My climatological Scibling Stoat used “geologist” as an insult, I think:
hard rock geologists have done rather poorly in science, because they have become unfashionable
Hey! I resemble that remark!
(Point taken, at least career-wise. In the past 20 years, many departments have replaced retiring rock geeks with climate geeks. But some of us aren’t bitter, and most of us accept that climate science has made huge advances in the past 20 years. In fact, I said something like that in a recent survey from… maybe AAAS?)
I blog because I think rocks are interesting. But perhaps blogging about the inherent coolness of rocks isn’t enough to save the field. Maybe we need a fashion makeover.
On the other hand, geologists aren’t universally seen as unfashionable. Why, geologists have even been described as the “coolest and sexiest men alive”…
Maybe we do need help from Dr. Isis. But for other kinds of advice.