The link between rock music and oil

From the Department of “Correlation Does Not Equal Causation” I bring you this amazingly awesome infographic:Rock (and U.S. Oil Production) Is Dead I think we should just point at this one every time someone starts committing that fallacy. Or I guess we could just argue that the rockmeisters of old used gasoline powered guitars, and ...

What, you mean my ladybrain can do math?

The Math Gap The majority of the girls who have been chosen to represent the United States in international mathematics competitions come from a set of about 20 high schools with elite math teams. This extreme concentration of talent strongly indicates the crucial role that environmental factors, not just innate ability, play in shaping the ...

Scientology at CU

This semester, two of my classes are in Munzinger, the psychology building. Never mind that neither of them are psych classes (one’s my Japanese History class, the other my Women’s Lit class). I’m guessing it’s a space consideration. Yesterday, I saw several signs posted around the building, which said things like, “Ritalin: Sterility is only ...

Save the Weenies!

Penis tissue replaced in the lab You know, this story just begs for clever things to be said about it, ranging from the cute to sarcastic, about the surgical answer to bunny Viagra. But honestly, today I don’t have the heart, which is sad because I’m sure I could normally think of an at least ...

Algae… OF DEATH

There are a lot of things I think about, on the topic of algae. The intensely creepy hair-like strands of it that live in the McCauley Warm Springs near Valles Caldera spring instantly to mind, for example. It was a nice hike and a fun soak, but I’ve seen The Ring and Ju-On too many ...

The Tsavo Man-Eaters

I really love the movie The Ghost and the Darkness; if you’ve never seen it, go forth and do so. I’ll wait. The topic of the movie is the two man-eating lions that terrorized the railroad camp in Tsavo, in Kenya. The movie itself is based off of the account by the engineer in charge ...

A girl and her pet rock (3)

Well, I did my photomicrographs of my thin section today, and I think they turned out really well! There’s some beautiful examples of what calcite looks like in thin section if nothing else. I’m still sad that all of my olivines have been altered by weathering, though; normal olivines are very bright and pretty. Altered, ...

Finally, pictures!

I finally got off my butt and uploaded the photos from my two field trips. I was intending to get a flickr account, but didn’t feel like resurrecting my old Yahoo e-mail address. So let’s try Picasa and see how it works! Field trip 1Field trip 2 These are all the photos I took of ...

An astronomy quiz for you!

Beautiful Universe Astronomy Quiz. I got 18/20. I blame those two missed points on the fact that I’m a geologist.

Words fail me.

Council bans parents from play areas Thank you, England, for reminding me that the United States is not necessarily the world leader in the Out Of Their F****** Minds arms race. I’m waiting for a town in the US to pick this one up; we can’t let the Brits stay ahead of us long when ...