Category Archives: Rants

Adjuncts and STEM education

I am now employed, almost full time. I have been for about a year and a half now. The job is great, the pay is OK, and the location is wonderful. This has been a huge relief to me, finding … Continue reading

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Mass Transit

I saw this article in the New York Times today, and thought I’d mention it as a kind of part 2 of my commentary on high gas prices (see my post from a year ago here, although prices have continued … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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AGU Meeting Planner

I spent some time this morning searching the schedule for the upcoming American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, and decided to vent. The on-line abstract searcher and meeting planner could be the most user-unfriendly and time-wasting internet tools around. … Continue reading

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Amory Lovins and Technology

I had a chance recently to see Amory Lovins speak. Lovins (not McLovins, as I found myself saying) has a rather impressive resume, but he is bet known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute … Continue reading

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Fighting Pseudo-Science, Prime Time Edition

Unfortunately I did not write my contribution to the Accretionary Wedge #2 (How the Earth Can Kill You). I am going to post this thought though. although I understand it is a poor replacement. Read the Accretionary Wedge first, there … Continue reading

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The Geobola Virus

I complained in this recent post that geology does not get enough respect as an exciting, relevant, and important science. I wondered why that was, and today learned at least one of the causes. That is, the geobola virus. The … Continue reading

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I’m sorry, I must have missed it when you said "and geology"

I was reading two articles on the New York Times Science section today (in 12 minute bursts, keeping in time with the machine I am running). I had first thought of posting about the intersection of the two. The first … Continue reading

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Cardboard Baozi Retraction

Looks like this story might have been made up, my apologies. Although, as the anonymous commenter points out, who’s to say this isn’t a face saving maneuver by the already food scandaled Chinese government? It would be interesting to see … Continue reading

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No thanks, I only eat organic free-range cardboard

I am leaving this post up but it turns out it might have been all made up, see my retraction here. The authenticity of the original report and the later correction are both debatable. I have recently hinted that my … Continue reading

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