So you wanted to know about my research?

Now you can read the whole enchilada for free! It’s a steamy but heart-wrenching story about a river and the course of its life as the world heats up and the mammals become ever tinier and more cute. Sandstones! Siltstones! Mudstones! Who will be swept away next? Will I need dental work from all those ...

Oh No, Canada: Ocean Fertilization 6

NK Jemisin tweeted this article this morning with an appended “Oh no:” massive (and it seems illegal) ocean fertilization project taking place off the coast of Canada. (And a little follow up here.) Oh no indeed. This is scientifically problematic for a lot of reasons, the two main ones being a) algal blooms ain’t exactly ...

Still life with trilobite section

I’m back I’m thin section heaven at work, slaving over a hot petrographic microscope and continuing my second listen to the Vorkosigan saga audiobooks. (Excellent, by the way.) And I saw something a bit like this today: Out rather, a bit like the portion marked with a T. A trilobite! Or rather a cross sectional ...

Liveblog: Ring of Fire, Part 2 5

All right, I’m coming back for more. Same rules as usual, I’ll be updating the liveblog every five minutes or so. Unfortunately if you want to play at home, I can’t help you at the moment. I’m watching part two on the DVR. I know you’re terribly sad to be missing this. WHEN LAST WE ...

Liveblog: Ring of Fire, Part 1 3

All right, I’m going to do it. Apparently it’s THE COUNTDOWN TO MELTDOWN. Or something. Same rules as usual – I will update the liveblog every five minutes or so. If you’re reading this on LJ or Dreamwidth you’ll need to come to the blog at katsudon.net to see the updates most likely, though I ...

Urge to liveblog… rising… 5

I mean. Look at it. Just look at it. Gratuitous Mt. St. Helens reference? Check. Ridiculous implication that somehow all volcanoes are connected and therefore THEY WILL ALL BLOW UP AT ONCE EHRMERGAHD? Check. Gratuitous Yellowstone reference sure to guarantee a fresh crop of concerned people who will ask me when Yellowstone is going to ...

I get e-mail (Son of Bride of Abiotic Oil) 3

I swear to god, this is the post that keeps on giving. By which I mean that it keeps me supplied with random comments and e-mails like this one. (Though in Mr. Alli’s defense, he was quite coherent and not frothily paranoid, counter to the norm.) Hello Rachel Acks, this is Shawn Alli. I came ...

Scientists convicted of manslaughter for failing to be psychic

Words cannot begin to express how upset, angry, and filled with contempt I am by this:Italian scientists resign over L’Aquila quake verdicts Two scientists resigned their posts with the government’s disaster preparedness agency Tuesday after a court in L’Aquila sentenced six scientists and a government official to six years in prison. The court ruled Monday ...

What I did with my day.

Today I turned this: Into this: Using these tools: …four times. Six to go. And then they’ll be ready for XRF analysis, which will tell me what mean annual precipitation was in that location nearly 54 million years ago.  This is the exciting part of science they never show you in the movies. 

Have I mentioned that I hate public speaking?

Because I do. I really, really do. For this internship, I’ve had to give four presentations, in front of rooms filled with people I don’t know that well, many of whom seem to delight in asking really hard questions. I guess it’s one of those sink or swim things. Even better, for three out of ...