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Aug 23 2013

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.

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  1. 1
    PZ Myers

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

  2. 2
    Inaji

    Looks lovely to me, sideways and all. Shit, I have too much to do inside, but now I wanna be outside!

  3. 3
    janiceintoronto

    So you guys are standing on the equator?

  4. 4
    carlie

    “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

  5. 5
    Trebuchet

    Clearly the cafeteria to the right is in a mineshaft.

  6. 6
    davidjanes

    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.)

  7. 7
    consciousness razor

    It looks like the cafeteria would be pretty dirty.

  8. 8
    A Hermit

    Help! Apparently I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

  9. 9
    Anthony K

    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.

  10. 10
    wvbishop

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

  11. 11
    Anthony K

    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.

  12. 12
    penasquito

    I’ve fallen! And I can’t get left!

  13. 13
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    That photo…we’re rotated 90°!

    I just assumed you were at the equator.

  14. 14
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Not shown in the photo is the cafeteria to the right.

    It’s underground?

  15. 15
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    That’s not a cafeteria. It’s my pantry!

  16. 16
    steve oberski

    Gravity is unpredictable

    “On” by Adam Roberts.

  17. 17
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    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.

  18. 18
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    I KNEW IT!

    The cafeteria is hell!

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

  19. 19
    truthspeaker

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

  20. 20
    Kevin Anthoney

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

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

  21. 21
    elspeth

    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!

  22. 22
    Merlin

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

    Well, that is a complex question…

  23. 23
    rnilsson

    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)

  24. 24
    blf

    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.

  25. 25
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    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.

  26. 26
    blf

    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.

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