Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 30 2013

My Carpet: A Fable

Your carpet is old and disgusting. It’s worn and torn, stained and strained. It’s filled with the remains of hairball-hurfing episodes, and smells distressingly of elderly cat urine. Babies break out in a dermatologist-defying rash whenever they crawl over it. The miasma arising from it may be causing a new sort of breathing disorder. Its …

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Sep 30 2013

Prelude to a Catastrophe: “Something Dramatic”

The earthquake activity at Mount St. Helens had built to a crescendo. When a volcano shakes this hard, it almost always spells trouble: magma rising, an eruption imminent. You can’t know exactly what they are going to do, and when, and to what degree. But you suspect. You prepare as best you can. On March …

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Sep 29 2013

What’s New at Rosetta Stones, Plus You Could Be a Rock Star in the Kitchen!

For those of you who rely on ETEV to keep you up to speed on happenings at RS, here’s a little list. We’ve had a sing-song. If any of you are inspired to share your own favorite geologically-themed songs, you may do so at any time. I plan to keep the Tuesday Tune thing going …

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Sep 25 2013

Prelude to a Catastrophe: “The Unusual Character of the Seismic Activity Became Clear”

This is the trouble with beginnings: the beginning is often subtle, and unrecognizable at the time. It’s only in retrospect that we can go back, look at sequences of events until we find a place to stab a finger down and say, “Here. Here is where it began. This is the time, the place, the …

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Sep 24 2013

Prelude to a Catastrophe: “One of the Most Active and Most Explosive Volcanoes in the Cascade Range”

Imagine being an extraterrestrial geologist in geostationary orbit above the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. You’re the first explorers to reach Earth (underpants-thieving aliens aside), and you haven’t got a lot of data on this little blue marble. But your own planet has plate tectonics, so you’re familiar with the landforms caused by the process. …

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Sep 23 2013

The Field Trip Continues at Last! Fun Times at Coldwater Lake

Mount St. Helens and Coldwater Lake from the Coldwater Ridge Visitor's Center. There's a mighty fine delta, if you know where to look. Hooray for hydrogeology!

I know, I know, I’ve been an absolute space cadet these last few weeks. Rather odd combo of sewing projects, Apple product releases, and a touch o’ depression, y’see. My brain’s been a bit on the quiet side. It’s really hard to jolt the bugger into useful work when all it wants to do is …

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Sep 20 2013

At Last, The Perfect Snark for the “Criticism Murderer Mah Freeze Peaches !” Contingent

You patrons of our fine Freethought Blogs establishments have undoubtedly run into the ridiculous folk who whine and howl about how we killed their free speech with nasty criticism. There’s one such meltdown just this week, which promised to be at least mildly entertaining – until The Denver Atheist took his ball and sulked home, …

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Sep 18 2013

Great Moments in Horseback Archery: Shoulda Had a Bigger Shield

One thing you should never do, if you’re the leader of a company of equestrian experts, is allow the Viking announcing events direct the audience to choose your shield. Given a choice between large, medium, and comically microscopic, you can imagine what everybody chose. No, not that one. Yepper. That’s the one. You’ll have to …

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Sep 16 2013

Great Moments in Jousting

The lighter heavy horse strutting its stuff in the lists.

Sharpen your eyes and don’t look away: you’re about to see a very unusual moment in jousting. Did you see the tips crack against each other and come flying apart? That was bloody amazing is what that was. Amazing enough I spent all night fighting with various video editing programs to put together something that …

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Sep 15 2013

Broughtcha Horsies

I told you I would, didn’t I? Oh, I’ll have far, far more, but this should whet your appetites. I love the fact they had miniature horse carriages this year. Awesome! Many, many women demonstrating mad skillz in medieval equine martial arts – yet moar awesome. And I discovered that standing beside one of the …

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