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I'm a consulting geologist for a small company in the Denver area. I study problems related to active tectonics, using geomorphology, structural geology and remote sensing.

Monday, December 22, 2008

christmas tree

This tree mysteriously appeared in my house without my ever having to raise a bow-saw in a national forest. another pic will follow once it's decorated... but I like it bare at the moment.


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

building blocks

Figures for a talk at AGU... these are the drafts, without any of the sciency-stuff on the edges of the block diagrams.


Monday, December 08, 2008

back to work...

Ah, I'm finally done with teaching this semester... and not a moment too soon. The American Geophysical Union's annual fall meeting is in one week and my presentation is 80 percent done, but that last 20 percent is pretty friggin' important. It's also the hardest, because it's the last 20 percent that makes the whole presentation work. It's taking me a while just to get back into my own research. Anyway, this week will be completely focused on finishing this presentation and trouble-shooting issues that some colleagues have brought up.

I am really looking forward to being back in San Fran...


Thursday, November 20, 2008


This morning Boulder awoke to a thin veneer of ice coating every leaf and blade exposed to the sky, looking like we had been attacked overnight by someone set on varnishing the earth. Actually this is quite a nice change from the 70 degree days we've been getting... not to say that 70 degree weather isn't nice, but it is currently November in Colorado. My chilly bike ride to work this morning, for which I swaddled myself in fleece and down whilst slurping my coffee with one hand, took me past the same cop who wrote me a citation yesterday. This morning he was writing another bike-commuter a citation... as I rode past and gave the other biker a knowing look, I raised my coffee cup to the officer and reiterated what he told me yesterday, "keep one hand on the bar!".

more importantly, I also rode past a blackberry stand that I stopped at and snapped this picture of. A nice image of what this season should really look like.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Picture Rock

Be sure to watch the high-quality version on youtube (just click the video when it's playing)... this is shot over the last couple of days. Trail crews of volunteers built this trail with the guidance and support of BMA and IMBA, and Boulder OSMP.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My living room...

This was my living room, as it appeared this afternoon. Ridiculous. The silver bike in the stand has a cracked frame (the downtube is cracked across the primary pivot mount) so all the parts are getting transferred to the SC Nomad in the background... it's about time anyway. My one roommate who doesn't really ride was sitting in the midst of this disarray this evening and said he thought it was 'pretty cool' when I apologized for the mess. For the rest of you riding fools, living in these conditions is so-so, but it's much better when you have a two-car garage for the 'fleet'.


Saturday, November 08, 2008

rattlesnake gulch

This is pretty shaky, but I uploaded a much higher quality version compared to the first one... sorry but shaky's what you get with a 54mm lens (the 170 degree wide-angle would solve that) but you can still get a sense of how loose and rocky this trail is. I am still searching for a really ideal trail to film from top to bottom... these clips are kind of test runs... hopefully by the spring I'll have a good plan for a trail shoot. BTW, notice the 8-point buck that was on the trail at the bottom!



This is just a small step-down from one of the parking lots on campus... there's a bit of a booter to the take-off but the tranny is pretty shallow so it's not really a good idea to hit it with too much speed... you'll huck to flat and wipe on the concrete that's right at the bottom of the hill. For those of you not fluent in bikebrolingo: this hill drops off after a parking lot. There is a bit of a lip at the edge, so if you hit it too fast you will overshoot the smooth landing and that would be bad.


Eldorado Canyon


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

too funny.

Whazzup!!! This was a Budweiser commercial in 2000... the redux is awesome...



We, as young people, are hungry for this chance at choosing the direction we want for our country, and the chance to shape the face we show to the rest of the world. This generation, my generation, faces eagerly for the first time forward into the uncertain future, knowing that we will be tested but certain of our ability to meet any challenges ahead. Like Barack says, "there is nothing false about hope", and we have shown this already. We will try, in the coming years, to bring change and support progress as best we can, so that everyone's hopes have a chance to be realized. Now is a time for peace, for unity, and for strength. My own hope is for all the people who feel as I do to realize that what we have won in this historic election is not change... but a chance to be a part of change, to participate in our own future, and to nurse and grow this nation back into what we think it should be. Our home, and a home to all those who want what we want... not to be rich, or consume everything in sight, but to live together and work together to ensure for future generations the same opportunities and freedoms that have been provided for us.


Yes, We Can.

