Search Results: story
20 Feb 2006: Little History, Big History
Science: Big History, Earth history, socks · 15 comments
... think about, and make a list of, the greatest events in history. All of history. The Big Bang through my earthshattering purchase of new socks last ...
9 Mar 2002: Today in History…
Links: anniversaries, birthdays · no comments
I feel incredibly lucky to be living through the 440th anniversary of the day public kissing was banned in Naples, the 211th anniversary of the first use of ether as an anaesthetic, and the 80th anniversary of South Slavia's approval of Italy's annexation ...
27 Oct 2013: Dandelion Bitter Brown Ale
Food: Asteraceae, brewing, Cannabaceae, dandelions, Food, yarrow · 2 comments
... Dec: Bottled yesterday so I guess it's time to finish this story. I sent the Mr. to the brew store when it opened on the Tuesday after ...
Food, Science: Apiaceae, birth control, hormones, peer-reviewed research, poison hemlock, poisonous lookalikes, wild carrot · 5 comments
... my problem though: Daucus carota seeds have a history of use as birth control. Herbalists recommend eating a teaspoon of seeds ...
22 Jun 2013: Solstice Conversations
Aimless: Adoxaceae, Asparagaceae, cherries, diary, osoberries, red elderberries, Rosaceae, wild asparagus · 2 comments
... I've seen anyone picking them. They're a neat bit of history. :: Woman resumes what appears to be an exercise walk :: ~ What ...
25 May 2013: Chaladnik (Belarusian oxalic acid soup)
Food: Eastern European cuisines, oxalic acid, Oxalidaceae, peer-reviewed research, Polygonaceae, sheep sorrel, wood sorrel · 3 comments
... or even months of 25º+ temperatures.) Moral of the story: Ethnobotany is delicious. Łuczaj, Ł., Köhler, P., ...
30 Apr 2013: Cleavers Cordial
Food, Human Fuzzies: cleavers, Rubiaceae · 5 comments
... but she insisted on buying me brunch anyway and making a story out of how she got my secret. Sometimes the point of foraging is not to ... food. Sometimes the point and the fun is having a good story to tell when you are serving the delicious free food to your friends. And ...
20 Mar 2013: Why Boner Jokes Aren’t Funny (Even When They Are)
Politics, Science: dick jokes, sexual harassment, women in engineering, women in science · 4 comments
... the awkward conversation-stopper. I'm reminded of this story today because part of the internet is once again going apeshit about a ...
11 Feb 2013: The Ethical Irrelevance of Killing Your Own Food
Food, Human Fuzzies: animal rights, empathy, ethics, rabbits · 10 comments
... with the source of your food. If you look at human history you will see lots of societies where people were much more intimately ... a bunny in its adorable face. Indeed, looking at human history, it is shockingly easy for people to shut off their usual empathy in all ...
18 Oct 2011: Macerate ALL the things!
Aimless: Asteraceae, Berberidaceae, dandelions, Gentianaceae, gin, Juglandaceae, Lamiaceae, lemon balm, lilac, liqueurs, Oleaceae, pineappleweed, Rosaceae, Rubiaceae, Simaroubaceae · 2 comments
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 ...
24 Mar 2009: Are Geophysicists Geologists?
Science: disciplinary boundaries, geology, geophysics, scientific culture · 13 comments
... emphasis. I took some intro physical geology and earth history as a sophomore, but I have never taken formal courses in mineralogy, ... that my work involves using my knowledge of the Earth's history, processes, and constituent materials for the benefit of humanity, and ...
9 Mar 2009: Delicious Internet Noms
Links: blog carnivals, hydrology, resumes, sexual harassment, Wikipedia · 1 comment
... Diversity in Science carnival is out, celebrating Black History Month. See especially Sciencewoman's profile of chemical oceanographer ... for Entries: Diversity in Science - Women's History Month Edition -- hosted by Thus Spake Zuska March Scientiae: Role ...
Politics, Science: Pinatubo, US party politics, volcano monitoring, volcanoes · 32 comments
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 ...
Links: diy, google earth, Links · no comments
... Bacon Story -- How science can make even bacon disgusting. Building a Google Earth ...
19 Feb 2009: Earth Scientists on Stamps
Human Fuzzies, Science: darwin, milankovitch, philately, richter, science in pop culture, stamps · 13 comments
... list of the people whose names are already in the history books, it is a sneaky kind of aspirational statement. I'm disappointed ...
17 Feb 2009: Teaching Engineers to Blog?
Meta: · 6 comments
... 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 ...
5 Feb 2009: Delicious Internet Noms
Links: Links · 3 comments
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 ...
29 Jan 2009: Breaking Up with the Richter Scale
Science: earthquakes, Gutenberg, magnitude scales, Mercalli Intensity, richter, sesimology, unfinished drafts · 5 comments
... will produce a range of intensities. But back to the story! We can already see the seeds of discontent in this relationship. The ...
20 Jan 2009: What Does it Mean to “Learn Science”?
Meta, Science, Teaching: edutainment, unfinished drafts · 2 comments
... basics we explain are provoked by and limited to the story to which we're reacting. There's no incentive to sit down and write a ...
