Sunday, April 13, 2014

What I've been up to lately

It has been really busy around here lately, with the end of the semester always seems to bring chaos in the form of final projects, homework, and exams. Mix in the fact that I am preparing for 50 days in the field at the start of May, and you can see why blog posts have been few and far between. Nonetheless, we have been having some fun around our house with our new little puppy Mika that we adopted for Sarah's birthday from the Foothills Animal Shelter right here in Golden. She has been a lot of fun to have around the house and I know that Dakota has been enjoying having a little mini-me to run around the house with.


Outside of school and Mika keeping us busy, we went to a fantastic little slice of Las Vegas right here in Golden on Friday night. We saw Gladius the show at the JeffCo county fairgrounds which was an experience to say the least! It was 90 minutes of pure entertainment with people doing backflips on horses, chariot racing, vaulting, and some amazing acrobatics and fire routines! I can't believe that we are so spoiled to have such a great show right here in our back yard for a month before they head out on the road. If they come through your neck of the woods definitely check it out!

 We also spent a fun evening at Sarah's work painting on a double date with some great friends Sean and Leslie. It was a blast painting the Denver (Golden) skyline and the mountains while having a good time with friends.


I have also been volunteering at Dinosaur Ridge here in Morrison, it is a great program to get out and educate people on the geologic past of the front range and spread the knowledge to everyone who comes by. I spent Saturday working two sites at the Ridge and met a lot of people that were very interested in the rocks and that had no idea such a fantastic track site and fossil quarry was right there in their back yard. Well that's about all we have been up to here in Golden, hopefully as field season approaches I will manage to get up some more posts before disappearing for the summer!

 



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ridiculous

Just ran across this image of some dude with ridiculous VR goggles on talking about some deal some big company is going to make.

it reminded me of something I had seen somewhere else.. but where was it that I saw something so ridiculous?? Oh yes, it was on theoatmeal.com

Yeah, that was totally where I saw it!! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dam Removal

Amazing video I found on National Geographic of dam removal in Washington state:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What outcrop geologists do in the winter

We look at beautiful slabs of rock inside while the snow falls on the outcrop! Check out this amazing core we have been looking at for the past few weeks, she's a beaut!A nice chunk through the middle Williams Fork Formation out in Western Colorado, we get to look through the interval and describe all the different facies we see and try to relate them to depositional environment and what we think is going on during that time. More to come!



Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day and Happy Birthday!

Happy Valentines to my amazing better half Sarah! She has been here for me through all the craziness of the past 5 years and supported my decisions no matter how crazy they have been (grad school?). So on this day of love I have to thank her more than anyone else on this planet. I would not be the person I am today without her!















And a big Happy Birthday to our furry daughter Dakota! I can't believe she has been in my life for 8 years now! Time flies when you are having fun with those you love.




















 




Friday, February 7, 2014

Congrats to the Scott Expedition

They finally made it back to where they started from and made history. After following along for the past 106 days I must say I am so excited that they have done it, but also a bit sad that it is over. Reading their blog posts definitely became part of my morning routine for the past 3 months. Read a little bit about what they have accomplished here:

http://www.itv.com/news/2014-02-07/british-explorer-completes-scotts-1-800-mile-journey-across-the-south-pole/

and a little background:
http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/01/17/the-scott-expedition-102-years-ago-captain-scott-and-his-men-reached-the-south-pole/

and some on what they're doing there:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/02/02/behind-scenes-scott-expedition-incredible-south-pole-journey/8sBXpVFfb1V4YHcTzY9D2N/story.html

I'm actually amazed they haven't made the news here in the USA, but not surprised that we would rather talk about things that don't matter like politics and gossip. Anyways, cheers to two of the most solid men on this planet.




Imagine seeing nothing but this every day for 3 months:





One of my favorite series is seeing how these men trained for hauling 200 kg sleds 2888 km across antarctica:



and also something to learn about packing light with "how long is your toothbrush"


CONGRATS TO BEN AND TARKA FOR THEIR HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT!!!!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Can it even be considered a debate?

Bill Nye was one of my favorite people growing up. He is still fantastic and shutting down ignorance with his logic. Check it out:



I'm pretty well ashamed to live in a country where eyewitness accounts are considered remiss in court these days, but it's ok to claim that you should only believe people who were "there" at the start of the universe. I wish I lived in a country that promoted intelligent, logical, thought.