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The Bacon Story — How science can make even bacon disgusting. Building a Google Earth Geology Layer — Lots of great resources accumulating in the comments here. Magma Cum Laude: Using Google Earth to visualize volcanic and seismic activity — A discussion of the different data layers available Geoblogosphere Search — Can’t remember where you…

Earth Scientists on Stamps

Following the Royal Mail’s release of some lovely new Darwin stamps, a few of us got to Twittering over lunch yesterday about the lack of geologists on this year’s release of American scientist stamps. (What’s that? You have no idea what Twittering is? It’s a stupid Web Eleventy-Point-Oh jibber-jabber service, pay no attention. If you…

Teaching Engineers to Blog?

I got a request for advice from Maryam, an old undergrad committee-comrade-in-arms, which I have mangled for clarity: To make a long story short, I’m co-teaching a communication class to engineers and I want to introduce them to science blogging. I’m planning to have them write brief essays about classic science papers (similar to the…

Dear Environmental Geologists, Engineers, and Technical Illustrators of 20 Years Ago: Please remember that the real audience for your work – the mind-numbingly detailed technical reports over which you have slaved many hours – is not the board of petty bureaucrats who commissioned your investigation. The real audience is someone like me: A data-entry and…

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I finally have a day job! For a few weeks, anyway – I’m temping as a GIS monkey. While this is not functionally much different from generic office temp jobs, data entry using ArcGIS pays much better than data entry with Excel. Historically, day-jobbing has not had much effect on my blog output, but it…

One of my New Year’s blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the natural character and beauty of a half-written blog post and should not be considered flaws…

Breaking Up with the Richter Scale

One of my New Year’s blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the natural character and beauty of a half-written blog post and should not be considered flaws…

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REMINDER: Accretionary Wedge posts due this Friday — The theme is unhinged speculation about the future Earth. Calculus: The Musical! — The concept may or may not be more charming than the execution. Sand Won’t Save You This Time — Mmm, ClF3. Plausibly Impossible: Hirotoshi Itoh’s Grinning Stones — Rocks with zippers! Planet Harddrive —…

Academic Citation

One of my New Year’s blogolutions was to clear out my to-blog folder, and bring closure to my unfinished drafts by simply posting them as-is. This is one of those drafts. Disorganized paragraphs, unfinished sentences, and general incoherence enhance the natural character and beauty of a half-written blog post and should not be considered flaws…

In addition to helping judge this year’s Open Laboratory science blogging anthology, I’m also the production editor (i.e., typesetting jockey). So as I go through, reading the entries in much greater detail than I ever would otherwise, I’m noticing a couple of things: All of the pieces are either about biology, or professional “life in…