- Jerry wants some help identifying a mineral; I’m inclined to say “uh, green, um, chlorite? epidote?” but that’s why I’m not a real geologist. He’s also got some tomatoes going, and by zoinks, it’s March, time to get cracking on these recalcitrant scavenged Cherokee Purples!
- Am I the only one who finds her eyebrows falling out in clumps? No loose eyebrows, no loose eyebrows, no loose eyebrows, then all of a sudden, BAM! A dozen eyebrows on my finger after scratching my forehead.
- This one’s been in the “to blog” folder for a while, but I can’t think of anything clever to add:
I do not work for little more than minimum wage in the kid’s section of a large bookstore because I am “naturally” better at dealing with kids or because I cannot cut it – tech wise – in a technical field. I work where I do mainly because books, unlike science, have never ceased to be safe, and I’ve always been on the nervous and shy side. While I do not blame sexism alone for constricting my choices, my logical brain cannot but boggle at the audacity of men who cry “cooties!” at the mere mention of anything not hypermasculine and then turn around and say that I’m not competitive enough. Seriously, watch how the slashdotters mock femininity by joking about “Hello Kitty lab coats” and then recoil in horror at their own invention.
- Earth science + social science = lurve?
“All the years I worked as a geophysicist, I wondered about issues like global poverty and what it might take to get people out of it,” said Dr. Mutter, 57, who is now the deputy director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. “I kept wondering if there wasn’t something we scientists could do about global poverty.”
In most parts of the world, people depend on the earth for their livelihoods. “If we can understand more how the earth functions,” Dr. Mutter said, “we can learn how it interacts with human well-being.”
The general lack of explicitly acknowledged social consciousness among earth scientists is… discomfiting. Lots of use variations on the theme of “we can learn how it interacts with human well-being” when we’re begging the government for research money, but it’s like Richard Feynman said about sex and physics: it sometimes has a practical result, but that’s not really why we do it. This article doesn’t really indicate what Mutter is doing to go deeper than that lip service, and I’m too sleepy to investigate, but I’m glad someone is out there trying, anyway.