If you're still bitter after listening to this, there's always four years from now. In the meantime however, deal with it. Congratulations President Obama. We HAVE chosen to change. Yes, We Can.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Republicans and Voter Fraud

WHY is it, every time I hear about a voter fraud scandal, it's in the form of an attack against democratic voters perpetrated by (presumably) conservative "citizens".

Note: I've separated the word "citizens" here because in my view (and that of various philosophical thinkers) a true citizen is someone who contributes constructively to their society... in some political models citizenship is only earned through service. People who practice voter fraud are not citizens; these people do just as much damage to our democracy as any militant terrorist could.

The latest fraud-scandal comes in the form of bogus text-messages telling Obama supporters to wait until tomorrow (AFTER election day) to cast their votes to avoid long lines. Personally I think the FBI (and CIA) should extradite whichever abjectly loathsome (again, presumably) republican schmucks that sent the messages to Gitmo to be forcibly interrogated and indefinitely detained.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Brainard Lake

Last weekend. Nice weather, great trail, no assholes. Yesterday I literally had a run-in with somebody who MUST have been having a terrible day. At least I hope he was having a terrible day because this guy was acting like a total *^%$. While I was descending a new section of single-track I met with another rider who was climbing; he looked like an experienced rider so I slowed down, said 'hello' and got over to the right of the trail. There was plenty of room for us to pass but this guy was incensed (apparently) that I had the audacity to not completely stop and get off the trail to let him by. Anyway, his response to this terrible slight was to purposely shoulder-check me right off the trail as he rode straight into me without even acknowledging my jovial greeting!

NOTE: (Technically, descenders yield to climbers. In practice however, most riders assess the situation and act accordingly. In fact, I generally yield to people descending and consider it a sign of respect and skill when riders slow and pass without forcing the another rider to stop. Slowing and pulling over to the right counts as yielding in my book)

It didn't stop there. This idiot then engaged me in a yelling match over trail etiquette, "Don't you know the rules!? Get off the trail!! I knew you weren't going to stop so I did that on Purpose! You got a problem with that?!" Jeez... I told him that I didn't have a problem with the rules, just him. I also told him to relax; "it's a nice evening, just enjoy the ride!" I rode away from him while he was still fuming. I could tell it would have made his day to get into a fight right then and there. In classic cheap-shot bully form, he even yelled after me, "Yeah! Keep riding P@$$&!"

I just laughed, but that totally ruined the ride... I never really understand what causes some people to just be jerks.


Monday, October 27, 2008

leaf peep.


fall strawberries...

I brought my potted plants inside last week since it started frosting at night... the herbs are just kind of doing their thing, but the strawberry plant I've got in a pot was a bit shocked by the relatively warm clime of our living room. A few days ago I noticed a flower bud, and this morning there are two flowers on it... maybe I'll get a christmas strawberry!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

new vid

this was just a little clip from the crested butte trip this summer... me doing a coaster-wheelie at the bottom of the 401. Too bad I was in front the whole way down the actual trail... I don't have any good clips from the actual ride.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

La Sals overlooking Moab

I went for a ride up in the La Sal mountains near Moab last weekend... it was absolutely freezing up there (frozen ground and snow in the creek valleys) but beautiful. I bundled up and rode for a little while along the Trans-LaSal trail, ultimately eating lunch during a break in the clouds and then heading back to the shelter of my car. I snapped this along the way, and messed around with it a bit in photoshop... anyway, the view of the trail, overlooking Moab valley below. Of course my bike had to make it in the pic.


Moab - 08


Geo field trips

Last weekend I helped my advisor lead a field trip for structural field geology. The trip was into the needles and grabens of canyonlands national park, in Utah. 20 people and 5 jeeps was a bit of a logistical nightmare, but nobody flipped a jeep off a cliff or anything, so that was good. This is why I like geology... field-expeditions into remote areas and exceptional structures like perfect full-grabens, relay-ramps and fault controlled sink holes.

Monday, October 06, 2008

learning to Pan

I got stopped on the bike path the other morning by a man who asked to take my picture. He explained that he was taking a photo-techniques class and was learning about "panning" (where the photographer manually follows a moving subject with the lens while shooting, accentuating the sense of motion). I humored this and did a few passes for him while pulling wheelies and what-not. This version is a little modified from the raw file they gave me, but the effect is the same. Had I been shooting, I would have been closer to my subject, shot with wide-angle and used a flash as I over-panned (panned faster than the subject) in order to freeze frame the image but retain trails extending backward from the subject. anyway....