15 Jan 2009: Manhattan Fault Line
Aimless: · 3 comments
... Eastern United States has a long and complex geological history that has left the place riddled with old fault lines, and while I didn't ...
14 Jan 2009: Delicious Internet Noms
Links: Links · 1 comment
... somewhere in the world. ... scientific in nature, or history, or travelog. Images are welcome, photographic or otherwise. Discussions ...
30 Dec 2008: Cell Phones Make You Drive More
Aimless: · 3 comments
... university library budgets) here. Still, it makes a nice story. You're making plans at the last minute (which only works because ...
18 Dec 2008: California is Safe?
Aimless: · 10 comments
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
Aimless: · 5 comments
... in liquid nitrogen, e.g. by dropping it off of a nine-story building. Just in case you were confused. What I would add to the ...
11 Dec 2008: An Open Letter to the Science Blogosphere
Meta: · 10 comments
... 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 ...
21 Oct 2008: Geopuzzle: Beach Detectives
Aimless: · 14 comments
... you should be able to get at least two. (Hat tip for the story: LJ ...
9 Oct 2008: Papers I Haven’t Been Reading Lately
Aimless: · 3 comments
... But based on the abstract, this paper sounds like a story about fancy new radiometric dating methods, with only a very minor ...
8 Oct 2008: Donors Choose Update: Prizes!
Meta: · 4 comments
... it here in comments, and I'll set a value on it. This story scared me, so I'll extend these prize offers to anyone who donates to No ...
29 Sep 2008: New Accretionary Wedge!
Links: · no comments
This month's geoblog carnival is on Geologeeeee.... innnn... SPAAAAAAACE!!1! - you simply must click through to see the cover. If you need more geoblog goodness, Lutz at geoberg.de is working on a complete list of the entire geoblogosphere! See it in Engl ...
26 Sep 2008: What Planet is my Clafoutis From?
Aimless: · 12 comments
... it is still of geological interest. Clafoutis geological history can be divided into four eras: Assemblian, Bakeat375ian, Deflatian, and ...
24 Sep 2008: Carnival of Feminists #65
Aimless: · 9 comments
... and health workers' consciences. Menstrual Poetry has a story about an encounter with a pro-life proselytizer: "I see you have a ... Violence Against Women Unmana tells us the story of an adventure: By then we were near some shops and there were quite a ... post, I recommend that you not attempt to follow the backstory behind his quibbles with Zuska. Even those of us who reside in this ...
14 Sep 2008: The Rusty King of All Metals
Aimless: · 2 comments
... generally. -- Issachar Cozzens, Jr., 1843, A Geological History of Manhattan or New York Island You can download the PDF yourself, if ...
12 Aug 2008: OMG AMNH PONIES!!1!
Aimless: · 9 comments
... to see the ponies at the American Museum of Natural History. OMG PONIES... but I found the exhibit depressing, for the following ... actually want to see at the American Museum of Natural History right now is the giant piece of stibnite in a grand gallery "recent ...
Aimless: · 11 comments
... fact/fiction divide and mostly just want to enjoy a fun story, AND prefer there not be too much information (these people love Marion ... want to see AGU attendees adopt conventional cinematic storytelling techniques. I mean, really, what would happen? 90% of talks ...
15 Jul 2008: Sizzle… fo’ Shizzle?
Aimless: · 1 comment
... Olson and his production team would have been a great story. The crew teaches Dorkwad a valuable lesson about communication, Dorkwad ... more than the vague yet hopelessly ham-fisted moral of the story: Something something science communication something. Unlike his alter ...
20 Jun 2008: Someone Punk’d the CBS Science Desk!
Aimless: · 17 comments
... (and any other news outlet that reprints this story) should be ashamed. Update: CBS took the story down, and is now vigorously blaming the AP, who is, in turn, vigorously ...
19 Jun 2008: Carnival of Space #59
Links: · 2 comments
... Titan is awesome!). Catholic Sensibility gives a brief history: Titan was left unnamed for the first two centuries of its Earthling ... includes an article celebrating the Institute's 40-year history. Hurrai, hurrai, for LPI! But as Starts with a Bang reminds us, we can ...
18 Jun 2008: Advice for a Mathphobe?
Aimless: · 25 comments
... not geology. Moreover, I went to a school where history and literature majors were required to do differential equations. I ...
Aimless: · 11 comments
... be the case in the Bay Area. There are many appealing soft-story apartments in San Francisco, and other concerns - price, commute time, ...
Aimless: · 16 comments
... particularly violent period in North America's tectonic history. But they're not really part of the same structure, and they're certainly ...
16 Apr 2008: Women in Science Linky-Post
Links: · 3 comments
... Maria Mitchell, and was surprised that it's not a story about a woman who triumphs against the forces of oppression: On one ...
6 Apr 2008: Giving the Lie: Blogs and Scientific Criticism
Aimless: · 10 comments
... have been slowly wading through A Social History of Truth, Steven Shapin's study of how early modern English gentleman's ...
27 Mar 2008: Friday Rock Blogging: Pele’s Hair
Aimless: · 3 comments
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 ...
24 Mar 2008: I’ve Been Subducted Again
Aimless: · 4 comments
... of himself seems a theme more suited to a geologist than a storyteller ... I think we've all just been ...
