Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Big as a House! (just realized the first two are actually the same face from slightly different angles. Oh, well)
Penny the size of a grapefruit! (This is a slightly weathered face, but still fresh enough to see the texture)
Duuuude! That is just too freaky!
Imagine the whole region from, say, Mercury to Mars a-swirl with li'l sparkly green gemstones. It's the stuff of happy hallucinations. And apparently it really happened.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Asperatus clouds last night behind my favorite coffee shop.
Same pic with the contrast ramped up, to show more of the detail.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Gay marriage, as I've said before, isn't really my issue, but I abhor the idea of denying people the right to marry whomever they please. Discrimination is just wrong.See, every time I start out to say something like that, I get all verbose and eloquent, and on and on, and here I go again. But the point is that many people I know are gay. While I don't discuss others' sexual habits, or my own, there are as many ways to express love as there are people, and no one is beyond reproach on that topic. As I have gotten over some of my youthful discomfort with homosexuality, I have moved beyond caring whether a person is or isn't "flamboyantly" gay. I have reached the point where I don't even know what I thought that meant. I have also reached the point where I'm pretty supportive of an "in your face" approach to dealing with outrageous stereotyping, hate-mongering, and discrimination. Case in point: I once told a complete stranger who was going on about "fags," "Look, I'm gay, and I find that pretty fucking offensive. Would you like to continue?" (It didn't hurt that I was twice the size of the guy.)
From Serious Lulz, a site which, after looking it over a bit, I seriously suspect will show up in the Sunday Funnies. I can almost garn-tee it.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I was not particularly intimidated by heights as a youngster, but I had a couple of experiences in my 30's, and one as a field trip leader a few years ago involving a whole bunch of students (with bad results for no one, I should add), that have left me
So why am I posting it? The kitteh is fine! Some minor injuries, but already home safe. Lucky's owners say they will never open the windows again. Nice, smart, hoomins! Oh and yes, the cat's name really is "Lucky" Via BuzzFeed. There's also another picture and a newsclip video in which the vet explains why the cat survived, but (thankful me) not video of the fall.
Trivia: This tidbit of information, that cats are more likely to survive extreme falls than moderate falls, was established maybe 20 years ago, but few seem to be aware of it. It is counterintuitive from the hoomin point of view.
Which is at odds with the result I posted here: $2792. However (honesty is the best policy), the current valution from that site is a whopping $83!
But I'm not satisfied with the accuracy of any of those valuators. After looking around in Paint.net (a freeware image editor that I'm learning and pretty much liking- infinitely superior to the bundled Paint app), and mustering the full power of my almost (but not quite) non-existant skills at making sense of the hash that is HTML, I found a valuator I like much, much better:
My blog is worth One Zillion dollars!
How much is your blog worth?
Followup: I have tidied this up a bit and saved it as a simple picture, which I have placed on the second-level sidebar. Feel free to steal if you think your blog is also worth One Zillion Dollars! I think it is.
Monday, June 1, 2009
The geology in this area is so varied, I'm not sure where to start. There is a metamorphic complex that I think dates back to late Paleozoic(?), which is intruded by some Mesozoic plutons (see this post). During the Cenezoic, there were two major episodes of volcanism. First was the Miocene Steens Mountain basalt (correlative to the CRB, but smaller in scale, and more southern vent/fissure locations). Later came the Pliocene McDermitt Caldera silicic volcanics. The eponymous caldera is some distance from this location, I'm thinking 40-50 miles to the ENE, but there are large volumes of tuff, both sedimentary and welded, and rhyolite flows associated with this episode in the area. One of the few places in the US that has gem-quality opal is Virgin Valley, maybe 10 miles west (as the crow flies, not as the road drives) from the GoogleEarth image location. Many of the gemmy opals are a replacement of wood buried in tuffaceous sediment, which gives added beauty with the wood grain. Wood that has been replaced with common opal is pretty abundant and easy to find, and quite beautiful even without the opalesence. Virigin Valley also happens to be my favoritest camping area evar.
