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 ...

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 ...

Welcome to Silent Hill, PA 2

It’s May 3, 2012. Ten hours to go until the US premiere of Avengers and I’m in central Pennsylvania with a group of friends specifically to see that movie. How to pass the time? Well, the native of Pennsylvania (my dear friend Rynn) mentions that we’re maybe an hour away from Centralia. If you’re not a ...

Spec Tech post up

Okay, a little belated, but I wrote a post for the Clarion blog about sandstone as a building material, since a commenter had asked about it a while ago: Sandstone: It’s a Living. My next post will be due mid-December… I’m trying to decide what to write about. I’m kind of tempted to talk about ...

I’m Going to Wyoming, for SCIENCE! (and this is why you should care)

In a few short hours, I’ll be on my way to the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming, to participate in the coring portion of the Bighorn Basin Coring Project. Things are moving much faster than expected – the rig is already at Polecat Bench, where it wasn’t planned to be until Friday, because coring went so ...

New Spec Tech Article Online!

Actually, it’s been online for a few days, but there was this whole TAM thing (you may have heard of it) and I had no real internet access for four days because the Southpoint Casino is run by vampires1. It’s 1000+ words about tuff, which is a good example of how geology influences culture. And ...

Creationists at GSA

I didn’t actually go to GSA, even though it was in Denver. Mostly because I didn’t want to cough up the registration fee, and had projects I should be working on besides. And of course, no one I know heard about this at the time, probably because I don’t think people tend to get excited ...