11 Mar 2008: Jello Salad is a Weird Ethnic Food
Aimless: · 21 comments
... genealogy reflected in the main narrative thread of the history textbook, while others got the "diversity boxes". There is absolutely no ...
22 Feb 2008: Friday Rock Blogging: Oil Shale
Aimless: · 12 comments
... oil to a handy liquid form. See this 2006 New York Times story for more information, or check out the ginormous bibliography of relevant ...
6 Feb 2008: Delicious Internet Noms
Links: · 4 comments
... to throw a rock at my computer! California Solar Power History -- A neat Google Maps widget that shows the takeoff in solar power in ...
1 Feb 2008: We Can Have a New Geological Epoch If We Want
Aimless: · 21 comments
... eras, and epochs are not objective truths about the history of the planet that are simply waiting for us in the rock. The geologic ... assuming that cockroaches prefer to see Earth history as a series of distinct periods rather than as a continuum, will they ...
Science, Whimsy: american geophysical union, Friday random ten, iTunes iChing, science journalism · 20 comments
... about the fate of subducted sediments A human interest story about a scientist who got scooped This should be straightforward, but ... data by destroying part of a spacecraft Either a story about explosive volcanic eruptions, or the launch of a new ...
14 Nov 2007: Hiking the Transgondwanan Supermountains
Science: Cambrian, Cambrian Explosion, Gondwana, Neoproterozoic, orogeny, Proterozoic · 4 comments
... everything was uphill both ways). The rest of the story is a doozy - it involves all our funny-bodied friends from the Cambrian ...
20 Oct 2007: The Spinning Dancer and the Brain
Science: debunking, neuroscience, optical illusions · 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 ...
Human Fuzzies, Politics, Science: feminism, feminisms, history, psychology, racism, rape, sexism, trashy novels, white studies · 3 comments
... topics. The book is in three parts, covering some history of women in science, "HR issues" and discrimination against female ... of isolated historical vignettes. My formal training in history is limited to a single freshman seminar, so I don't trust myself to read ...
26 Jul 2007: Galveston Bids for Darwin Award
Politics, Science: idiocy, natural hazards, urban planning · 3 comments
... — the scene of the deadliest hurricane in American history — are about to approve nearly 4,000 new homes and two midrise ... is... utter stupidity? Or money and petty corruption? [story via Shakesville and LJ ...
24 Jul 2007: Summer Doldrum Linky Fun
Links, Politics: blog carnivals, Danish, death penalty, funny, youtube · 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 ...
28 Jun 2007: Science World Heritage
Science: dead white men, history of science, world heritage · 1 comment
... beautiful landscape, and geology's influence on human history is easy to see. There is already enough geology on the list to fill an ... shame if they are no longer around. This kind of loss to history is precisely what World Heritage status is supposed to prevent. The ...
13 Jun 2007: Leaking From the Pipeline (Again)
Personal, Politics, Science: academia, grad school, life as a leak, Phi Delta Qoppa · 14 comments
... I've been feeling some pressure to come up with a good story about my experience as a leak. The pressure comes in part from ... usual, is calling. *At Berkeley. Caltech is a different story. scientiae-carniva ...
3 Mar 2007: Earthquake Folksonomy
Science, Teaching: earthquakes, lay science · 14 comments
... hypothesis, but nearly everyone on the West Coast has a story to share or a question to ask when I tell them I'm a student of ...
23 Feb 2007: Friday iTunes iChing: Will Lusi Be Stopped?
Science, Whimsy: Friday random ten, iTunes iChing, Lusi, search requests · 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: volcanoes, X-treem hazard mitigation · 2 comments
... haven't been following the story of the Indonesian mud volcano as closely as I should, but the new plan is ... prompted John Carpeneter to write to Nature with a wild story about a 1992 eruption of Mt. Etna: The US Navy (in which I was then ... up the hill destroyed the original engine. Too good a story not to liberate it (er, well, most of it) from the Nature pay ...
27 Oct 2006: Psst… Partisan Googlebomb
Politics: anti-endorsements, googlebombs · 2 comments
Pass it on! But put in some damn commentary, because otherwise Google will catch on, I think. Having a bajillion links with no other text is pretty spammerly. That's also why I'm only showing you the subset of the Googlebomb most relevant to my blog con ...
11 Sep 2006: TA Training for Berzerkelers
Teaching: blog carnivals, grad school, teacher training · 6 comments
... In our department, we read seminal papers from the history of the earth sciences, and we talk about science. We don't discuss ...
25 Aug 2006: Tidbits
Links, Politics, Science: Caltech, ground water, Mars, Pluto · 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 ...
16 Aug 2006: Oh That Wacky Internet
Links, Science: blog carnivals, Hans Island, Pluto, transphobia · 9 comments
Wednesday is blog carnival day! We have Carnival of the Feminists #21, Tangled Bank #60, and then there's Carnival Against Sexual Violence #5 and The Scian Melt #20 which were actually out yesterday, but yesterday was not blog carnival day. We also have: ...
12 Aug 2006: How To Grab Google’s Attention
Meta: search requests · 10 comments
... are looking for. Is it a half-remembered bit of smut? A story about a femme fatale who uses lingerie to accomplish covert missions? I'd ...
