predicted that St. Helens wasn’t so much sleeping as having a brief nap. Geologists are awesome. I also point out …

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May 23 2012

The Conversation

We’re having it. Due to legal issues and the fact that women get incredible blow-back when they mention that sexual harassment happens and it would be nice if men stopped engaging in it (see: Elevatorgate), the Conversation has to be somewhat circumspect in places. Certain names will not be named. At least, not until some …

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May 22 2012

Daleks Playing Scrabble

Shamelessly filched from Woozle, because his geeky artistry deserves a much wider audience: Yes, this is all you’re getting today. Isn’t it enough? No? Well, I blog on a network full of people blogging interesting and useful things, so if you haven’t already, go take a look round. I’ll be back with with something much …

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May 21 2012

“Don’t Think Your Life Didn’t Matter”

Leaving religion can be soul-crushing, at first. The memory of all that pain has faded for me, and it wasn’t as if I’d spent my life immersed in faith. I’d just been raised to believe God was out there, somewhere, and had a fleeting flirtation with Pentecostalism, before a years-long seeking after something. Something huge, …

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May 20 2012

Sunday Song: Blackbirds

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I’ve become quite fond of Juanita Bay over the years. I lived just blocks from it the first two years I was in the Northwest, and it was the first local park we visited after arriving. It’s a lovely, peaceful place (well, aside from the motorboats further out on the lake). It’s got wetlands with …

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May 20 2012

My Brain Feels Like It’s Been Through Several Orogenies

I’ve been lying abed for the last several hours with a happy napping felid and books. Deciding to take a break from an extensive paper on Mount St. Helens’ eruptive history, I dipped in to Written in Stone, my second-favorite book of that title (the first being the one by Brian Switek, of course). I’ve …

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