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  • 5 Dec 2015: Belated Brew Log: Massive Cider Edition


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    This fall I got my mitts on a friend's parents' little cider press. It's a one-bushel hand crank jobber with a wonky spout, but it gets the job done. I didn't keep a super precise tally, but I did weigh several batches of apples - in total I think I pro ...
  • 2 Jul 2013: Red Elderberry Juice


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    Image credit: Scott Loarie Nancy Turner summarizes the general PNW native opinion of red elderberries (Sambucus racemosa, not to be confused with the much more delicious black and blue elderberries) as follows: "Red Elderberries were not generally re ...
  • 27 Sep 2008: Reminder: Seattle Millionth Comment Party Today


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    TODAY! TODAY TODAY! Come party with me, Sandra, Dave, and GrrlScientist in the upper mezzanine at Ozzie's, 105 W. Mercer St. just behind the Space Needle*. Some of the Seattle Skeptics are showing up, and later on, a few folks from the Pacific Science Cen ...
  • 8 Aug 2008: Reminder: NYC Reader Meet-Up (FREE BEER!)


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    Final details ahoy! Not only will this be a fun time hanging out with your favorite Internet friends you've never met, Seed will buy the first round of booze (or not-booze, if you're into that sort of thing in the middle of the afternoon). 2-4 pm, Saturda ...
  • 21 Jan 2008: REMINDER: Accretionary Wedge entries due tomorrow!


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    The title says it all, really: remember to submit your posts for the next edition of the Accretionary Wedge carnival! The theme is geologic misconceptions; also, pie. Submit posts by leaving a comment here, or email me at criminy.crickets [at] gmail. ...
  • 29 Aug 2007: Another Year Older, Another Year Fartier


    Whimsy: · 5 comments
    I'm teaching Intro to Earthquakes again this semester, and today feels like a light blogging day, so it's time to see how out-of-touch I am with this year's entering freshman class, as determined by some random people in Wisconsin. You can tell they're in  ...
  • 29 Jul 2007: Understanding Everyday Symbolism


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    Pop quiz! If someone throws a copy of The Da Vinci Code into the toilet in a campus restroom, they are most likely expressing their distaste for: Dan Brown's schlocky writing style An ethnic group commonly associated with The Da Vinci Code... excep ...
  • 1 Feb 2007: And So Begins the Tedious Commentary on Hillary’s Gender


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    I was slow out of bed this morning, so as I got dressed I listened to KQED's Forum. They had on a bunch of political horse race handicappers to talk about the upcoming primary elections, which of course meant Hillary Clinton, which of course meant gender a ...
  • 29 May 2006: Going Underwater


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    I've signed myself up with a new web host. There are files to copy, settings to tweak, designs to fiddle with, and databases to attempt to restore. And some papers to read before the weekend is over. If the site looks funny all of a sudden, that's wh ...
  • 9 Jul 2005: Found The Key Under The Rock By The Back Door…


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    I guess I need to check my upteen e-mail accounts more often (or not try to access this when I'm behind my employer's firewall -- or else maybe only get on the interwebbie-thingamahootchie-jobber when I have Miles David going on the CD player) -- well, for ...
  • 1 Jun 2005: Modern Society


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    One Miss Manners gets a letter from another non-cell-phone-owner - I am not alone! Perhaps I'll revert to not owning an answering machine as well, and put out a little basket so that people can leave their calling cards if they drop by while I am out. Tw ...
  • 23 Feb 2005: Gender Blogrolls Quick Post


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    There is yet another game of prominent liberal male bloggers asking themselves why they don't link to more female bloggers being played at the moment. It's approximately as fun as a game of Chutes and Ladders, which is to say, not very fun at all. (While w ...
  • 7 Nov 2004: Someone Moulders


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    Ah, yes, those spout box spouts, never so unenlightening as they have been in the past few months: i like moerikankeys Your preferences, sir, are obsolete. Please upgrade to ones that make some sense. monkstrap It's like a jock strap, but for ...
  • 29 Sep 2004: Moral Leadership A La Dennis Hastert


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    It seems at this point that voting against the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Reform Act would be political suicide - which is why it's the best bill ever for introducing sneaky measures to legalize the practice of sending random Canadians to Syria for tw ...
  • 17 Sep 2004: Rhetorical Gatekeeping, Gender, Etc.


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    Bitch Ph.D. is indulging in a metablogging series; Part 1 includes a satisfying rant against the necessity of continually explaining one's fundamental premises to all the ignorant yahoos on the internet, and the genderedness thereof: When one is not tea ...
  • 12 Sep 2004: Subconscious Manifestations of the Bladder


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    I swear, every time I'm about to wake up with a full bladder, I have to dream about being pregnant first. Every. Single. Time. ... or at least every time when my bladder is full of beer. Am I the only one with this kind of subconscious "there can be only O ...
  • 14 Mar 2004: Defense Department Exploits Undergrad Labor


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    Hometown favorite Team Caltech did not win the million-dollar DARPA prize - something about crashing through a fence. So much for Caltech becoming an independent, highly militarized nuclear power with its own robot death machines. Sigh! ...
  • 8 Jul 2003: Wonderful Alarm Clock


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    They have come to fix the wall that the crazy drunk guy crashed into. They're jackhammering at 8 in the morning! It's so exciting, I hope it continues for several days. Also, why the hell am I listed on buyshavers.com? This is deeply nonplussing. ----- ...
  • 5 Mar 2003: Orders of Magnitude


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    If there are 6000 funerals a day in the United States, and two people fly to each one, and there are about 500,000 domestic plane trips made per day with 200 people per plane, then on every plane there should be at least one person flying to a funeral. And ...
  • 31 Jul 2002: Someone Wonders


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    What kind of place is Riverside? It's the kind of place that's by a river, one would assume. Also, the kind of place that's the future birthplace of one J. Tiberius Kirk. It's the kind of place that appears in forty states, many of which have no rivers t ...
  • 5 Jul 2002: Under a Rock


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    It says something about me that I learned of that LAX shooting - a violent happening in my own backyard - from a blog in New Zealand, and then read about it at the BBC. Unfortunately, I don't think it says that I'm a Sophisticated Global Citizen. Mean ...
  • 2 Dec 2001: gender-bender


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    Warning: this entry contains medium-strength metababble. I've just noticed that someone in Google-land has given this site a description: A college student records his ramblings, thought experiments, and poetry. College student? Sure. Ramblings? Oh my yes ...
  • 30 Nov 2001: Escapist Wonderland


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    I went to see the Harry Potter movie last night, and in contrast to a loud chorus of disgruntlement from the rest of the peanut gallery, I was not at all disappointed. It hit right in the center of my candy-loving kidspot. Of course, I haven't read any of  ...
  • 26 Sep 2001: Modern-Day Vikings


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    Lately, I've been putting my bus time to good use by imagining that all the Danes around me are Vikings like their distant forefathers, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to rape and pillage the northern coasts of Europe once more. I can vividly pict ...
  • 25 Sep 2016: Belated Brew Log (Again)


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    It's been less than a year since I posted, that counts as victory, right? Tonight I bottled the first batch of this year's cider - because I ran out of gallon jugs and needed to empty one for (what is probably) the last batch of this year's cider. The 2 ...
  • 11 Jul 2015: Azalea Galls: Food or Death?


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    Nothing makes me more interested in a new food than trying to figure out if it might kill me. Such is the case with the pinxter apple, a gall formed by Exobacidium fungi on typically poisonous rhododendron species. There are plenty of reports of people  ...
  • 24 May 2015: Cooking with Lilac


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    A few quick notes on what I've learned from playing around with lilacs the past couple years. I've tried several ways of extracting and preserving lilac flavors: in alcohol, in simple syrup, in dry sugar, distilled into a hydrosol using a crude pan-with ...
  • 25 Oct 2014: Forest salt


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    It's about 1/3 salt, 1/3 powdered dried mushrooms (I used a mix of Suillus and Leccinum species), and 1/3 Douglas fir needles. Salt, umami from the mushrooms, and a bit of lemoniness from the fir - great all-purpose flavor boost. ...
  • 8 Jun 2014: Osoberry Piquette


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    Piquette, or pomace wine, is an inferior hooch formed from the skins and other solids left over after pressing grapes for wine. My osoberry pomace was the leftovers after making jam, not wine, but I bet it'll still make a nice inferior hooch! If not, well, ...
  • 7 Jun 2014: The Kitchenaid as Thresher: Notes on Micro-Scale Grain Harvest


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    Last year I brought home an armload of ripe cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and some kinda fescue (Festuca sp.), because I'd never tried foraging grains before. Tom Elpel notes that all grasses are edible with the possible exception of ryegrass (Lolium spp.). ...
  • 25 May 2014: Mugwort mochi


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    Someone on Pinterest put up a link to a recipe for yomogi mochi - a Japanese dessert of sweet rice flour flavored with Artemisia princeps powder and filled with red bean paste. Since the traditional species of Artemisia was not conveniently in my cupboar ...
  • 10 May 2014: Desert Parsley


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    I went looking for morels last weekend and didn't find any. But as a consolation prize, I learned a new plant: Lomatium nudicaule - barestem biscuitroot, barestem desert-parsley, Indian consumption plant, pestle parsnip, wild celery. I have never ac ...
  • 15 Sep 2013: Oysters on the Half-Shell with Sheep Sorrel Mignonette


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    You know you are reading a high-quality food blog when, instead of boring food magazine clichés like well-lit images of a beautiful invertebrate scantily clad in a swirl of condiment, or action shots of the author's oystering companion gracefully bashin ...
  • 31 Aug 2013: Daucus carota Seeds: What’ll They Do to Your Hormones?


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    This summer I leveled up in foraging by carefully studying poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) and Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota), which both grow in profusion along the bike trail. Poison hemlock is one of the first plants, possibly the first, that every ...
  • 25 Aug 2013: Cleavers Seed Coffee


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    Cleavers (Galium aparine) seeds can be easily harvested this time of year by simply trying to pick some elderberries, and then scraping the seeds off your pants when you emerge from the ravine. I'd read the seeds could be used as a coffee substitute, s ...
  • 24 Aug 2013: Cornel Vanilla Cream Pie


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    The Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) is cultivated for its fruit in Eastern Europe down through Iran, but in the U.S. it's usually planted as an ornamental. I've been riding by a whole grove of them on the bike trail for years without ever really registering ...
  • 27 Jul 2013: Fennel Pollen Collector


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    We've reached the part of the summer where my kitchen is encrusted with rickety twist-tie apparatuses. This is the first time I've done fennel pollen; I have little bundles of flowers suspended on long twist-ties inside a couple of paper grocery bags t ...
  • 15 Jul 2013: Yarrow-weizen


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    I made my first gruit ale last night, and if I don't blog the recipe I'll lose it. 7 lb wheat malt extract 16 oz 10L crystal 6 oz special B 4 oz chocolate 1 oz yarrow leaves, partly dried (I harvested them the day before brewing) - 60 min 1 oz dried dandel ...
  • 23 Jun 2013: Osoberry Ossobucco


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    This was my first summer seriously harvesting Indian plums* (aka osoberries aka Oemleria cerasiformis). When I'd nibbled ripe ones on the trail before, I'd found them bitter, in much the same way Oregon grape is bitter, so my plan was to try making the ...
  • 20 Jun 2013: The Not-So-Many Uses of Dehydrated Knotweed


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    I have a foraging shame: The plants I've been calling Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica, or Polygonum japonica if you are an old-school genus-lumper like the King County noxious weed people) are probably actually Bohemian knotweed (Whatever x bohemicum) ...
  • 25 May 2013: Chaladnik (Belarusian oxalic acid soup)


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    So the other night I was reading this cool open-access research paper on the ethnobotany of Belarus. As you might expect, (1) Belarusians in the 19th Century made a lot of things into soup! and (2) many of these older wild food traditions have died out, pa ...
  • 14 May 2013: Pickled Broom Buds


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    Scotch broom is a Class B noxious weed that grows in several convenient locations along the bike trail, so I was excited to learn that the flower buds are edible. Traditionally they are pickled and used like capers. If I ever find myself in possession ...
  • 30 Apr 2013: Cleavers Cordial


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    I only learned how to identify cleavers (Galium aparine) this spring, after reading about it on some other foraging blogs. Usually, when I learn a new plant it takes me a year or so of scouting around before I'm able to spot it from a distance and/or fr ...
  • 7 Apr 2013: How I Don’t Eat Dandelions


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    I've been meaning to participate in Butter's Wild Things Roundup ever since I discovered her blog last fall, but the themes have never quite coincided with my cooking. Until now! This month's theme is dandelions. My big dandelion experiment for this yea ...
  • 20 Mar 2013: Why Boner Jokes Aren’t Funny (Even When They Are)


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    Once upon a time, when I was a baby geologist overseeing my very first municipal water well installation, there was a problem with the rig and the drillers and I all stood around yakking for a bit while we waited for some widget to arrive. These driller ...
  • 16 Mar 2013: Horsetail shoots


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    Horsetail shoots taste mild and pleasant. Various of my compatriots likened the flavor to: Green onions Asparagus Green beans Apples A non-flavor that would soak up other flavors Despite our collective inability to describe what exactly it was we ...
  • 4 Mar 2013: Nettles!


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    I picked about 8 gallons of nettles on Sunday. When I go nettle-picking, I usually wear the same thin-ish full-fingered gloves I've been biking in most of the winter. Nettle stingers aren't that long, so as long as I'm reasonably careful about grabbin ...
  • 24 Feb 2013: Sunday Salad Report


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    From the garden today: Dandelion greens, bittercress, chickweed, a bit of fennel. I have always liked the taste of bittercress, but never used it as a salad green until I learned that there is no such thing as the salad police. Nobody will come to arrest ...
  • 17 Feb 2013: Lessons from the Pantry


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    Like other foragers watching the last traces of winter quietly fade, I'm giving the hairy eyeball to my pantry, trying to eat up the old food to make room for the fresh. This is a good time to check in on my own eating habits. Sometimes I let the novel ...
  • 11 Feb 2013: The Ethical Irrelevance of Killing Your Own Food


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    Some friends raise meat rabbits; I went over today to help with a slaughter. I didn't quite kill a bunny, but I did see it hopping around right before I watched it die, and I peeled its skin off with my bare hands while the body was still warm. Throw th ...
  • 9 Feb 2013: Oregon grape liqueur


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    When I initially tried my first batch of this liqueur I was thinking it'd be a good replacement for sloe gin. Lesson learned: Never trust your first impressions. Sometimes, you only find the real value in something after you've gone through most of th ...
  • 30 Dec 2012: Cooking with Douglas Fir


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    Every year I ignore Christmas until just after winter solstice... and then get a sudden case of the festives on the 22nd or 23rd which leads me to buy whole birds from the supermarket and bake large batches of cookies while listening to the exact same caro ...
  • 22 Oct 2012: Why the L’Aquila Case is NOT about Risk Communication


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    I've been trying to fit this into 140 characters for Twitter, but it doesn't work. Here is why I think it is appropriate to gloss the L'Aquila trial as being yes really about seismologists' failure to predict the earthquake, even though the actual argum ...
  • 19 Jul 2012: Coconut milk jam


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    Tonight I am armed with coconut milk, lime juice, Pomona's pectin, a copy of On Food and Cooking, a PhD thesis on the properties of coconut milk emulsions, and 30 pounds of raspberries. My goal is to make a coconut-raspberry jam. Thanks to the thesis I  ...
  • 21 May 2012: A Foraged Dinner


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    I came home tonight after a large lunch, thinking about a warm, light dinner of crockpot chicken stock with miso and chives... and discovered, in my pile of unread RSS feeds, that Sustainable Eats, in conjunction with Fat of the Land and some of your other ...
  • 29 Apr 2012: Pickled Japanese Knotweed


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    I like Japanese knotweed shoots okay, but I still haven't found the treatment that will make me love them. I keep trying, because it's invasive and evil and so easy to pick. I want to love it. I'm going to figure out how to love it, dammit! It just hasn't  ...
  • 18 Oct 2011: Macerate ALL the things!


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    It's been a season of putting things in jars of cheap vodka, just to see what happens. Here is what has happened: Lilac liqueur As you might or might not recall, I left the lilac blossoms to macerate for a couple days more than planned, and wound up wi ...
  • 17 Jul 2011: Winnowing Money Plant Seeds


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    I picked a bag full of money plant seed pods yesterday. I've been enjoying the flowers and leaves of this backyard weed since reading Rebecca Lerner's post about it earlier this spring, and am hoping that the seeds will make an interesting and delicious m ...
  • 12 Jun 2011: Four Ways to Eat Black Locust Blossoms (and One Way Not to Bother)


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    Black locust trees set me up for greed. It must've been deliberate - the first several trees I saw held their branches just out of reach, a few letting me grab one or two flowers as a tease, a few just mocking me from the tangled hill above the parking lo ...
  • 23 May 2011: Drinking Lilac Two Ways: Lilac Liqueur and Lilac Syrup


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    My yard has three lilac bushes, and a quick taste test when they started blooming proved that two of them are yucky and bitter. The third one was okay, though, so last Friday I picked the two flower-bunches I could reach, pulled off the blossoms, and gentl ...
  • 11 May 2011: Car Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Trunk


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    When I started riding my bike again two years ago, I expected to have a few scary traffic moments and a little bit of awkwardness changing out of sweaty clothes at work. What I did not expect was that people would start complaining to me about other bicycl ...
  • 25 Apr 2011: Approaching New Flavors


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    My process for cooking something fancypants on a lazy weekend afternoon has lately been as follows: 1) Acquire an ingredient. 2) Look it up in The Flavor Bible. 3) Become inspired (hopefully in a way that doesn't require another trip to the store) and cook ...
  • 26 May 2009: How Gay Marriage Causes Earthquakes


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    This morning, the California Supreme Court will announce its decision on whether or not a slim 50% majority can amend the state constitution in order to specifically deny a previously-recognized constitutional right. It will also determine the fate of the  ...
  • 21 May 2009: Field Vehicle Amenities


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    Following on Short Geologist's list of things you do and don't need at a field hotel, and fresh from the field (where by "field" I mean "three days of driving around the mountains looking for stuff", and by "fresh" I mean I'm still at the airport), I thoug ...
  • 17 May 2009: But I’m Not Dead Yet!


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    Huh, I suppose it's been a while, hasn't it? 1: I was really surprised by how many of you fell for my April Fools joke. 2: I do have a real job now. I'm an environmental consultant, and I can't be much more specific than that - not because I am tryi ...
  • 1 Apr 2009: Employed at Last


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    Update, April 2: I hope you all had a wonderful April Fools Day, unmarred by water shortages, supervolcanoes, and threats to your world view. This was a fake, but I should have a real job announcement to make soon - and it won't involve any quack apologeti ...
  • 25 Mar 2009: Are Geophysicists Geologists? Part II


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    The question of whether or not I am a geologist is not just an amusing exercise in academic politics. In Washington, as in most U.S. states, geology is a regulated profession; guidelines for who can and cannot call themselves a geologist in a professional  ...
  • 24 Mar 2009: Are Geophysicists Geologists?


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    Or, less generally, am I a geologist? I have a B.S. in geophysics and an M.S. in earth and planetary science with a funky geophysics/geohydrology emphasis. I took some intro physical geology and earth history as a sophomore, but I have never taken forma ...
  • 20 Mar 2009: Are the Tonga Earthquake and Eruption Related?


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    On Monday, airline passengers were the first to observe the eruption of the just-barely-above-the-water volcano that forms the islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai, in Tonga. Three days later, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred on the Tonga trench.  ...
  • 19 Mar 2009: The Parable of the Messy Map


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    My job, for most of the past six weeks, has been to align cryptic old maps with existing digital data, so that points labeled in small, blurry fonts can be entered into a database. I am not going to show actual screenshots of my work - even if I gave away  ...
  • 14 Mar 2009: Blackberry Meringue Pie with Orange Bitters and Almond Crust


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    I don't have a lemon tree in the backyard, and springtime has only just reached the frigid northlands, but I do have a bit of Seattle summer tucked away in the back of my freezer. Pick some slightly underripe blackberries for this one, so it's as tart a ...
  • : Beer Meringue Pie


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    I have had many terrible ideas for pie in my life - durian pie, anyone? And I expected this to be one of the worst. Then again, I've also had some Guinness ice cream that was absolutely fantastic; it should be possible to replicate that experience in a pi ...
  • 9 Mar 2009: Delicious Internet Noms


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    Thoughts on Tuli v. Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Inc., et al. « Feminist Law Professors -- On the rewards of a sexual harassment lawsuit: "So, the bonus payoff here is, she gets to work in an environment where she is ostracized, despised, feared, a ...
  • 8 Mar 2009: Kiwi Lime Pie (with Bonus Cocktail)


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    The mojito is quite possibly a perfect cocktail. Fussing with it never seems to generate significant improvements, but driven by the need to seem unique and creative, bars keep offering variations with pomegranate, green tea, lychee, or whatever else t ...
  • 2 Mar 2009: Recent Results in Seismology


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    Once again it is time to acknowledge that I will never read all of the papers I've flagged in my RSS reader... but I can at least go through the abstracts. While my summaries here may be slightly in error due to the fact that I haven't actually read the pa ...
  • 26 Feb 2009: The Stimulating Effects of Monitoring Volcanoes


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    The consensus piece of apologetics for Jindal's anti-USGS remarks appears to be to claim that even though volcano monitoring is, of course, a worthwhile investment, it is not economically stimulating, and therefore does not belong in the stimulus bill.  ...
  • 24 Feb 2009: “Something Called Volcano Monitoring”: Bobby Jindal Needs a Geology Lesson


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    I turned on Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's campaign speech pre-campaign campaign insinuation pre-campaign dogwhistle fundraiser rebuttal to Obama's speech while cooking my pancakes this evening. I have two questions. Do Republicans (or moderates ...
  • : Delicious Internet Noms


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    The Bacon Story -- How science can make even bacon disgusting. Building a Google Earth Geology Layer -- Lots of great resources accumulating in the comments here. Magma Cum Laude: Using Google Earth to visualize volcanic and seismic activity -- A discuss ...
  • 19 Feb 2009: Earth Scientists on Stamps


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    Following the Royal Mail's release of some lovely new Darwin stamps, a few of us got to Twittering over lunch yesterday about the lack of geologists on this year's release of American scientist stamps. (What's that? You have no idea what Twittering i ...
  • 17 Feb 2009: Teaching Engineers to Blog?


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    I got a request for advice from Maryam, an old undergrad committee-comrade-in-arms, which I have mangled for clarity: To make a long story short, I'm co-teaching a communication class to engineers and I want to introduce them to science blogging. I'm plann ...
  • 11 Feb 2009: An Open Letter to the Environmental Geologists of the Past


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    Dear Environmental Geologists, Engineers, and Technical Illustrators of 20 Years Ago: Please remember that the real audience for your work - the mind-numbingly detailed technical reports over which you have slaved many hours - is not the board of petty  ...
  • 5 Feb 2009: Delicious Internet Noms


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    I finally have a day job! For a few weeks, anyway - I'm temping as a GIS monkey. While this is not functionally much different from generic office temp jobs, data entry using ArcGIS pays much better than data entry with Excel. Historically, day-jobbing ha ...
  • 30 Jan 2009: 2008 Flood Deposits and the Johnson County Conservation Bond


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 29 Jan 2009: Breaking Up with the Richter Scale


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 28 Jan 2009: Delicious Internet Noms


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    REMINDER: Accretionary Wedge posts due this Friday -- The theme is unhinged speculation about the future Earth. Calculus: The Musical! -- The concept may or may not be more charming than the execution. Sand Won't Save You This Time -- Mmm, ClF3. Plausibly ...
  • 27 Jan 2009: Academic Citation


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 26 Jan 2009: Does the World Really Need Another Blog Anthology?


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    In addition to helping judge this year's Open Laboratory science blogging anthology, I'm also the production editor (i.e., typesetting jockey). So as I go through, reading the entries in much greater detail than I ever would otherwise, I'm noticing a coupl ...
  • 23 Jan 2009: Cookbooks with Science


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    Since today is National Pie Day, I thought I would list a few of my favorite cookbooks. In particular, the ones that have taught me to bake pie. The ones with science. My staple meringue pie recipe comes from The New Best Recipe. The Meyer lemon mering ...
  • 22 Jan 2009: Flood Basalts


    Aimless: · 3 comments
    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 21 Jan 2009: Delicious Internet Noms


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    The science of espresso, with a dash of geology -- Darcy's law! Four Stone Hearth (58th Edition) -- Anthropology carnival! Association of American Geographers Anne U. White Fund -- A grant for doing field work with your partner. Would've been nice to kno ...
  • 20 Jan 2009: What Does it Mean to “Learn Science”?


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 15 Jan 2009: Manhattan Fault Line


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 13 Jan 2009: Using Ecto’s Script Feature to Post Your Delicious Links


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    I was looking for an easy way to post links I've bookmarked in del.icio.us to my blog. Not all the links - there's no sense inundating readers of my geology blog with a bunch of recipes and quilting patterns. Just the links with a particular tag. And no ...
  • : Have We Really Reached “Peak Water”?


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 8 Jan 2009: How to Fight Global Warming at Night with your Fists


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 7 Jan 2009: Volcano Geodesy 101


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    Rob R. asks: I've been following along with the recent happenings at Yellowstone (that is, as best as I can as a layman) but haven't seen that site [data from the Yellowstone GPS network] before. Could you explain (or link to) what I'm seeing there and w ...
  • 6 Jan 2009: High Femme and Geekery


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    One of my New Year's blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the na ...
  • 4 Jan 2009: 2009 Blogolutions


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    Okay, I've slightly missed the main New Year's resolution bandwagon. But the beginning of February will mark the first anniversary of my move to ScienceBlogs, so I figure I have a whole month in which to be self-indulgent reflective and renewal-minded. And ...
  • 2 Jan 2009: A Quick Caveat for Obsessive Yellowstone-Watchers


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    If you like apocalypse porn, you have probably been following the current earthquake swarm at Yellowstone. While there is no reason to believe that this is part of the lead-up to a giant caldera-forming eruption that will wipe out most of North America, or ...
  • 31 Dec 2008: Geological Predictions for 2009


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    Geotripper always comes up with the best memes [Oh, wait, looks like Brian at Clastic Detritus might have priority on this one - sorry Brian!] He's made some psychic predictions for 2009. But I think his crystal ball must have some inclusions that are scat ...
  • 24 Dec 2008: Happy Twinkletree, Joyous Monkey


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    If the sun came out, all the trees would be twinkling with ice. Seattle has the snow chaos. It's like one of those colds that never quite goes away, except that instead of snot, the city's nose is dripping slush and ice. My neighborhood is tucked in behin ...
  • 18 Dec 2008: California is Safe?