10 Jul 2006: Sunday, Day of Links
Human Fuzzies, Links, Politics, Science: fascist police states, Joseph Campbell, science studies · 2 comments
... gravity wave physics community, which makes me sad. Long story short, a couple of sociologists are able to converse fluently in ...
Politics: anti-Semitism, Christian hegemony, zombies · 4 comments
... pull-quote. If there's anything we should learn from history, it's that this kind of mass cruelty is frighteningly normal. The typical ... to everyday life in 17th Century Massachusetts; the history of the American colonies is hardly my area of expertise, but I'm not ...
7 Jun 2006: A Brief Discussion of Other People’s Politics
Politics: climate change, plumbers, rhetorical tactics · 5 comments
... circle back to persuasive rhetoric when you tell your own story. Another is to shift to a meta-discussion of how difficult it is to talk ...
29 Mar 2006: Nerds for the Cause of Justice I: Proof of Concept
Meta: blogtinkery, ideas for plugins, rhetorical tactics · no comments
... 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, ...
21 Mar 2006: Thomas Kuhn and Big Historiography
Science: Berzerkeley, Big History, Kuhn, Lacan, Marxism, paradigms, philosophy of science · 4 comments
... goal for the week-after-next's Big History seminar is to bring up two things: phlogiston, and Marxism. Because so ... Can one of you humanitiesistes recommend a good Brief History of Historiography for Dummies and Scientists? Today's lecture was ... There's "deep time" and later plate tectonics in earth history, and Darwinian evolution and genetics in life history, but is there ...
14 Feb 2006: You Say Patriarchy, I Say Pahtriarchy
Politics: feminisms, patriarchy, rhetorical nit-picking · 4 comments
... But it is important -- even in the face of a depressing history -- to maintain a distinction between the human capacity and necessity to ...
10 Feb 2006: Friday Fluffypost
Whimsy: dreams, pirates, racism, search requests · 1 comment
... quite sad to discover that it does indeed have racist history: In 1991, Mr. Gilder, director of the Voter Registration Coalition, ...
3 Feb 2006: Friday iTunes iChing: Jurassic Utah Edition
Science: Friday random ten, impact structures, iTunes iChing, liquefaction, salt domes, Upheaval Dome · no comments
... the Crown is a very good omen indeed - the whole story is there in the rocks, if we're patient and clever enough to read it. The ...
31 Jan 2006: Procrastinating Things
Links, Politics: blog carnivals, denmark, offensive humor, patriarchy, psychology, racism, relationships · 3 comments
... of maintaining relationships. Part one, which is ancient history now: monitoring the division of labor in a relationship is, itself, ... getting what you pay for, here). And ScienceWoman has a story to show why the social expectation that women will take their husbands' ...
27 Jan 2006: Friday Rock Blogging: Caliche
Science: rock blogging, sedimentary rocks, stable isotopes · 7 comments
... from old caliche nodules in Bolivia to deduce the uplift history of the Altiplano (or "eastern Andes" if you want). They claim that the ...
20 Jan 2006: Friday iTunes iChing: Martian Edition
Science, Whimsy: Friday random ten, iTunes iChing, Mars · 2 comments
... likely that I'd enter the field on the wrong side of history - cruel, cruel ...
19 Dec 2005: Happy Whatever
Politics: atheism, Christmas, holidays, religion, secularism, thanksgiving · 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: class presentations, Lord Kelvin · 3 comments
... exposition of the salient points of recent scientific history; or... ...pictures of Donald Turcotte's head crudely photoshopped on ...
26 Nov 2005: My Neighbors Are Penis Zombies
Politics: Berzerkeley, rape, sexism · 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 ...
16 Nov 2005: On Co-ops and Community
Human Fuzzies, Politics: co-ops, consensus, intentional community · 4 comments
... new residents** and convince the house as a whole that history matters, without any assurance that their pleas will be heard. Hijinks ...
11 Nov 2005: Happy Armistice Day
Politics: Armistice Day, pacifism · no comments
... a hilarious catchphrase. Today, we can ignore all that history claptrap and simply fight for peace; there are very few veterans of the ...
8 Nov 2005: Increasingly Tending to Non Sequiturs
Links, Politics, Whimsy: boobies, geomythology, grad school, memes, myth, patriarchy, rape, t-shirt slogans · 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 ...
29 Oct 2005: Operation Frozen Beaver a Dismal Failure
Politics: flags, Hans Island · 4 comments
Canada's specially-designed Hans Island flag smushed; clearly Mother Nature recognizes Danish sovereignty: Like the Inukshuk, the flag left behind is unique, designed for the mission and constructed and assembled in secrecy. The idea was to erect a f ...
28 Sep 2005: Hump Day a Lump a Dump Day
Human Fuzzies, Links, Politics: Hans Island, idiocy, kugel · no comments
... responded: "I think that if Barbara Lee would read the history of Joe McCarthy, she would realize that he was a hero for ... CanWest News Service probe into the island's history -- spurred by Canadian historian Kenn Harper's assertion that American ...