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blog Blaugh

The last few weeks have been dominated by students, teaching, meetings, and random tasks that have completely eaten up my time. Somehow, in the midst of all this, I've managed to get a few things finished, but nothing that was on my 'list' as of three weeks ago. Finalizing gravity profile models has not happened. I have not finished a draft of my next paper. I haven't even finalized my plans to attend AGU this year!

Add to all this a brief bout with a hell of a case of stomach-flu, and a general sense of fatigue, and the result has been a busy-yet-somehow-unproductive few weeks. blaugh.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

EU supports science research

I think this is hilarious... notice all the loner noble gasses, brilliant!


Meso-scale Structural Control of Western Taiwan Morphology Based on Integrated Analysis of Spatially Correlated Datasets.

Taiwan has been described by various models which each approximate an overall behavior of the orogen, yet no single posited model has succeeded in providing a synthesis of the entire suite of geophysical and geological data available across a wide range of observational scales. Along strike variability of structural styles, seismological activity, gravitational field strength and flexural response of the foreland have all been addressed at island encompassing scales in previous investigations; most existing models of Taiwan’s evolution fail to account for certain anomalous observations at intermediate scales. Spatial correlation of several such observations in Taiwan occurs between different data types, and coincides with recognized shifts in structural and depositional regimes, highlighting a region surrounding Taichung and Puli in Western Taiwan. This region exhibits a discrete structural style from the rest of the foreland, historically experiences large destructive earthquakes and is also spatially correlative with a -60 mGal gravity anomaly. The Taichung basin itself is composed primarily of Pleistocene synorogenic sediments, is larger and deeper than any other basin elsewhere on the island and does not appear to be isostatically compensated, however the reasons for this have not been fully explained in flexural models to date. The existence of the Puli Topographic Embayment additionally suggests that variations occur in one or more of the parameters which affect rock uplift and/or erosion in the region, such as the strength of the underlying decollement, rheology of the deforming wedge, or changes in either tectonic or surficial boundary conditions. We suggest that the Chinese Continental Margin, which exhibits a systematically variable distribution of pre-existing normal faults, is structurally incorporated into the orogenic wedge beneath the northern Hsueshan and northern Alishan ranges, but is resistant to incorporation beneath Taichung and Puli. This pattern of structural inversion and incorporation strongly contributes to the meso-scale along-strike variations in overall wedge geometry of Western Taiwan. These observations support our new hypothesis that the Puli topographic embayment is the result of the indentation of a basement low, buttressed to the north and south by basement highs, rather than a result of indentation by the Peikang basement high alone. The spatial correlation of anomalies further inboard of the active mountain-front nicely demonstrates the long-term affects of this anisotropic template being accreted and subsequently incorporated into the orogen. This new work allows for a more integrated understanding of the interactive processes which are responsible for both large-scale and meso-scale morphologies of the Taiwanese orogen.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Kaoss Pad

These are nifty expensive little gizmos that essentially replace a loop sampler, beat machine, tone generator and mixer/filter... all in one. This clip is of someone using only the internal circuits with no external source (you can run anything kind of external sources too). Kind of minimal-beat style.


Friday, August 29, 2008


sometimes I love colorado. but right now I wish I was in washington...

This is a map of the pollen concentrations today


Tuesday, August 26, 2008


amazing breaking clip, really this crew has got to be one of the better I've seen.... I think this is from the "planet b-boy" documentary. Mostly I just like the clip.


Igor Kenk

This guy is a damn punk. Glad they caught him.

Prolific bicycle thief arrested


Monday, August 25, 2008


I finally figured out today why most people don't wear flip-flops while mountain biking. It has mostly to do, I think, with the fact that if you crash you run the risk of getting your feet cut up or mashed or whatever. Luckily (I suppose) I went the simple route and just removed some skin from the top of my foot. I was commuting home from my office on campus, and (as usual) was practicing wheelies and manuals and such, when I had to avoid a kid (freshman?)....

My front wheel slid out (once I had put it back on the ground... I know, 100% my fault) and so I found I was sliding along the ground in a kneeling position with my shin kind of tucked underneath me. At the end of the slide (My jeans left a 4 foot blue skid-mark on the concrete) I popped back up and hadn't even lost a flop... both were still in place, but I had managed to put holes in my last intact pair of jeans. I also put a few holes in myself but nothing worth complaining about. Darn kids ;p

(the lower right scab above my knee is from last week... the new ones are from today)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I hadn't seen this one yet... awesome!