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    According to a study of deaths from natural hazard "events"* across the U.S., earthquakes, volcanoes, and other spectacular geophysical hazards are much less deadly than common weather events like heat waves, floods, and thunderstorms. The study was publis ...
  • 15 Dec 2008: Geo-Memeage


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    Hey, geobloggers: If you're going to AGU, will you tell us what you hear that is new and different? PLEEZ? Emily Lackdawilla at the Planetary Society Blog can't make it to all the sessions she wants to see and is hoping to swap notes about Enceladus: I de ...
  • 11 Dec 2008: An Open Letter to the Science Blogosphere


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    Dear Science Bloggers (Self, You Too): Stop burying your leads. Ledes. Leads. Whatever. Your opening line - the one that draws you in to a story, that limns the scope of your writing while providing the so what. It belongs at the beginning and you are pl ...
  • 6 Nov 2008: Why Proposition 8 Hurts So Much


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    For the first time in my life, I have been on the winning side of a major election. Everyone around me is jubilant. It's not just for President-Elect Obama, either - my choices for Governor and Congressman both made it in. I even got 2 out of 3 on my count ...
  • 4 Nov 2008: Evelyn Julia Brumm, Rest in Peace


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    My grandmother died early this morning after a short battle with cancer. She was 85. This is not a proper eulogy; those are hard to write. However. Grandma voted by absentee ballot early last week, before the morphine took over. If she managed to vote,  ...
  • 27 Oct 2008: Where on (Google) Earth? #152


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    The Where on Google Earth? competition has been going on for almost two years now, wandering the geoblogosphere from winner to winner. During that time, we've covered all 7 continents and a whole buncha islands, but we've revealed one great big bias. We'r ...
  • 26 Oct 2008: Introducing Thomas M. Rock


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    So far, Thomas M. is the only one to take advantage of my Donors Choose fundraising gimmicks. So, this rose quartz cobble, which I picked up while hiking in the hills near Santa Fe, shall henceforth be known as Thomas. When you find something so well-rou ...
  • 20 Oct 2008: Coffee Bean Bridging


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    My coffee grinder sometimes pauses in its labors, and makes a high-pitched whining noise that is nigh unbearable to the uncaffeinated ear. The noise happens because even though there are plenty of beans in the hopper, they've managed to arrange themselves  ...
  • 10 Oct 2008: What Donors Should Choose


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    There is still no official word from Seed about matching funds and/or prize drawings for the Donors Choose Challenge. However, Janet has posted a list of individual ScienceBloggers' incentives here. Donating to another Scibling's challenge might not contri ...
  • 9 Oct 2008: Papers I Haven’t Been Reading Lately


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    As papers come through my RSS reader, I flag anything that looks interesting, with the vague intention of getting back to it later. Ha, ha. Very few of the articles I flag actually make it through my periodic purging of the to-read list. Since Berkeley ha ...
  • 8 Oct 2008: Donors Choose Update: Prizes!


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    As you may or may not be aware, Green Gabbro is one of the smallest blogs on the ScienceBlogs network. But on the challenge leaderboard tonight, I'm just two donors behind a first place tie between Drug Monkey, Science Women, and Uncertain Principles. Thes ...
  • 6 Oct 2008: Drill, Baby, Drill… for Geothermal!


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    A week ago, the USGS updated its official estimates of U.S. geothermal energy resources for the first time in over 30 years. During the past three decades, we've made significant progress on technology to exploit geothermal energy in areas where there's pl ...
  • 1 Oct 2008: In Which I Want Your Money: Donors Choose Challenge 2008


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    I've seen the geoblogosphere periodically erupt in harrumphing about the way geology is treated (and by "treated" we usually mean "ignored") in K-12 education. Well, now's our chance to fix that. Budget cuts and the No Child Left Behind Act mean that scien ...
  • 29 Sep 2008: Cucumber-Fennel Soup


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    I haven't been eating many sandwiches lately, so yesterday, when I reached into the refrigerator to cut a few slices off of my "sandwich cucumber", it was... no longer suitable for sandwiches. It wasn't rotten, just decidedly un-crispy, and definitely ...
  • 26 Sep 2008: What Planet is my Clafoutis From?


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    Like so many moments of culinary inspiration, this plum clafoutis is nothing like what I was thinking of prior to actually wandering into the kitchen to make dinner. I was going to make pancake dome pancakes. Pancake domes are features on Venus. They ar ...
  • 24 Sep 2008: Carnival of Feminists #65


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    Welcome to the 65th biweekly showcase of the feminist blogosphere! Here's just a taste of what's inside: Owning privilege is not about feeling ashamed, it is about acknowledging the benefits that one receives without having to work for them. And now today ...
  • 19 Sep 2008: 5 Minerals Every Dabbler Should Know


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    While I was away, the rest of the geoblogosphere spent some time creating a list of 50 minerals to see before you die, and then ticking off which ones they've done; Dave Schumaker put together a neat tag cloud to display the results. Intimidated by the le ...
  • 12 Sep 2008: Attention Seattle (and everyone else)


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    For those of you who don't actually read any other ScienceBlogs (hi, Mom): We're approaching the one meeeellionth comment here at the ScienceBorg! This means there's a contest! If you submit a comment with a valid email address between... um, whenever the  ...
  • 6 Sep 2008: You Know You’re Marrying a Geologist When…


    Aimless: · 22 comments
    You scour eBay looking for zircon engagement rings. Zircons are forever. During the wedding portraits, you keep hearing the words "for scale" Who knew REI had a bridal section? Altar? I thought you said meet me at the outcrop! She asks the musicians to sl ...
  • 1 Sep 2008: The Science of Deliciousness


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    It might be Labor Day, but summer isn't really over until the blackberries are gone. Since it's harvest season and I'm still on leave from the workforce, I've been spending my time figuring out clever things to do with the bountiful produce of my neighbor ...
  • 21 Aug 2008: The Metamorphic Petrology of Ice Cream


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    I was struck by the similarity of these two images. Which one does your dentist want you to eat? I won't speculate about anyone's dentist's motivations, but the top image comes from The Science of Ice Cream, and the bottom from the USGS. I'm not sur ...
  • 20 Aug 2008: The Igneous Petrology of Ice Cream


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    It was hot out last weekend. Some of you might scoff at what I consider "hot", but the glorious thing about Seattle is that the entire city seems willing to join me in whining and wilting whenever the temperature breaks 80 (that's 25 of your Earth units).  ...
  • 12 Aug 2008: OMG AMNH PONIES!!1!


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    The Scibling meetup weekend included free passes to see the ponies at the American Museum of Natural History. OMG PONIES... but I found the exhibit depressing, for the following reason: I don't understand why more organizations don't give out press kits ...
  • 8 Aug 2008: Shirts Belonging to the Emperor Scientist


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    Gentle Reader, how long do I have to go without blogging before you start sending me solicitous letters of concern for my health, my Internet connection, and the distribution of my assets after death, huh??? I've got a backlog of stuff to write about, whi ...
  • 22 Jul 2008: Volcanoes Are Good


    Aimless: · 17 comments
    Craig McClain over at Deep Sea News has been spewing some vile libel about our magmatic companions: Two spectacularly awful events occurred in the ocean. Ocean anoxic event 1 (120mya) and 2 (93 mya). Rather unshockingly, the complete lack of oxygen in the ...
  • : Attention New York City


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    The chip in my head (the nice doctors at Seed installed one when I signed up for this blog) is all a-twitter. That means it's almost time to make my way, slack-jawed and drooling with my arms groping vaguely about the space in front of me, all the way acro ...
  • 18 Jul 2008: If the American Geophysical Union Were More Like the Movies


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    Gentle Reader, help me out here: Did I accidentally write Tuesday's post in crazy moon-language? The response to that coordinated swarm of movie reviews - from people who are affiliated with Sizzle, as well as people like Chris Mooney, who just plain liked ...
  • 17 Jul 2008: Delicious Internet Noms


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    Eye candy of the week: Zoltan Sylvester (of Hindered Settling fame) has some fantastic photos from the Geopalooza! exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Mike Brown on coming up with a name for Make-make (the plutoid formerly known as 2005 FY ...
  • 15 Jul 2008: Sizzle… fo’ Shizzle?


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    Before I give you my review of Randy Olson's new mockumentary about the global warming debate, I'd like to apologize for being such a terrible liberal documentary-goer. I haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth, or Olson's previous movie, Flock of Dodos, or any ...
  • 14 Jul 2008: Earthquake Prediction Just as Tantalizingly Close as Ever


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    There's an article in last Friday's issue of Nature describing some changes in the rocks near the San Andreas Fault that occurred in the hours before two small earthquakes. Here's the BBC's writeup; for those of you who can sneak behind the Nature paywall ...
  • 5 Jul 2008: Delicious Internet Noms


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    This month's Scientiae is out! Hear women's voices... in science! A conversation with Mr. Mister: Should I blog about this? It's got some gender in it. Yeah, it's got a lot of gender. It's kind of awful. Attention, Southern California! On November 13 yo ...
  • 28 Jun 2008: Delicious Internet Noms


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    Okay, I'm still trying to figure out why my del.icio.us link-posting script is broken, but it's time to get back to quasi-regular link-posting anyway. Christie at the Cape has a great post on archetypal female geologists - a counterpart to those irritati ...
  • 27 Jun 2008: Richard Nixon Tamed the Mole People! A Timeline of Global Seismic Energy Release


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    I've finally read Dr. Tom Chalko's wackaloon manuscript. It was fantastic. Chalko artfully combines common misconceptions about his subject matter with accessible yet impressively mathy-lookin' slipshod data analysis, and produces an argument that appea ...
  • 24 Jun 2008: More on Mathphobia


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    I've been reading The Design of Everyday Things, which I recommend as a useful and interesting way of thinking about all sorts of minor frustrations in daily life. It's also applicable to teaching - I've definitely noticed many student problems that have  ...
  • 20 Jun 2008: Someone Punk’d the CBS Science Desk!


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    This is the most irresponsible "science" "reporting" I have seen in yonks: New research compiled by Australian scientist Dr. Tom Chalko shows that global seismic activity on Earth is now five times more energetic than it was just 20 years ago. The resea ...
  • 19 Jun 2008: Carnival of Space #59


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    Greetings, and welcome to this week's Carnival of Space! Before getting to the astro-goodness, Will has a question: How many of you get your astronomy news directly from the press release? Planets and Plutoids Everyone likes Mars, which means everyone's  ...
  • 18 Jun 2008: Advice for a Mathphobe?


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    A reader named Amanda recently wrote me, asking for some advice: I graduated from NYU in 2007 and have been working in LA as an assistant, but I'm thinking about going back to college and getting a second degree. My first one is a BFA in screenwriting, so ...
  • 17 Jun 2008: Another Lusi Update


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    From the perspective of this paper's publication, my cross-country move was badly timed. Since my email access has been so sporadic over the past couple weeks, I missed chances to help edit the press release and do a couple of interviews. The press seems  ...
  • 12 Jun 2008: Devonian Fossil Gorge to Become… SIlurian Fossil Gorge?


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    I don't actually know what underlies the Middle Devonian brachiopods of my childhood, but I might get to find out soon. Iowa City is experiencing its second "500 year" flood in 15 years, and Coralville Lake has overtopped its dam... again. And the river h ...
  • : How to Find a Death Trap: A Guide for Apartment-Hunters


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    Earthquake engineer Kit Miyamoto has posted a journal of his trip to Sichuan. If you don't mind a little bit of construction jargon it's a good discussion of the details of what kinds of buildings collapse, and what kinds are safe, as well as the logistica ...
  • 1 Jun 2008: Happy Birthday, Lusi (the Drilling Totally Did It)


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    It's been two years* since the ground opened near Sidoarjo, Indonesia, spewing mud over the homes, farms, and businesses of tens of thousands of people. The disaster quickly acquired the rather endearing name of "Lusi", which is short for "lumpur" (Indone ...
  • 28 May 2008: Borrowing Geek Cred from the Mathematicians


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    Quick background: Paul Erdös was a prolific mathematician. If you co-authored a paper with him, you have an Erdös number of 1. If you co-author a paper with someone with an Erdös number of 1, you have an Erdös number of 2. It's like pla ...
  • 21 May 2008: The Scouring of Fossil Gorge


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    Julian is hosting this month's Accretionary Wedge, and wants us all to discuss a geologic event that's significant to us personally. (Well, technically, he asked for the event that is most significant, but I love all my pet geologic events equally, so the ...
  • 19 May 2008: I’d Like to Thank the Academy


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    My committee has my thesis draft. We're getting over a heat wave here in Berkeley. My office is neither air-conditioned nor particularly well shaded and ventilated, so I've been hanging out in my nice cool living room (not air-conditioned, but protected f ...
  • 14 May 2008: Dear Seattle Landlords: Your House is Not A Craftsman


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    I currently live in a Craftsman house, and I love it. I would love to move to another one, so I appreciate your attempts to target my demographic with your Craigslist ad. However. The architectural wing of the Arts and Crafts movement produced a particular ...
  • 5 May 2008: Tag Clouds for my Papers


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    Brian posted tag clouds for two of his recent papers. Having no shame, Lab Lemming followed suit. Since I have even less shame, I'm just going to jump on while the bandwagon is rolling. So here's the tag cloud for Davies et al., 2008, currently in review ...
  • 3 May 2008: Another Music Meme


    Whimsy: · 6 comments
    This one's making the rounds again: Put your music library on shuffle. Post the first lines of the first 25 songs that come up. The game: Guess which songs the first lines are from! Google = cheating. (NB: I've skipped over songs where the first line cont ...
  • 29 Apr 2008: Confessions of a Grad School Dropout Graduate


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    Tonight I'm assembling an appendix to my thesis. Plot some data; bring it into Illustrator to clean up the formatting; write a caption and add it to the LaTeX document. Rinse; lather; repeat. I'm using an egg timer - I can handle 45 minutes of this boring  ...
  • 25 Apr 2008: The Meaning of Significance


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    First off: The Earth Day Accretionary Wedge is up, full of environmental musings from the geoblogosphere - check it out! Since it is still Earth Week here at Berkeley, I'll follow up my carnival contribution with an observation from the trenches, where geo ...
  • 22 Apr 2008: The Personal is Political, Earth Day Edition


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    Happy Earth Day, everyone. Or, if you're on campus here, Happy Earth Week, complete with live bands at noon every day and a really weird papier-mâché tree ball thing oh, apparently that was a pomegranate to commemorate the Armenian genocide. Earth Week m ...
  • 19 Apr 2008: Earthquake in Illinois: What’s up with Wabash Valley?


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    Every time there's an earthquake in the Midwest, my mother emails me, just in case I want to move back home to study it. So that's how I heard about yesterday morning's earthquake in Illinois - a bit less exciting than waking up to it, but that's fine with ...
  • 16 Apr 2008: Women in Science Linky-Post


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    My beautifully kludgy little script that does much of the work of putting together linky-posts for me - pulling everything with a special "to SB" tag off my del.icio.us account and formatting it - has stopped working. I cry tears of sadness. I also have a  ...
  • 6 Apr 2008: Giving the Lie: Blogs and Scientific Criticism


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    I have been slowly wading through A Social History of Truth, Steven Shapin's study of how early modern English gentleman's etiquette was appropriated for scientific purposes - primarily to help decide who to trust, and to handle disagreements about the nat ...
  • 3 Apr 2008: Mud Volcano Tofu


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    There is a village in Taiwan trying to build a reputation for tofu flavored with the local mud volcano. On the face of it, this is a horrible idea - blecch, mud! - although there is probably some money to be made by importing the stuff to the U.S. and sel ...
  • 2 Apr 2008: Geology Jargon Ripe for Zombie Re-Animation


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    One of the things I love about geology is the jargon. After all, what could possibly be more fun than laying down "clayey" or "vug" on a triple word score and being able to say that yes, it is too a word? Wait, don't answer that one. Instead, let me give  ...
  • 27 Mar 2008: Friday Rock Blogging: Pele’s Hair


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    This one's in honor of the new activity at the peak of Kilauea. For pictures and updates, see the Hawaii Volcano Observatory homepage. For more geoblogospheric coverage, check out the posts at Magma Cum Laude and the roundup at Geology News. To get Pele ...
  • 21 Mar 2008: Friday Rock Repost: Sand Boil


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    So sand is just little weensy rocks, anyway. And this is a weensy volcano made of sand, in Peru. It’s about a meter (0.33% 0.9% of a football field thanks LL!) across. Normally, layers of sand and silt underground bear the weight of whatever’ ...
  • 14 Mar 2008: Friday Rock Repost: The Bishop Tuff


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    This is an outcrop of Bishop tuff, an ash deposit created 760,000 years ago when the Long Valley Caldera exploded - though “exploded” is, if anything, an understatement. The photo was taken 15 miles (25 of your Earth kilometers) away from the e ...
  • 11 Mar 2008: Jello Salad is a Weird Ethnic Food


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    First, I'd like to say that these people have a point. There's a lotta white people on ScienceBlogs! More than in the science blogosphere generally? I don't know - pinning down the demographics of the blogosphere is tricky. More than in science generally? ...
  • 9 Mar 2008: Borg Business


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    First things first: Happy birthday, PZ Myers! (MOAR LOLPZ?) Next things next: The Borg Overlords are working on a replacement for that "most active/most emailed" thing in the sidebar - one that gives more exposure to good posts from us wee little borgian ...
  • 7 Mar 2008: Friday Rock Blogging: Mud


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    Picture courtesy reader Martin. Or maybe Martin doesn't actually read this blog, and it's just Wren. Anyway, thanks, Wren and Martin! Today's rock is a geopuzzle: What's up with these ridges? How did they get there, and what determines their size? I do ...
  • 6 Mar 2008: Repost: Larry Summers, Math, and Violence


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    In light of the fact that Cal State is still committed to firing its nonviolent math teachers (the state attorney general has weighed in, supporting the dismissal, and Kearney-Brown is planning to pursue legal action), I thought I'd dredge up an old quip o ...
  • 5 Mar 2008: Delicious Internet Noms


    Links: · 2 comments
    Avalanches on Mars Caught on Camera! -- You can see the dust cloud. If that's not enough for you, the HiRISE team has just released 75 pages of droolworthy new Mars pix. Whoever is in charge of cropping these things has a good eye for composition. This i ...
  • 4 Mar 2008: Oops! I’m Perjured Again


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    Until I saw Ed Brayton's post about a math teacher fired from Cal State East Bay for refusing to sign a loyalty oath, I had mostly forgotten that I might be technically guilty of perjury. Y'see, as a public employee of the state of California, I was requir ...
  • 29 Feb 2008: Friday Rock Blogging: Desert Varnish


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    If you kick a dark pebble in the middle of the desert, you will sometimes find that it is light underneath. What this means is that you have disturbed a pebble that has been sitting there untouched for thousands of years. During that time, it accumulated  ...
  • 25 Feb 2008: Does This Rheometer Make Me Look Fat?


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    I didn't manage to get myself scraped off onto this month's Accretionary Wedge - oh, noes! While I am tragically subducted into the mantle, though, the rest of you can read about the many open questions currently puzzling the geoblogosphere. Perhaps I ca ...
  • 22 Feb 2008: Friday Rock Blogging: Oil Shale


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    This is a thin section from some Colorado shale. It's part of the Green River Formation, which is a series of rocks laid down about fifty million years ago when the West was wet. The shales come from a set of lakes that occupied part of what is now Colora ...
  • 20 Feb 2008: Delicious Internet Noms


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    The buzz in the geoblogosphere this week has been about an article in Nature Geoscience on the status of women in the academic earth sciences. I meant to review it here, but haven't had the oomph. Instead, you should join the discussion at All My Faults ar ...
  • 18 Feb 2008: Repost: A Puzzle


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    I'm starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel that is grad school. I give it a 75% chance of being an oncoming train. What this means for you, dear readers, is that in the coming weeks you'll be seeing a lot of bloggy self-plagiarism. I'll kick t ...
  • 14 Feb 2008: The Union Bogeyman


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    I'm a proud member of the United Auto Workers. The entertainment value of people's broken socioeconomic assumptions when I say this is not to be underestimated, but I don't feel that I'm personally much better off with the UAW than without. The sciences a ...
  • : Love Songs for Geoscientists


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    I am frequently earwormed by the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo's song New Madrid, in which the narrator begs an intraplate seismic zone to somehow restore his lost love: Come on do what you did Roll me under New Madrid Shake my baby and please bring her ba ...
  • 13 Feb 2008: Delicious Internet Noms


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    Nerd Links Igneous Sounds -- What happens if you feed mineral powder diffraction curves into a synthesizer? You get something that's too harmonic for your computer music composition professor's avant garde sensibilities. More details on the process here. H ...
  • 12 Feb 2008: Jim Watson, My Racist Corporate Overlord


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    You know, when you join a new organization, you don't typically scan the board of directors looking for people who have previously been publicly identified as over-the-line bigots no reasonable person should associate with ever. Or at least I don't. I cert ...
  • 8 Feb 2008: Friday Rock Blogging: Gabbro


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    gabweb Originally uploaded by kevinzim I have a confession to make: I have absolutely no idea what this picture means. And most of you probably don't either, which is okay, because you're not running around the Internets pretending to be a geologist ...
  • 6 Feb 2008: Delicious Internet Noms


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    Telling Stories: February's Scientiae Carnival Hooray, hooray, for Scientiae! This month's theme brings us lots of stories about what sexism looks like in everyday life... and some less depressing entries as well. Stratigraphic layer-cake T-shirt I would  ...
  • 4 Feb 2008: Why I Don’t Use the BPR3 Icon


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    I'm a bit cynical about the revolutionary power of the blogosphere. I blog because it's a fun and easy way to share things that I find exciting, it makes my writing better, and it helps keep my ginormous slavering beast of an ego fed in the manner to whic ...
  • 31 Jan 2008: Hello World


    Meta: · 31 comments
    Welcome, Gentle Reader, to my new series of Internet tubes. You'll notice that I haven't completely unpacked - there's no pretty banner at the top, the blogroll is woefully incomplete (it's probably even missing your blog!), and my profile page is not near ...
  • 23 Jan 2008: Accretionary Wedge #5: Geological Misconceptions and Pie


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    Happy National Pie Day, and welcome to the fifth edition of the Accretionary Wedge, the Internet's premier blog carnival for the earth sciences! First, I have some news for you. Make sure you're sitting down before you read this: Diamonds are not made f ...
  • 18 Jan 2008: Fred Meyer French Onion with Bacon Vegetable Dip


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: , , · 4 comments
    As a kid, I was fascinated by the hardware store. It had aisles and aisles full of shiny, mysterious gadgets. It also had a distinctive smell, composed primarily of grease, burnt metal, and dirty old linoleum. I hadn't felt that particular sense of wonder ...
  • 17 Jan 2008: Reading Material for the Week


    Science: , , · 3 comments
    So 2008 is the International Year of Planet Earth (why does nobody tell me these things?). In honor of the project, this week's issue of Nature has a free special supplement section, with some very accessible overviews of currently trendy topics. I recomme ...
  • : RSS Feeds for AGU Journals


    Science: , , · no comments
    The RSS reader favored by the Machead elite is now free (as in beer). So, while I was enjoying Mr. McMoots's exceptionally craptastic home Internets connection - the kind where you would really benefit from the ability to go to a coffeeshop, download every ...
  • 10 Jan 2008: Saline Injections for Venice?


    Science: , , · 3 comments
    Venice is sinking. It's sinking due to tectonic forces, being on the wrong side of the plate flexure that's lifting the Alps. It's sinking because in the 16th century they diverted all the rivers around in an effort to avoid floods, thereby depriving the l ...
  • 4 Jan 2008: Caucus


    Politics: , , , · no comments
    Iowa City is a liberal town, but I think it gained a few Republicans tonight, just because their caucus line was so much shorter. The Democrats stretched down the hall, back again, and out the door, and that was early - we showed up shortly after 6. While  ...
  • 31 Dec 2007: Year in Review


    Meta: · no comments
    Here, Have a Clip Show Post I Really Wanted More Comments On: What would you name as "science world heritage" sites? - Good science heritage sites should force us to consider the process of science, in addition to its results and historical characters.  ...
  • 18 Dec 2007: Grading Codes I Want to Give


    Teaching: , , · 1 comment
    I have a stack of final papers on my desk. Soon, it will be joined by a stack of final exams. Whee. I've found that comment codes are useful ways to keep myself sane while grading - if I can just scrawl "E" for "You are making the baby English language  ...
  • 17 Dec 2007: Aaand, the rest of AGU


    Science: , · 7 comments
    The local seismologists have been holding non-stop post-AGU mini-conferences, over this weekend and continuing through Wednesday. While it may be convenient for people's travel plans to shove all the conferences into the same period of time, I do not under ...
  • 4 Dec 2007: How to Earn Your Diversity Cookie Without Doing a Damn Thing


    Politics: , , , , · 6 comments
    I was browsing through the list of industry employers who will be recruiting at AGU, and came upon one firm which bills itself as an "affirmative action employer". In the next sentence, the ad explains that this means that they recruit and promote the most ...
  • 30 Nov 2007: Friday iTunes iChing: A Randomly-Generated AGU Press Kit


    Science, Whimsy: , , , · 20 comments
    So Andrew Alden has suggested a fun game: predict which AGU abstracts will get the most mainstream media attention. I'm working on my own list (though restricted to stories from the sections whose abstracts I would glance through anyway, which means I'm mi ...
  • 28 Nov 2007: It’s “That Time” of the Science


    Science: , , · 6 comments
    I didn't formally sign up for International Dissertation Writing Month, but I did set myself a couple of goals for November. I'm not sure I've done enough to consider myself an InaDWriMo winner yet (though there's still time!) but I've made more than zero  ...
  • 14 Nov 2007: Hiking the Transgondwanan Supermountains


    Science: , , , , , · 4 comments
    Once upon a time in the Neoproterozoic, there was (maybe) an 8,000 km by 1,000 km mountain range that stretched across the half-supercontinent of Gondwana - that's slightly longer than, and twice as thick as, the modern Andes. Those mountains lived for a q ...
  • 12 Nov 2007: Attn: Geoblogosphere


    Links, Meta: · 2 comments
    So how well are the earth sciences represented in the nominations for the 2007 Open Laboratory? Well. There's some great geodesy, climate science, oceanography, and paleontology, and Chris Clarke wrote a lovely meditation on Miocene volcanism in the Sierra ...
  • 8 Nov 2007: Can You Read Me?


    Meta: , , , , , · 2 comments
    This little reading level analysis tool is all the rage; I'm fairly happy with my result. But of course, the little badge is just a snapshot - what I really want to know is whether blogging has really helped my writing or not. I found a WordPress plugi ...
  • 1 Nov 2007: We’re Good Enough, We’re Smart Enough, and Gosh Darn It, We’re the November Scientiae!