19 Sep 2005: Arr
Links, Whimsy: pirate music, pirates, talk like a pirate day · 3 comments
... Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys, and Language Log has th' history of "arr". And here's a free pirate song for ye. Additional ...
18 Aug 2005: A Book and Two Movies
Human Fuzzies: bears, book reviews, charles darwin, movie reviews, penguins, pirates · 2 comments
... it is to be eaten by a bear (answer: pretty awful). No story arc, lots of bland eulogizing, not nearly enough wildlife shots. March ... a nature documentary should be. It has a well-defined story complete with beginning, middle, and end, interspersed with endearing ...
17 Aug 2005: Democracy is So Wearying
Links, Politics: California ballot propositions · 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: photoblog, Scandinavia, travelogue · no comments
... old Quaker school, all the while chatting about the history of Norwegian Friends and the unique clerical tasks and tax monies ... fill many boxes. For those not interested in Quaker history, the best thing in Stavanger is the Norsk Hermetikkmuseum, which has two ...
5 Aug 2005: Friday Miscellany
Human Fuzzies, Politics: Friday random ten, Hans Island, Harry Potter · 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: photoblog · 5 comments
... segue into a digression on some minor point of Icelandic history and culture, of the type you can research at home and drop in just where ...
22 Jul 2005: Friday Roch blogging: multilingual edition
Human Fuzzies: guest posts, hockey, rock blogging · no comments
... is the quote on the Canadian five. When I read the story first, I read it as someone who got the wrong hockey shirt -- the Leafs ...
21 Jul 2005: Why I am so very slack
Personal: guest posts · no comments
... the world is not yet ready for that story. When you're cleared for the Giant Rat of Sumatra come back and tell us ...
12 Jun 2005: Chronology
Personal, Politics: fashion, feminism, plumbers, sexism · 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 ...
3 Jun 2005: Friday Random Nineteen
Whimsy: Friday random ten, search requests · 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 ...
27 May 2005: Friday Rock Blogging: Keiiti Aki Memorial Edition
Science: basalt, igneous rocks, rock blogging, volcanoes · 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: candy, chocolate, feminism, gender, girlhood, quizzes, search requests · 6 comments
... be insufferably full of "Spanish Unit N". There's a backstory here, about Harrison's 8 year old niece: She actually said, I'm not ...
25 May 2005: For the Record
Politics: feminism, rhetorical tactics · 5 comments
... be critical of those who present this as a nice happy love story, but you're wrong to confuse the producers of Access Hollywood with the ...
Whimsy: dreams, garlic, volcanoes · no comments
... Kilauea-style fire fountain. While passing along a garbled story about the guy who survived sticking his foot into a puddle of lava, I ran ...
19 May 2005: Friday Fluff
Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: music reviews, search requests · 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 ...
9 May 2005: Deconstructing Teh Funnay
Politics: offensive humor, rhetorical tactics · 9 comments
... things like grammar, or the normal order of events in a story). He has a questionnaire, too; you don't get your "humor profile" right ...
4 May 2005: California Senate Bill 5: Freedom is Coming!
Politics: academic freedom, California politics · 4 comments
... Excellent Adventure" represents a realistic approach to history and historiography (History, Film) How to teach your horrible children some manners (Education, ...
3 May 2005: Two Tuesday Links
Links, Personal: Brazil, masculinity · 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: coffee, mac'n'cheez, movie reviews · 6 comments
... weakly, perhaps thrice throughout the film. A love story was duly shoehorned in to the detriment of the overall narrative, and I'm ...
27 Apr 2005: Defamation in the Congressional Record, hoorah!
Politics: abortion, Congressional shenanigans · 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 ...
18 Apr 2005: Reading Material
Links: anger, environmentalism, gender, kittens, motherhood, pharmacists, theology · 12 comments
... Deism: In addition to being a profoundly beautiful story, I love the theological implications of God creating the earth. At every ...
4 Apr 2005: Links to Daylight’s Rescue
Human Fuzzies, Links, Politics: concert bands, Holst, labor unions, Taco Bell, workers rights · 2 comments
... issues that hasn't filled me with cynicism and ennui? The story of the Coalition of Immolakee Workers. Operating without federal ...
14 Mar 2005: Middle Klass
Personal, Politics: academia, classism, money · 14 comments
... being an asshole isn't correlated with one's financial history. On the other hand, I do think that people often innocently forget about ...
Personal: menstruation, TMI · 49 comments
... dance! Not that wiggly dances have ever, in the whole history of human menstrual cycles, done anything to dislodge a rope of uterine ...
5 Mar 2005: Science Friday on Saturday
Science: funny, hydrothermal vents, oceanography, science journalism · 9 comments
Last night's Talk of the Nation topic was delightfully-surprisingly apropos: Oceans! (My trip to Seattle was for visiting the oceanographers and marine geologists, not the earth science department as you might have supposed.) For those of you too lazy to l ...
14 Feb 2005: Fun with Creationist Plate Tectonics
Science: debunking, plate tectonics, young earthers · 11 comments
... one such event, it's silly to claim that the modern story of multiple supercontinents was a Biblical hypothesis.* But we shan't ...