Finally, since the McDermitt volcanics, basin and range spreading has ripped the area apart, allowing some relatively minor basaltic volcanism. There is also some mineralization, the age of which I don't know- given the complex history of the area, my initial supposition would be mutliple episodes. There are/have been claims for gold, copper and molybdenum that I know of. There are many, many abandoned mines in the area, and last I knew, one medium-sized one in operation. The latter was after moly, but was picking up some chalcopyrite as frosting, in a large quartz vein. It was actually on the road across the valley from 140 to that mine that I first guessed this photo might have been shot.
That's my story, and I'm sticking with it. But if I'm right, I'll feel pushed to do a bigger spread on this absolutely wonderful area. Also if I'm right, Silver, where the dickens were you standing?
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Now, I should probably explain, since I don't think I have before, just how I go about compiling these posts. Over the course of the 30 days, GoogleReader tells me I have "read" 18,746 items. That works out to roughly 4300-4400 per week. Now I haven't actually read all of those; many are repeats, many are uninteresting, many are basically copy-n-paste posts whose texts are 90% or more simply pulled from elsewhere (that I have often already read), with very little effort to add anything. But of those 600+ posts that I skim over each day, maybe 125 of those are comedy, humor, silly, pop culture, and the ilk. Each day I star and share a few that made me crack up. "Shared" items can be seen any time by clicking the "Lockwood's Shared Items" button under "Stuff I haven't blogged yet" or the linked quote. Fair warning- it's all sorts of stuff that I've found interesting, not just amusement. It's the kind of stuff I consider blogging on or discussing with friends here at my favorite coffee shop: a very disjointed, eclectic mix of topics and writings that have particularly engaged me.
Then each Sunday, when I've finished all my reading, I go through that list and paste what I think are the funniest of the humorous items that have accumulated there since the last Sunday, and, if I think about it, whatever cosmic debris has landed in my e-mail or other browsing sources. I don't know how to stick those latter links in my shared items, so at some point I have to remember that there's other stuff I want to mix in with the funnies, and go track it down either on the web or hard drive. I feel pretty strongly that I should give attribution when I can, so I try to paste a source link with each image.
Finally, I try to come up with some narrative to give the whole mass of "borrowed" pictures some kind of coherence. I'm not necessarily looking hard for a theme, but somtimes one emerges. And sometimes it's just incoherent, but folks seem to enjoy it anyway.
Well, the theme that seemed to pop out at me today is science and science fiction.I was thinking about doing this as a post on its own when it came out in the NYT on Tuesday, but my initial reaction to the picture above was so funny I decided to save it for this post: the thought that went through my mind was "Is that a pencil for scale?" So at a cost of $3.5 billion, we have managed to shrink a team of caffeine-overdosed technicians (I didn't perceive the guy on the platform at first), equiped them with pocket knives, and created the world's largest pencil sharpener- most expensive one, too. A dual Win.
Now all comedy aside, this is actually a very interesting and amazing article, especially if you're interested in fusion power. And you should be. And in fairness, at the same time the NYT was posting an op-ed suggesting we should just write off fusion power as an expensive lost cause, a number of European papers were covering much of the same ground as the above article, and more (See details here). Nearly six months ago. See why I like foreign papers? From Tuesday's article:
The project’s director, Ed Moses, said that getting to the cusp of ignition(defined as the successful achievement of fusion) had taken some 7,000 workers and 3,000 contractors a dozen years, their labors creating a precision colossus of millions of parts and 60,000 points of control, 30 times as many as on the space shuttle.In other "architectual wonders" news, there's this faucet:
see more Fail Blog. Now here's the thing with failblog: I have little problem with them swiping other's photos without attribution (...well maybe a little...), but plastering the word FAIL on it does not make it funnier. On the contrary, it's gratuitous, repetitve and after a while, downright grating. Still funny, but failblog, you're in danger of FAIL.