    Links, Politics, Science: , , , , , , · 15 comments
    Life in Our Heads Welcome to the 13th edition of Scientiae! Today I am happy to share with you what is inside of everybody's heads: BRAAAAAAINS!! Er, wait - even though I am technically writing this on Halloween, it won't appear until November 1. So I don ...
  • 23 Oct 2007: Free and Open-Source Learnin’s


    Links, Science: , , , · 2 comments
    Open Text Book is a useful blog devoted to free (as in speech, and also as in beer) academic texts. There's only one post filed under "Geology", which lists two books published by the USGS - one on ground-water hydrology, the other a basic introduction to  ...
  • 20 Oct 2007: The Spinning Dancer and the Brain


    Science: , , · 77 comments
    This image, originally created by Nobuyuki Kayahara, is a great scientific personality test. If you see the dancer spinning clockwise, you've got excess spleen qi in your left frontal crockus. This means that you're a vibrant personality whose passions ar ...
  • 19 Oct 2007: Friday Rock Blogging: Zoned Feldspar


    Science: , , · 1 comment
    I found this one on the side of the road, near the top of Sonora Pass. The zoned structure reflects some change in the conditions under which the crystal was growing, but frankly, telling you that this is feldspar has strained my mineralogy skills to the  ...
  • 15 Oct 2007: Whatever Doesn’t Kill Us Will Provide a Nice Soak


    Personal, Science: , , · 3 comments
    I went camping this weekend in a natural disaster waiting to happen. Seven hundred and sixty thousand years ago, a volcano went off in Eastern California, covering the western United States with ash and leaving behind a 15 km x 30 km caldera. That volcan ...
  • 3 Oct 2007: November Scientiae Call for Posts


    Politics, Science: , · 3 comments
    The October edition of Scientiae is up at Wayfarer Scientista. Not only does this mean there are buckets of interesting things to read, it means it's my turn to play host! Eek! Stay calm. If the theme sucks, people can just ignore it and submit a po ...
  • 28 Sep 2007: Friday iTunes iChing: UC TA Strike


    Politics: , , , · no comments
    O Great and Powerful Oracle, the current contract between the United Auto Workers and the University of California expires on Sunday. Negotations continue, with goals like affordable dependent health care and a slightly less risible excuse for day care ben ...
  • 25 Sep 2007: Geek Ink


    Science, Whimsy: , , · 5 comments
    So ever since I decided to leave grad school, I've been thinking that it might be nice to have the diffusion equation tattooed on my feet. This is the first tattoo idea I've had that I've actually liked for more than a week at a time; if I still like it wh ...
  • 2 Sep 2007: Why I’m a Geophysicist


    Personal, Science, Teaching: , · 5 comments
    The first edition of The Accretionary Wedge is coming soon, and the theme is what the hell is wrong with us why we study geology. I don't have much time to write today - I have a few errands to run this afternoon before heading out to a "What? No, we're to ...
  • 30 Aug 2007: Notes From the Books Precariously Stacked on My Bedside Table


    Human Fuzzies, Politics, Science: , , , , , , , , · 3 comments
    I've been meaning to write a whole slew of book reviews, long and thoughtful ones that say interesting things about science and society and race and gender, but I think it's time to admit that it just ain't gonna happen. So I'll give you some short little  ...
  • 26 Jul 2007: Galveston Bids for Darwin Award


    Politics, Science: , , · 3 comments
    Urban planning at its least foresightful: Leaders of this fast-eroding barrier island — the scene of the deadliest hurricane in American history — are about to approve nearly 4,000 new homes and two midrise hotels despite geologists’ w ...
  • 24 Jul 2007: Summer Doldrum Linky Fun


    Links, Politics: , , , , · 5 comments
    This is the funniest thing I've seen in months: Here's your good deed link for the day: Troy Davis faces execution in Georgia for the murder of police officer Mark McPhail, but since the trial, seven of nine key witnesses have recanted or contradicted ...
  • 13 Jul 2007: Cheap Irony


    Politics: , · no comments
    I was in a used bookstore last night when I came across a copy of Ar'N't I A Woman? - filed under "African-American studies". Guess we have an answer to that question. ...
  • 11 Jul 2007: Where on (Google) Earth? #26 – Now with 90% Fewer Coordinates!


    Science, Whimsy: , · 11 comments
    Ron's view of the Deccan Traps had everyone stymied for a while... fortunately, he gave us a hint and now the crack pipe is circulating once again. #25 was perhaps a quartz or topaz on the hardness scale*. This one should be considerably easier to find; ...
  • 4 Jul 2007: Fourth of July: I’m Doin’ It Wrong


    Politics: , , · 11 comments
    Happy Independence Day, Americans! Aren't you glad you live in the USA, and not in, say, Iraq? Boy, I'd sure hate to be living in Iraq right now. Or in Chile under Pinochet; hoorah for living in a country where the football stadium doesn't double as a conc ...
  • 1 Jul 2007: Leaving the Ivory Tower


    Human Fuzzies, Politics, Science: , , , · 3 comments
    Barbara Lovitts dropped out of two Ph.D. programs. On her third try, she completed a dissertation in sociology - studying people who drop out of Ph.D. programs. Then she turned her dissertation into a book. Some of her results are suitable for framing  ...
  • 28 Jun 2007: Science World Heritage


    Science: , , · 1 comment
    The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has been holed up in New Zealand this week, issuing periodic additions and updates to the World Heritage List. Why they can't release the year's new sites all at once, I don't know; I have this image of the committee dol ...
  • 22 Jun 2007: Where on (Google) Earth #20


    Science, Whimsy: , · 5 comments
    Okay, okay, technically I am jumping the gun on this one - Tectonite has yet to unmoderate the comments on WoGE 19. When she does, I am sure I will be ignominiously revealed as the 4th or 5th person to find the estuary. However, I am so very excited to hav ...
  • 21 Jun 2007: Asking for a Pony


    Politics: , , , , , · 4 comments
    Okay, the latest Scientiae carnival is up, but I'm still processing the last one. I was struck by the way Kat, in the middle of explaining how she hungers for closer professional friendships, takes a quick break to worry that her hunger is unreasonable:  ...
  • 13 Jun 2007: Leaking From the Pipeline (Again)


    Personal, Politics, Science: , , , · 14 comments
    So here's an announcement: I've officially become a master's student. My advisor, fabulously, has agreed to support me while I prune my commitment-phobic tangle of half-finished papers and dissertation proposals into something resembling a thesis. I'll be  ...
  • 20 Apr 2007: Friday Fun Poll: Logarithms


    Science: · 15 comments
    {democracy:2} I've got a couple of columns in a spreadsheet that shouldn't be an order of magnitude apart. I don't think this is the source of the problem, but I still advocate the explicit use of ln and log10 over log. Sigh. ...
  • 11 Apr 2007: Looking for New Earth


    Science: , · 6 comments
    New extrasolar planets no longer make the news. The number of known exoplanets currently stands at 218 and climbing, and the International Astronomical Union has deemed it utterly impractical to give them names. However, most of the known exoplanets are in ...
  • 10 Apr 2007: Another Earthquake Prediction Failure


    Science: · 4 comments
    Seismologists are ingenious and persistent in their attempts to obtain the Holy Grail of earthquake prediction, with proposed methods ranging from the primitive (observe the behavior of snakes) to the esoteric (borrow some mathematical methods from stock m ...
  • 3 Apr 2007: How Much NSF Grant Money Can One Bad Apple Control?


    Politics, Science: , , , · 5 comments
    First: Scientiae #3 and Philosophia Naturalis #8 are both out. Go read! Second: a friend of mine was rejected for an NSF training fellowship. Two of the three reviewers liked her proposal, but the third review was very negative, which, well... sometimes ...
  • 27 Mar 2007: Look What the Discovery Channel Thinks of Female Engineers


    Politics, Science: , , , · 22 comments
    The Discovery Channel is looking for someone to host a new show about engineering (warning: Craigslist ad could vanish without warning). The ideal candidate? "[M]ale, young to late forties, edgy, adventurous, and an innovator." I'll be writing them a le ...
  • 24 Mar 2007: Rape: Still Judged by Your Relationship to the Rapist


    Politics: , · 7 comments
    Well, if I'm ever feeling dry in Noe Valley, I know where I'm going - a place where nobody knows my name, but the barstaff have my back: This was in a bar in Noe Valley that draws a mostly local crowd -- early on most days, the patrons were older folks  ...
  • 18 Mar 2007: Iconic Figures: Energy Release by Earthquakes


    Science: · 10 comments
    Scientists like stories with lots of pictures. In fact, an awful lot of what goes on during talks is more like a pre-reading child telling stories about the pictures in a picture-book than a grown-up engaging with the textual content of an article. Some ...
  • 13 Mar 2007: Science as Culture, and Cultural Depictions Thereof


    Politics, Science: , · 9 comments
    What can we learn about science from the thought processes of t-shirt designers? Let's ask some entrants in the Seed Magazine / Threadless T-shirt competition! First, we learn that science is something that acts on culture, and is important to culture,  ...
  • 3 Mar 2007: Belated Carnival Post


    Politics, Science: , , , , , , · 17 comments
    I have been derelict at my post here, forgetting to link to two carnivals that came out on Thursday: Philosophia Naturalis, the carnival of physical sciences, and the first-ever edition of Scientiae, the carnival for women and science. I'm sure I've been m ...
  • : Earthquake Folksonomy


    Science, Teaching: , · 14 comments
    There's something humbly communitarian about being outside on a crowded street corner when everyone turns to the person next to them to ask "hey, did you feel that?". Perpetually oblivious, I only felt the earthquake because the guy standing next to me at  ...
  • 1 Mar 2007: Hey Lookit My Tooth


    Personal: , · 5 comments
    So this was my morning: root canal fun time! I went over to Wikipedia's article on root canals, hoping to find some kind of valuable scientific lesson to share with all you gentle readers, but no dice. Instead, I find myself mildly annoyed with the art ...
  • 23 Feb 2007: Friday iTunes iChing: Will Lusi Be Stopped?


    Science, Whimsy: , , , · 1 comment
    O great and glossy Oracle! Today, workers in Indonesia will begin dumping concrete balls down the mouth of the mud volcano Lusi. What wacky hijinks will ensue? The Covering - Lost Island - Tony Elman, Swinging on a Gate The Crossing - Don't Have to B ...
  • 21 Feb 2007: Blocking Mt. Etna


    Science: , · 2 comments
    I haven't been following the story of the Indonesian mud volcano as closely as I should, but the new plan is to drop a bunch of concrete ball-and-chain units into the erupting crater. Those of us who have played with garden hoses as children are eagerly aw ...
  • 18 Feb 2007: Ediacaran Fossil Embryos


    Science: , , , · 2 comments
    Sweeeet. Paleontologists have found late-stage fossil embryos in China's Precambrian Doushantuo Formation. The things have a three-coiled spiral structure and look kind of like baseballs. Less developed embryos (blastulas, for all you embryology nerds) ...
  • 30 Jan 2007: What’s the Good News of Geology?


    Politics, Science: , , · 16 comments
    There's a great post up at Apparent Dip outlining some thoughts and prescriptions on public outreach, including: 5. We need to find a Carl Sagan of geology, someone who can take the message to the public. That's all well and good, but it ducks an imp ...
  • 14 Dec 2006: Finals Week = Bitch About Students


    Personal, Teaching: · 5 comments
    I am, perhaps, unusual in my appreciation for students who brazenly don't care. The way I see it, the beauty of teaching at the college level is that my students are all adults who can set their own priorities in life. My course can take the shit end of th ...
  • 26 Nov 2006: Margarita Meringue Pie


    Food: , , , , , · 1 comment
    It wasn't 3D, but my pie was a success anyway. The margarita pie, anyway - no comment on the pomegranate meringue, I didn't get enough juice out of the pomes I bought to call it a fair trial. Next time, I'll just buy the straight-up juice. The Meyer lemon  ...
  • 24 Nov 2006: Thanksblogging


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: , · 4 comments
    It's been twelve hours; I'm almost ready to start thinking about food again. Not eating it, but skittering my olfactory imaginations towards the smell of bacon, and then diving under the covers when it gets too realistic. And I have to say, it's a bit w ...
  • 7 Nov 2006: The Last-Minute Ballot


    Politics: , · no comments
    Governor: Angelides Lt. Governor: Garamendi Colonel Leftenant Governor-Admiral General: I really wish such an office existed. Secretary of State: Bowen - she believes in paper trails. Lesser State Offices: party-line Democrat Senator: Todd Chretien -  ...
  • 6 Nov 2006: Which Mitochondrial DNA Has the Superpowers?


    Science: , , · 4 comments
    Guys, guys, guys - you're not going to create an effective mutant army by injecting human DNA into cow eggs! You need mitochondrial DNA with considerably more oomph than that. Like a thoroughbred, or a cheetah. Cheetahs are hard to find these days, I know, ...
  • 24 Oct 2006: Hawaii, the New York Times, and Triggered Seismicity


    Science: , , · 9 comments
    The New York Times has an astonishingly confusing article on the idea that one earthquake could trigger others, thousands of miles away. The real meat of the answer is hidden in the last paragraph: While strong earthquakes trigger nearby aftershocks (i ...
  • 12 Oct 2006: When You Join the Teapot Tempest, You Know Your Bloggy Groove Is Returning


    Meta, Politics: , , · 7 comments
    Not that I have time, really. But I suddenly wonder if I'm not just doing what Ilyka Damen does: This blog is small. And something I've realized over the past couple of weeks is that I unconsciously work to keep it small. I do this in one way I can't he ...
  • : Seismograms from North Korea


    Politics, Science: , , · 4 comments
    There's one basic difference between earthquakes and explosions. Earthquakes happen when two pieces of rock slide against each other; they generate both push-pull and side-to-side waves. Explosions, by contrast, just push everything outward in all directio ...
  • 29 Sep 2006: Friday Rock Blogging, Mailbag Edition


    Science: , · 8 comments
    Reader JM sent in today's rock, with the assertion that it is an anomaly from the western Utah desert and not, in fact, the sort of thing you might find in a three-year-old's nose. There is nothing in the photo for scale, but it is ~3" long. Here's what ...
  • 19 Sep 2006: Arrr! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day!


    Human Fuzzies, Links: , , · 6 comments
    Yarr, mateys, I be findin' meself with an inadequate selection of piratical shanties in me iTunes to be celebratin' one of me favorite holidays. A pirate can only listen to so much Monkey Island soundtrack before going a bit parroty in the bilge. Here are  ...
  • 11 Sep 2006: TA Training for Berzerkelers


    Teaching: , , · 6 comments
    The third cure for blogger's block: find a structured writing prompt! Dr. Crazy's reflections on what she wishes she'd learned about teaching before becoming a professor (part of Teaching Carnival #11) gave me, if not bona fide bloggish inspiration, at lea ...
  • 4 Sep 2006: Household Goodness


    Personal: , , · 2 comments
    The second cure for blogger's block: post some pictures! We don't strictly need more pot holders in the house, but they're such a good way to make use of my crapped-out old socks that I might make more anyway. And I've been wanting a coi ...
  • : Laborious Links: Patenting, Urban Geology, and Gratuitous Toilet Analogies


    Links, Science: , , , , · no comments
    The first cure for blogger's block: post some links! The second edition of Panta Rei, the blog carnival of heat and flow, is up. If you've ever needed to know about Carnot engines, or the difference between milk and sewage, you must go read. Walking Be ...
  • 25 Aug 2006: Tidbits


    Links, Politics, Science: , , , · 15 comments
    For the political: What long take-home exams are really testing - privilege, mainly "Geeks will be geeks" was a highly favored rationalization for ignoring continual low-level sexual harassment ("glomming") at Caltech, so I find this extra-specially galli ...
  • : Am I an Old Fart?


    Teaching, Whimsy: , · 9 comments
    I'll be teaching (or teaching-assisting) this fall: By The Way, An Active Fault Runs Through Your Precious Precious Football Stadium And We're All Going To Die 101, which satisfies the physical science breadth requirement for sundry jocks and humanists. To ...
  • 15 Aug 2006: Joe Jonah Euclid and the End of the World


    Human Fuzzies: , · 2 comments
    I spent today's biorhythmic low shifting binders and junk from one bookshelf to another, claiming the primo desk before my new officemates arrive on campus. From my physics binder fell an eccentrically typeset sheet, with notes for a prelab exercise on the ...
  • 12 Aug 2006: How To Grab Google’s Attention


    Meta: · 10 comments
    I admit, I am hopelessly addicted to my own site logs, especially to the tracks of the 60% or so of my visitors who arrive here via Google search (and, to a lesser extent, other search engines - but Google traffic wins out by nearly two orders of magnitude ...
  • 11 Aug 2006: Predicting Volcanic Eruptions Months in Advance


    Science: , · 12 comments
    Volcanoes are easier to predict than earthquakes. While seismologists still argue about whether detectable pre-earthquake effects exist at all, volcanologists agree that eruptions are preceded by the movement of magma from someplace very far underground t ...
  • 8 Aug 2006: My Identity is a List of Links


    Links, Politics, Science: , , , , · 15 comments
    Today's WTF sexist loons? is brought to you by the Daily Mail: The female orgasm is the natural mechanism by which men assert dominion over women.... And I for one welcome our new battery-powered overlords. Hattery-tippery to Feministe. More link ...
  • 4 Aug 2006: Friday iTunes iChing: Storms on Titan


    Science: , , , · 3 comments
    I had a lovely Friday iTunes tarot reading nearly prepared last week when the competing Oracle of Firefox and Accidentally Closed Tabs prophesied doom and destruction for all my questions. So, now that the auspicious day of Friday is once again upon us, I' ...
  • 3 Aug 2006: Truth, Justice, and the Academic Way


    Politics, Science: , , , · 32 comments
    I was responding to John's comment, but the response outgrew the scope of the comment box. I've got some general pronouncements to pronounce. So, first, a quote for context: Getting to the truth is the goal, though, so if this incites more incisive inve ...
  • 2 Aug 2006: Shorter Responses to Ben Barres


    Politics: , , , , · 12 comments
    This week's Nature is out, and the letters page has some rebuttals to Ben Barres' article (CNN summary here, for those of you who don't subscribe to Nature) on gender discrimination in science. They're great! Steven Pinker: To say that I believe wom ...
  • 28 Jul 2006: These Search Requests Are What I’m Trying to Monetize


    Meta: , · 3 comments
    I've had Google AdSense up for a month now, and it's netted me a grand total of $7.05. That's not much - especially considering that at this rate, I won't see my $100 minimum check until 2008 - but it is enough to cover web hosting and domain registration, ...
  • 27 Jul 2006: Coming Down from the Link Rush


    Links, Meta: , , , , , , , · 1 comment
    I love it when the stars align and people come pouring in from several corners of the blogosphere (or trickling, I suppose; it all depends on your perspective), though perhaps it was just spillover attention from my housemate's friend's fabulous book idea  ...
  • 25 Jul 2006: Heat Wave, Schmeat Wave


    Personal: , , , , , , · 4 comments
    I went up to visit one of my friendly neighborhood volcanoes this weekend. What smacks of summertime absurdity more than a bunch of people hiking around on a snow drift in t-shirts and shorts? Errors: http://greengabbro.net/images/lassen/ ...
  • 19 Jul 2006: I Read Wifework So You Don’t Have To


    Human Fuzzies, Politics: , , , , · 7 comments
    If you throw out all the bullshit and the intro-level patriarchy-blaming, Susan Maushart's Wifework magically transforms from a 247-page eye-roller into an insightful 10-page essay. I will now extract the most interesting points from that essay, so that y ...
  • 15 Jul 2006: Call for Interviewees: Women in STEMM


    Politics, Science: · 29 comments
    The mountains are still there, and still made of rocks, hoorah! But more on that later. Right now, a science and tech writer in my extended social network just landed a book deal on women's experiences in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicin ...
  • 10 Jul 2006: Sunday, Day of Links


    Human Fuzzies, Links, Politics, Science: , , · 2 comments
    Oh for pete's sake (via): Flipping his badge open, he said, "No, not with that shirt. You're protesting and you have to go." Beginning to get his drift, I said firmly, "Not before I finish my coffee." He insisted that I leave, but still not quit ...
  • 8 Jul 2006: Friday Mountain Blogging: Paleotopography of the Sierra Nevada


    Science: , , · 6 comments
    No one quite knows how old these hills are. We know how old the rocks are, of course - it's easy (or at least straightforward) to grab a chunk of granite, crush it up, and throw it in your handy mass spectrometer for a radiometric date. When dinosaurs roa ...
  • 6 Jul 2006: Isolated Wackiness, Shared By Everybody in the Whole Damn County


    Politics: , , · 4 comments
    Okay, I hadn't heard about this Jewish family being driven from their home until reading Bitch Ph.D.'s post: And my first thought was, "blog this." And then I thought, "what for? The only possible reaction is "those people suck," and it's one of those a ...
  • 4 Jul 2006: Boringness


    Meta: , · 5 comments
    So the point of this post is to include a Bloglines claim verification code. Which is invisible. Doot doot doot doot. The broader context, though, is that my Urge to Blogtinkery is on an uptick. If you're not one of those types who never leaves their RS ...
  • 3 Jul 2006: How Avis and the University of California are Destroying the Environment


    Personal, Politics: , , · 2 comments
    The corporate customer agreement between Avis and the UC system doesn't include the "intermediate SUV" class. So the only way to get a vehicle with four-wheel drive and decent clearance, and be covered under UC's insurance policy, is to rent in the "nonsen ...
  • 29 Jun 2006: Images to Amend the Constitution By


    Politics: , , · 1 comment
    I'd like to send a hearty "fuck you" to Dianne Feinstein, whose views on the acceptable bounds of free speech were formed with all the careful consideration and sound judgment you'd expect from a middle school student: For me--at that time as a 12-year- ...
  • 27 Jun 2006: Blissfully Unaware of my Peril


    Human Fuzzies, Politics: , , · 8 comments
    Perhaps Kyso Kisaen will be a bloggy guide and muse through the Rite of Femminess otherwise known as getting hitched; she seems to have her priorities straight: I already know shit like "less booze = less money" or "borrow stuff or make it, teehee!" Any ...
  • : Inconsequentialnesses


    Human Fuzzies, Links: , · 5 comments
    Of passing amusement: Everybody, giggle with me now: Nimrod orogeny! Hee hee hee hee hee. Eco-art experiment? Or overly abundant faith in that axiom about trash and treasure? SUNDAY June 25th - YIPPEE! Somebody almost took the futon today! It was ro ...
  • 23 Jun 2006: How I Rescued My Blog from Google’s Cache


    Meta: , , , , , · 2 comments
    Detail-oriented readers may have noticed the sudden appearance of a full-fledged category list, which, if you explore, is the gateway to a fully populated set of archives stretching once again back to the misty pre-9/11 world of innocence and laughter.  ...
  • 17 Jun 2006: Give Me That Old-Fashioned Heterosexual Privilege


    Personal: , , · 11 comments
    I'd put aside my thoughts of fish and bicycles when I moved up here for school. But two weeks ago, I snuck up to Seattle for the weekend, to see the Boy. We were laying around in the funny glow of the last day of vacation, talking about everything and noth ...
  • 7 Jun 2006: A Brief Discussion of Other People’s Politics


    Politics: , , · 5 comments
    I had a post all prepared about how clean running water is clearly more important than sex, because we put up with shit from plumbers that we would never take from a potential mate - not calling when they say they will, not showing up when they say they wi ...
  • 6 Jun 2006: I’ll Stick to Compost, Thanks


    Politics: , , · 9 comments
    I had just finished planting a couple of tomatoes in the front yard when a woman parked in front of my house. She got out of her car, and we chatted a bit; she was probably right that I should've planted on the other side of the walk, where they'd get a li ...
  • 2 Jun 2006: Friday Review of Stuff


    Human Fuzzies: , , · 3 comments
    Whole Foods 365 Mac'n'cheez: 365 is the Whole Foods store brand that focuses on "all-natural" hippie brand image, rather than actual sustainable or organic production. Making a "natural" cheez powder rather defeats the purpose of mac'n'cheez in a box, wh ...
  • 31 May 2006: Weighted Words


    : · 12 comments
    This plugin creates a weighted list of commonly-used words in your blog posts. Works for WordPress versions 1.5 and up. It's not just another keyword cloud, though - it pulls words from the text of your posts to expose your embarassing Valley Girl reliance ...
  • 26 May 2006: Friday Cat Blogging: Holy Shit I Have Cats!


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    Well, technically, the cats belong to my housemate. Which means that I get to live with cats, but don't have to clean up their poop. For those of you who don't understand how excited I am about this, you should understand that I spend my entire childhoo ...
  • 11 May 2006: Wine is for Men*


    Human Fuzzies, Politics: , · 2 comments
    Thanks for reminding me, San Francisco Chronicle! You intended to impress your date by taking her to one of the city's most elegant fine-dining establishments. Moments after being seated, you've been presented with a leather-bound wine list the size of  ...
  • : Yum


    Human Fuzzies: , · 2 comments
    I sidste aften har jeg til sidste spist noget rødgrød med fløde. Huskammerat hvem har fået grøden, sagde det var en tyskisk ret "rotegrütze" med "Bavarisks vanillefløde" - men vi ved hvad han betyder, ikke? ...
  • 24 Apr 2006: Brains in Jars Have Needs Too


    Politics, Science: , , · no comments
    Blog-fixing-upping won't happen until June, but it will happen - and almost certainly under the same familiar brand and domain name, archives to be restored just as soon as I can figure out how. Meanwhile: On mentoring: In fact, I'd go so far as to s ...
  • 18 Apr 2006: There Goes $14,000


    Politics: , , · 14 comments
    Just a selection of data from this report on the gender pay gap in academia: Academic DisciplineWomenMenN WomenMenFemale differential Earth, Atmosphere, and Oceanographic Sciences8.0%92.0%50$64,751$79,410 -$14,659 Civil Engineering15.0%85.0%40$65,169 ...
  • 16 Apr 2006: Hello world!


    Meta: , , · 12 comments
    Have you backed up your database lately? I don't just mean hitting the "full backup" button on your web site's control panel; I mean backing up your databases. Because apparently the "full backup" button doesn't do that. Neither does your web host - their  ...
  • : About


    : · 1 comment
    Hey! You've found my blog! I live in Seattle with a cat, 2.5 bicycles, and a shadowy, mysterious man-partner. My very first memory as a human being is of a field of violets, which my mother and I were picking for syrup. I have what you might call a  ...
  • 7 Apr 2006: Insomnia, Slightly Beer-Induced


    Links: , · 9 comments
    I woke up at 4:30 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep until 7:30. Graah! Is all I have to say to that. And, I met a set of potential housemates last night, for beer, which motivates today's Oracle question: if it bothers you that your housemates do ...
  • 29 Mar 2006: Insert “In Soviet Russia…” Joke Here


    Politics, Science: , · 23 comments
    So I'm browsing through the latest issue of Tectonophysics when I see that "[s]everal long-range seismic profiles were carried out in Russia with Peaceful Nuclear Explosions (PNE)." Holy oxymorirony, Batman! Don't nuclear arsenals carry a certain amount of ...
  • : Nerds for the Cause of Justice I: Proof of Concept


    Meta: , , · no comments
    At long last, my interest in blogular technology has the potential to pay off in the Righteous Struggle for Justice! The story, for those of you who don't live in my radical corner of Blogospheria, has been aptly summarized by Piny, as follows: Basicall ...
  • 25 Mar 2006: Breaking News: Video Games Still Sexist


    Personal, Politics: , , · 2 comments
    I had a bruising encounter with a copy of USA Today (which I found on top of a trash bin in the Oakland Airport) this morning. Apparently they're making Desperate Housewives into a video game. Why? They needed something with stereotypes in it: "As fans  ...
  • 21 Mar 2006: Thomas Kuhn and Big Historiography


    Science: , , , , , , · 4 comments
    My goal for the week-after-next's Big History seminar is to bring up two things: phlogiston, and Marxism. Because so what if we're ostensibly apolitical scientists who would never dream of constructing knowledge*, we're at Berkeley! We've got to talk about ...
  • 17 Mar 2006: Friday iTunes 8Ball


    Whimsy: , · no comments
    It's a new and different fortune-telling music shuffle meme! The theme: magic eight ball, c. 12 years old. How does the world see me? Miles Davis - Will O' The Wisp Will I have a happy life? Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - The Duchess Of Bedfo ...
  • 13 Mar 2006: Quickies


    Aimless, Links, Politics, Science: , , , · 9 comments
    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 scaveng ...
  • : The Rhetoric of Patriarchy


    Human Fuzzies, Politics: , , , · no comments
    I've been having a bit of an argument with a Bitch about the correct use of the word "patriarchy". She's been very interested in arguing that patriarchy is worthless as an idea, and to present those arguments she uses "patriarchy" in the sense that radical ...
  • 10 Mar 2006: Friday Rock Blogging: Clay


    Science: , , · 2 comments
    NASA's press machine is unbeatable this week. Everywhere you look (for values of "everywhere" limited to science sections of the popular press) you see the same pictures of Enceladus spewing out its watery spew - but all us cool kids have been seeing thes ...
  • 23 Feb 2006: About Aboutas Aboutamus


    Human Fuzzies: , , · 4 comments
    Once upon a time, a bunch of what must have been innocent tildes (~) were mechanically replaced by the phrase "similar to", which is not entirely how the ~ was used in the nerdy parlance of the time. So it resulted in some absurd constructions, like: [A ...
  • 20 Feb 2006: Little History, Big History


    Science: , , · 15 comments
    I'm in one of those seminars whose focus has little, if anything, to do with the course title: Advanced Stratigraphy and Tectonics. It's actually about chance events that change everything, sometimes by going smashy-smashy (which I like), and finding other ...
  • 15 Feb 2006: Oops


    Meta: · 2 comments
    Some gentle readers are more alert than I am: is it just me being banned, or are the comments fubar-ish? I appear to have been bitten by this bug; I should've known the sudden drop in comment spam was just too good to be true. All your erroneously ...
  • 14 Feb 2006: You Say Patriarchy, I Say Pahtriarchy


    Politics: , , · 4 comments
    I won't be participating in Blog Against Sexism Day, because I need no such kicks in the pants to rail against the form of oppression that happens to affect me most. But I'm looking forward to Bitch | Lab's promised entry on why "patriarchy" is a dumb word ...
  • 10 Feb 2006: Friday Fluffypost


    Whimsy: , , , · 1 comment
    Last night I dreamed that I was buying bras. My choices were pea green, and olive green. Am I the only one whose dreams are always this boring? I haven't felt in need of mystic Oracular iTunes advice this week. But it's been a while since I've done sear ...
  • 7 Feb 2006: Oh Look, the “Jobs for Men” Section


    Personal, Politics: , · no comments
    Someone's been turning the stairwells of my building into gender-segregated classifieds. The poster on the avant garde of the Jobs for Men section depicts a woman grabbing a man's wallet pocket, with the text "She will really want the junk in your trunk* / ...
  • 3 Feb 2006: My New Internet Catch Phrases


    Whimsy: · 1 comment
    To fully understand ____ is to fully understand the unblinking eye of madness. Sekuhara hahaha!  ...
  • : Friday iTunes iChing: Jurassic Utah Edition


    Science: , , , , , · no comments
    O Frabjous Oracle, was the deformation observed in the Carmel and Entrada formations of Utah caused by an impact at Upheaval Dome? Shooka shooka! The party shuffle plays shuffleboard... The Covering: Celtic Night - Live - Dust Rhinos The Crossing: ...
  • 31 Jan 2006: Procrastinating Things


    Links, Politics: , , , , , , · 3 comments
    One I'm surprised that Ester's surprised that Fatah burned a Danish flag. Denmark's foreign policy may be sympathetic, and they sometimes talk a good talk about tolerance, but in practice many Danes who were horrified by the rise of the xenophobe-wing Fol ...
  • 27 Jan 2006: Friday Rock Blogging: Caliche


    Science: , , · 7 comments
    I've previously rockblogged about the crusty, water-soluble minerals known as evaporites. But you don't need open pans or puddles to produce this kind of mineral precipitate - drying out shallow soil will work just as well. When this happens, dissolved ca ...
  • 20 Jan 2006: Scientists, Not People


    Science: , · 8 comments
    British kids don't think scientists are normal human beings: Around 70% of the 11-15 year olds questioned said they did not picture scientists as "normal young and attractive men and women". ... Among those who said they would not like to be scientist ...
  • 19 Jan 2006: Go Grey Lady Go!


