Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 30 2013

Who’s Interested in Some Geogallivanting?

Moi with maclargehuge glacial erratic on Whidbey Island. Photo snapped by Cujo359.

Summer adventuring season is almost upon us! Lockwood and I will be doing an epic trip to the Josephine Ophiolite next week, and hopefully later this summer we’ll make it to the John Day Fossil Beds. I had a coworker prodding me about those the other day. You know, I love it when folks get …

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Apr 29 2013

A Personal Post from Karen

I have a cousin by marriage — we’ll call her Mary for the sake of this post, not her real name.  She has lots of health issues, though the most dire one is bipolar disorder.  It keeps her from holding down any sort of job.  She’s married to a guy who has troubles of his …

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Apr 29 2013

The Real Heart of the Ocean

One hundred years ago*, a ship sideswiped an iceberg on its way across the ocean, and the Titanic legend was born. Speaking of legend, James Cameron’s film was so sweeping and dramatic that some folks think it must have been entirely fictional. But it was based on a true story, right down to the Heart …

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Apr 28 2013

Superheroes and the Law

Law and the Multiverse. Read it. Love it. Image filched from their blog for promotional purposes.

Okay, all you geeks, here’s a little something a damned good friend at work turned me on to: Seriously. Law and comic book worlds. Law as it pertains to superheroes, supervillains  and other comic denizens. This is awesome. I’m a huge advocate of using stories and story worlds to teach other things. I learned a …

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Apr 27 2013

Geologists are Punny

geo puns

Geologic language is very conducive to puns. It’s inevitable: you get two geologists together in the same room, they’re gonna let loose with some geo puns. It’s as certain as gabbro being called “black granite” by purveyors of quality countertops. And we can keep it up past the point of reason. But we’re very gneiss …

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Apr 26 2013

Enough Cute to Make a Spartan Cry

leonidas stop

No, I’m not going to show you what “this” is. I’m going to make you go look. It’s got to do with cats, ducklings, a shark, and a Roomba. You’re totally going to go look now, right? Swallow what you’re drinking first. Right? That was hysterically cute. I shall now make it worse by bombarding …

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Apr 25 2013

Nonsense Handily Diagrammed in a Variety of Languages

Shamelessly filched from the Reason Stick.

This is one of those things that every skeptic should have handy at all times. Happily, there are t-shirts (use the drop-down for a variety of styles, including women’s. Yay different styles and colors!). Anyway, here’s the diagram:    Visit the link, and you’ll find one in Croatian, one in Italian, one in Spanish, and …

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Apr 25 2013

New at Rosetta Stones: The Founding Mother of Modern Geology You Probably Don’t Know

We’ve got our next Pioneering Woman in the Geosciences up: Mary Horner Lyell. Yes, married to that Lyell. Some of you may not have known she was a fine scientist in her own right. It was hard finding information on her, but I did manage to draw together enough for a sketch, and I think …

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Apr 24 2013

It’s Good to be a Skeptic

what skeptics have

All of this is true: Aside from that wonder of birth stuff. Sorry, but I find it more icky than inspiring. What I do think is wonderful is that the squalling bundle of raw need that rips its way out of a woman kinda like something from Aliens ends up becoming a small mobile science …

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Apr 23 2013

Mélange et Trois: A Trip across Subduction Zone Madness

Jack Mountain from Ross Lake.

Few places on Earth are so full of geological mayhem as a subduction zone. Life in the interior of a continent in no way prepares you for the chaos you’ll encounter when seafloor dives under continent. Where I grew up on the Colorado Plateau, the geology’s like a lovely layer cake: nice horizontal slabs of …

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