921 meters later, I’m home from Bremen, DE

So yes. It’s been a busy month and a half. For a good portion of December I was in the UK for the annual Christmas trip. So that was all fun. But January was geology business through and through. For three days I was in Houston for a conference that Exxon held for grant recipients ...

Clarion Blog Post Up! And Skepticamp!

New post of mine up over at the Clarion Blog. I talk about my seven days of drilling in the Bighorn Basin, this time from the perspective of what the experience felt like. Skepticamp Colorado Springs was today, and it was awesome and tons of fun. This one was split into two rooms, which put ...

Gilmore Hill pictures and videos

Here’s my Picasa album of all the pictures I took at Gilmore Hill: Gilmore Hill Drilling And a few videos: Core water cannonBreaking pipes at sunsetLowering the mastMoving the rig to the new location

My BBCP: Nights 6 and 7, That’s All Folks

The night shift, from left to right: Gabe, AJ, Brandon, Brady, Bianca, and me As of right now, drilling is finished! We turned the B-hole (not to be confused with the Gilmore Hill A-hole) over to the day shift with less than fifty feet left to drill, and they got that done in a bit ...

My BBCP: Night 5, I’ll Be Sleepin’ Like a Log

The previous shift was so ridiculously busy that you’ll notice I didn’t even post about it until tonight. Because it was GOGOGOGO and then I sort of fell into bed and passed out for seven hours. We’re at Gilmore Hill now, which is our third and final site. In good news, it’s a lot less ...

Polecat Bench Pictures and Videos

I have been remiss – I posted all of these on twitter, but never collected them in to a blog post. Also, some additional pictures, and even some from Basin Substation, the site I wasn’t involved with. So: PicturesMy Polecat Bench photo albumElizabeth’s night 1 picturesElizabeth’s Basin Substation day 1 pictures – She worked a ...

My BBCP: Night 4, Which Wasn’t Hard At All

My fears of interrupted and awful sleep yesterday were unfounded it seems. The people at Americas Best Value Inn actually let us check in immediately, at 9 in the morning, and we were all able to get a good night (day) of sleep. Woot! And then tonight was a short shift, as shifts go. When ...

My BBCP: It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night 3

It was a busy night, though not as busy as last night. We only did about 25 meters of core, which is a major drop off from last night. This is because the hole is getting deeper, so that means it takes longer to drill, and longer to trip in and out of the hole. ...

My BBCP: It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night 2

Anders says: Oh noes they’ve brought up ANOTHER core barrel!!! In the very brief breaks between cores, Anders and I have been sitting across from each other in the RV with a slowly diminishing block of cheese between us. Because when you’re working around heavy machinery, it can’t be something classic like whiskey – so ...

My BBCP: Night 1

My first evening shift has been uneventful so far. Drilling is way ahead of schedule, and they had about 400 and some feet of core drilled on Polecat Bench when the hole started to collapse. So this meant that this evening has pretty much been dealing with the collapsed hole and then moving the rig ...