    Politics, Science: , · 2 comments
    Compare and contrast: [A] study released Wednesday, bolstered by magnetic resonance imaging, suggests that men may be the more natural avengers. Men appear to get greater satisfaction than women when witnessing retribution, research suggests. Bo ...
  • : Lecture Zero


    Personal, Teaching: , · no comments
    There are two things to do in the first class of the semester: establish the usual organizational details, and help people decide if they should really take the class or not. "Help" can of course be replaced by persuasion (manipulation, deception, etc. as  ...
  • 13 Jan 2006: Rehydrated AGU


    Science, Teaching: , , , · no comments
    Well, I guess I did promise to try to reconstitute my notes from the AGU mass communication sessions I attended. Like many reconstituted foods, this might be a touch gritty-pasty... I made it to two of the communication talks in between all the Science. ...
  • : Pretty Volcanokaos!


    Links, Science: , · no comments
    Alert readers may already be aware of the latest eruption at Augustine, one of several volcanoes located near Anchorage, Alaska. But did you know where to get the prettiest pictures? ...
  • 4 Jan 2006: The Privileged Huff


    Politics: , , · 4 comments
    Nubian's thinking about why white liberals freak out at the word "racist": i think that white people fear the r-word because it "others" them, just as how race, others people of color. once their invisible markers of identity become visible, their fragi ...
  • 22 Dec 2005: All I Haven’t Said


    Links, Personal, Politics, Teaching: , , , , · 3 comments
    Now that I'm safely curled up in my old room, time to take a whack at the ol' pile of provocations: One Rad Geek on the Bill of Rights: The Garrisonians, because so many of them were fervently religious, talked about a higher law than the Constitution ...
  • 19 Dec 2005: Happy Whatever


    Politics: , , , , , · 6 comments
    Now that finals are over, why not allow the cultural crazies to determine my entire blogging agenda? My officemate (certifiably not a crazy) wrote a manifesto about how people should stop using Judaism as an excuse to put up a tree and call it a "holiday t ...
  • 14 Dec 2005: A Pedagogical Quandary


    Whimsy: , · 3 comments
    Let's see. Would my presentation be more improved by: A thorough understanding the material to be covered (mantle convection and the thermal evolution of terrestrial planets) and clear exposition of the salient points of recent scientific history; or... ...
  • 8 Dec 2005: AGU Four


    Links, Personal, Politics: , , , , · 3 comments
    I skipped yesterday to do homework. Problem set and final all complete, two term projects to go, hoorah! I mean, yikes! Today's conflict: the second round of talks on fault permeability vs. communicating with laypeople and policymakers. I took a little  ...
  • 6 Dec 2005: AGU Two


    Personal: , , · no comments
    My head is full of Science! It's leaking out my ears, and kind of hurts. Poster-standing-by duties were fun, if exhaustingly people-oriented. I can chat up strangers, and I can talk shop, but trying to charm new people by talking shop with them is syner ...
  • : AGU One


    Personal, Science: , · 6 comments
    Why are all the interesting talks at 8 in the morning? And at the Marriott? Let's send the space physicists over there instead, or reserve it as punishment for people who can't have a technical conversation for more than 5 minutes that doesn't involve po ...
  • 2 Dec 2005: For Shame, Beeboid!


    Science: · 4 comments
    I am increasingly disenchanted with the BBC's science coverage. The fact that geochronology is full of tricksy and often immensely dull technical details doesn't mean the method of conflicting quotes is a reasonable approach, or that one ought to attribute ...
  • 1 Dec 2005: Happy Blog Against Racism Day!


    Politics: , , · 4 comments
    In lieu of a well-thought-out post, I present two brief anecdotes about race and aesthetic relativism. X. is a generally right-thinking person who abhors mustaches* - which is, of course, the aesthetic preference of all right-thinking persons, because l ...
  • 26 Nov 2005: My Neighbors Are Penis Zombies


    Politics: , , · 4 comments
    Science sez, men really are mindless penis zombies: [The authors] recruited 35 students, offering to pay each a small fee for the effort of masturbating while answering a survey. [...] Ariely and Loewenstein say their results are "striking" and more t ...
  • 23 Nov 2005: Own Your Own Conditional Penultimate Paragraphs


    Human Fuzzies, Politics, Science: , , · 2 comments
    There's an article in Nature this week about how physicists are all territorial beasts with the blood of their colleagues dripping from their manly fangs. And yes, Ad Lagendijk does emphasize the manliness of the fangs - if you've got a subscription or a p ...
  • 16 Nov 2005: On Co-ops and Community


    Human Fuzzies, Politics: , , · 4 comments
    I've been meaning to put together some thoughts on co-op life for a while now. While I generally adore my house, my housemates, and the abstract concept of cooperative living, Oscar Wilde is still not quite the hippie nerd commune of my dreams. Aestheti ...
  • 14 Nov 2005: Eaten the First Time


    Links: , , , , , , , · 1 comment
    One: Race December 1 is Blog Against Racism Day, for the sensible reason that: Discussion of racism is often shot down by the nervous - conservatives and liberals alike - as "playing the race card," a close semantic kin to the "PC" gambit often used to ...
  • 8 Nov 2005: Increasingly Tending to Non Sequiturs


    Links, Politics, Whimsy: , , , , , , , · 7 comments
    My immune system is built of sturdy Icelandic draft ponies. It must be; why else would my roommate's entire respiratory system be riddled with one-way portals from the Plane of Snot, while I am blissfully healthy? Perhaps there's some sort of snot portal e ...
  • 1 Nov 2005: Plebiscite Time Is Fun Time


    Politics: , , , , · 9 comments
    The Alameda County Registrar has finally deigned to process my new residency, so I have a question for the lawyers in the audience: I know it's legal to run around naked in your own home, but does that still apply if your home is also a polling place? Or s ...
  • 23 Oct 2005: Peevishness and Science


    Human Fuzzies, Links: , · no comments
    Last night I was about the crankiest I've been in a long time, largely as a result of the full-on pep band playing crap arrangements of mid-90s pop tunes outside my window. I mean, I've played in pep bands, I like a lot of pep band music, even at midnight  ...
  • 21 Oct 2005: Friday Friday Friday


    Whimsy: , , · no comments
    It seems that all the cool kids of Bay Area geo-blogging were at Kevin Starr's lecture (on the lessons learned from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) last night. I was not; I was doing homework. I'm not cool. But in the spirit of commemorating destruct ...
  • 19 Oct 2005: My Favorite Cop-Out


    Links: , · 6 comments
    Clearly I have other things to be doing than writing limericks about this year's ballot initiatives. Here is a linky-post for your amusement, so you know I haven't been eaten by a hippie. Wolfangel has a chewy and kinda scary post on the rhetoric of dep ...
  • 14 Oct 2005: Medium Viscosity Fluid Mechanicians Win Ig Nobel


    Science: · 3 comments
    This is old news by now, but eternal bloggish laggardliness is the price of having a job I can't actually do in my sleep. Anyway, this year's Ig Nobel physics prize has gone to an experiment demonstrating a concept near and dear to every* geophysicist's he ...
  • 11 Oct 2005: I’m Crushed


    Links, Science: , , · 3 comments
    No feathery duckosaurs? Say it ain't so, Feduccia et al., say it ain't so! I'm not equipped to deal with the study of stuff that's alive... perhaps we can get ace public biologist PZ Myers on the case. Via Geology News ...
  • 7 Oct 2005: Friday Review of Stuff


    Human Fuzzies, Politics: , · 5 comments
    Places near campus that serve truly wretched mochas: The Thai cafeteria place on Bancroft, just north of Telegraph. It has some sort of name, a very generic sort; they pour the Hershey's syrup into your coffee while you watch, not even pretending that t ...
  • 28 Sep 2005: Hump Day a Lump a Dump Day


    Human Fuzzies, Links, Politics: , , · no comments
    It's Wednesday, and I'm thinking about kabocha squash and kugel. (The San Francisco Chronicle's food section is by no means equal to the L.A. Times', but since I get the Chron in paper form for optimal breakfast-squinting-at, it'll have to do.) And while I ...
  • 21 Sep 2005: Balancing Work and Family: Just Use Your Penis


    Politics: , , , · 2 comments
    Well here's a totally insightful analysis of social trends that is not at all merely applauding the reinforcement of gender norms: "My mother's always told me you can't be the best career woman and the best mother at the same time," Ms. Liu said matter- ...
  • 20 Sep 2005: Climate Change in Human Teeth


    Science: , , · no comments
    Here's a bit of quirky research (link for any of you with subscriptions to Climatic Change): In order to study climate variations during the last 1700 years in eastern France, fifty-eight oxygen isotope compositions of phosphate were measured in human t ...
  • 16 Sep 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Portland Cement


    Science: , · 5 comments
    One of these days I should find a nice petrology textbook, and turn Friday Rock Blogs into an actual structured way to study for my qualifying exams. Until that day, I'll be getting ideas from casual conversations and asides during class, when a professor  ...
  • 12 Sep 2005: The 4th Circuit Pees on the 4th Amendment


    Politics: , , · 2 comments
    Are we in a police state yet? When're we gonna be there? I have to go potty! Are we in a police state yet? I want ice cream! Where's the fascism? Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens in "Wartime" [via] A federal appeals court ruled today ...
  • 9 Sep 2005: Friday Random Ten-and-N


    Whimsy: , , , , , · 4 comments
    Loretta Kelley - Amerikaspel - Tussedans I Harptjonnberget David Bowie - Diamond Dogs - 1984 Värttinä - Ilmatar - Lieto Cordelia's Dad - Spine - In The Cars On The Long Island Railroad Matt Pond PA - This Is Not the Green Fury - A List of Sound Fl ...
  • 3 Sep 2005: The Red Cross Is the Military. Or Something.


    Politics: , · no comments
    From the American Red Cross Disaster FAQs: The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating ...
  • 2 Sep 2005: Friday iTunes iChing


    Science, Whimsy: , , , · no comments
    O great iTunes, you who have pulled me from the depths of petty irritation by getting Lake of Pontchartrain stuck in my head for days on end, you whose beneficent pseudorandomizing is second only to the Great Mother Mandelbrot, I pray that you do my resear ...
  • 1 Sep 2005: Lookit Me I’m So Privileged


    Personal: , , , , · 1 comment
    It's weird to sit here in my co-op's little study room, worrying about the spatial variation of deuterium concentrations in snow, while in some other part of the country there's chaos and misery. But it's not like there's ever a time when the world is empt ...
  • 30 Aug 2005: Piles of Minute Aggravations


    Personal: , , · 2 comments
    Craigslist people are the flakiest EVAR If you have a job where your boss frequently insists that you work through lunch, why do you keep scheduling appointments at lunch? If you have a job where your boss frequently insists that you work through lunch  ...
  • 22 Aug 2005: Home Again


    Personal: , , , · 6 comments
    Things house spiders don't eat, but should: their dead their old webs more pantry moths Things house spiders do eat, but shouldn't: the fuck if I know what they eat a lot of them seem to have starved to death in corners Anyway, half of my wo ...
  • 19 Aug 2005: Friday iTunes iChing


    Personal, Whimsy: , · 2 comments

    ...  Fanden Er Det For En Tid At Komme Pe?, MC Einar (from Arh Dér!) The Future: Fanfaari, Värttinä (from Seleniko) The Questioner: ...

  • 17 Aug 2005: Democracy is So Wearying


    Links, Politics: · no comments
    Sigh. Didn't we just have an election? With a billion ballot initiatives? Why can't a populace ever get some peace and quiet that isn't interrupted by the thundering of plebiscites? But for all you Californians who just looove democracy, here's a very n ...
  • 13 Aug 2005: Travelogue! Days 9-12


    Personal: , , · no comments
    Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand From Voss, we took the remainder of the famous train line to Bergen. We had a scant three hours in Bergen before catching a ferry; I ran off to glimpse the medieval quarter and tick another item off my UNESCO World Heritage ...
  • : Fookin’ Marketing


    Personal, Politics: , , · 1 comment
    Y'know what drives me totally mad bonkers? Magazine racks in airport magazine shops. They're so gendered! Aagh! The worst bit is when the women's is labeled "women's" and the men's is labeled "auto/hobby" - where "hobby" apparently refers to either yach ...
  • 5 Aug 2005: Shark vs. Bear


    Whimsy: , , , , · 1 comment
    The first Usenet citation for the phrase "Bear vs. Shark" appears to be from 1995, in a discussion about - *sob* - golf, and the "Great White Shark" Greg Norman: On the Bear vs Shark debate. When I see Greg Norman rip thru tourney wins like I watched J ...
  • : Friday Miscellany


    Human Fuzzies, Politics: , , · 2 comments
    Denmark plans to reassert its sovereignty over Hans Island, which's ownership is also claimed by spunky upstart Canada: The Arctic patrol cutter Tulugaq will attempt to reach the 1.3-square-kilometre Hans Island, which is claimed by both countries, in ...
  • 3 Aug 2005: Travelogue! Days 0-3


    Personal: · 5 comments
    Days 0-1: Minneapolis Never trust a travel agent. We arrived N hours early at the Minneapolis airport ("we" being my parents, my sister, and myself), Mom bearing a purple multi-compartment binder full of tickets and reservation numbers and an unimaginabl ...
  • 1 Aug 2005: Words


    Uncategorized: · 1 comment
    I meant to write about this earlier! But then I forgot, as I tend to do. Yami, so kindly, sent me two books. Possibly these are books she couldn't otherwise get rid of, but so what? Books! I love books! And I got them, um, a long time ago, and I am looking ...
  • 29 Jul 2005: Staten Island Hornpipe


    Human Fuzzies: , · no comments
    I should be heading back to the ol' Federal Democratic Republic tomorrow morning - hopefully not too much more Free and Democratic than it was a month ago. As I write this, Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation is blaring from the news and I am clapping my ha ...
  • 22 Jul 2005: Friday Roch blogging: multilingual edition


    Human Fuzzies: , , · no comments
    Les hivers de mon enfance étaient des saisons longues, longues. Nous vivions en trois lieux: l'école, l'église et la patinoire; mais la vraie vie était sur la patinoire. The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. W ...
  • 21 Jul 2005: Why I am so very slack


    Personal: · no comments
    Actually, the world is not yet ready for that story. When you're cleared for the Giant Rat of Sumatra come back and tell us and we'll reconsider. But we can reliably inform you that on the eve of our beloved yamlet's visit, bad nasty terrrristes may or ma ...
  • 19 Jul 2005: I Hate Life Hacks


    Personal: , , · 3 comments
    Some of you gentle readers are not gadget-obsessed Übernerds, so you may not have encountered the life hack. This term is just over a year old, and appropriating the literary conventions of cheap cultural criticism, I can assure you without the slightest  ...
  • 12 Jul 2005: Another Tale From The Dreamtime…


    Whimsy: , · no comments
    The other night, I dreamed I was back in college; the architecture bore some resemblence to a couple of the larger institutions I've attended, but wasn't an exact match to any in my RL experience. In this dream, my girlfriend was a teenaged Bette Midler ...
  • 9 Jul 2005: Medical things I do not know answers to


    Science: , · 9 comments
    A friend of mine (hi friend! I doubt you are reading this!) is studying medicine in Europe, and currently getting British citizenship so that she can more easily work in Europe forever and ever. (Her current plan is to be a pathologist in the south of Fran ...
  • 8 Jul 2005: Stop to smell the roses…


    Politics: , · no comments
    Flowers invest hella energy into creating some bizarre reproductive organs. That’s what you’re giving your mom, sweetheart, sick uncle in a vase of mixed bouquet. Plant nuticles. While monkies get some colorful behinds to signal their sexy mo ...
  • 30 Jun 2005: Offloading Tangential Meta-Rape Discussion Gripes


    Politics: , , , · no comments
    The feminist blogospheric discussion on rape culture endures, and it's quite good, if getting rather meta by now. The meta-est meta is at Alas, A Blog, which has unfortunately exploded its bandwidth limit for the month so no individual links or quotes from ...
  • 29 Jun 2005: Test


    Uncategorized: · no comments
    Test for the guest bloggin. Oh yeah, I'm a geologist undercover as an engineer doing Big Oil things in Alaska. Used to be a flatmate, coworker of the blog mistress Yami and share interests such as aphid-free tomatoes, pie theory, and shiny rocks. ----- ...
  • : Stop to smell the roses…


    Politics, Science: , · no comments
    Flowers invest hella energy into creating some bizarre reproductive organs. That’s what you’re giving your mom, sweetheart, sick uncle in a vase of mixed bouquet. Plant nuticles. While monkies get some colorful behinds to signal their sexy mo ...
  • : Can’t Even Sweat


    Meta, Personal: · 3 comments
    So here I am in Iowa, where the water content of the atmosphere actually violates the laws of physics and chemistry. My nose appreciates the extra hydration - dried-out crusty desert boogers are no fun - but the rest of me wants to sprawl on the floor and  ...
  • 25 Jun 2005: Friday Rock Blogging, Atemporal Edition: Road Cuts on the 5


    Science: , , · 5 comments
    At last, the real reason for yesterday's abysmal lack of happy Friday postings is revealed: I nipped up to the Bay for a couple days, to take care of administrivia (a potato-like mein allegedly representative of my face now appears on a genuine CalID card, ...
  • 20 Jun 2005: Testing the Future


    Meta: , , · 12 comments
    This is a test of future-dated posting. It should appear at 6 AM Monday morning (PST) and no earlier. If all goes well, I'll be dropping a few posts in time capsules to give all y'all a chance to look back fondly upon the fabulous days of June, during the  ...
  • 17 Jun 2005: Friday Random


    Whimsy: , · no comments
    Värttinä - Seleniko - Paukkuvat Pasuunat David Bowie - Moulin Rouge soundtrack - Nature Boy Pixies - Doolittle - Hey Bent - The Everlasting Blink - Strictly Bongo Smølferne - Smølfehits Vol. 1 - Smølfehits Vol. 1 Laura Illeborg - Sværger &am ...
  • 16 Jun 2005: Garbage Day


    Links, Politics, Science: , , , , , , , · 4 comments
    Seriously, the garbage truck needs some new brakes; it's very squealy today - er, was very squealy yesterday Wednesday. Why are you holding out on me, internets? Why does it take so long to accumulate a linky post? This has nothing - nothing - to do wit ...
  • : Earthquake!


    Personal: · 6 comments
    Ooh, I felt that one. Heard a car honk just after, wonder if it was related? The birds didn't seem to be at all upset by it, though. ...
  • 12 Jun 2005: Chronology


    Personal, Politics: , , , · 9 comments
    Yesterday New glasses. Amazingly, my right eye has improved slightly, and I'm noticing the sudden lack of eyestrain when I peer at the computer. Alas, they failed to mention when I was ordering extras that the anti-glare coating will be ruined if I wipe  ...
  • 10 Jun 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Gnammas


    Science: , , · 3 comments
    Gnamma is derived from a Western Australian aboriginal* term for a hole in rock, particularly one which is full of water. The one shown here is from Yosemite again, but unlike so many other features in that park, this gnamma wasn't formed by glaciers. Inst ...
  • : Friday Random Ten: Delphic Edition


    Meta: , · 1 comment
    Last week, Sean Carroll had the brilliant idea of using the Friday Random Ten as a traditional tarot reading. Although I expect it's too much effort to do this every week, today I wanted to consider the question of What To Do With This Blog While I Am Away ...
  • 8 Jun 2005: Stuff for Sale and the Intertwixtion of All Oppressions


    Personal, Politics: , , , , , , , · 6 comments
    Given my unemployment and the fact that the real moving frenzy hasn't started yet, I haven't been posting much. Since I don't have quite enough crap to support a proper yard sale, I've been devoting my creative energies to describing it all on craigslist.  ...
  • 6 Jun 2005: Summer Flowers Bring September Fires


    Uncategorized: · 3 comments
    Sunday was California Desert Day at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens. One of the hazards of knowing people who work at these places is that you occasionally get roped into going to underregistered children's events... but there were pretty flowers!  ...
  • 3 Jun 2005: Friday Random Nineteen


    Whimsy: , · 6 comments
    Not that Friday means much to me these days, but I know it means something to some of you. Go go unemployment go! I'll go back to a Random Ten today, but I'm editing out all the Spanish lessons: Tarras - Rising - The Happy Salmon Onky - Kom Sally Ko ...
  • : Friday Rock Blogging: Glacial Polish


    Uncategorized: · 6 comments
    Glaciers look regal and calm, or at least, that's the canonical photograph: blue-tinted light refracted around a majestic pile of ice. And they basically are, but like most regal majesties, glaciers are also cruel oppressors who grind the peasantry under  ...
  • : Feminist Web Notes


    Links, Politics: , , · no comments
    Long (and old, but I'm cleaning out the blog folder today) but good discussion at Alas, A Blog about rape and the oh-so-tremendous power wielded by we gatekeepers to the Pussy Oversoul: parts 1, 2, and 3. But it's best encapsulated by this comment from Sam ...
  • 1 Jun 2005: Academic Insecurity Builds Character


    Personal, Politics, Science: , , · 6 comments
    A tempest is brewing over at YoungFemaleScientist regarding the proper attitude to be displayed by postdocs towards their chosen careers. Part 1: I'm sorry, but if you're a postdoc by default, because you're so lacking in creativity and motivation that  ...
  • 30 May 2005: Sweet Sweet Unemployment


    Links, Meta, Politics: , , , · 3 comments
    One Today is blogtinkery day! For anyone who still hasn't upgraded to WordPress 1.5.1.2, and is using BAStats - upgrade BAStats before you upgrade WordPress, or everything will explode. Two Funniest shit I've seen all week. Many You'd think chemical c ...
  • 27 May 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Keiiti Aki Memorial Edition


    Science: , , , · 1 comment
    I've been trying this morning to think of a pretty way to illustrate the concept of seismic moment, in tribute to Keiiti Aki, who died last week at the age of 75. Measurements of the energy released by an earthquake are not, as a rule, photogenic. Seismic ...
  • 26 May 2005: Friday Frittering: Last Day at Work Edition


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: , , , , , , · 6 comments
    Last week's experiment with putting up mp3s worked out okay, and I think it's more fun to share actual music than to show off my stellar playlists. I've also acquired some bootleg Pimsleur lessons, which are completely clogging up the shuffle function... a ...
  • 25 May 2005: For the Record


    Politics: , · 5 comments
    I very nearly dragged a whole Hugo Schwyzer thread into the dirt here. But this blog happens to like dirt - I mean, I'm a geologist, I do dirt for a living! The original thread is about if, when and why we should condemn what people do in the privacy of ...
  • : I Blame the Garlic


    Whimsy: , , · no comments
    I dreamed last night that I hiked to the top of Mount Shasta for lunch, easily outpacing fellow travelers by virtue of my incredible flannel-shirt-wearing abilities. As I finished eating, there was an earthquake, which induced a little nearby cinder cone t ...
  • 23 May 2005: In Lieu of Zurgh Urfle Blah


    Links, Politics: , , , · 4 comments
    One From YoungFemaleScientist: And also, I was annoyed because a couple of the more successful, full-professor women sat on a panel and complained that not enough young women apply for faculty positions, and that's part of why there aren't more women f ...
  • 20 May 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Gabbro


    Science: , · 6 comments
    I know it's getting rather late in the Friday for some of you; sorry about that. I was thinking that I'd finally throw up a few pictures of gabbro and explain this blog's name, but when I went looking for pictures, well, I remembered why I've been putting ...
  • 19 May 2005: Friday Fluff


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: , · 2 comments
    There will be no Random Ten this week. Why not? On Tuesday I got a copy of an older Cordelia's Dad album, How Can I Sleep? and I can't. Stop. Listening. It's in some ways a little underproduced, a few ragged edges here and there, but it's also exactly w ...
  • 18 May 2005: Defining Feminism: Once More, with Feeling


    Politics: , , , · 8 comments
    I was about to post this over at Matthew Yglesias, but got distracted (silly work, don't they know I'm leaving so soon that I no longer care?). By the time I returned, the discussion had rambled around so much that my sparkling brilliance would've been sad ...
  • 17 May 2005: Someone’s Been Waiting


    Meta: , , , , , · 5 comments
    My dearest Sickly Reader, you will not believe the kinds of drugs people have gotten into trouble with these days: penicillin And by "trouble" I mean "too fucked up to tell the search box from the spout box" of course. But oh! I'm no pharmacy. Nor am ...
  • 16 May 2005: I Wish I Were Covered in Fuzzy Knobs


    Links, Meta, Personal: , , , , · 4 comments
    It's been a while since I've had to take serious decongestants. My head feels like space cheese, like an attack balloon, like a mountain stream of badly-distilled moonshine of the kind that killed my great-great-great-grandfather. I am so very vincible.  ...
  • 13 May 2005: Further Trivialities


    Aimless, Links, Personal: , , · 5 comments
    One: Visitation Zoinks almighty, I've been visited by celebrity! You may all stand in line for sprinklings of secondhand radio pixie dust. Two: A Borrowed Rantlet From Tild, via Feministe Jebus H Christ! Is there no relief from phones? Is there nowhe ...
  • : Friday Rock Blogging: Evaporites


    Science: , , · 3 comments
    Your erstwhile correspondent is craving salt today. Mmm, salt! Even what we typically think of as fresh water contains loads of it; if you've ever noticed crusty white deposits around your faucet, well, that's the first step in a process that will eventua ...
  • 12 May 2005: Friday Random 15


    Whimsy: , , · 7 comments
    Reelroad - Arrow - La Sanconette Altan - Blackwater - An Gasúr Mór/Bunker Hill/Dogs among the Bushes Boulder Acoustic Society - So Many Stars in the Sky - Wandering Uke Acoustic Mayhem - self-titled debut - Tom Dooley Frank Sinatra - totally illega ...
  • : Happy Juror Appreciation Week


    Personal: , · 6 comments
    I was on jury duty yesterday. Much to my bemusement, the jury pool waiting room was all decked out for Juror Appreciation Week - there were balloons, coffee'n'donuts, and a series of little activities and informative presentations. Since I was only called  ...
  • 9 May 2005: Deconstructing Teh Funnay


    Politics: , · 9 comments
    Uncle Amy, guestblogging at Feministe, takes on a sexist joke and beats it to shreds. The particular joke - about a husband's revenge when his wife fails to perform her marital duties, hereinafter referred to as the Intimate Financial Needs joke - is one o ...
  • 6 May 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Sedimentary Concretions


    Science: , , · 2 comments
    The Earth Science Picture of the Day is often light on both "earth" and "science" (it is reliably daily, and almost always a picture) but yesterday's was a good one: bowling ball sized concretions in mudstone. Concretions form within a sedimentary rock ...
  • 5 May 2005: Friday Random Ten-and-Seven


    Whimsy: , · 6 comments
    Monday is Monday, but Friday is Thursday, isn't it? Also, I need a plugin for iTunes that will display the current song on the menubar or something. Since I usually listen on full-library shuffle mode, I rarely have any idea what's playing. The Be Good  ...
  • 4 May 2005: Penis-Talk Redux


    Politics: , · 11 comments
    So I just had a forehead-slapping moment with regards to the whole male-body-bonding thing, and it was precipitated by Maya's comment chez Hugo: Even in American society, I think women have a very different relationship to their bodies than men do. Our  ...
  • 3 May 2005: Two Tuesday Links


    Links, Personal: , · 6 comments
    Because it is Tuesday. I'm on quite the weekday kick, maybe I should buy some cutesy underwear. Kittens! Here's a conversation I've had with basically all my male friends with whom it is reasonable to have such a conversation: Me: Hey, don't guys ev ...
  • 2 May 2005: Monday Review of Stuff


    Human Fuzzies: , , · 6 comments
    Unlike certain other Monday Reviews we could mention, this one respects the traditional meaning of Monday, lingering grumpiness included. Mr. Coffee 12-cup drip coffeemaker: I can't find the exact model number, unfortunately, because I very much need to ...
  • 29 Apr 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Birthday Edition


    Science: , , , , · 6 comments
    I was hoping to find pictures of today's fresh lava at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. But there's not much happening at Pu'u O'o, and the most recent image update is from Wednesday: Two days off is enough for a shared party, certainly. And here's ano ...
  • 28 Apr 2005: American Knock-Knock Canon


    Human Fuzzies: , , · 5 comments
    A throwaway line at Desbladet leads to the following question: Which knock-knock jokes are in the Western Knock-Knock Canon? Des's inclusion of Irish stew in the name of the law indicates that there might be significant divergence between American and Engl ...
  • 27 Apr 2005: Defamation in the Congressional Record, hoorah!