Color Tests

I tried to do an anaglyph using a color base... it works, but it's still a little hard to look at. The image itself (the overlain satellite image) is very low-res, things would probably look a lot better if I used a higher-quality image.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Anaglyphs are awesome...

Today I was supposed to go into work and magically turn about 10 pages of notes (already typed) into about 5 pages of carefully sculpted prose with a scientific twist. That somehow failed to happen (again) so instead I learned how to generate 3D anaglyph images using expensive software (a commercial single-user node-locked Mac OS-X license for ENVI+IDL = $7000).

Yeah... that's SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS... seriously. I should note that since this software was developed by faculty in my department, I get that same license for twenty-five bucks.

Anyway, I finally figured out how to make totally-sweet 3D anaglyphs from my also-totally-sweet high resolution digital elevation model data of taiwan... essentially I hope to be including images like this in posters so that I can give a poster presentation in one of those crowded AGU aisles with a bunch of people standing around, all wearing goofy red-and-blue glasses. The image below is a south-looking view across high terraces in Puli. You will need a standard pair of 3D glasses to see this, or just something red and something cyan to look through. Red goes over your left eye.


return of the kiddies

It's beginning. clueless adults with dazed-and-confused looks on their faces, children throwing tantrums and wishing their parents would just leave already... I speak of course, about the beginning of the fall semester. Along with the influx of something like twenty-thousand kids (I can say that, because many of them are ten years younger than I am) comes the heightened risks of commuting through town. Boulder, compared to a place like Manhattan, is bike-commuter heaven; many wide concrete paths wind through and around the perimeter of town, have painted lane markers and pass either under or over major roads. Bicycle-car interactions are minimized, but just as dangerous are the behaviours of uninitiated riders on the bike-paths. I have several friends who have suffered injury (broken collarbones, torn ankle ligaments, concussions) because of kids not knowing the rules of the paths, or just lacking common sense. I myself have found that some kids just home in on you like heat-seeking missiles; swerving directly into your lane, slamming on brakes in front of you, ultimately just doing everything in their power to bring about a head-on collision. That is why, this year, I feel very comfortable riding my 35 pound free-ride/downhill bike around town; it's a version of the compact-car/SUV crash model - The bigger vehicle wins. As the actual new-student arrival date approaches, I may start wearing my full-face helmet and body armor too... that way when some unwitting, unaware, foolish child swerves into my lane of the path I can offer a verbal warning but I am no longer going to swerve off the path, or risk my own injury to save them from the embarrassment of learning a lesson the hard way.

I regularly offer friendly advice to drivers in town... like when they pull in front of me across a bike-path I may whistle sharply and say, "hey, watch out for the bike path" or "please don't block the path". I generally assume that if a driver doesn't have a bike-rack on their car they don't know any better, so there's no need to curse and yell at them... most of the time. There are occasions when I wish I had something like a balloon full of honey or oil that I could lob, but maybe some of these magnets would be better.

It seems like biker/driver tensions are gaining momentum, but personally I just think more people are hearing about it... I have always been yelled at and harassed by drivers, regardless of where I was riding or what I was doing. Check out some good articles on the subject...

From BikesnobNYC, about a cop that should be strapped to a rusty bike-rack naked and flogged with an old inner-tube: NYPD assaults cyclist
...Or this one about the misadventures of commuting in a big city, And finally this from a more reputable source: The NY Times on Moving Targets.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

New professional contact

After about three years I've decided to actually put my contact information and some form of a CV up on my department webpage... the content isn't there yet, but the splash page should be. Check it out here first...


Friday, August 08, 2008

spaceships and church...

see: "come on..." and "How stupid do you have to be?" for some background on this....

