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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 25 2013

I Am Not Your Sword and Shield

I refuse to be used. Image courtesy Very Demotivational.

A long-ago conversation has been haunting me somewhat of late. One of my friends had gotten into a rather heated argument with a woman who, although never having been through it, thought being raped was the absolute worst thing that could ever happen to a woman. “No, it’s not!” I said, incredulous. “It’s horrible, yeah, …

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Mar 23 2013

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Dorothy Parker

 Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants. -Dorothy Parker I like spring, I do, but you have to admit this is an excellent description of spring. Birdsong is lovely – except outside your window when you’re trying to sleep. Plants …

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Mar 22 2013

Attention Washington Peeps: Lawyer Recommendations Needed

Some of you may be aware that all is not happy families at my place of business. Now the family is broken, because they decided to fire my manager. Yes, the one who stood by his employees. Yes, the one who had just filed an ethics complaint. And yes, they did it for a reason …

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Mar 22 2013

The Art of Nature: Dandelion Blooms

Dandelion bud.

We’ve got a love-hate relationship with dandelions, don’t we? If you’ve ever owned a lawn or been around a lawn-owner who gives a shit about grass, you’ve either personally attempted or seen someone attempt to eradicate the no-good very-bad terrible dandelions in it. The circular sprays of leaves seem like particularly wicked saw-blades. Grass-murderer! Lawn …

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Mar 21 2013

Moar New at Rosetta Stones: Whassup With That Seismic Target Painted on Middle America?

Normally, I don’t post to Rosetta Stones twice in a day, but Malachite asked a question I had an immediate answer for. Yay! It’s just a wee little something, but it has got nice links. Have fun playing in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, kids!

Mar 21 2013

New at Rosetta Stones: Why We Mustn’t Shut Up About Geology

USGS National Seismogenic Hazard Map. Image courtesy USGS.

In case anyone ever asks you why you’re so obsessed with rocks, show them this. And don’t ever hold your tongue. We need to talk about geology. Really, ultimately, it’s because of things like this: Someday, possibly in our lifetimes, the Pacific Northwest will experience the full-rip nine. Every place has its dangerous geology. If …

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Mar 20 2013

Men and Work-Life Balance in STEM Careers

A recent article at Double X Science expressed a fundamental fed-upness with the way the media profiles women in science. The problem is the inordinate focus on things typically considered a woman’s work – “however do they balance all that lady stuff and a career?!” Gosh. Oh, and here’s a little bit about the science. …

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Mar 20 2013

Bodacious Botany: Scarlett o’Hairy

Bodacious Botany I

One of the things about doing geology is that it gets you into the habit of staring at the ground. And when you do that, you notice things. Alas, here in the Puget lowland the things usually aren’t geological in nature. But they’re still pretty.

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Mar 19 2013

Mystery Flora: A Happy Yellow Spray

Mystery Flower I

Place barely goes to sleep for winter and now it’s up for spring. To be fair, it has been a mild winter even for Seattle, which has winters so milquetoast it panics when two snowflakes stick to the road. Nothing in the Puget Lowlands wastes any time. I found little seedlings happily growing in early …

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Mar 18 2013

“Rape is not a recreational activity.” Steubenville Rape Verdict Roundup

United States rape statistics. Those numbers should horrify every decent human being. Image courtesy RAINN.

A near-miracle has happened: two rapists have been convicted of sexual assault. Excuse me, found “delinquent” in a juvenile court. At their ages, had they stolen something more than an intoxicated girl’s bodily integrity, they would have likely been charged as adults – but hey, it’s just rape. Not like they stole a car or murdered …

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