    Politics: , · 6 comments
    Well here's a nice tactic: take an otherwise innocuous legislative amendment designed to exempt grandmothers and Greyhound drivers from liability for transporting a minor across state lines for medicinal purposes, and rewrite the summary to say the amendme ...
  • 26 Apr 2005: Assorted Mysticisms


    Human Fuzzies, Links, Politics: , , · 7 comments
    One So people have been blathering about the USDA's new dietary horoscope. I punched in my info and I'm a Grain with Beans Rising, with Mars in Vegetables and the Moon in Mac'n'Cheez. I must take care to eat extra grain-fed beef during the warm seasons t ...
  • 25 Apr 2005: Feminisms


    Politics: , , · 7 comments
    I clocked 72 hours last week, and they were real hours, none of this namby-pamby half-working half-blogging crap in which I am sometimes able to indulge. In one way, it was nice, because I was worried about having grown soft on a steady diet of simple task ...
  • 21 Apr 2005: Friday Random Ten-and-that’s-it


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: · 11 comments
    It's Friday in many time zones! If someone wants to score this playlist (+1 for each Belgian, -5 for each album purchased at a yard sale or the $1.99 bin, +3 for each album you own and haven't listened to in ages, etc.) feel free. Fairport Convention -  ...
  • : Brain Asplode


    Links: , , , · 4 comments
    I should not have had that third cup of coffee. I feel a little ill. Why am I drinking a diet coke with lunch? I must secretly like the idea that my heart will explode and my veins will leak and my eyeballs will shoot out the back of my head at any moment. ...
  • 18 Apr 2005: Reading Material


    Links: , , , , , , · 12 comments
    Women and anger: Our culture has a huge problem with women who do not appear to be happy every hour of the day and night. I believe this is magnified with mothers, who are not only supposed to be Happy Smiling People constantly by virtue of their gend ...
  • : For Millennia, Google Has Spoken


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: , · 3 comments
    A few words of wisdom from Googletalk: For millennia, man has been charged with a crime. You may be a mixed blessing for agriculture. A long-term care insurance quotes from multiple lenders, even if you don't know, can hurt you by accident. I was in the ...
  • 15 Apr 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Sand Boils


    Science: , · 7 comments
    So sand is just little weensy rocks, anyway. And this is a weensy volcano made of sand, in Peru. It's about a meter (0.33% of a football field) across. Normally, layers of sand and silt and crap underground bear the weight of whatever's on top of them  ...
  • : Friday Random Ten-and-Quiz


    Whimsy: , · 6 comments
    So I have just under half my music collection imported - that's enough to do a Random Ten, isn't it? Of course it is. Davy Spillane - Sound of Stone: Artists for Mullaghmore - The May Morning Dew Fairport Convention - Jewel in the Crown - Kind Fortune  ...
  • 4 Apr 2005: Special to Fellow WordPress Blogtinkers


    Meta: , · 11 comments
    From here on out, I intend to document everything snazzy I do to this blog on my Codex user page. Tonight, that means writing a bit about how to rename wp-comments-post.php (it's really not that tricky). Readers who are interested in this sort of thing are ...
  • : Links to Daylight’s Rescue


    Human Fuzzies, Links, Politics: , , , , · 2 comments
    This year, I'm actually happy about Daylight Savings Time: I've been waking up half an hour before my alarm, due to the excessive sunlight, and it's time for that to stop. So this morning I woke up abruptly to loud beeps, instead of gradually to the dawn;  ...
  • 31 Mar 2005: Today’s RSS Zeitgeist: Cheapskates


    Politics: , , , · 6 comments
    Two good posts on the cultural forces that discourage us from re-evaluating our vast piles of crap, one by Flea (who is, as usual, hilarious along the way): I promise, if Alex had been with us (Christopher was, but in utero form only, so he missed the w ...
  • 29 Mar 2005: Gah Spam!


    Meta: , · 5 comments
    So I've been hit! And badly, too; the server has been responding at best intermittently this morning. Or perhaps someone else was hit; with 80 sites co-hosted on the same machine it's hard to tell. But the barrage of Spaminator messages appearing at the sa ...
  • 27 Mar 2005: iConsume


    Whimsy: , , · 7 comments
    Okay, so I'm buying myself a laptop. And an iPod. For quasi-reals, yo, they're sitting in my shopping cart at the Apple store. But Apple, not knowing that any moment of indecision will send me and my checkbook scurrying back under the bed, is offering free ...
  • 23 Mar 2005: Where Are All the Earth Science Bloggers?


    Links, Science: · 32 comments
    It's time to play a game! Where are all the earth science bloggers? Are geologists genetically inclined to dislike the nontechnical nature of the blogosphere? Or are we being discriminated against by our colleagues in physics and biology? The following  ...
  • 18 Mar 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Bishop Tuff


    Science: , · 4 comments
    But first: For shame, USGS! Falsifying documents related to the safety, or possible lack thereof, of a long-term nuclear waste storage facility! Someone will be getting nothing but lignite in their stocking this Santa's Birthday, for sure. Now that that ...
  • 14 Mar 2005: Middle Klass


    Personal, Politics: , , · 14 comments
    Now that I drive a Mercedes-Benz, I should acknowledge the reality of my comfortable middle-class status. Which would be a much funnier thing to say if I actually had a picture of my car to go with it; I'll put one up eventually, I promise. For now, let me ...
  • : What I Hate About Menstruating


    Personal: , · 49 comments
    Part N of an infinite series. So you know how it is: you go to the bathroom, and you're about to stand up when you notice the thick strand of goo that connects your vagina to the toilet water. If you get up with it just hanging there like that, what are ...
  • 9 Mar 2005: Gravity Comes from Pine Cones on Mount St. Helens


    Links: · 6 comments
    Without a radio for my morning drive, I can feel ignorance wrapping itself around my shoulders. It's very comforting. However, not to be missed is that Mount St. Helens is at it again. Check the Volcano Cam, kids, and here are several pretty pictures from ...
  • 27 Feb 2005: Three Parts


    Links, Personal: , , , , · 16 comments
    Part the First: Look at how I'm defined by the Infinite Teen Slang Generator! yami n. a female, particularly a nice one. "Reggie, that yami is nice!" Awwww. Part the Second: How many times have I mentioned that I lived in a dorm with a coed nake ...
  • : More WordPress Babbling


    Meta: · no comments
    One: I've gotten my first comment spam on the new system - that was fast! Two: I have a CSS question for all y'alls. This page was originally set up with a default link-color rule for the sidebar, header, and footer; links in this box, the #content div, we ...
  • 23 Feb 2005: What I’m Reading Tonight


    Links, Politics: , , , , , · 7 comments
    Great discussion chez Hugo on PETA's dubious tactics and building uneasy coalitions. In particular, Pip weighs in: What I'm suggesting is that in this case and many others, the absence of "common [ideological] ground" isn't a barrier to co-operation,  ...
  • 21 Feb 2005: The Moral Matrix


    Politics: · 4 comments
    Another 2D political quiz. I'm in the moderately upper left: Ideologies: Social Democratism US Parties: No match. Ain't that the truth. Sigh. ...
  • 20 Feb 2005: A Lack of Synergy


    Human Fuzzies: , · 2 comments
    This new Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper is exactly the sum of its parts. Which is disappointing; other flavored classic pops have managed to transcend themselves, at least a little. In particular, Cherry Coke and Diet Coke with Lime operate on a level abov ...
  • 17 Feb 2005: Initiative


    Politics: , , , · 3 comments
    We have a call and response and variations on the theme of brazen wimmins asking lovely shy manpeople on dates, and particularly, why a feminist who takes no crap from The Rules might still not want to do such a thing. Reasons discussed include (in ascend ...
  • 15 Feb 2005: How to Ward Off Rapists


    Politics, Whimsy: , · 8 comments
    Recently I was reminded of a bit of old lore about rapists: just as vampires cannot speak the name of Christ, rapists cannot speak the name of Andrea Dworkin. Which in turn reminded me of the sorry state of the common wisdom imparted to women as regards ou ...
  • 14 Feb 2005: Fun with Creationist Plate Tectonics


    Science: , , · 11 comments
    From Left2Right to Pharyngula to you and me: High-Speed Plate Tectonics and Young Earth Creationism. Yow! Before we indulge ourselves in pointless nitpicking, let us address one misconception that seems to have come up among even the reality-based particip ...
  • 13 Feb 2005: Someone’s A Bit Paranoid


    Meta: , , , , , · 4 comments
    Now tell me, Dearest Readers, what kinds of meat you've been eating lately: Protomonkey! It was a while ago that I was busy* looking up mammalian phylogeny, but it seems that our closest non-primate relatives are tree shrews. After that, there's some ...
  • 7 Feb 2005: Monday Links to Stuff


    Links: , , · no comments
    The LA Times wrote an article about me! Or at least me considered as a demographic phenomenon: Iowa suffers from an alarming brain drain: It loses more of its young, single, well-educated adults than any state except North Dakota. In search of bigger  ...
  • 4 Feb 2005: Trombones of Great Injustice


    Politics: , , · no comments
    Goodness, isn't Joe Lieberman a hideous piece of slime? No slimier, I suppose, than the 59 other Senators who voted to confirm Alberto "It's Not Torture If The President Approves" Gonzales - but it's much more satisfying to pick on a slug in sheep's clothi ...
  • 31 Jan 2005: Romanesco


    Human Fuzzies: , · 3 comments
    Mr. McMoots sent a link last week to a picture of fractal broccoli and now all of a sudden the stuff is everywhere. For definitions of "everywhere" limited to the Pasadena farmer's market, the fridge until we ate it, and the Internet. It's not all that ...
  • 25 Jan 2005: Holy Shit Elephants Are Awesome


    Science: , , · 1 comment
    Elephants ran away from tsunami. And carried a few tourists with them, but whatever. We already know that elephants communicate seismically, and are pretty good at sensing vibrations underfoot. Not as good as a proper seismometer, of course, not least b ...
  • 24 Jan 2005: We’re All Molluscan Pornographers Here


    Links, Science: , · no comments
    PZ Myers links to Apostropher's coverage of graphic cuttlefish gender-bending with the observation that "I thought peddling molluscan sex acts was my job." Indignant sniff! Here at Green Gabbro we've been peddling yicky mollusc sexuality for just yonks  ...
  • : Pie Day


    Personal: , , , · 3 comments
    Thanks to Fafblog, I remembered National Pie Day just in time to travel to the local chain pie restaurant and eat pie. I do wonder what genius strength reasoning went in to the decision to have National Pie Day in January, when only citrus fruits are in ...
  • 20 Jan 2005: Fantasy Cabinet


    Politics: · 9 comments
    I already fucked up Not One Damn Dime Day by buying gas, of all things - not only buying it, but spilling a bunch onto the pavement 'cause the auto-pump-shutoff gadget failed. Sorry, fishies! But there's a much better game, over at Rad Geek People's Daily  ...
  • 18 Jan 2005: Courtesy and Capitalization


    Human Fuzzies: , · 19 comments
    Someone (okay, okay, it was Bill Poser) let stodgy prescriptivism out into Language Log: Capitalization is part of the social convention for writing English. Like the alphabet, it isn't something that the writing system makes available for manipulation  ...
  • 17 Jan 2005: The Daily Day: MLK Edition


    Personal, Politics: , , , , , · 4 comments
    If liberal culture was more firmly entrenched, wouldn't we all recognize that the failure to give one's employees a day off "for diversity" is the same thing as allowing the Klan to solicit contributions in the cubicle farm? Racism hurts everyone, white  ...
  • 11 Jan 2005: Mmmm Rocket Fuel


    Politics, Science: , , , · no comments
    Ah, perchlorate - an issue near and dear to my paycheck! I can't comment on the toxicology... but once again I am reminded of just how silly it is to plumb with a single set of pipes. I don't want to drink diluted rocket fuel, but I'm pretty confident that ...
  • 10 Jan 2005: The Sheep Are Still Scared


    Politics: , · 2 comments
    Courtesy Matthew Yglesias comes a discussion that makes me think: Eh? Do I have wax in my ears? Write louder, sonny boy! - 'cause all I'm gettin' is burble blah masculine/feminine blah burble doo. Somewhere in there, the statement "women are attracted to m ...
  • 19 Dec 2004: Someone Has a Small Internet


    Meta: , , , · no comments
    In the ongoing saga of how Google brings you into serendipitous contact with the fluffy blanket infinity of the universe... a while back someone typed the name of an old compatriot into the spout box. Said compatriot is now in Morocco with the Peace Corps. ...
  • 17 Dec 2004: Pink


    Politics: , , · no comments
    If it had a diesel engine, this would be my new car. How on earth could I resist a pink convertible grease-powered jalopy with the Powerpuff Girls painted on its side? Particularly as my car is in the shop, again, to deal with leaking brake fluid, again -  ...
  • 13 Dec 2004: Top Five in 2004


    Meta: , , · 2 comments
    It's not so much a choice between applying to grad school and blogging; procrastination is a foregone conclusion. It's a choice between procrastiwhinyblogging about application essays as the retroactive construction of a mendaciously coherent personal narr ...
  • 9 Dec 2004: Abortion Post Omega


    Politics: , · 7 comments
    Not really, but at Alas (and subsequently Mousewords) there's been discussion of an essay which attempts to take precisely the opposite of my preferred approach to abortion rights: namely, it considers the problem of fetal value in a hypothetical universe  ...
  • 7 Dec 2004: Old Enough to Buy My Own Candy


    Human Fuzzies, Links: , , , · 2 comments
    Why did they not have caramel apples coated in M&Ms and/or cookie crumbs and/or coconut when I was a kid? Is this a new innovation in candy, or a cultural problem with the Midwest, or what? No one at Francis's is answering the question that obviousl ...
  • 6 Dec 2004: An N Things Post: N=2, Politics


    Links, Politics: , , · no comments
    Been meaning to link to two posts as Mousewords on feminism as a frame for the Democratic party: I: bouncing off the marginalization of women in the punditry and II: a succinct followup: You cannot reply to accusations that your side doesn't have a vi ...
  • 20 Nov 2004: Abortion Post Alpha


    Politics: , , · 22 comments
    I feel like I've been abnormally serious here lately, what with the politics and the politics and the what-all. I almost had a bit last week on the disgusting way I clear my sinuses, but just couldn't muster the enthusiasm for a good old-fashioned TMI yuck ...
  • 19 Nov 2004: Quickies


    Personal, Politics: , · no comments
    Billy Graham is doing his little routine at the Rose Bowl tonight - the second-largest event they were expecting this season, after the USC-UCLA game. He did it last night, too, and I drove home in second gear the whole damn way* behind a crowd of "Los A ...
  • 14 Nov 2004: Two-Buck Chuck Will Rise Again


    Human Fuzzies: , · 9 comments
    Who, I earnestly enquire, could possibly resist bottles of wine for $1.20? Don't answer that, I'm sure you all have quite good sense in your heads and realize that $1.20 wine will taste like, well, $1.20 wine. Nevertheless, I do not happen to be involve ...
  • 10 Nov 2004: Money in Four More Years


    Politics: , , · 3 comments
    Now that we're doomed to an eternity of wailing, gnashing our teeth, and hiding our degenerate sexualities from roving mobs of angry countryfolk, we should really be thinking about building our nest eggs for an eventual flight to Canada and/or hush payment ...
  • 3 Nov 2004: Back on the Horse


    Politics: , , , , · 2 comments
    Okay, the Martinelli's is still in the fridge. Unopened, it'll last for three years, but I don't want to keep politicized apple cider through a move. So in the next six months, I'll need to celebrate something. I've read more stirring post-election post ...
  • 2 Nov 2004: So Distracting


    Personal, Politics: , · no comments
    This election is a productivity pit. I'm getting a little bit of work done, but only a little, and I'm sure tomorrow will be worse. My throat started getting sore yesterday afternoon and hasn't stopped; calling up two precincts worth of Democrats* and goin ...
  • 31 Oct 2004: Sample Ballot II: Initiatives Ahoy!


    Politics: · 2 comments
    I'm too late for Professor Bainbridge's spreadsheet of California blogger endorsements, but what the heck, I still need to make up my mind on this damnable list of plebiscites. Below the fold: my ballot! Before breaking to Calicentric tedium, though, a few ...
  • 28 Oct 2004: Cause for Optimism


    Politics: · 2 comments
    It's always nice to read about how the left is getting its act together: Those liberal organizations that already knew how to do politics the AFL-CIO, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and a few others are doing it better than they have bef ...
  • 20 Oct 2004: Fabulousness at the Beach


    Links, Personal: , , · no comments
    Since my car still doesn't have working brakes, I'm at work, while a large chunk of the office (including my ride home) finishes the seminal masterwork entitled Proposal to Provide Super Fabulosity to Your Wackily Upscale Beach Community for Only Two Point ...
  • 14 Oct 2004: Fuck You Too


    Politics: , · 24 comments
    "Fuck you too, asshole" is supposed to be for the jackass in the SUV who just cut me off... not goofy U.N. initiatives: The United States has refused to join 85 heads of state and government in signing a statement that endorses a 10-year-old U.N. plan t ...
  • 7 Oct 2004: If Only I Could Sniffle


    Personal: , · no comments
    I discovered today that I'm allergic to something at the office - what I thought was a combination of tiredness and post-lunch eyestrain was actually sinus clogging that disappeared within two minutes of going outside for a walk. Bah. Medical exemption  ...
  • 5 Oct 2004: Endorsements for Los Angeles Judicial Offices


    Politics: , , · 4 comments
    Fellow 29th/21st/44th District mostly-doctrinaire lefty Hugo Schwyzer has posted his ballot, for all but the judicial slate. We agree on everything except the things we disagree on, but it looks like my ballot has ten more names on it than his! Under t ...
  • 30 Sep 2004: Debate Livesnarking


    Politics: · 2 comments
    Well. Peter isn't sufficiently appreciating my debate-related witticism, but he did bring home delicious beer. And I'm stealing his laptop to cast pearls among Internets, hoorah! 7:30 - Yeah, it ended right on time. I'm hungry. And I bet people in Wiscons ...
  • 28 Sep 2004: Movies Lately


    Human Fuzzies: , · 1 comment
    So here's what I've seen in the past couple weeks, in no particular order: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - So I think there was some kind of plot, because why else would they have stuck all those people in front of the CGI robots? Quite a mistak ...
  • 19 Sep 2004: Ahoy Me Hearties!


    Links, Politics, Whimsy: , , , · 5 comments
    Arrr, even me landlubbin aunties is talkin like pirates today! But they be not tellin such salty riddles: Q: Whom did the pirate vote for in the Haitian election? A: ARRRistide. Q: Wait. Why did they let a pirate vote in the Haitian election? A: Re ...
  • 15 Sep 2004: California Performance Review for Geologists


    Politics: , , · no comments
    In keeping with my emergent desire for political activity on those narrowly tailored local and technical matters where I feel I can be most effective, I bring you an entry of extremely limited interest - but there might plausibly be one or two California g ...
  • 13 Sep 2004: No Vegetables for the Poor


    Politics: , , · 2 comments
    My high school government teacher was a firm believer in the notion that poor mothers, if left to their own devices, would feed their children nothing but tequila and Cadillacs. So she was a huge fan of the WIC program and its restrictive couponing system, ...
  • : You Know Your Office Air Conditioning Is Working When…


    Personal: · 8 comments
    You find yourself warming your hands on a stack of freshly-printed papers. You lower your chair to facilitate ergonomic posture while sitting with your feet tucked into your knees / under your thighs for warmth. ... any more? ...
  • 29 Aug 2004: Weekend Review


    Personal: , , , · 4 comments
    Went to a focus group Friday night, subject: television. Was hoping for an intimate atmosphere where I could fail to impress anyone with my sparkling snarky comments; instead, had to write WHO BUYS THIS SHIT??? in the free-response box after viewing a co ...
  • 26 Aug 2004: Broken Pipes and the Electoral College


    Politics: · 4 comments
    The water was shut off at the office this morning, due to a broken something something. It's amazing how slowly something as simple as "there's no water" can move through one's consciousness - I kept turning the faucet ("tap") and being surprised when not ...
  • 23 Aug 2004: Pedantry, Physics


    Human Fuzzies, Links, Science: , · 7 comments
    Who among you allowed me to go without reading Pedantry on at least a quasi-regular basis? I mean, really, what else have you been holding out on? In any case,Towards a Critical Theory of Physics is kinda tangentially related to the old post-structurali ...
  • : John Kerry, War God


    Politics: , , · no comments
    After reading this I want to grab a stuffed animal and hide under the blankets and cry and maybe join the Green Party again: It's all part of the seemingly successful plan to paint Kerry as a born killer, somebody who would not only invade Iraq or any o ...
  • : Monday Silliness: California Creeks


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: · no comments
    Some mornings, anything will make me giggle. Abalobadiah Big Bollibokka Gualala Tish Tang a Tang Oddly, these are all Northern and Northish-Central California features. One might interpret this as evidence for the relative phonetic unsilliness of the ...
  • 17 Aug 2004: The Goth Old Party?


    Politics: · 1 comment
    In my wild flailing Google for the perfect election gear, I came across a discussion forum for right-wing goths. It's two obnoxious tastes that taste, when combined, kinda like a bunch of young conservatives learning to find a voice in political satire. Wh ...
  • 15 Aug 2004: Sidebar Gadget Manager: Implementation Notes


    Meta: , , , · no comments
    I'm currently installing the show/hide sidebar gadgets script, from scriptygoddess. Because I don't want to have the script included on every single bloody page, file, and MT template, I'm hiding it in a layer of includes which have caused a couple problem ...
  • 13 Aug 2004: I Smell a Thesis


    Science: · 1 comment
    It seems my help is urgently needed on a coincedentally tropical isle: Bill McGuire, the director of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre at University College London, said a huge chunk of rock, roughly the size of the Isle of Man, was on the brink o ...
  • 11 Aug 2004: Burble Tensors on Cross-Disciplinary Manifolds of Love!


    Human Fuzzies, Science: · 5 comments
    So I've been asked to elaborate on my rather dim view of Big Scientific Metanarratives in lit-crit circles. Fair 'nuf, but be forewarned that I'm working against my instincts here. Right now, my instincts are telling me to keep snarking about beer. To b ...
  • : Best Constitutional Amendment EVAR


    Politics: · no comments
    Volokh Conspirator Todd Zywicky writes: Indeed, if the expansive interpretation of the plain language [of the 21st Amendment] is adopted, it seems that the state government could enslave members of the population and make them drive beer trucks. I do ...
  • 9 Aug 2004: Moment Tensors as a Heuristic Discourse that Goes “Burble, Burble”


    Human Fuzzies, Science: · 7 comments
    So my curiosity and I were piqued by mention of a lit-crit/humanities project requiring in-depth knowledge of general relativity, chez All Day Permanent Red. Unless it is a discussion of historical physics research papers qua literature and the broader cul ...
  • 4 Aug 2004: Dentist to the Stars?


    Personal: · 4 comments
    So I needed that root canal after all - tooth started hurting Friday night, off and on, okay with ibuprofen but I'm not keen on being continually medicated or continually subject to stabs of pain if I gasp or swallow incorrectly. Pricey, but I was able to  ...
  • 1 Aug 2004: Pimp Mah Blawg!