Reading back through some previous posts, and listening to some interesting talks about creativity in skool and what 'purpose' modern education serves (a valid question) I've come to realize, or perhaps merely posit, that organized religion is one of the last major stumbling blocks that human, global, society faces with respects to making the necessary steps to start exploring beyond our preconceived limits. The stars are one thing... is light-speed an attainable goal? what about superluminal travel (i.e. subspace or wormholes)?? Screw traveling to alpha-centauri... why can't we (humans) develop and disseminate electric cars? solar panels? wind-turbines? tide-turbines? geothermal exchangers? There exists so much calculable clout and solid design behind these ideas, it's literally a wonder these technologies haven't been globally shared and implemented already. ...but perhaps not so much a wonder when considering how much money stands to be made off prospects like drilling oil in Venezuela (which harbors some of the richest and most extensive, as yet untapped, oil reserves on the planet) or Alaska. ...or how much money the "big four" stand to make off their no-bid contracts in Iraq. It's disgusting, really.

I drive a car, whenever I need to transport more than 40 pounds of cargo. My car (a '96 VW golf) gets ~35mpg but I still feel lame driving it when I don't absolutely need to. It's a luxury; one that I feel privileged to have at my disposal, but a luxury none the less. If I had the money (or could cheat my way into it) I would quickly convert my golf, or buy a car like this one.


Prophet, or perve?

"To my understanding the Koran does not place a limit and it is up to what your own power, your own endowment and ability allows," he says. - this from Mohammed Bello Abubakar, 84, of Nigeria.

This man has married 84 wives, and has sired "at least 170 children"....


The other thing that gets me:
"Every mealtime they cook three 12kg bags of rice which all adds up to $915 (£457) every day."

OK... I buy rice by the 12kg bag, and here in Boulder (admittedly one of the more expensive places to live within the united states) I pay a whopping $25 per bag. So, by my back-of-the-envelope calculation, I would pay 75 dollars for three 12kg bags, whereas this man spends almost a thousand??!! ...boy is he getting ripped off (or the BBC reporter for this particular article is WAY off in their reporting. Either way, I'm glad I (most likely) will never sire even a hundred children (actually, I'd hope to keep the total to no more than twice two orders of magnitude less than that!)



Wednesday, July 30, 2008

today's screen



My body is a little sore. My arms are deeply scratched and my legs bruised. I've been exploring trails out in the Indian Peaks and Roosevelt national forest areas recently, with varying success... some trails are almost impossible to ride and others look more like the world-class singletrack that Colorado is known for. "School-Bus" approaches the latter... it's a medium grade (1000 vertical feet in ~3 miles) singletrack that winds across the sheltered slopes of Tennessee Mountain. The conditions include everything from tight aspen clutches with sandy hardpack to open pine forests with squishy loam and roots under tread. The climb out is not a killer, but definitely a grind; the real payoff is coming back down. The first time I rode it I wanted my full face helmet, the second time I rode it (yesterday) I brought my full-face, and all my body-armor. The descent is basically limited by your skill - or your fear - but the trails really allow for full-out speed, and the only thing you have to do is be prepared to thread a few tight spots. Even wearing full arm and leg guards it's a little sketchy, since nothing will ruin your day faster than clipping a tree with your handlebars at 30mph, pads or no. I came close yesterday, catching a full-grown pine tree with my arm. It didn't knock me over (or even slow me down) but I did get rashed through my arm-guard, a reminder that full armor doesn't make you invincible.

It's worth the risk though; trails like schoolbus demand one's full attention when going all out, and it's one of the few things that can get me to stop thinking about work... the forest blurs and everything in the periphery just disappears; only the twists and squeezes of the path ahead are left.


Monday, July 28, 2008


I can only work for so many hours in a day before I have to turn to some other task. Geology (and science in general) is so structured... my days are dominated by geometries, kinematics, gravitational anomalies and lithospheric flexural behaviours. Data is analyzed, solutions reached and results presented; it all seems very droll at times, as though a monkey could do this. Creativity comes into it at times, in the sense that it facilitates making connections between data sets and jumping to a conclusion (that I then have to prove)... but it still lacks a certain purity. Putting pen to paper, tools to wood or brush to canvas allows for such honest and unbounded creativity of the sort that scientists rarely get the chance to enjoy. I occasionally have small desktop projects, but recently I've just been making desktop images (for my screen) when I can't focus on science. Yesterday's (yes I was working all day Sunday) is below....


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

come on....

