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I am in a place with trees and lakes

And about 50 students. We shall struggle to survive in this wilderness.

Itasca Field Station

Itasca Field Station

Not shown in the photo is the cafeteria to the right. Yes, we shall survive.

Comments

  1. carlie says

    “Hey gang,Tammy fig writes: ‘Hey Tick, Why do trees only grow upwards? What can we do to help save the trees?’
    Why, trees grow all kinds of ways, Tammy. Up is just the one we notice most. Their roots grown down into the rich earth, and their branches grow sideways to, to, to mingle!” – The Tick, The Tick v. Education

  2. davidjanes says

    The gravity problem is the inevitable result of letting biologists do physics. (The problems that come from letting physicists do biology is left as an exercise for the reader, just to keep things Safe For Work.)

  3. Anthony K says

    That photo…we’re rotated 90°! Gravity is unpredictable, Nature is already running amuck

    Don’t panic. Try dividing everyone by i, see if that works.

  4. wvbishop says

    Perspective: I am on conference calls for the next four hours… I would rather be in this picture; in the wilderness.

  5. Anthony K says

    Perspective: I am on conference calls for the next four hours… I would rather be in this picture; in the wilderness.

    Mute button and a window and you’re halfway there.

    But seriously, my sympathies.

  6. says

    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    Lol* I must be slow this evening. Took me best end of two minutes to work that one out.

    *Actual out-loud laughing occurred.

  7. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    I KNEW IT!

    The cafeteria is hell!

    This explains so much of my childhood and freshman college year.

  8. truthspeaker says

    I hope some of your students will to the obligatory jump over the Mississippi river.

  9. Kevin Anthoney says

    Don’t panic. Try dividing everyone by i, see if that works.

    If you divided God by i, would that make him real?

  10. elspeth says

    If you divided God by i, would that make him real?

    I have to admit, higher mathematics is too complex for me. If imaginary division works at all like real division, I think that calculation would make God integer?

    And complain all you like about the gritty reality of the wilderness, PZ, but if you rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise you have my idea of paradise. Tall trees, interesting ground cover but not tangly undergrowth– and climate controlled space totally available. I can pack my own food, it’s the air conditioning I want!

  11. Merlin says

    If you divided God by i, would that make him real?

    Well, that is a complex question…

  12. rnilsson says

    Long time since math, but: My hypothesis, which is mine and which is hopefully non-testable, is that it would reduce God by 2, making Him into Allah. (Pi e upon Him)

  13. blf says

    If you divided God by i, would that make him real?

    If I divided a sky faerie, it would be into strips, sautéed, for Myths Stroganov, served with a vin rouge.

  14. Ogvorbis: Purveyor of Mediocre Humours! says

    PZ:

    I got to spend two weeks camping. No idea what the scenery was like (smoke brought the visibility down to (usually) under a quarter mile (half a kilometre for all you furriners)). And we ate MREs.

    I think you are having a better time.

    But at least my world was right side up.

  15. blf says

    I’ve always thought that when there is a magnetic pole reversal, the poles moved. However, Poopyheaded Zed’s picture shows I was mistaken, the poles stay more-or-less fixed and the planet flips over.