    Meta: · 1 comment
    It really has been a while since I've done any serious tinkering here; the backlog of utterly frivolous scripts and crap add-ons is just immense. And sometimes you just gotta fix what ain't broken, but I'm tellin' you, it will be pimpin'. Before such an ...
  • 26 Jul 2004: Bugs Bunny Goes to Washington


    Politics: · 2 comments
    The House has just passed a clever attempt at thwarting Constutional separation of powers, and in particular the quaint notion of judicial review. Go, House! But the analysis on OxBlog makes me think this law was written by a trickster-god: Article III of ...
  • 21 Jul 2004: On Third


    Links, Meta: · no comments
    FYI, there's a nice discussion on anonymity, and to an intruiguing but insufficient extent the genderedness thereof, happening over at leuschke.org. Me, I rather enjoy not having to defend my chosen level of thin pseudonymity, so I won't weigh in. But it's ...
  • : Fortune Cookies and Essay Prompts: the Expansion of the “In Bed” Heuristic


    Human Fuzzies: · 1 comment
    This post is meant to lay the groundwork for an argument, to be presented in summary on a portion of my GRE, that the popular "in bed" fortune cookie game can be usefully applied to any generic pronouncement on the subject of wisdom, success, or human natu ...
  • 13 Jul 2004: Memo to the Guy in the Escalade


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: , , , · no comments
    To: Customers at the Foothill & Claremont Arco Cc: SUV owners in the greater Los Angeles area Peak pumping hours at the gas station (e.g., after work or at lunch) can be stressful - customers must often wait several minutes, fingers tapping on the  ...
  • 12 Jul 2004: Yay Class Warfare!


    Politics: , , , , , · no comments
    I love the rhetoric of class warfare more than just about anything else in political discourse, except maybe pie. So I'm happy about John Edwards. What I'm not happy about is how such delightful righteous indignation of (or on behalf of) the proletariat ke ...
  • 11 Jul 2004: Meyers and Briggs, Chew Thoughtfully on Your Toenails!


    Whimsy: , · no comments
    I am a WRCL--Wacky Rational Constructive Leader: This makes you a golden god. People gravitate to you, and you make them feel good. You are smart, charismatic, and interesting. You may be too sensitive to others reactions, especially criticism. Your sel ...
  • 2 Jul 2004: Fava vs. Corn


    Human Fuzzies: , · 3 comments
    The L.A. Times today this week: Oh, blah blah blah grills, blah blah blah fava beans! We found an adequate substitute for corn on the cob! - silly L.A. Times! I'm still deeply suspicious of people who put "corn on the cob" and "grilling" in the same paragr ...
  • 29 Jun 2004: Easy Things That Aren’t


    Personal: , · 15 comments
    There's some things most people can do very easily, that I struggle with. I've given everything a good honest go, actually several good goes, but it just never works out. Not only am I not very good at these things, I've accumulated a ball of anxiousness f ...
  • 27 Jun 2004: Spoons


    Whimsy: , , · 3 comments
    The spoon is not a predator. Consider the following: The spoon has a rounded head, reflecting a panoramic view of its surroundings. Predators, by contrast, have vision focused straight ahead. How often, soup aside, do you eat meat with a spoon? The  ...
  • 22 Jun 2004: You Know You’re From Where You’re From When


    Whimsy: · 1 comment
    Although there are two supplements to the water post laying around in draft form, I can't allow so much seriousness on the front page at once. So, it's time to play the "find a list of ways in which you know you're from a place and mock it" game. AHEM.  ...
  • 16 Jun 2004: Up Shit Canyon Without a Creek


    Politics: · 2 comments
    A discussion on Frogs and Ravens has morphed from earthquakes to water resources - which was at least partly my fault. Maybe mostly my fault. So, here I am with a steaming pile of blame ready to plop back down on my own blog. This isn't the first time I'v ...
  • 13 Jun 2004: Sunday Review: Things That Are Red


    Human Fuzzies: , , , , , , · 2 comments
    I tried some of the new Manly Coke Light product; it's about what I expected, not as sickly sweet as regular Coke but with somewhat less chemical afterburn than Diet. It's not the sort of cola taste I would associate with infinite manliness. But the pack ...
  • 7 Jun 2004: Fat Free Half and Half


    Human Fuzzies: , · 4 comments
    A clear case of government underregulation of the dairy industry: Fat Free Half & Half. Or, rather, sneaky loophole-exploitation by Land O' Lakes, as the official definition of half and half stipulates that it must contain between 10.5% and 18% milkfat ...
  • 2 Jun 2004: Viva Quebeckistan!


    Personal: · no comments
    I forgot how depressing a scrubby brown strip of land can be. By all rights things should be falling down with calm greenness, the same way you fall into a lawn chair with a beer in your hand on summer evenings. Here, it's not so much a falling down greenn ...
  • 24 May 2004: Someone’s An Excuse


    Meta: · 1 comment
    This is by way of an "I oughta post" post, because I was in the mountains most of last week and will be in Iowa most of this week, and I spent most of this evening mulching and planting (the other surviving watermelon seedling, an eggplant, and some thyme, ...
  • 18 May 2004: Sorbets I’m Dreaming Of


    Food: , , , · 6 comments
    Am eating the aforementioned rhubarb sorbet over a pile of lightly crushed nilla wafers - delightful! The rhubarb isn't actually from my yard, but it could be, in theory, if I were eating my plants rather than nursemaiding them through a summer heat they'r ...
  • 14 May 2004: Hvid Chokolade delice “kronprinsparret”


    Food: , , , , , · 3 comments
    For dessert, the Danish Kronprins Fred and his new wife are eating white chocolate mousse with rhubarb sorbet, yum! I confess that the mousse sounds like too much fuss for me but one can probably substitute instant pudding. Certainly a crust of "digestive  ...
  • 13 May 2004: Life of the Mind


    Politics: , , , · 12 comments
    Over at Frogs and Ravens and Liliputian Lilith, people are fighting to reclaim the word "intellectual", or perhaps some other word, for non-professional/quasi-professional participants in traditional academic endeavors. I think it's a mistake not to situat ...
  • 11 May 2004: Mud-Thirsty Bees


    Whimsy: · 1 comment
    When in the office (which I'm still not, hoorah! but they might make me return tomorrow) I go for walks round the parking lot and see bees. Not lots of bees, but some bees, some staggering around on the asphalt in confused wandering circles, some twitching ...
  • 10 May 2004: Aaah Generation Overload


    Personal: · 2 comments
    Only X-treme Corporate Loyalty would drive me to sit in an internet cafe in a ski resort town while small (and adorably nerdy) adolescents tell me how to use computers. I had three-cycle semilog graph paper, but three cycles is not enough! Six cycles const ...
  • 4 May 2004: Rhubarb-Banana Bread?


    Food: , , , , , , , , · 1 comment
    The ever-beguiling Chocolate and Zucchini has a recipe for cranberry banana bread; sounds like an excellent way to use a few more of those big $1 bags of almost-bad bananas that haunt the "reduced for quick sale" produce cart. It also sounds like an excell ...
  • 2 May 2004: Nerds Save 5%


    Personal: · 2 comments
    The coolant pixies live in a very short hose that runs from one thingy to another thingy underneath the thing. I deduced this myself, after running the very simple experiment of filling up the radiator and watching coolant drip onto the ground. It's a slow ...
  • 28 Apr 2004: Coolant Pixies


    Personal: · 5 comments
    My car has a case of pixies. Found this out Saturday afternoon as it clicked ominously, spluttered and died on the freeway, got towed to the shop, and then closed up any and all coolant/oil leaks before the mechanic could find 'em. D'oh! At least I didn't ...
  • 19 Apr 2004: Crackpot Internet Scientist of the Week


    Links: , · 4 comments
    The Final Theory -- A Scientific Revolution has Arrived! Reclaim your birthright of understanding, and get answers to all those pesky unresolved questions your high school physics teacher refused to talk about, like: Q: How can a fridge magnet cling aga ...
  • 18 Apr 2004: Meme, I Give In


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: · 5 comments
    Is there anyone on the Internet who has not yet grasped the nearest book in their grubby little carpal tunnel afflicted paws, opened it to page 23, and typed the fifth sentence into their blogs? No? It's just me then. You know why I held off so long on th ...
  • 15 Apr 2004: Oh Boy an Earthquake!


    Science: · 10 comments
    I must remind you all that even though I now work as a highly sophisticated GIS'n'Excel monkey, I'm still a geophysicist, god dammit. And someone's been sucking the physics right out of geophysics, to replace it with stupid not-at-all trendy math: Keilis- ...
  • 11 Apr 2004: Someone Misses Someone Else


    Meta: · 1 comment
    Someone is pointing fingers: jocelyn wertz Yes, she is awesome and we have the same birthday but I haven't seen her for years! Are you stalking her, mchsi.com? I can't help you with that. Update 13 Apr: hmm, maybe I can help you with that. But first you ...
  • 8 Apr 2004: In the End, I Still Really Like Maps


    Personal: · 2 comments
    I've been meaning for ages, just ages dahling, to post on ideal intellectual communities, grad school, consulting, &c. &c. Because while my job is quite tolerable and even engaging on a day to day level, week to week and month to month I'm getting  ...
  • 4 Apr 2004: In Which I Am Excited About Compost


    Links, Personal: · 3 comments
    Graham Leuschke - your grandmother's mathematician, or not? I suspect not, unless there's something about your grandmother's mathematician collection that you haven't been telling me, O Dear Reader. In any case, I quite enjoyed meeting him for coffee on S ...
  • 25 Mar 2004: Pasadena: My Neighbors Have Nice Flowers


    Human Fuzzies: , , , · 1 comment
    Okay, so Kieran Healy made fun of the Macy's building, prompting Amy Lamboley and Professor Bainbridge to leap to Pasadena's defense. They both recommend the Huntington, foolishly ignoring the desert garden while extolling the virtues of roses and herbs.  ...
  • : The Neon Leg Warmer of the Caribbean


    Politics: , , , · 1 comment
    Remember Haiti? The one with the coup (which we will not at all suggest was supported by our own Federal Democratic Republic because that would have been undemocratic) that is already retro-chic even though it happened less than a month ago? Haiti is st ...
  • 22 Mar 2004: Al Qaeda Wuvs Widdle Georgie-poo?


    Politics: · 2 comments
    Just in case you're thinking of using the "Al Qaeda wuvs you!" line of political attack: a letter received by the London-based quotidien Al-Qods Al-Arabi claims that Al Qaeda does, in fact, wuv widdle Georgie: En fait, il n'y a pas de diff rence entre t ...
  • 17 Mar 2004: Customize Your TV Dinner!


    Personal: · 2 comments
    Sorry for the politics, we will now return to our regularly scheduled complaints about food packaging copy. My frozen meal was all excited about how the "flavorful sauce" came in its own little tray compartment, enabling me to customize my lunch experience ...
  • 16 Mar 2004: Spain, Appeasement and Multilateralism


    Politics: · 2 comments
    Eugene Volokh wonders if we should ignore the decisions of other countries when we think they might be influenced by terrorism: The foreign countries' decisions may simply be probative of their own desire not to be attacked, not of what's the morally righ ...
  • 7 Mar 2004: Investing With Your Values


    Human Fuzzies: , , , · 3 comments
    So I'm not at all chuffed with the concept of "working for a living". And it seems that the best way to avoid working for a living is to be independently wealthy, which one accomplishes through some combination of living below one's means and witchcraft.  ...
  • 1 Mar 2004: Describe Your Nose-Picking Habits


    Links: , · 2 comments
    Via a disturbing search request comes The Nose Board, and the disturbing realization that Empty Nose Syndrome is an actual medical problem. The moral of the story seems to be: do lots and lots of research before allowing someone to perform surgery on your  ...
  • 24 Feb 2004: Petty Consumer Activism


    Politics: , , , , , · 6 comments
    There's nothing quite like emailing the Campbell Soup Company to bring a little petty glee into an otherwise grouchy day. Dear Campbell's Soup people: I came home today in a lousy mood and hungry to boot, so I reached for a can of Where's Waldo? shap ...
  • 22 Feb 2004: Le Tutoiement des Blogs


    Human Fuzzies: , · 3 comments
    Even former French finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn has a blog. Socialisme et democratie à gauche, hoorah! But of course the most immediately interesting thing is the complete indecision over formalities in the comment sections: Il serait intér ...
  • 20 Feb 2004: Someone’s Trolling My Bridge


    Meta: · no comments
    And here we have mail from a few people who know where a few of my buttons lie, and a few more people who don't: i love olivine Button, button, who's got the - DUDE OLIVINE IS AWESOME!!!1!* Someday I want to live in a house with rock walls made of pe ...
  • 18 Feb 2004: Spam Literary Identities


    Aimless: · 1 comment
    If I ever need a pen name - a real pen name, that is, one that could go on books without being laughed at - I'll find one in my inbox, trying to sell me herbal viagra. These spammer databases are fabulous! Just in the past five hours I've gotten email from ...
  • 14 Feb 2004: Someone Flails Wildly


    Meta: · no comments
    I must say, I missed the spout box while it was gone. But the misplaced search queries do make me wonder: ? growth of mung beans http://www.alexchiu.com/cell/14.htm Mung beans make our distancewise ions live forever! Actually, that four-armed octopus ...
  • 12 Feb 2004: Tchotchke Fever


    Personal: · 1 comment
    My tolerance for ickle doodads at home is moderate, at best. Certain narrow categories of things, yes, we all have our indulgences - but I don't play indiscriminate magpie. At least not for keeps. It's a completely different story at work. I'm slowly deco ...
  • 11 Feb 2004: Lovey Linky Valentines


    Links: , · no comments
    I Love Karl Rove I mean, do you think I don't KNOW I'm not the prettiest chicken in the barnyard, and that what with Rovey spending his at-work hours with dishy little vixens like Karen Hughes and his boss's Mom, I'm lucky he so much wants to look at  ...
  • 10 Feb 2004: Crappy Superpowers


    Whimsy: · 7 comments
    All hipster comic heroes have a superpower that isn't good for much. My superpower? I know if I'll be seeing someone in Hell. Like the driver of the Dodge Viper who worked very hard to gain one whole Geo Metro length in the traffic today; we'll be companio ...
  • 2 Feb 2004: Linky Roundup


    Links: · 2 comments
    Apparently I'm not the only one who was internet-starved all weekend.* The RSS is full! Here's some of what it's full of: Item 1007: custom-colored matches. This is the kind of random shit you are supposed to feed your Bayesian link machine. It's not the  ...
  • 28 Jan 2004: Learning from Experience


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: , · 3 comments
    How long does one have to live in the desert before realizing that cactuses are hateful? They seem fuzzy and tasty, but they hate you with a deep, abiding, and very personal hatred, which they express at every opportunity by launching time-release milli-sp ...
  • 25 Jan 2004: Sweet Potato Soup


    Food: , , , , , · no comments
    Yams = tastiest vitamin A ever. I'm currently attempting a batch of this with a tomato and maybe some mushroom thrown in for kicks, but it'll be nigh impossible to improve on the plainer version. De-veganize at will; I certainly do. A rich, mellow flav ...
  • 24 Jan 2004: PiE Day


    Food, Personal: , , , , , · no comments
    Last night, in honor of National Pie Day, I went back to campus to be a creepy pie-making alum. And made a couple pies, natch. Though several creepy pie-eating alums (and some students, even) had been warned in advance, there were still wanderers-by to cal ...
  • 12 Jan 2004: Pride’s Downfall


    Whimsy: · 3 comments
    Vaingloriously tracing search engine hits has inevitable drawbacks. I just found a blog devoted to the bathrooms of Iowa City (which has gone untended for a couple of months, leaving a trail of comment spam that's about as interesting as a prescription dru ...
  • 7 Jan 2004: Two


    Aimless: · 2 comments
    Ahh. A helpful little reminder of the correct attitude to display towards womanly friends with cold extremeties: I think even at my cellular core, my body recognizes that I'm incredibly lucky to have this woman, and so my DNA screams at my bewildered ca ...
  • 5 Jan 2004: Found what in the what?


    Personal: · no comments
    So when you decide not to become a curmudgeonly hermit, you accept (among other things) the small but non-zero risk that a friendly acquaintance will end up floating in the Potomac. But, um, the minor characters and standers-on in cliche mystery novels  ...
  • 29 Dec 2003: Broken


    Meta: · no comments
    I don't like to apologize for being dull on the internet. However, I briefly thought of berating you, Dearest Reader, for being dull and avoiding the spout box. And I apologize for such dreadful thoughts! It seems the spout box is broken. If you've sent m ...
  • 11 Dec 2003: Peer Review II


    Politics, Science: · no comments
    Been thinkin' about this problem of government peer review (though the monsterpost hasn't been pushed beyond Tuesday's edition, alas) and my intuition just flipflopped. Maybe industrial peer review is actually a good idea, sort of. The fundamental probl ...
  • 8 Dec 2003: Peer Review the Asbestos Way


    Politics, Science: · 1 comment
    Hi. This is a slowly conglomerating monsterpost jumping off of some OMB peer review regulations that are apparently really trendy right now (ref: Chris Mooney, Calpundit). Why? Because they rule out peer review of government research by anyone who wants or ...
  • 4 Dec 2003: Foul Putrid News Organization


    Politics: · no comments
    There is only sadness and bile from the L.A. Times today. First, we discover that the sale of glow-in-the-dark zebra fish will be banned in California because the Fish and Game Commissioners think genetic engineering is yucky (though they make an exceptio ...
  • 25 Nov 2003: Pie Is Fightin’ Words


    Food, Human Fuzzies: , , , · 2 comments
    "Respect the art of pie" wrote Susan Bright. I wonder what she'd think of the diner in Iowa City I read about in the paper that tosses pie in a blender and calls it a "pie shake." No time to bake pie. No time to sit down and eat it properly with a cold g ...
  • 21 Nov 2003: That’s So 1986


    Science: · no comments
    So there's another theory of asteroid-induced Super Ecosystem Death, this time at the Permian-Triassic boundary (which is unquestionably the coolest and most dramatic of all Super Ecosystem Deaths known to paleontology). Ho-hum. Asteroid-induced death has  ...
  • 27 Oct 2003: Numbered List: I Am Smoke


    Personal: , , , · 3 comments
    Went out to Joshua Tree Friday night, and so the photoblog has been updated for the first time in months. Saturday, Peter and I went to investigate a dry lake - where "investigate a dry lake" actually meant "get the car stuck in sand three miles from an ...
  • 23 Oct 2003: Quicksilver: a partial review


    Human Fuzzies: · 3 comments
    Neal Stephenson jumped the shark on page 277. Over the moon and into some stable orbit, where a group of hasty sketches in an imitation Baroque tin can go round and round with the Bludgeon of Science History Hindsight. One wonders how many revolutions the ...
  • 18 Oct 2003: Joe Jonah Euclid


    Human Fuzzies: · 5 comments
    Joe Jonah Euclid was (and possibly still is) an endearing type of delusional nutter, who posted his flyers around the Caltech campus my freshman and sophomore years. I haven't seen any fresh material in quite some time; but whilst cleaning out my file-box  ...
  • 2 Oct 2003: i hovedet


    Human Fuzzies: , · 8 comments
    Sure, my links have been coming from BoingBoing quite a lot recently, but lately the BoingBoing is not the sufficiently critical. This I have an axe in my head universal translator is not only unexciting derivative work, it's missing several languages, and ...
  • 28 Sep 2003: Numbered Notes


    Human Fuzzies: · 3 comments
    It's obviously the greatest food product ever invented, but deep-fried macaroni and cheese on a stick isn't as tasty as you might expect. The texture compares unfavorably to traditional deep-fried mozarella cheese sticks as well. Neil Stephenson wants to  ...
  • 10 Sep 2003: Epic Immuno-Suppressing Battles


    Human Fuzzies: · 6 comments
    Someone stuck my voodoo doll into a bottle of Benadryl, probably about forty-five minutes ago. I am all woozy and vapid. Last night I set about arranging our two bookshelves to reflect two epic battles: Monkey vs. Robot, and Hipster vs. Nerd. Monkey vs. ...
  • 3 Sep 2003: More Maps!


    Aimless: · 4 comments
    A Smell Map of Minneapolis and other quirky cartographies are coming out from the University of Minnesota's Design Institute. I harken back to a guy who made maps of jack-o-lanterns. And so the question becomes, how can maps and communities reinforce one a ...
  • 25 Aug 2003: Someone’s Been Shitting in My Toilet!


    Personal: · 3 comments
    Several times over the past week I've come home to a toilet full of poo. Not really full of poo, I guess, just a little floater and some yellow, but still someone else's poo in my toilet. Having lived in the dorms with some truly disgusting people, I'm no ...
  • 22 Aug 2003: But You Still Have Two Kidneys, Scott!


    Politics: , , , , · 2 comments
    Some people just don't know how to run a press campaign, or something - Scott Davis has withdrawn his candidacy because in a race composed of equal parts serious budget difficulty and circus hijinks, with a dash of 100 or so candidates' pet issues thrown i ...
  • : Nonviolent Toyotas?


    Personal: , · no comments
    I ran a stop sign today because the man driving the car behind me looked like Gandhi. I drove under the freeway thinking "gee, that man looks like Gandhi, but why would Gandhi drive a red Toyota Jeep-like vehicle?" and just kept going until I noticed I wa ...
  • 14 Aug 2003: Den Danskevalgen?


    Politics: · 2 comments
    Ekstra Bladet has an interview with "Ketchup" Carl Mehr, wherein the Danish-born candidate drinks morgenkaffe and reveals himself to be a Republikaner, ligesom The Terminator. Assuredly not to be missed! This man may well garner several percent of the vote ...
  • 12 Aug 2003: Recall Candidate Blogs


    Politics: · no comments
    Howard Dean's got a blog. It's trendy. There should be multiple gubernatorial recall candidates with blogs; so far, I've only found William Tsangares, who is running on a "Recall Arnold" platform and selling goofy Republican T-shirts. Readers actually inte ...
  • : Erasing Time


    Meta, Politics: , · 2 comments
    Water flows under bridges, leaves fall off trees, I hork my database with no recent backups, life goes on. I'll replace the past two months in the time-stream as quickly as I can, given that I've finally found a house to move into, they've started handing  ...
  • 10 Aug 2003: D’OH! System halt.


    Meta: · no comments
    My web host has done more reconfiguring. From this point forward, the server will choke and refuse to parse any world-writable script it sees. Which is fine and sensible; however, Movable Type as I have it set up likes to output world-writable files, and I ...
  • 31 Jul 2003: The Vanilla Asylum


    Personal: · 1 comment
    At least once every thirty-six hours, one of my coworkers tries to tell me how impossibly wacky my office is. They say things like, "I bet you didn't know you were getting in to such a mental institute!" and "We sure do cut up a lot around here" and "Are y ...
  • 6 Jul 2003: Cinna-melon Good


    Human Fuzzies: · no comments
    I made some watermelon popsicles last week, and finally opened one up today - all kinds of tasty! After reading some unknown internet recipe that suggested adding a cinnamon stick to the boiling sugar syrup, I decided to dump in a random amount of cinnamon ...
  • 2 Jul 2003: eTextWhore


    Meta: · 2 comments
    Let me draw your attention to the elegant, intelligent text ad in the side bar. I'm experimenting with supplemental revenue generation. No great expectations, but then again there's no great cost, and I'll be quite happy with the miserliest of pittances. F ...
  • 27 Jun 2003: Automotive Adventures


    Personal: · no comments
    So I changed the oil in my car last night. Got a little antifreeze in the windshield washing fluid (oops) but managed not to burn myself on the oddly-placed exhaust manifold (yay!) so I think it's a draw. I spilt a sad amount of motor oil, too, and still f ...
  • 24 Jun 2003: Am I an Ex-Academic?


    Personal: · 3 comments
    There's been a thread, loosely running through my favorite academic blogs, on the emotional effects of grad school. I've identified on an almost therapeutic level with some of it; for the past four years, I've struggled to maintain health and balance while ...
  • 23 Jun 2003: Someone’s At It Again


    Meta: · no comments
    jimmy, do you want to explode now? Well, not really. Do I have to? fly fly fly Apparently so. Ouch. I don't like flying. whatever you do, remember to drink your water. for the love of god, DRINK YOUR WATER!! Look, I know an explosion can b ...
  • 20 Jun 2003: There Goes My Nose


    Personal: · 3 comments
    So I'm wondering if the repeated application of "Vitamin E Therapeutic Aloe Vera Gel" will keep my nose from peeling off of my face. Even though I've never before peeled off my nose to find a new and hideous nose underneath, inductive reasoning only goes s ...
  • 6 Jun 2003: Bachelor Party!


    Personal: · 1 comment
    That's it. Finis with finals, forever. Done! I feel like a sequel to Matilda - where Matilda suddenly realizes that it was fun being able to move things with her mind, and goes back to kindergarten. ----- ...
  • 4 Jun 2003: Exploded Your Mom’s Cambrian Energy Drinks


    Personal, Science: · 4 comments
    10:14 pm Since this will (in theory) be my last scholastic all-nighter ever I thought I'd do it in style, with many different kinds of shiny energy drinks, and blogging whenever my paper hits a lumpy point. When I went through the checkout line, the clerk  ...
  • 2 Jun 2003: Real Ultimate Molluscs!!! (and stuff on my door)


    Aimless: · 3 comments
    This is my last finals week to-do list, ever. In a way I'm sad we only have one color of dry erase marker in the house; and in lots of other ways I don't care. If I had more colors I might be tempted to add "find job" and "pack up shit" to the bottom. Or ...
  • 17 May 2003: If I Were A Matrix: Reloaded Focus Group


    Human Fuzzies: , · 1 comment
    I don't know if I wanted to see this movie or not, but I was obligated to go see it anyway, so without consideration of my own desires I hopped in the car. The blog police would levy a big fat fine if I didn't write a review. Before I put in a spoiler b ...
  • 13 May 2003: Anus vs. Mouth


    Science: · no comments
    Protostomes and Deuterostomes: a real dumb way to classify animals. Maybe developmental biologists can tell the difference between an organism whose first hole becomes a mouth, and an organism whose first hole becomes an anus - but I sure can't. Though, no ...
  • 7 May 2003: Think of the Old Ladies


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    Fearing flood of Democratic hopefuls, Iowa steps up border patrols. Wish they'd done this when I lived there - back in '96 three old ladies and a bunny rabbit were killed in a stampede away from Lamar Alexander's press conference. It was pretty awful. (lin ...
  • : Vacuuming for Losers


    Personal, Whimsy: , , · 2 comments
    Materials: Dust-bearing carpet with cereal on top Vacuum cleaner A couple old socks, and maybe the nice wash rag used to clean off the communal white board Dish soap, or hand soap, or something. Procedure: Notice that you've been harboring unsp ...
  • 5 May 2003: Police Can’t Stop Drinking


    Human Fuzzies: · 6 comments
    The title of this post comes from my anthropology reading (Harvard has conveniently put it online) as an example of English syntactical ambiguity. The authors claim it has "at least three" meanings, and translate two of them into Italian... the third is le ...
  • 2 May 2003: Master of Nothing


    Aimless: · no comments
    Here's the biggest twinge of regret for not applying to grad school that I've had so far: It makes no fucking sense to say you're the Bachelor of the Universe! I wish my soon-to-be degree had more roaring thews attached. I mean, even Associate of Scienc ...
  • 15 Apr 2003: Crow Man Attacks L.A.


    Personal: · no comments
    There is a man in the park across the street who sounds exactly like a crow or perhaps a scrub jay. I would swear that he was a crow, but crows don't have such varied intonation; this guy is cawing up and down the scale like a drunk operatic soprano. So it ...
  • 13 Apr 2003: The REAL Real Ultimate Power


    Links: · 1 comment
    You knew the crazy-sweet ultimate ninja page would generate parodies. You knew it. So did I. So did all those real ultimate electrical engineers. EEs are mammals. EEs solve equations ALL the time. The purpose of the EE is to flip out and write matlab c ...
  • 9 Apr 2003: Toothpaste Discrimination


    Personal: · 1 comment
    My student housing comes with maid service every other week, which is wonderful - there's no way any of us would remember to clean the toilets otherwise. But every time the maids clean the bathroom, they put my tube of toothpaste in the drawer, while leavi ...
  • 31 Mar 2003: See My Tanned Blisters!


