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Geology and Scrabble

I don’t play many on-line games, but ever since my mom and I joined Facebook, we’ve been going back and forth in a regular Lexulous game. Lexulous is a tile based word game, basically the same as Words with Friends … Continue readin...

Let’s Call a Denier a Denier

Much of today’s new media is dreadful – this is a truth well acknowledged by most of us in academia. Be it the doofuses who get to pass as “experts”, the prioritization of special-interest and feel-good pieces, the pushing or … Continue reading ?

He Thermochronology Reading List

I was always jealous of geoscientists who started their education in the 70’s; for them, there was only a 10 year backlog of plate tectonics relevant geoscience literature to catch up with. Even under sane circumstances it gets harder and harder … Continue reading ?

Geochronology Short Course at GSA 2014

As a graduate student in 2005 I was lucky enough to attend a Thermochronology Short Course sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America. It was a 2 day event at Snowbird, a ski resort outside of Salt Lake City, just … Continue reading ?

The Hot Hand, Freakonomics, Climate Denial, and Closure Temperatures – Assumptions in Models

I started listening to a few sports podcasts rather religiously about 3 years ago. I self select for shows, avoiding anything that involves someone with a nickname or who yells all the time, basically avoiding anything that takes sports too … Continue reading ?

The Partial Retention Zone

One of the most important concepts in thermochronology is the Partial Retention Zone (PRZ for short, referred to as the Partial Annealing Zone in the fission-track world). The term PRZ is used to refer to a variety of things, all ??? Continue reading ?

Things to Listen To Update

A while ago I posted about what I like to listen to when doing the inevitable important-but-dull tasks that occur all of the time in science. As an update, I’ll just link to a recent Slate article rounding up their … Continue reading ?

Reflections on Thermo 2014 in Chamonix

I know that meetings are different from vacations. Meetings are busy, and even when they are in fantastic places, you rarely see more than the convention center and a few restaurants within walking distance. In addition, you usually don’t get … Continue reading ?

The Heartland Institute: Comically Ignorant Poop Factory or Greedy Lying Dumbasses?

Ignorance is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. In many ways it should be the main one, seeing as it is ignorance that is the root cause of so much of the evils assigned to the better-known four. I am not of … Continue reading ?

Climbing Up the Middle of a Pluton

I am by no means a climber, but I love rocks and have a great appreciation for people who choose to spend hours and hours with their faces inches away from rocks. I have climbed a few times, and I really got a kick … Continue reading ?

All Salt is Sea Salt

OK I’ll put an asterisk in the title because I suppose some salt can come from dried up lake beds but really, doesn’t this drive other geologists nuts? This afternoon I was following a recipe that suggested I use Himalayan … Continue reading ?

Brian Greene in the NY Times

The better half and I just returned from vacation this week (contrary to the comment I recently received, the blog break has not been NSF-induced, but rather from an incredible week + vacationing.) I am adjusting to the time and lifestyle...Show More Summary

Farallon Plate Part 2

Next in my hall o' fame of geoscience images is the Farallon Plate - North American Plate animtion put together by Tanya Atwater (UCSB). This is one of a series of excellent earth science animations available at this site. This car...

The Omnivore's Dilemma - Review

Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma is a book about food. That might sound simple, but when I say "about food" I mean about all aspects of food: production, consumption, evolution, emotion, health, community, enviroment, and...

Congratulations IPCC

Just wanted to send a blogospheric congratulations bouquet to the folks at the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for receiving the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The IPCC has been a reliable source of climate related i...

The Art of Mineral Separation

UPDATE - My next post is a more complete discussion of mineral separation.When many people in the geochronology/thermochronology community talk about new gadgets and gizmos on their wishlist they seem to focus almost entirely on the...

Mineral Separations Part 2

So I was really interested in all of the comments I got for my first mineral separation post (here). So I decided I'd try to make a list of the various steps people seem to use. This may be a little repetitive considering my last p...

O.G. (Original Geochronologist) R.J. Strutt

Blogger's Note - Today we are digging into the archives of Apparent Dip. I am working on my AGU poster and not up for a brand new post, so I thought I'd re-post one of my earliest entries. My audience has grown since I first put...

Slate Articles and Michael Pollan

Not too long ago I blogged about Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma. If you've read my review you know that in general I thought it was a very well written and argued book. Pollan has a new book out, called In Defense o...

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