11 Feb 2005: Blah Blah Blah
Meta, Whimsy: paint, quizzes, science fiction · 5 comments
How many entries do I have sitting in draft mode? A lot. One or two of them are halves of good posts. Why haven't I finished any of them? I don't know. Which science fiction writer are you? I'm Hal Clement. [via]. I'm also Long Drugs "Goth Black" matte ...
7 Feb 2005: Monday Links to Stuff
Links: brain drain, Iowa, nerdy jokes · 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 ...
26 Jan 2005: Fantasy Cabinet: Education Edition
Politics, Whimsy: crackpots, fantasy politics, homophobia, time cube · no comments
In the real world, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is busy complaining that PBS teaches children to be nice to gay people. LA LA LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU! Fantasy Secretary of Education Gene Ray is working on a new initiative to bring Nat ...
11 Jan 2005: Mmmm Rocket Fuel
Politics, Science: earthquakes, ground water, perchlorate, pollution · 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 ...
3 Nov 2004: Back on the Horse
Politics: angst, Internet activism, presidential elections, Ralph Nader, US party politics · 2 comments
... Funny, ha ha, and an entertaining exercise in alternate history - would there really be a civil war? With guns and everything? - but we ...
2 Nov 2004: Election Surprise: Squid!
Personal, Politics: · 2 comments
The results of this election don't matter. Why? We're all about to be eaten by global warming-enabled giant squid, that's why. [Via Worldchanging] I'm going to reload the BBC's results page every five minutes for the next half hour, squealing like a stuc ...
11 Oct 2004: Evolutionary Psychology Goes to the Dentist
Personal, Whimsy: dissociation, evolutionary psychology, medicine · no comments
... most purposes, a total stranger. Over the bulk of human history, this is an unusual situation, to say the least - yet we're expected to ...
5 Oct 2004: Endorsements for Los Angeles Judicial Offices
Politics: endorsements, local elections, Los Angeles · 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 ...
28 Sep 2004: Movies Lately
Human Fuzzies: media politics, movie reviews · 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 ...
13 Sep 2004: No Vegetables for the Poor
Politics: classism, USDA, welfare · 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, ...
31 Aug 2004: Citizens Don’t Let Citizens Watch the RNC
Politics: civic duties, political tactics · 6 comments
Rana and Harrison are both feeling somehow obliged to pay attention to the Republican National Convention, or barf trying. Nonsense, I say! There are only three good reasons to watch the RNC: The Republicans (or protesters) might possibly do or say so ...
29 Aug 2004: Weekend Review
Personal: capitalism sucks, consumerism, dishware, grad school · 4 comments
... viewing a commercial for some kind of over-engineered storytelling air freshener. Perhaps some data-entry temp worker will be ...
26 Aug 2004: Broken Pipes and the Electoral College
Politics: · 4 comments
... identified on a state-by-state basis for reasons of history and administrative convenience, but they don't inherently require ...
18 Aug 2004: Zucchini Tropes
Human Fuzzies: gardening, zucchini · 6 comments
The L.A. Times Food section attempts to turn a well-worn trope on its head by insisting that there's never too much zucchini. Though I normally enjoy any article focused on a single, seasonal ingredient, does rhapsodic praise of the goods at the Santa Moni ...
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 ...
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 ...
Human Fuzzies: · 1 comment
... something popular culture used as a lens for history, stuff. 2. Sex as Ethos In the interests of not having this post hang ...
8 Jul 2004: Sunset of the Vegetative Poodles
Links: · 1 comment
The concept of a separate (but assuredly equal!) lazy-blog for links to things that don't quite deserve full entries - like articles on how L.A.'s palm trees are getting old - is growing more enticing. Meanwhile, though, I am obliged to elaborate upon the ...
2 Jul 2004: Fava vs. Corn
Human Fuzzies: corn, Iowa · 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 ...
Politics: · no comments
The lovably zany California state goverment really needs to suck it up and raise taxes, but every so often someone proposes a spending cut I can actually support - or at least proposes to eliminate a mandate of indeterminate but non-negligible cost, which ...
18 Jun 2004: John Ashcroft Hearts Democracy So Much
Politics: · no comments
Kevin Drum points to a pointed editorial in the Washington Post - So Torture Is Legal? - which Anne Applebaum wraps up with a basic civics lesson: Voters -- ultimately the most important source of pressure on democratic politicians -- can petition their c ...
14 Jun 2004: Sad Monkey News
Uncategorized: monkeys · no comments
Been a while since I've had anything about monkeys. In the news today, we learn that war is bad for monkeys, too, and some Indian monkeys are very ill. On a brighter note, Florida law permits the use of monkeys as service animals for the handicapped. Or ...
11 Jun 2004: Water on Black Mesa
Politics: · 4 comments
... before it vanishes into the money-charging archives. The story is chock full of quotes about connections between the earth and the sky ...
5 Jun 2004: Psychic Coincedences Abound
Uncategorized: dreams · 1 comment
Last night I dreamed I was in charge of Walter Mondale's funeral arrangements. We had to keep his body on the couch until I could find a church to hold the service and arrange for pickup by a mortuary. This morning, I learned that Ronald Reagan died on Sa ...