So, the Soyuz is being replaced and the Russians and Europeans have unveiled their new manned-spacecraft design. It looks like a turd. Now... I know that ballistics dictates that a radially symmetric design is the most stable in flight when things like lift are unnecessary... but come on, even a ballistics expert doesn't have to be blind to aesthetics. For instance: solar panels. I know the attraction to having outboard panels, but they are even more susceptible to damage flopping about like that... why not figure out a coating that would allow the panels to be incorporated into the skin of the vehicle? It would do away with external pieces that jam when folding, and it would look hella-sweet. What I'm really lamenting here is the lack of government interest in building a proper space-cruiser.. If these were cars, the Soyuz would be like the Yugo or maybe a geo-metro, the space-shuttle might be a cadillac sedan, but what I want to see oriting the planet is something like a super-duper lamborghini/hummer with a million little windows and a design that just looks awesome. What will aliens think when they look at us and see how our crude little ships putt around in orbit? we'd be like the dunces of the galaxy, sitting in the corner way out here at the end of an arm with our turd-like ships that can't even get us to the nearest star. lame.


...this is more like it.

...even this would be better!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Claritin Apollo

Feelin' a bit spacey today.... taking allergy meds and trying to work out what has and what hasn't been said about my research area in the published literature. The picture is just a shot from the Apollo 11 mission, that I played with a little bit during my morning coffee. Sometimes I wish I had my own awesome space-suit and brief-case-air-supply... at least the suit could keep the grass pollen out of my system.


Monday, July 21, 2008


Typhoon Kalmaegi washed over central Taiwan this weekend, dumping 900mm (yeah, that's three feet) of rain. 19 people were killed in floods or debris flows, mostly in Nantou county. Luckily for us (in a purely academic way) I installed a couple of automatic cameras in the region this spring... hopefully they captured some images of the rivers' responses to such an input. In the meantime tho, I'll post a couple of pictures from the news in Taiwan... The picture of the guy was taken in Taichung, the major city that sits in the central basin of the island and the picture of the house full of mud is from Yu-chi, a couple kilometers south of Puli. This is why I wear flip-flops and shorts when I'm there... because you really do have to wade through the streets sometimes.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Spare Time

...Maybe someday I'll have enough of it to get into something like Arborsculpture... check it out:

Arborsmith Studios


Monday, July 14, 2008

Good Boy!

On my way by Cafe Sole the other morning... This is actually a somewhat normal sight in Boulder.


Friday, July 11, 2008

beat chef

Hi All,

Friday finds me researching pina colada recipes and trying to come up with a new idea for something to grill for a group of friends... perhaps built around seared Tuna or maybe a variation of my butterflied Vietnamese/jerk chicken. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a recipe (from Beardyman) for a funky break. Just for extra measure, I'm also including another beardyman vid of beatbox looping... no instruments or drum machines are used, just a loop sampler.


Monday, July 07, 2008


The last month has seen me struggle to overcome jet-lag, stare drooling at my computer during work, completely reorganize my house, move one roommate out and find a replacement, and eventually refocus on work to start analyzing some of the myriad data that I was given during my recent-ish trip to Taiwan. Once or twice, I've also managed to do fun things, like cook and ride my bike. I still haven't come up with any good biking photos this year, so I'll share a couple of cooking photos... I did a few seared pork ribs with an off-the-cuff marinade/rub (oil, salt, lime, cilantro, vietnamese hot sauce, chipotle, chile molido, tomatillos). Sliced thin, served with grilled asparagus and roasted tomatillo. I also took some of the roasted tomatillo and made some salsa for bread with a bit of virgin olive oil and some cinnamon basil.


Wednesday, July 02, 2008


A word I don't hear very often, but an interesting one. I was just reminded of it while reading this article from the BBC about a young woman who got stuck in a tree while trying to save a cat stuck in the same tree. I'd say I'm pretty chuffed about the work that I'm getting done finally, and patterns are becoming apparent, I just don't know what they all mean yet.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beatbox Flute

I have never seen this before, tho apparently it's been on the internets for a while. Check it out:

By the way, both these guys are professional symphony and chamber orchestra musicians, this is a side project for them. Just google Beatbox Flute or Greg Patillo and you'll see some interesting things.



I've been choking on data recently... having problems converting data formats and getting over-focused on minutia related to really minor aspects of my work. Although it hasn't been the best use of my time (yesterday was practically a waste because of file format issues) I still came up with a couple interesting figures. I've been trying to show that a certain suite of terraces are actually and old basin floor deposit, but this image seems to say otherwise. Either that or the mapping is just off a little and the georectification could be changed enough to make an argument for that hypothesis.

Science seems largely subjective some times, which is a little scary. The picture is interesting anyway...