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    My relationship to Hawai'i is clearly doomed to be one of unrequited affection. The island doesn't hate me quite enough to squish me like a bug (though it had several chances) but the flowers made my nose run, the aa ate my feet and the beaches just laughe ...
  • 21 Feb 2003: Someone’s Back


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    I admit this is a cheap device for when I don't have anything to say. But since when has this blog been anything but cheap? when two lesbians are going out and they say ladies first,.. who goes first? When one woman, lesbian or not, says "ladies first" t ...
  • 9 Feb 2003: Theme of Bugs


    Personal: · 4 comments
    There was a clump of hair near the top of the toilet bowl. Don't ask me how it got there, these things just happen when two people have long hair in one bathroom, but it looked like a bug when I sat down. So I spent my pee-time wondering if my pee was dist ...
  • 26 Jan 2003: Link Fest Rama Lama Ding Dong


    Links: · 3 comments
    You've seen it before (most likely via Simon), but now you'll see it again: the advertising slogan generator. It takes a tough man to make a tender Green Gabbro. My new personal motto is "Try Mild!" Tom Tomorrow cites the Iowa City Press-Citizen as a pr ...
  • 21 Jan 2003: Neologistical Challenge


    Whimsy: · 3 comments
    There should be a word for the stubborn, slightly unbalanced feeling one gets when one is standing in one's left shoe, picking up dirty clothes and things from the floor to see if the matching right shoe is underneath. It should come from Greek roots, and  ...
  • : Hmm


    Meta: · 3 comments
    where is yami? Yami is not writing! Yami has disappeared!!! PEEK-A-BOO! I had something brilliantly clever to say over the weekend, I swear, but the weekend gnomes came and took it. Meh. pics No, no, that's PEEK-a-boo, not PICS-a-boo. Try again. eeart ...
  • 23 Dec 2002: Holiday Someones


    Meta: , , , , · 6 comments
    Although I have a large amount of cryptic fan mail to catch up on (and when I say large, I am telling a gentle underwhelmement, as the spout box was held hostage a while back by a Flabbergastingly Bored Someone) it's all hiding in a file on my computer at  ...
  • 22 Dec 2002: Twink


    Personal: · 4 comments
    The most beautiful things in my house were made by my grandmothers. When I'm home, and don't have too much else on my head, I can feel a distorted echo of this humming right through me - a sudden desire to find a cheap apartment in Kitschville with a sleaz ...
  • 21 Dec 2002: Product Review: Oral Cleansers


    Personal: , · 3 comments
    I've been hit on the head from every direction by products purporting to disinfect your mouth and promote healing. That's actually a bit of an exaggeration, but you know how it goes. First you have oral surgery, then you find out how many of your mother's ...
  • 18 Dec 2002: I’m Unsafe


    Personal: · 2 comments
    I failed to mention, in and among all the jaw-busting tooth-extraction, that when I checked my suitcase onto the airplane, the check-in lady forgot to ask me if I had any exploding things inside. It was one of the most baffling things that has ever happene ...
  • 17 Dec 2002: None the Wiser


    Personal: · 9 comments
    Here I am, back in Iowa minus all four of my wisdom teeth, which were removed this morning while I was under heavy sedation. Very heavy sedation - I don't remember a thing about the operation, except trying and failing to stand up when it was over. Apparen ...
  • 12 Dec 2002: Dilemma Part 2


    Personal: · 17 comments
    I am completely out of clean underwear. This leaves me with two choices: Go commando on the airplane. Do laundry. Hmm. ...
  • 10 Dec 2002: Dilemma


    Personal, Politics: · 6 comments
    Either I should still be working really hard right now, or I have already completed enough work to finish my finals in a somewhat leisurely fashion. I don't know which. The thing is, we were supposed to have one more data processing homework, in lieu of a  ...
  • 1 Dec 2002: oh yeah, thanks


    Personal: · 3 comments
    I had the nerd-trendiest Thanksgiving ever: drove to San Jose Wednesday night, ate non-stop turducken on Thursday and Friday, and went geocaching on Saturday. Geocaching was very close to perfectly wholesome, except I ripped a big hole in the butt of my pa ...
  • 7 Nov 2002: Slurry of Someone


    Meta: · 9 comments
    ross and moots! ross and moots! Er, yes, indeed. I'm afraid I don't watch whatever television show you're chanting at, even if television is suddenly much safer now that campaign ads are gone. (psst! have they gone yet? it's dark in here.) The ...
  • 7 Oct 2002: Tour de Gym


    Personal: · 2 comments
    The guy next to me on the StairMaster was climbing imaginary stairs like he was a champion cyclist. He was bent over the display, gripping the handlebars as though his balance depended on it. Every few seconds he would glance over his shoulder to check for ...
  • 5 Oct 2002: Old Comments


    Meta: · no comments
    It's been a while since I last went through the email backlog... i tried to view the 'neal pollack' site at work, but it was filtered, due to falling under the "tasteless" category. it's immediately going into my home bookmark. That's what you get for h ...
  • 30 Sep 2002: Tree Punching


    Personal, Teaching: , · 3 comments
    The nice thing about the first week of school is that there are so many petty tasks—like putting four hundred pages of course handouts into the most gigantickest binder I've ever owned—that make you feel like you're doing something important wh ...
  • 28 Sep 2002: Phone Books


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: · no comments
    Phone books in L.A. follow some confused backwater eddy of economics. A new one appears on my doorstep every other month or so, printed by a different company in a different format for a different portion of the Pasadena/Foothills/Greater Metro area. They  ...
  • 23 Sep 2002: Signs of the End Times


    Links, Whimsy: , · 1 comment
    We must, as with the literature of any culture, take an intertextual approach to the literature of Sweden. Swedish, being an Indo-European language, shares its vocabulary in one way or another with most Western languages, and all of these languages share ...
  • 19 Sep 2002: Incredible Finds


    Personal: · no comments
    Finally made that trip to Goodwill to drop off a bag of clothes (not enough to really earn that sudden feeling of lightness, but hey) and purchase necessary kitchen items. Our kitchen is done up in Classic Bachelor—splotchy linoleum, blandly finishe ...
  • 12 Sep 2002: Eating Glop


    Human Fuzzies: · 1 comment
    I've been short on stimulus lately; I've been short on stimulus-seeking. I know what's going to happen to me next month. School will start, and physics will stream from my every orifice in great torrents. I'm saving up a stock of boredom. Here's a recipe.  ...
  • 3 Sep 2002: Hog Sweat


    Personal: · 4 comments
    The owner of the air conditioner came to take it back today. I have no more air conditioner. Would anyone care to trade their first bite of fall for highs in the 90s to around 104? Please? It's mostly a dry heat, really, you'll love it. As long as you're n ...
  • 2 Sep 2002: Sapirior Speech


    Human Fuzzies: · 4 comments
    Oh ho ho, I just crack myself up with my clever titles! The speech in question, you see, is E-Prime, a novel form of English without the verb "to be". Using E-Prime makes for good writing, but the discipline has attracted more than its fair share of evange ...
  • 24 Aug 2002: Buzzword Type Situation


    Personal: · no comments
    For the past couple of days I've been thinking of things as types of situations. There's a "no clean bowls" situation in the kitchen. In the case of a dirty laundry situation, I'll turn my underwear inside-out. Horrible! Gah! I don't know where the expres ...
  • 23 Aug 2002: Listen Up


    Politics: · no comments
    Ever since my flatmate returned from an anarcho-hippie border-crossing conference in Tijuana, we've been mocking C-SPAN as our paths cross in the living room. As a result I've been quashing the urge to blog politics. Yelling at television is fuzzy liberal  ...
  • 22 Aug 2002: I Bamboozled Someone!


    Meta: · no comments
    compulsive? feh! intrigued, mesmerized and bamboozled. Yeah, me too. I'd come up with a wittier rejoinder, but I'm too busy reloading the results. There have been two groups of people voting: one group likes black and white, the other likes vivid color.  ...
  • 18 Aug 2002: A Contest-Contest


    Aimless: · 15 comments
    Way back in the day last April, I had a Mystery Box O' Stuff. I still have a Mystery Box O' Stuff, and it's not getting any more interesting in my closet. Kat said I should have a contest, and I did - anyone who read through a godawful trivia entry saw a r ...
  • 17 Aug 2002: Someone Presents a URL


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    http://www.happymunkee.net/ Happiness is spelling things with extra double letters, as the people at happy munkee seem to at least sort of understand. The larger issue, obviously, is not the pursuit of happeeness but the pursuit of identity: if you were  ...
  • 11 Aug 2002: Political Cuisine


    Human Fuzzies, Meta, Personal: · no comments
    Someone points out the following: anarchists can't cook Right, that's why they need a cookbook. But what about their odd bedfellows the anarcho-syndicalists? Can they cook? I'm glad I have a firm belief in the usefulness of Law and Order. I made bread y ...
  • 9 Aug 2002: Don’t Ask Me


    Meta, Whimsy: , , · no comments
    Possibly the strangest email I've ever received: From: xxxxx Subject: ASK GOOGLE Could you tell me more about Radioactive Waste Experiments in the 1950's or 1960's around Greeley school (now known as anderson school) in Minneapolis, Minnesota?  ...
  • 5 Aug 2002: Sock Rebuttal


    Whimsy: , · 2 comments
    How fortuitous! I come back from a dinner with lawyers (preparatory for this biotech patent law mock trial hooha I'll be doing in the next few months) to discover that Simon has responded to my tempestuous gauntlet-throwing. Like any sensible blogger, he c ...
  • 1 Aug 2002: Panties Ready for Bunching


    Personal: , · 3 comments
    Today I've been hunting down rants. Discarding a misguided list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters ever (Porky Pig made it in over Marvin the Martian? Apoplexy!) and a sanctimonious Fast Food Nation fueled look at butchery (I don't give a shit about the ...
  • 28 Jul 2002: dry air


    Personal: · no comments
    I refuse to kiss the sweet ground in L.A. - god only knows what kinds of car drippings have permeated the soil. But I am back, safe and sound and only wondering what kind of person refuses to run pushing and shoving as fast as they can to the baggage carou ...
  • 22 Jul 2002: Golden Rule vs. Satanist Credo Payoff Matrix


    Links: · 4 comments
    Christian game theory. Homosexuality revealed as a zero-sum game! Pascal's wager revisited! My spleen vents frustration with a quick sideways shudder. As you can see, the same science of Game Theory that I and my fellow Defense Department tacticians used  ...
  • 9 Jul 2002: Quality Control Freak


    Personal: , , · no comments
    Hmm, two entries in a row starting with "I have just been...". I hang my head in shame. In other news, my right arm is sore from raquetball, and the ants have left my kitchen! There's a whole colony of them living just outside - several whole colonies,  ...
  • 6 Jul 2002: Red Pop Redux


    Links, Meta: · 3 comments
    Got a very urgent-sounding query in my email box today asking after Wildwood Red Pop, presumably stemming from my old desperate search for fellow Red Pop afficionados. So after a quick look through the querier's web site, which offers purportedly humorous  ...
  • 2 Jul 2002: Someone Makes Music


    Meta: · no comments
    In a burst of enthusiasm, someone carols: Inna-gadda-da-vida, baby... Like a baby playing drums, that is, it cuts straight to the spleen. Meanwhile, someone else is just curious: Is that a didgeridoo? I assume you're referring to the latest bac ...
  • 27 Jun 2002: I’m Done! Whee!


    Personal, Politics: · 1 comment
    As I was walking home after handing in my sloppy-but-passable and oh-so-finished report on this particular patch of ground where we dragged around a few wires last week, some guy pulled over and called out that I had the nicest breasts he'd ever seen. He d ...
  • 25 Jun 2002: Important News


    Aimless: · 2 comments
    More fun email from Physical Plant: This morning at approximately 6:15 a.m. the City of Pasadena suffered a temporary power failure of less than a second. The glitch was caused by a crow that flew into a 17 KV power feeder. That'll teach 'em to wake me  ...
  • 23 Jun 2002: Thoughts from Geophysical Field Camp


    Personal: · 2 comments
    A dry desert wind is like a continuous peck on the cheek from your great-aunt Esmeralda. Like a clam, I form pearls around tiny grains of dust caught up in my tender membranes. But my pearls are made of boogers. Romanticizing the heavy, humid, begrudgingl ...
  • 16 Jun 2002: The Odd Couple


    Uncategorized: · 1 comment
    Sunday is cleaning day over here. I take a very, shall we say, er, efficient attitude toward cleaning. If it doesn't look dirty, it doesn't need to be cleaned. If it looks slightly untidy but not downright messy, it doesn't need to be cleaned unless your p ...
  • 13 Jun 2002: Spamanography


    Uncategorized: · 1 comment
    Dear Business person , We know you are interested in receiving cutting-edge news . This is a one time mailing there is no need to request removal if you won't want any more . This mail is being sent in compliance with Senate bill 2516 ; Title 4 ; Section 3 ...
  • 11 Jun 2002: Ah, My Virgin Eyes!


    Human Fuzzies: , · 5 comments
    Okay, even though I spend most soccer matches agitating for both teams to rip each other's shirts off and play with half-naked homoeroticism, I did not need to see three (three!) close-up shots of the French goalie's bum on a large-screen TV. Crazy. Any ...
  • 10 Jun 2002: Sesquipedalianism


    Meta: , , · 5 comments
    Someone asks do you like cheese? Well heck, who doesn't like cheese? I like it strong, blue and mouldy. I eat more feta than I probably should, and parmesan can improve any meal. Edam? Goddamn! Cheddar? You betcha! How am I going to die? I smoke like  ...
  • 9 Jun 2002: Morbid Fascination


    Uncategorized: · no comments
    Having lived in Florida for most of my life, I've never been perilously near to a fault line. Rocks and I get along, mostly because I have never had reason to suspect that they will eventually be the death of me. (I have a small collection of them on my de ...
  • 7 Jun 2002: That’s not a cultist


    Meta: , , · 4 comments
    On the thorns of a shrub in his backyard, a Texas man finds the severed head of a baby bird, beetles and a decapitated lizard. Meanwhile, a UK-domain reader writes: Stones taught me to fly. Love taught me to lie. Life taught me to die. But it's not  ...
  • 5 Jun 2002: Guestbloggers Coming


    Meta: · no comments
    There's a one-week discrepancy between the end of the term for grad students, and the end of the term for undergrads. Which means that even though my finals don't start (in theory) until this weekend, I've got lots of fun planned for the next couple days.  ...
  • 4 Jun 2002: Someone’s Familial Specifications


    Meta: · no comments
    Someone carefully defines his identity: You make a good case for July. --I am not your mother. Yes, you say that - but how can I be sure?? They do some wacky things with hormones and cloning and time machines nowadays. (Actually, I do know who you ar ...
  • 30 May 2002: Someone Wants Naked Sorority Frolicking


    Whimsy: , · 3 comments
    Someone can't wait for the next edition of the internets's favorite skvallerbladet: Half-naked coed body-painting! Underwear sorority frolics! Enquiring googlebots need to know! While most of the men in this dorm (and several of the hot drunk bi g ...
  • 28 May 2002: Link Your Thirst


    Meta: · no comments
    Recent discussion on the nature and meaning of blog-links leaves me craving a flashier pair of sneakers. If links are self-expression in the form of consumptive choices, what differentiates a link to Tom Tomorrow from the purchase of an F-350? Both are exp ...
  • 23 May 2002: Tomorrow Was Yesterday


    Personal: , , · no comments
    So, the black plastic was pulled off early yesterday morning to reveal plywood temples, water balloons, zip cords that shriek and spark when you try to use them, and a hazy smear of little paper clues for the treasure-hunting hordes. I spent the day workin ...
  • 22 May 2002: Yeah Yeah Yeah


    Personal: · 4 comments
    Tonight, driving back from Target, L. had some peppy, sing-along-able 80s music in her car stereo. After a brief few blocks of caterwauling, I realized that it's been a long time since I've gone careening down a freeway, music pulsing just above the road n ...
  • 20 May 2002: Stack Widow


    Meta, Personal: , , · 3 comments
    And we're coming up on Ditch Day, where the seniors abandon campus after constructing elaborate little games designed to let you into their rooms (only after a day of labor) so you can have some treats. By this point, the whole campus has been cordoned off ...
  • 15 May 2002: Star What?


    Human Fuzzies: , , · 6 comments
    Saw one of the pirated versions of Attack of the Clones last night; good god was it ever awful. Maybe not Highlander III awful, maybe not even Phantom Menace awful, but certainly Planet of the Apes awful. Awful enough that going to see the special effects  ...
  • 14 May 2002: E-Mail Tips and Tricks


    Whimsy: · no comments
    One of my .sig files is: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you're not looking at it, this signature says something else. If you're wondering how you too can acheive such fabulous effects, you're not alone: While not looking dire ...
  • 13 May 2002: Philosophical Questions


    Meta: · 2 comments
    Someone's lost: There must be some way out of here ... Sure, but it'll take many lifetimes. But why would you want to leave, anyway? It's so warm and cozy here! i want to know what love is The one thing I've noticed is that people who run around tellin ...
  • 6 May 2002: Holland Ain’t Kansas


    Politics: , · no comments
    I have two immediate reactions to this whole "Pim Fortuyn being murdered" thing. It's really easy to find rhymes or near-rhymes for a name like Pim, which makes this a very good candidate for a limerick in poor taste. Did Pim have a partner? I'm remind ...
  • 5 May 2002: gabbro radio


    Meta: · 4 comments
    I finally got that streaming mp3 server to work. It's not snooping on my speakers as I'd hoped, but it is successfully looping through an hour's worth of wonderful miscellany. Visit my computer for more information and further instructions. (update: appare ...
  • 4 May 2002: Hey Wait a Minute…


    Links: · no comments
    I was about to get some dinner when I discovered that the house network was back up after a day-long outage. Now it's two hours later; not only am I two hours hungrier, it's past reasonable suppertime and I will probably not be able to find a dinnermate... ...
  • 24 Apr 2002: Timely Remarks


    Links: · no comments
    Boys and girls, if your torso should be torn asunder in a horrific accident, you will no longer need your eyeballs. Please celebrate National Administrative Professionals Day by becoming an organ donor. You may also wish to celebrate National Organ and Tis ...
  • 23 Apr 2002: Concise Remarks


    Meta: · no comments
    Someone reminds me that less is more: brief Or else this refers to a brief, as opposed to a boxer, in the case of a severe pegleg or really tattered underpants. No comment on that one. ----- ...
  • : More Decision Theory


    Personal: · 6 comments
    The other reason I rely on the decision-making power of serendipity, I never knew until I started studying the economics of uncertainty. It seems that in order to make a rational decision, I need to determine how my preferences behave in relation to statem ...
  • 22 Apr 2002: Magickal Transmutations


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: , , · 2 comments
    I have this bang on my knee, and two days ago it was a bruise. A nice bruisey bruise, with angry pink on the edges that gradually faded towards sallow yellow with tinges of purple in the center. I can't remember where it came from, but since I noticed it I ...
  • 20 Apr 2002: Ouch


    Personal: · 5 comments
    I spent the afternoon tie-dying in the sun, and now the back of my neck is raw. Pink, too, according to expert testimony, though I haven't looked myself. But I can't be too sad when tomorrow will be like Christmas, with the unwrapping of beautiful new*  ...
  • 17 Apr 2002: surface learning


    Teaching: · 8 comments
    I'm sick and tired of being a student, of having these wafer-thin boundaries between work and the rest of my life, of being in a position where people can legitimately claim time from every single part of my day for extra recitation sessions or labs or com ...
  • 15 Apr 2002: Welcome to Fogeyville


    Personal: , · 8 comments
    Population: Me The hairs in the picture to the left are both from my head. If you are clever, and not half-blind, you will note that one is - dare I say it? - much grayer than the other. I actually think gray hair looks quite elegant. And when you're t ...
  • : Someone Opines


    Meta: · 2 comments
    Someone seems to have eaten too much sand as a kid: Gabbro a good rock? HuH! can't beat a good arenite! Comparing sandstone to gabbro is like comparing apples to oranges - it's certainly possible, but what's the point? I admit, I've never quite grasped t ...
  • : Someone Disagrees


    Personal: , · 6 comments
    An anonymous admission: I want underwire. I want velvet. I want cute frills. I want to look like a C-cup. Yeah, like I'm ever going to go *there* Velvet? Well... maybe for special occasions. But while we're on the topic of feminine underthings, I'd  ...
  • 14 Apr 2002: Tax Time, Fun Time!


    Meta: · 2 comments
    Conversation earlier this afternoon: "You can be fined $500 for filing a frivolous tax return." "You mean, like deducting money you spent on prostitutes in Hong Kong?" "Or like making the check out to Ariel Sharon instead of the United States government?" ...
  • 13 Apr 2002: Wizard of Bras


    Personal: · 7 comments
    Yesterday I spent $70 on three new bras. Outrageous, really, but you try spending fruitless hours looking for a bra with no underwires and no itchy synthetic lining on the cup that hasn't been styled on the popular "Ace bandage" breast-binding model. Then  ...
  • 11 Apr 2002: Rampaging Hordes of Someones


    Meta: · no comments
    Does any of this constitute valid market research? Do I need market research? I feel like I need a panel of bored ten-year-olds to say dumb irrelevant things about the cartoon giraffes I drew during today's evolutionary psychology lecture. most disgustin ...
  • 10 Apr 2002: A Flood of Someones


    Meta, Whimsy: , , , · no comments
    A note to new arrivals from the They Have Blogs! craze: you too can turn this space into a spongiform advice column for the perpetually distracted! Just use the little box to your right. But please stop sending in default phrases, you're making me all exci ...
  • 9 Apr 2002: Ankle Exploding Hi-Ho


    Personal: · no comments
    I walked to class behind a hefty guy with blue mule sneakers and turned-in ankles. Turned-in such that his feet were just two threads away from flapping off like birds. Since he wasn't using more than the edges of them, this would have been fine (plus or m ...
  • : Someone’s Upset


    Meta: , · 1 comment
    Bwooeee Bwooeee Bwoouuaaeeiii! (The organ grinder cries) Are you sure that's the organ grinder, and not the organ grinder's monkey? Are you really sure? ...
  • 8 Apr 2002: gotta pee


    Personal: , · 16 comments
    My dorm has coed multi-stall bathrooms, and over the course of the year, everyone gets pretty well used to barging around with only a minimal regard for privacy. So I'll be sitting there trying to poop, or drawing graffiti, or whatever, when some guy comes ...
  • 7 Apr 2002: Someone Has a Real Question


    Meta: · no comments
    What does this button do? It sends me your anonymous message - though "anonymous" may be too strong a term, since it does attach your IP address. How's the weather back in Iowa City, ensta001.lib.uiowa.edu? Is the ped mall still covered in drunk sorority ...
  • 5 Apr 2002: Starry-Eyed Youths


    Personal: · no comments
    It's college-picking time among the nation's high school seniors. You can tell, because they're all wandering around campus, sitting in on the randomest of random classes and asking questions like, what's the average class size?, are the professors friendl ...
  • 24 Mar 2002: Domestic Manners of the Americans


    Human Fuzzies: · 1 comment
    I've been thumbing through the account of one Mrs. Frances Trollope, and her coming from England to America in 1827 to found a department store in Cincinnati. It's whining and snarky, and altogether a fun read. Miss Wright was well known [at the hotel], a ...
  • 23 Mar 2002: Someone Found Me!


    Meta: · 1 comment
    You were lost, but now you are found! Hallelujah! Yes... but where was I?? I don't appear to have been under the sofa cushions, or on top of the refrigerator, or even left out in the car (though my feet are kinda cold). Was I in the last place you looke ...
  • 19 Mar 2002: Free Theorems Yum Yum


    Personal: · 2 comments
    If any of you are just dying to meet some interesting and available methods of applied mathematics, but you just don't feel comfortable introducing yourself, I suggest using Sean Mauch as a socially acceptable matchmaker. This text has a bouquet that is l ...
  • 13 Mar 2002: Ask a Celebrity Physicist


    Meta, Science: · 7 comments
    Any burning issues you'd like Stephen Hawking to address? He's on campus again, and will be giving a lecture Friday where he answers some random questions from the undergraduates. I've got until dinnertime to think up clever things. ...
  • 10 Mar 2002: Someone Says it Again


    Meta: · 1 comment
    Now that y'all have filled my quota of nonsensical script-data, I can go back to the usual way of dealing with these things. Uh... are you there God, it's me Margaret? hmm... probably not. I've already explained my atheism/agnosticism, haven't I? Though  ...
  • : Much Ado About


    Meta: · no comments
    So, Ralph posted a link to this piece of Loud Thinking. I read through it, thought it was kind of silly, and said so - now I've been challenged to repeat myself in some kind of constructive detail. Fair enough. But it's going to require some annoying rh ...
  • 9 Mar 2002: Love That Love Dart


    Links, Science, Whimsy: · 4 comments
    It's one of those Saturday mornings where I'm awake for no good reason, lying in bed chewing thoughtfully on my toes and listening with fair appreciation and aplomb to bleedthrough grrl-rock from next door. And I'm here to talk to you about snail sex. The  ...
  • 7 Mar 2002: Try Optimism


    Personal: · no comments
    You see, this is why I'm afraid of counseling: optimism is good, and pessimism is bad. How many sane, patronizing articles are out there praising the virtues of an adjusted optimistic outlook? How many of them acknowledge that it's not always easy to chang ...
  • 6 Mar 2002: Someone’s a Commercial Whore


    Meta: · 4 comments
    what would you do for a Klondike bar? Have I mentioned that the board program here includes free ice cream all afternoon? I'm well into the zone of diminishing marginal utility on Klondike bars, drumsticks, chocolate soft serve, and push-up pops. So I gu ...
  • : Ratings: Today’s California Ballot Measures


    Politics: , · 1 comment
    Proposition 40: The California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 This has everything a broad-based, snuggly-wuggly bond issue should have: happy children, protected habitats for cute bunnies and other anim ...
  • 4 Mar 2002: Someone Speaks Up About Cheese


    Meta: , · no comments
    do you like cheese? Yes. I adore cheese - especially the soft spreadable kind, and also goat cheese. Goat cheese on pizza is a particularly worthwhile investment. do you like cheese? I see everyone's been wondering. I was thinking it'd be swe ...
  • 1 Mar 2002: rocks and a promise


    Meta: · 2 comments
    I first thought to make entry categories after rocks and minerals, in keeping with the general geogeek tone. Then I thought that was silly and confusing. Now I think I like it again, but I could use some suggestions. So far (and these are all real rocks/m ...
  • 28 Feb 2002: god dammit


    Meta: · no comments
    This is strike one against effectivehost - though the order form confirmation heyhey claimed account setup would take somewhere on the short side of 24 hours, it's been well over 50 and I haven't heard a solitary peep. For $2/month I don't expect much, rea ...
  • 21 Feb 2002: Academic Angst


    Personal, Teaching: · 3 comments
    You see, last year on an introductory geology field trip, about five or six of us were walking back to the bus when a professor called out stop! you're being chased by a walking petrology lesson! He caught up, showed us a chunk of granite, and said some th ...
  • 20 Feb 2002: Lonely Thrust Faults


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    I've figured out the source of lots of my angst this term: I don't have very many friends to do homework with. I'm most efficient working alongside someone, when I can get immediate feedback on my stupid ideas without having to chug through three metric to ...
  • 18 Feb 2002: Guerilla Feminism


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    I spent a good part of today searching for tasty edible finger paints, and so passed through more than one stack of Barbie vomit in a toy store. Hot pink fairy princess aisles aren't quite so intimidating as drug store makeup aisles, of course, since they' ...
  • 16 Feb 2002: vapid


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    I just can't do it - not when there are two other people sitting in the computer lab, playing pinball, with sound effects. Cogent thought is nearly impossible under these conditions... unless of course that thought is about pinball. Zooooom. So instead, it ...
  • 14 Feb 2002: Heart Moon Puppy Love Muffin


    Personal, Politics: , , · no comments
    Though I was going to play with the Dada engine last night, and come up with a clever script to generate random mushy love notes and automatically mail them to a certain someone every 15 minutes throughout the day, it took too much effort to compile the th ...
  • 12 Feb 2002: Your Mom’s a Civic Duty


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    I've never been convinced, even a little bit, that a jury of my peers would be any better than a panel of judges under close public scrutiny. As a matter of fact, I think most of my peers are total fuckwads who have every incentive to do a half-assed job o ...
  • : Haul, boys, Haul!