30 Apr 2004: Begging the Oxymoron
Human Fuzzies: languages, whorfianism · no comments
The Whisper of Elitist Whorfianism Is an Awful Sound, particularly when the "original" meaning you defend is incorrect; particularly particularly when the incorrect meaning you're defending as the Last Noble Carrier of Such Meaning in Human Thought is alre ...
25 Mar 2004: The Neon Leg Warmer of the Caribbean
Politics: Haiti, Somalia, tourism, war · 1 comment
... NPR pledge drives is that at Pacifica, they tend to see history (and history in the making) as the story of life rather than the story of political ...
9 Mar 2004: Caffeinated Pantyhose
Links: · no comments
My Google-ju on this subject is finally beginning to wear out, but there's been a lot of people looking for caffeine-impregnated weight loss hose in the past couple days. To whom I say: holy shit I cannot keep my hands calm or fall asleep in a timely mann ...
7 Mar 2004: Investing With Your Values
Human Fuzzies: book reviews, investing, money, socially responsible investment · 3 comments
... into four sections. A hand-wavy overview of the history and philosophy of ethical investing. The authors make up their own ...
1 Mar 2004: Describe Your Nose-Picking Habits
Links: boogers, medicine · 2 comments
... Syndrome is an actual medical problem. The moral of the story seems to be: do lots and lots of research before allowing someone to ...
14 Feb 2004: Lutefisk and Yams
Human Fuzzies: Dr. Seuss, parody, Scandinavia, Vikings · 4 comments
... have been entirely out of the climatological question. History is another matter; decent references on the history of yams are not forthcoming, but check out the completely unrelated sweet ...
12 Feb 2004: Tchotchke Fever
Personal: · 1 comment
... At least not for keeps. It's a completely different story at work. I'm slowly decorating my cubicle with shiny junk - garbage in ...
11 Feb 2004: Lovey Linky Valentines
Links: chocolate, Valentine's Day · 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 ...
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 ...
9 Jan 2004: Monkey Taken by Cruel Civic Ordinance
Uncategorized: monkeys · 1 comment
... Dallas Morning News registration required for this story about a monkey - my spam email is yami_mcmoots [at] yahoo.com, password ...
13 Dec 2003: Carda yo mamma
Food: baking, candied yams, cardamom, cooking, food trends, spices · no comments
... can be indiscriminately used in place of cinnamon. A story about cardamom in holiday baking that doesn't mention Scandinavia until ... of evergreen boughs. I suppose the moral of the story is to use a measuring spoon. ...
9 Dec 2003: Snekaos i L.A.?
Links, Politics, Whimsy: Local Politics, Los Angeles, snow · 5 comments
It's time once again to bring the joys of snow to poor inner-city children and city councilpersons: Last time, Reyes and his staff tried to make their own [snowman], but it turned into a disaster because none of the Southern Californians knew how to bui ...
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 ...
23 Oct 2003: Quicksilver: a partial review
Human Fuzzies: book reviews · 3 comments
... tin can go round and round with the Bludgeon of Science History Hindsight. One wonders how many revolutions they can handle before the ...
1 Oct 2003: Gubernatorial Goodies
Human Fuzzies, Politics: · 1 comment
The L.A. Times Food section gets in on the electoral action with the election-night party plans of the losers. A surprising number of candidates are teetotallers, including even the ones running on a platform of "Drink Butt Monkey Beer" - there goes that a ...
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 ...
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 ...
22 Aug 2003: But You Still Have Two Kidneys, Scott!
Politics: California politics, criminals, media politics, organ donation, political tactics · 2 comments
... them. I have no idea if there was a juicy human interest story behind this campaign or not, and Scott Davis has "stopped giving ...
12 Aug 2003: Read the Kibble Entrails and Weep
Politics: · no comments
While I'm posting (I need one more post to fill up gaps in my entry numbers, so my re-entered archives will be in harmony with the universe) I should mention that psychic dogs have said signs point to Arnold this election. ...
12 Jun 2003: That Explains Everything
Links, Science: crackpots, lazy journalism, nanoscience · no comments
The commercial value of nanotech stems from the simple fact that the laws of physics don't apply at the molecular level. Shit! My degree is worthless! Thank you, Caroline Lucas. (link from the Life of a Fake Lintott) ...
5 May 2003: Police Can’t Stop Drinking
Human Fuzzies: syntactical ambiguity · 6 comments
... equivalent to feeding Chinese speakers a poorly-translated story and concluding that Chinese can't handle counterfactual reasoning (which ...
31 Mar 2003: See My Tanned Blisters!
Personal: Hawaii, hawaiian volcano observatory, kilauea, lava trees, papayas, travelogue, volcanoes · no comments
... through ash in 1790. Intimately connected with Hawaiian history, the rise of Kamehameha, and so on, but not terribly photogenic without ... some hefty cheese violins if I'm going to be telling the story), but I shall push on nonetheless. This was the point of the trip where I ...
1 Mar 2003: Gibbs Strikes Again
Politics, Whimsy: · 1 comment
... posturing, they're just aliasing in the time stream. History wants to be continuous, you see, so when the nutballs in Washington run ...
9 Feb 2003: Theme of Bugs
Personal: · 4 comments
... by that sort of thing. It was quite a step down from the History of England volume III (from Utrecht to Modern Times), complete with ...
