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Monthly Archives: October 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARTH!!!

So if you follow Bishop Ussher’s chronology and believe that the world was created on October 22, 6:00 PM 4004 BC then wish Earth a Happy 6014th Birthday! If you don’t, then use this as an awesome excuse to celebrate scientific discovery, absurdity, and either indulge in birthday cake or raise a glass tonight! Or […]

Science Bloggers for Students!

I’m joining this late in the game, at the end of Earth Science Week because I’ve been sick for the last several days- but I finally got back around to reading my blogs and came across Highly Allochthonus’ post about the charity event going on in the science blogosphere. There’s a website called DonorsChoose that […]

Chi Chi Chi! Le Le Le! Los Mineros De Chile!

A brief personal reaction/stream of conciousness to the “Miracle in the Desert”… and the media, of course. We’ll be back to the rocks soon. I promise.

This post should probably be relegated to Rocks in the News. I (like the rest of the world) was so transfixed by the spectacle yesterday that I was barely able to focus on my work, much less my blog. (A head cold probably didn’t help my productivity). After my post almost two months ago about the trapped miners, I do feel like I need to say something to bring closure to it all.

I had trouble not crying when it was children standing waiting for their dads and brothers- they held back none of their emotions, and really summed up the emotions that everyone else was feeling too. It was a miracle, brought about (as so many miracles are) by luck, and fortitude, and engineering, and the human spirit.

See this rock. See the tiny skeletons in the rock.

Scream “Fire!!” in a crowded room, and you could possibly be prosecuted in the ensuing panic (you could also be massively derided for using such a cliched hypothetical situation). Scream “Paleontology” in a crowded room, and you’ll get really annoyed and confused glances from the people around you, but you might also get those annoyed […]