    Politics: · 1 comment
    The words "February blahs" have temporarily saved my willpower - you see, whenever I start feeling underacheivish, I immediately chastize myself for my lack of singleminded devotion to my own cause, wonder what other causes I could singlemindedly devote my ...
  • 11 Feb 2002: Sorry, try again


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    Here's an old, but timeless, anecdote, because otherwise I'd post something syrupy and rambling about wondering where all my scholastic enthusiasm has gone to lately and if I should just go to Mongolia instead. You probably don't want to hear that. Or mayb ...
  • 8 Feb 2002: Decisions, decisions…


    Links: · no comments
    On the one hand, we have Mother Church: Monsignor Cordes, elaborating on the Pope s remarks, went further and said that the root of much modern illness lay in sinful or immoral behaviour. "Jesus heals sickness and banishes sin," he said. "He therefore t ...
  • 4 Feb 2002: drool… bid… drool


    Links: , , · 1 comment
    This weekend I've diverted all my wit into simple declarative statements uttered at random or scrawled on the bathroom wall ("The KGB is a subsidiary of Canada") and have none left for blogging. Not sure why. Have some links. Envisioning a society embod ...
  • 30 Jan 2002: I Heart Time Cube


    Whimsy: , · 1 comment
    Just in case you hadn't heard, Gene Ray the Time Cube guy gave a bit of a talk at MIT. What with the mad-crazy networking in the scientific community and pseudo-greek organizations of the privileged and all that, I got a summary of the event fresh in my em ...
  • : Thrust Faulting


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    Budding young geophysicist that I am, I desperately look forward to earthquakes. Whenever I miss out on one it's like the Mole People are sitting in their fantastical underground caves, laughing at me and monitoring my footsteps so they can make all the af ...
  • 29 Jan 2002: Coffee


    Human Fuzzies: , , , · no comments
    My parents drank coffee (and still do, of course, red-blooded Americans of vague Scandinavian heritage that they are), but this is not important. What is important is that Pippi Longstocking drinks coffee. This has very little to do with my actual inductio ...
  • 26 Jan 2002: People At My School


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    I went to the Dean of Students today, because my adviser is out of town and I needed someone to sign a small yellow paperwork. The Dean has gone a bit loopy from a prolonged lack of meaningful feedback on his natterings. He humbled and hooed over my schedu ...
  • : Friday Five Four


    Whimsy: · no comments
    When other people answer these questions, I almost never read their answers, even if I normally hang slobbering and twitching off their every blogg'ed word. For some reason, this week I felt like joining in, and writing something that my eyes will automati ...
  • 25 Jan 2002: Sprocket!


    Personal, Whimsy: · no comments
    Leuschke claims precedence on the googlewhacking-shebang, using a slightly different scoring system, which is superior because it gives results of order unity instead of this hundred-billion crap, but inferior because the math takes more keystrokes. On bal ...
  • 24 Jan 2002: Core 1a


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    Hooray. Hooray. I've just gotten an email notifying me of the incredible opportunity to take another class, one which is worth exactly zero credit but which I must nevertheless take before I graduate. In summary, it's this: write a paper about science, for ...
  • 23 Jan 2002: Pedagogy


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    I'm going to start tutoring at a high school down the road. Algebra. I hope I can remember how to explain things without using matrices or making absurd nerdy references to Euler's theorem, but it should be good fun regardless. Of course, before I am grant ...
  • 22 Jan 2002: hoom, hoom


    Politics: · no comments
    It seems like all the half-assed holidays are in winter. Except Columbus Day. And Veterans Day. There goes that theory. By all rights this ought to be a very trendy holiday, since there are infinitely many people who can talk about modern-day nonviolent pr ...
  • 21 Jan 2002: Silly Hats Only


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    Today I helped lead a hazing ritual that involved making macaroni pictures. Now there's one of them hanging up on the fridge in a communal kitchen. It's shiny. One of the cheapest and dirtiest ways to avoid "really oughta post" angst is to empty out some  ...
  • 16 Jan 2002: Old Man Winter


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: , , · no comments
    It's raining, it's pouring, The old man is snoring Winter in Southern California always makes me really gleeful, in part because I love rain and in part because I love to watch other people suffer through trivial indignities like getting wet. Particu ...
  • 14 Jan 2002: Goats


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    There's a classic probability question known as the Monty Hall problem. In its most difficult form, the problem requires that you first decide whether you would rather have a large sum of money, or a goat; this is the form the professor posed to us during  ...
  • 13 Jan 2002: Shut Up, Artemis!


    Human Fuzzies: · no comments
    The City of Angels finally embraced me in her flabby, zit-ridden arms, and revealed not only her oozing sores and pus but her divinity as well. In short, last night I saw a movie projected onto the wall of an auto body shop in one of those drab neighborhoo ...
  • 10 Jan 2002: the cat came back


    Personal: , , · 1 comment
    Today the unenthusiastic prof compared us to mangy cats. Then he started talking about some Garrison Keillor sketch involving a meat grinder, and what Caltech's tremendously large and well-fed pack of lawyers would do about such a situation. But the mangy  ...
  • 8 Jan 2002: Fish-Blooded Bourgeois


    Links, Meta, Personal: , , , , , · 1 comment
    Translucent plastic binders are the only possible compensation for having to go to class. Plastic, plastic, plastic, and of course green rollerball pens and shiny highlighters with ink that smells like killing brain cells. I'm on an eternal quest for the h ...
  • 5 Jan 2002: Super Supermarkets


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    I had kind of been looking forward to going grocery shopping in a place filled with a wide variety of products that I understand. But the selection of margarines - a shelf large enough to encompass almost the entire dairy section of my old local Netto - ha ...
  • 28 Dec 2001: More On Malls


    Politics: , , · no comments
    Yami, I ask, what is the world coming to when a mall can be considered, ahem, venerable? I wrote half a response to this in the comment form, and then deleted it because I was thinking too much and wanted a full entry. The gist of it is this: I think  ...
  • 25 Dec 2001: Wine and Jellybeans


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    If ever there was a wine that was built to go with Christmas candy, this Country Red from Missouri would be that wine. It's very sweet and fruity, yet still classified as semi-dry... someday, when my sweet tooth is overacting again, I might try a sweet win ...
  • 24 Dec 2001: Tackiest Ever


    Politics: · no comments
    The hoodlums of Cedar Rapids, Iowa have painted patriotic graffiti on the side of the highway. As we were driving past this on the way home from my grandparents (food, super-warm wood heated house, babies, more food) we were passed by a tailgating moustach ...
  • 15 Dec 2001: mo’ betta’ meta meta burger


    Meta: , , · no comments
    One more indulgence before I go back to things that might be more interesting to those of you without blogs of your own (yes, all three of you): To me, blogging is all about finding the personal in the general and finding the general in the personal.  ...
  • 14 Dec 2001: to play with space and time


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    I've done it; I've filled the bottom layer of one suitcase with clothes and crap I know I won't need until California. The tangibility of it all is frightening; I don't want to leave, and I especially don't want to pay exorbitant shipping fees for the extr ...
  • 10 Dec 2001: tuna fish sculpture


    Food, Meta: , · no comments
    Point #1: I tried to edit the comments file from two posts back and I seem to have broken it. So if you have anything to say about the Episcopal church, perhaps you can say it here, while I try to work out where this file handle resource has got to. Poi ...
  • : goodies from snoogums


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    Everyone loves silly shockwave games. Also, still shots from old-school propaganda flicks. Most of 'em are in the public domain, and the rest are released under something very similar to a GNU project license. Mmm, wholesome 50's children drinking milksh ...
  • 9 Dec 2001: side couples square through


    Personal: , , , , , , , , , , · 1 comment
    I went square dancing last night. In and around the square dancing was some kind of churchy juleklip and julefrokost, which Jane had convinced me would be a good time in spite of the churchy bit, and she was right. I hadn't been seriously square dancing fo ...
  • 6 Dec 2001: tee hee


    Whimsy: , · no comments
    I'm The 'Which Online Personality Test Are You?' Test! Oh irony of ironies! I just can't get enough postmodernism, so of course I'm this same test I've just taken. Ho-ho! [via Francis] ...
  • : I Biblioteket


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    Libraries in general are good for browsing and serendipitous discoveries, but some are better than others. I'm always drawn to the ones with shelves arranged in no logical order, where if you don't constantly consult a cryptic map you're liable to stumble  ...
  • 3 Dec 2001: My Favorite Geo-Jargon


    Human Fuzzies, Personal, Science: , , · no comments
    Write a sentence, read a blog. Write two sentences, delete one of them, isca. Write half a sentence, stare at my outline while thinking about noodles for a few moments, send a message to the scrolling led screen in the courtyard of my pseudo-frat where nob ...
  • 1 Dec 2001: Happy AIDS Day!


    Links: · no comments
    I don't actually know anyone with HIV, or if I do they haven't told me about it. So the main impact of AIDS on my life has been the near-exponential increase of free condom dispenseries in convenient locations, which is actually a good thing - though when ...
  • 28 Nov 2001: I’ll take your course schedule and…


    Personal: , · no comments
    ... *!#%/!"!#%!!!!!! ? !#&#""" %#%!! +@{[]# $ @! I have much love for the Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. Really. No, really, I do, they've given me lots of free food in the past and will probably be giving me lo ...
  • 24 Nov 2001: I know America


    Human Fuzzies: · no comments
    Furthermore we know America, we're at home; I can go anywhere in America and get what I want because it's the same in every corner, I know the people, I know what they do. We give and take and go in the incredibly complicated sweetness zigzagging every ...
  • 23 Nov 2001: synchronizing


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: · no comments
    Yes. My internal calendar has finally come in line with the Danish holiday system. Now it is acceptable to see Christmas decorations everywhere, and make greedy little lists of things I want to own, and drink egg nog or gløgg or cinnamon schnapps -  ...
  • 22 Nov 2001: *burp*


    Personal, Whimsy: · no comments
    It seems that I've survived my annual glancing blow from the Martha Stewart transmogrifying ray, with only a small stack of crusty mouldering soaking dishes to show for it. And leftovers, of course - there was a brief window early this afternoon where my s ...
  • 21 Nov 2001: joining my drunk…


    Politics: · no comments
    ... will be a few Danish commiserators. You see, last year when it became clear that Bush was ultimately going to slip into the White House, I vowed to spend these four years totally piss drunk. Crap political news is much easier to handle that way, I thin ...
  • 9 Nov 2001: frozen hair


    Personal: · no comments
    When I was in 8th grade, we had a gym class swimming unit in the middle of January. The pool was in the community athletic center about 100 meters away from the school building, and on gym days I would run back from class with my still-damp hair hanging be ...
  • : can’t sleep, blog will eat me


    Personal: · no comments
    Tuborg lies like a dog. All the ads around town - and there are quite a lot of them - claim that the first snow will fall tomorrow evening at 8:59 PM. Actually, it snowed a little tonight, great big globby flakes that melted as soon as they hit the ground. ...
  • 6 Nov 2001: things about busses


    Meta, Personal: , , · no comments
    I got to ride on the top of a double-decker bus this afternoon, and it absolutely made my day. Other things I noticed were: My month-old boots (well, month-old to me, I bought them used) are already wearing down on the outside of the heel, which seems t ...
  • 5 Nov 2001: sinful blogging


    Meta, Whimsy: · no comments
    Okay, it seems to be well established that these throwaway survey-meme-whatsits are a bit of a guilty blog pleasure... but of course they can't be alone in the category. I'd also throw in the discussion of emode-style tests, all those posts that manage to  ...
  • 4 Nov 2001: stop de kriminelle udlændinge


    Politics: · 2 comments
    Oh, wait, now I remember! It's election season here in Denmark, and the campaign posters have just sprouted like mushrooms after a good rain. Some of them even sprouted in my mailbox, apparently ignorant of the fact that a temporary residence permit does n ...
  • 3 Nov 2001: Danu


    Human Fuzzies, Personal: · no comments
    Now, Danu is a perfectly wonderful recording group, but I just went to see them live (neener neener neener). Holy-fucking-incredible. It feels like I've got little leprechauns embedded in my skin, dancing jigs and playing concertinas. And aside from that p ...
  • : uhh. zog.


    Personal: · no comments
    Last night, I went to a housewarming party, met some people, made them think I was cute for trying to speak Danish, had a good time. Also, I drank some lovely red wine - you know, the kind that makes you feel warm-hearted and expressive and sociable, and t ...
  • 2 Nov 2001: false hopes


    Meta, Personal: · no comments
    It's nice to open up your email and see 41 new messages - makes you wonder if something exciting happened while you were asleep, as is occasionally the case. Today, though, I got my hopes up and was rewarded by a fuckload of old messages from RedHat. There ...
  • 31 Oct 2001: New plans!


    Personal: · no comments
    Ooh, now I know what I'm doing this weekend. 450kr for a pennywhistle workshop - with Mary Bergin?? Hot damn! I wonder if there are any spots left... ----- ...
  • : It’s doing weather outside


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    It's doing weather outside, and doing is for once the right verb to use. I'm sitting on a third floor computer lab (and that's four stories up, for all you Americans and Icelanders and members of other nations who don't start counting at "stuen") and there ...
  • 30 Oct 2001: Language is for Losers


    Human Fuzzies, Links: · no comments
    Last but not least: after agitating about your native language, try this: a collection of quotes of the form "language X is essentially language Y under condition Z". My favorite: American English is essentially a tool to keep a person from ever being able ...
  • 29 Oct 2001: HT for kunst


    Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: , , · no comments
    Even though most of you will never see what I'm talking about, for the record, I would like to state the following: the picture on my bus pass is not simply a funny-looking picture of me. It is art. Through the use of bland fluorescent lighting and cheapas ...
  • : speakin’ the heathen chinee – part II


    Human Fuzzies: , · no comments
    Whenever I'm travelling abroad, I worry about the fact that I either don't speak the native language, or don't speak it well enough to please the Evil Culture Masters (one of these days, thugs from the académie française are going to come in th ...
  • 28 Oct 2001: speakin’ the heathen chinee


    Human Fuzzies: · 1 comment
    Speculations on the future of the English language: a bandwagon I can't help but fall on to. I consider Denmark in many ways to be a bilingual country - sure, very few people speak English as their first language, but practically everyone speaks it as t ...
  • 26 Oct 2001: stealing stories


    Meta: , · no comments
    If everyone generates good anecdotes at approximately the same rate, and I have more than one friend, my friends are going to generate more good anecdotes than I will. As a consequence of this fact, sometimes I feel a bit like a middleman or a sneaky meme- ...
  • 25 Oct 2001: image games


    Meta: · no comments
    I like pseudonyms. I like them in much the same way that I like changing my site design around for no good reason, or changing my clothes - it's all a part of playing with image, I think, and image is a fun game. My scattershot approach to online identity  ...
  • 23 Oct 2001: Mole Day Fun


    Personal: · no comments
    In honor of (yeeks) Mole Day: java Whack-A-Mole. Also, I am convinced, now, that home is the place that you return to after leaving. Which is a sort of convoluted way of saying that you have to leave someplace to truly appreciate it, and also that I'm gla ...
  • 20 Oct 2001: Notre Dame de la Nostalgie


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    There was a group of elderly pilgrims in the cathedral. After they had wandered around a bit and admired the stained glass windows and the statues and all the other things one admires when visiting a new cathedral, they sat down and started to sing hymns.  ...
  • 19 Oct 2001: trains


    Personal: · no comments
    Luxembourg is gorgeous. QWERTZ kezboards are crappz. Travelling alone, I've been compulsively writing stuff down and saving it to blog as some kind of substitute companionship, but out of sympathy for the people waiting for my computer I'll talk zou onlz t ...
  • 15 Oct 2001: I don’t know if you’ve


    Politics: · no comments
    I don't know if you've ever wanted to see this, but I've always been curious: the full list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I've managed to see 14 of them, so far, with one more to come this week. Yay. It's an interesting list, heavy with castles and cathe ...
  • : No More Mr. Nipple


    Whimsy: , · no comments
    Only a very, very tiny squirt of journalistic integrity prevents me from changing the TMI headline. That, and the fact that it's been too well referenced in the comments. But once a phrase like "no more Mr. Nipple" enters your head, you've just gotta use i ...
  • : puttin’ the “lux” back in “benelux”


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    Well, my usual lack of planning would have made Ireland a rather expensive proposition... and after a quick flip through my big fat Lonely Planet Europe, it became apparent that the only place I haven't already been that's within a reasonable trainlength o ...
  • 12 Oct 2001: Back in Copenhagen


    Human Fuzzies: , , · no comments
    I'm back in Copenhagen, for a little while anyway, and I'm feeling just a smidgen of post-vacation letdown. There was a good feeling of camaraderie on that little oceanographic research island. Towards the later part of the week, Christian the Ph.D. stu ...
  • 10 Oct 2001: Slippery When Wet


    Personal: · no comments
    Wet. Rocks are slippery when they're wet. Moss growing on rocks is not always firmly affixed to said rocks, especially when wet. I'm wet. That said, there have been several topics floating around my head in the past week that I've not had the chance to si ...
  • 9 Oct 2001: Going Swimming


    Personal: · 1 comment
    There is an obvious romance in the thought of thousands upon thousands of bioluminescent algae, blossoming in pale blue as they are disturbed by the gentle sweep of your arms. Most of this romance vanishes when you actually get in the water and discover th ...
  • 5 Oct 2001: Life in Copenhagen


    Aimless, Personal: · no comments
    By popular demand... it's Life in Copenhagen. When I'm being a smartass, I'll usually describe it as very Danish, which of course it is. I will go further and say that this city is about as hygge as a city can get, hygge being a classically Danish word tha ...
  • 3 Oct 2001: A commercial for credit suisse


    Aimless, Human Fuzzies: · no comments
    A commercial for credit suisse is backed by an aria from La Wally - yes, the one from Diva. Every time it comes on, I'm suddenly amazed and discombobulated by the fact that my life isn't shot in blue filter. In fact, other than the occasional correction fo ...
  • 2 Oct 2001: support networks


    Aimless: · no comments
    Ahh, such reassuring messages in my inbox today: This mailing is to inform you that the Facilities Maintenance team is here for you. If you have any maintenance problem, question, or concern, please feel free to call us at 555-5555 or e-mail us at xxxxx@x ...
  • 30 Sep 2001: Problem Set #1


    Aimless: · 1 comment
    I know you probably weren't expecting this to turn into isomorphisms, but here's a fun and exciting set of statistics problems for you to solve. Start off with the following assumptions: The city of Copenhagen can be divided into three bar-hopping zones: A ...
  • 28 Sep 2001: Rescheduling


    Personal: · no comments
    My four-day weekend has returned! I thought it was gone, sacrificed to some nebulous concept of "geodynamics lecture" but today it came back in full force - we moved class to Tuesdays. Hello, £9 flights to London. This is good. On the other hand, du ...
  • 27 Sep 2001: good morning.


    Links, Personal: · no comments
    Well, yes, hello. My stomach's in a bit of a knot right now, but otherwise things are usual and I'm taking my shock and bewilderment in small doses, separated by me very intensely doing mundane things like talking back to the news and thinking about laundr ...
  • 25 Sep 2001: Whenever I look at the


    Politics: · no comments
    Whenever I look at the polls, I always start to wonder how I can completely miss such a large segment of the population. I realize of course that my contact with the American streetslug is rather limited here in Copenhagen, and that my friends and family f ...
  • 24 Sep 2001: Juggling Cabbages


    Personal: , , · 1 comment
    I have an informal mental list of things I shouldn't juggle, including sharp things, burning things, billiard balls, and now also cabbages. Cabbages are too large and dense to easily start juggling without assistance, and if you've never done any sort of t ...
  • 20 Sep 2001: incommunicando


    Aimless, Whimsy: · no comments
    Expect me to be incommunicando for the weekend; the association of/for exchange students at the science faculty has arranged a retreat to a research cottage in the middle of Danish agricultural nowhere. It promises to be at the least an educational look at ...
  • 18 Sep 2001: Those of you who are


    Politics: · no comments
    Those of you who are intersexed, trans*, or otherwise in a never-never land of gendered language may skip out on the following exercise. The rest of you must participate, and you must complete it before you read the rest of this entry. I have spies everywh ...
  • 16 Sep 2001: Salvaged Item #2: a list


    Aimless: · no comments
    Salvaged Item #2: a list of things that have led me to believe my life is a surrealist novel. Either that, or the beginnings of something by Neal Stephenson, along the lines of Snow Crash - and I don't think the world knows how to write a decent ending eit ...
  • 15 Sep 2001: Slugs


    Personal, Whimsy: , , · no comments
    I went for a walk in the park yesterday, and came upon a slug eating a leaf. Normally, I feel the same squishysick aversion to slugs that other people feel to spiders or blood, but this was fascinating. *cough* Sorry, I hadn't meant to post that quit ...
  • 10 Sep 2001: Salvaged Item #1


    Aimless: · no comments
    Salvaged Item #1: the old introduction to my rants'n'raves index. word jazz ... was the name of a radio show I used to listen to on Sunday evenings, lying in the dark on my waterbed with the room full of a deep baritone talking about nothing in particula ...
  • : crush kill destroy


    Aimless, Meta: · no comments
    I've started the long, bloody process of systematically destroying all remnants of my former web page, which are still hiding in odd crannies on this very site my old f2s account, which is now destroyed. Worthy pages will either be preserved in a special " ...
  • 9 Sep 2001: verbal thinker


    Personal: · no comments
    I am a verbal thinker, and yet, I am no kind of poet. I do occasionally write poetry, but never as an end in and of itself; I do it as an exercise to enliven my prose. Intuitively, this seems wrong somehow - I live and breathe in words, automagically givin ...
  • 6 Sep 2001: outside my window


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    Outside of my window, they're building a new Metro station, as well as a couple obscure sorts of office buildings. Since I'm seven floors up, the noise isn't too bad, and I can sleep through it during most parts of my sleep cycle - in fact, all the parts e ...
  • 5 Sep 2001: EZ Math


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    I went to class today wondering if maybe my ridiculous lack of experience with Fourier transforms and other prerequisites might hamper my understanding of wavelets. Then the prof went up to the board, and every time she did an integral, she explicitly deta ...
  • 4 Sep 2001: Needle in the Groove


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    For once, I'm on the right side of the Atlantic Ocean publishing delay / this was just lying on the shelf / I was reeling / sexy paperback with a cover that smells like plastic / feels like silk / you know how it is / I had forgotten. Talk about style en ...
  • : train tracks


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    The train tracks along Øster Voldgade are beautiful when empty, running between concrete walls covered in fading graffiti and home to a small brigade of little green weeds. I almost feel bad that they run trains through the place; it completely ruins the  ...
  • 31 Aug 2001: bandwagon meme


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    I love looking through my own site statistics, particularly the referrals section (click on the little graphic at the bottom left if you want to see them, too). This site turned up at a respectable #9 on a google search for "little gal naked" - hah! I've a ...
  • 30 Aug 2001: Roskilde


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    Yesterday, I made a fun and exciting pilgrimage to Roskilde, home of a respectable rock festival, some old viking ships, and a church with lots of dead Danish royalty inside. As fascinated as I was by the sight of really old wood that's just been dredged u ...
  • 27 Aug 2001: jeg kan godt tale dansk!


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    I have finished my three week intensive Danish course. To show for it, I have a nice little certificate, and three bottles of beer I snagged from the reception on my way out. But now what I really want to know is why these silly Danes don't ever seem to fo ...
  • 22 Aug 2001: One True Blog


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    Hmm, I seem to have stumbled upon some sort of comrade-in-arms. Or at least, another American writing a blog from Copenhagen, if that means anything at all in terms of fateful quests to find (or possibly restore to some former greatness) the One True Expat ...
  • 20 Aug 2001: please, please


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    The Danish language has no word for "please." There are various ways to politely ask for things, and I know some of them, but there's no single, easy word I can put at the end of a question that indicates that even though I don't know the language well eno ...
  • 14 Aug 2001: rødgrød med fløde


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    The Danes have a sort of stewed fruit dish called rødgrød med fløde. I haven't eaten it yet (though it sounds yummy) but I've had to say the name of it several times now, as my pronounciation is apparently rather humorous. It's one of those phrases that ...
  • 13 Aug 2001: aha! an American!


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    When I'm walking around the touristy bits of Copenhagen, most people will take one look at me, say 'Aha! An American!' and start speaking English before I've even opened my mouth. Of course, no tourist in his/her right mind would be wandering around my nei ...
  • 31 Jul 2001: you ain’t fucked up enuf


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    Just in case you're out there thinking you've got a good groove going, with powerful entries on how fucked-up your parents made you, and cute, sarcastic rants: you lose. I also wonder if anyone cares how I got my pseudonym. It's the way I spelled my real  ...
  • 29 Jul 2001: leftover stuff


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    Today's empty apartment finds: ice cube trays, pots and pans, and a letter from Timothy's father expressing his disappointment in his son. Someone has apparently taken all of Daddy's money and flunked out of school with it. We all had a good chuckle over t ...
  • 28 Jul 2001: an audience at last!


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    Holy shit! Someone actually reads this thing! The good Lord Tychonievich also remembers Red Pop. Thank goodness it's not just me going nuts, I've managed to drag someone else along with me. My first actual response to a random query. It feels like some so ...
  • 26 Jul 2001: Red Pop and Hans Kirk’s The Fishermen


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    I've lost something called Red Pop. I remember being fabulously excited, back in high school, because there was a product that was pop, and that was red, and so they had just called it Red Pop, and they sold it at Hy-Vee. I didn't really bother buying any  ...
  • 24 Jul 2001: I’m a Poser


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    Crap. I should be sleeping right now. I have to go learn how to properly clean empty apartments tomorrow, which means I have to actually wake up before noon. But, in my habitual random-guestbook-signage, I ran into the same rant, twice. Three times, actual ...
  • 22 Jul 2001: Link-O


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    I'm going to ditch most of my proposed link pages in favor of the simplicity that is Link-O, and then maybe cave in and put a small selection of web rings on the main page. It feels wrong, and underdone somehow, as my previous web sites have all had multip ...
  • 19 Jul 2001: grr


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    I like to think of a computer crash as a chance to get up, stretch, and grab a fresh glass of water. You know, that 5-minute break you're supposed to have every so often if you don't want any delicious repetitive motion disorders. But this is getting ridic ...
  • 16 Jul 2001: mistaken identity


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    So, when Andorus waved to the one person who had signed her guestbook, I naively assumed it was me, and IM'ed her about it. Which resulted in a perfectly nice conversation with absolutely no funny coincedences, even after we realized that I hadn't actually ...
  • 6 Jul 2001: corn snobbery


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    I have a friend who's well on his way to becoming a wine snob. Which is great, since he's legitimately 21 (I of course am not, quite) so I can hand him $20 and expect something fully drinkable by dinner. He eats the same way, like he's tasting a new wine,  ...