30 Sep 2002: Tree Punching
Personal, Teaching: academia, course scheduling · 3 comments
... section at some time to be determined. The Economic History of the United States - this is the one with the thick stack of handouts. ...
24 Sep 2002: O Autumn
Personal: fire, seasons · 1 comment
I have been desperately trying to convince myself that it is actually fall here in seasonless Southern California, and time to go back to school. I've been eating soup, and staring dully at Halloween displays in grocery stores. But this is just too much (L ...
9 Jul 2002: Quality Control Freak
Personal: ants, cleaning, household pests · no comments
... antennae I can't tell them apart - and as the story goes, for the past several years they've come marching through holes in ...
1 Jul 2002: Queek
Human Fuzzies, Personal: slang, soup, words · 1 comment
... bookstore resulting in From Front Porch to Back Seat, a history of American courtship from the turn of the century to the mid-1960s. A ...
27 Jun 2002: Immense Unlicensed Nuclear Reactor 4000 miles away
Links, Science: electromagnetism, guest posts, peaceful nuclear explosions · 1 comment
Is the Earth's magnetic field nuclear-powered? And how does magnetic pole reversal fit into this scenario? ...
20 Jun 2002: and may the Lord have mercy on our souls
Links: guest posts · no comments
Internet refrigerator, microwave, washer Remember, there's no such thing as an inappropriate use of technology, only an insufficient use of technology. ----- ...
30 May 2002: Someone Wants Naked Sorority Frolicking
Whimsy: fan mail, search requests · 3 comments
... my case of search engine envy with a hit for "hummus history" yesterday - not to mention a string of things like "penis enlarge hack," ...
17 May 2002: Old Whippersnappers
Personal: · no comments
... vanished from collective memory, whereupon he went into story mode. "The last time I was here, somebody had hung that painting ...
28 Apr 2002: button bushes
Human Fuzzies: · 4 comments
... be around people taking hallucinogens, but that's another story. I'm going to stop rambling and find some beef. I'm ...
18 Apr 2002: Monkey Monkey Monkey
Links: monkeys · 3 comments
It's Kofi Annan playing with a stuffed monkey. Aww. ...
15 Apr 2002: Search Engine Envy
Meta: · 5 comments
... of Wacky Search Envy. Tattoo flash sparrow, hummus history, and art and pendulums, all in one stretch of logs... I hate having to ...
15 Mar 2002: War is Art
Aimless: photoblog · 2 comments
I saw the last shreds of the missile defense test from the roof. Also: It's a very humbling thing hanging in the sky tonight... violent death machines aren't supposed to be beautiful. ...
10 Mar 2002: Much Ado About
Meta: · no comments
... life where your interactions consist mostly of one-way storytelling, but the stories are so enthralling that you don't mind. Say, I ...
21 Feb 2002: Academic Angst
Personal, Teaching: · 3 comments
... and what it all meant in terms of that granite's life story. It was exactly what I've always thought learning should be - none of ...
8 Feb 2002: Decisions, decisions…
Links: · no comments
... every individual case, but it is a fundamental law. The history of salvation shows us that illness is a consequence of sin." [more] On ...
29 Jan 2002: Coffee
Human Fuzzies: Astrid Lindgren, coffee, inner child, pippi longstocking · 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 ...
8 Jan 2002: Fish-Blooded Bourgeois
Links, Meta, Personal: binders, highlighters, killing brain cells, office supplies, random classes, rollerball pens · 1 comment
... I'd encourage the rest of you to check out this brief history of the trapper hat, which I found whilst looking for 80s-retro Trapper ...
16 Dec 2001: deck the halls with…
Links: · no comments
... little straw animals all over town have a more sinister story behind them. [tak, ...
17 Nov 2001: uff da
Personal: Christmas, thanksgiving · no comments
... and the winter imagery, and the mostly irrelevant story about a baby religious nutcase has been replaced by a mostly irrelevant story about a starving group of grownup religious nutcases. And that leaves ...
11 Nov 2001: hey hey I’m a monkee
Meta: · no comments
... Tomorrow, or sometime soon anyway, I will tell the story of how I've been getting run out of the computer lab lately. It doesn't ...
31 Oct 2001: It’s doing weather outside
Personal: hygge, weather · no comments
... in my list of articles on the origins and mechanisms and history of intraplate seismicity in and around New Madrid, Missouri... you can't ...
15 Sep 2001: Slugs
Personal, Whimsy: denmark, molluscs, museums · no comments
... up from bogs around the country. I only made it from prehistory to the year 1200 or so, the end of the Viking exhibit, but the number of ...
28 Jul 2001: an audience at last!
Meta, Personal: · no comments
... super-geeky about physics and how real parties have a two-story plywood structure and custom laser effects, but they wouldn't stop ...
24 Jul 2001: I’m a Poser
Personal: · 1 comment
... that actually match. Multiple lessons learned, end of story. The moral: sometimes you just have to try an image on, walk around in it ...
20 Jul 2001: happy hair fetish
Personal: angst, relationships · 1 comment
... found another, and then the one left, but that's another story. I've often wanted this freedom, and now that I have it, I just want a ...