This in itself is not so much funny as very cool and inspiring... a seven-year old sent NASA an idea for getting the Spirit Rover out of its Martian sandtrap. Apparently, the technicians hadn't thought of this, are very excited, and are busy running tests to see if it's feasible.
The rover drivers were so pleased, in fact, that they promised to send Julian a reward! If they can find him, that is. Their proposed reward (this is the funny part)? "18 tonnes of KSC-1 mars simulant, and the mobility test bed rover." (KSC-1 is a material designed to mimic the properties of Martian soil, and the mtbr is a functional replica of the rover to use here on Earth to try to solve mobility problems)
Savage Chickens points out another technical achievement with unintended consequences...
...and Neat Gemstones finds a nice lesson in physics, a crucial disciplinary component of the above four accomplishments, in her post "A Sign You May Be Driving Too Fast:"(or at least accelerating too quickly)
Shifting over to the bio-sciences, we see here a marvelous evolutionary adaptation in camoflage. This allows the organism to elude the senses of his primary food source, chess pieces and checkers, until it's much, much too late for them.From Tattoo Disaters, an irregular, but often funny (and sometimes horrifying, and possibly mildly NSFW) Tat photos.
Cougars are all the buzz this spring, here in my cozy little burg: there was one out in the northern part of town that was scared off from taking a cat, frighteningly close to a school. Now we have word from Philomath, a small town about 5 miles west, that "Chiquita the Chihuahua and Rosie the border terrier chased off a cougar that strayed into this small town near the Oregon State University campus." (From OregonLive) Within a couple of hours, blogger buddy Tengrain posted this picture. I don't know if it was the actual event, but I think it might plausibly explain how a chihuahua and a border terrier might chase off a cougar.
And on the subject of "What's for dinner?" that fish shows a surprising perspicacity regarding both the food chain and pop culture...
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Archie, likewise, is pondering the imperatives of biology, as it was announced that he was finally going to propose to Veronica. My guess? I'm betting Veronica turns him down and he runs back to Betty, and does right by her. Medium Large has a different take: (front page here)For whatever reason, one search topic that brings a disproportionate number of folks to my favorite coffee shop is squirrels. I don't totally understand why, but yes, I have posted a few. And I don't particularly care for the fact that this sign wouldn't have been edited unless someone had actually tried the action in question:
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OK, let's take a bit of a break, and go have a drink...
see more Lolcats and funny pictures. Well, maybe not. How about a snack over at the pizza place?
(Domino’s Three Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Pasta Bread Bowl) Urp... definitely not! BTW, This Is Why You're Fat, Congrats! on what may be your first bacon-free post ever. (not really, but it is a rare event) For a real celebration, see if you can find something that my vegan friends would have to think over carefully.
OK, after that, I've lost most of my appetite. Maybe just a bagel? Or a piece of toast?
No. No, no, no, no. No refreshment break today. I'm starting to look at those goldfish. (From Criggo, of course)
After all that nutritional science, I'm ready for some fictional science. Much safer, that. Must. Not. Think about. Cheesy mac and cheese. Cheesy bread cheese Bowl. With Cheesy box. And Cheese.
see more Lol Celebs
Pills are not generally considered nutritional, are they?
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There are Dragons! And we would not want our wake-up call to be a nucular-armed dragon blowing a mushroom cloud out of the receiver, frying what little brains we had left!
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No! Do! Do Look! Uhhh... Bin Laden's in there! You could catch him! You'd be a hero! Loooook!
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Well have a good week out there in the work line...
(From Criggo, of course)
Don't believe everything they tell you, and absolutely don't believe it's as important as they tell you... you need to figure that one out for yourself: (from The Quotations Page)
The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. David BrinkleyWell, that was fun, but here's the thing: I like science. I hope I don't have to do this to it again. Maybe horror? No, wait, I like that too:
US television newscaster (1920 - 2003)
From Weather Moose, a meteorologist's blog, but mostly about the travails of a young family, with some science and funny thrown in the mix.