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“Oceans #1,” say Mountain Goats

As readers of my About page will know, this blog takes it’s name from a song by The Mountain Goats on their “Tallahasse” album. Well, yesterday evening I went to see John Darnielle do a solo set at the Columbia … Continue reading

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¡¡¡RADIOACTIVE TUNA REACH U.S.!!!

You may have seen the news last week—derived from a new paper in PNAS—that juvenile bluefin tuna were found off the California coast, carrying detectable levels of radionuclides from the Fukushima Daichi disaster last year. In addition to the inherent … Continue reading

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Seasteading conference in San Francisco

So, this is happening. Seasteading—the movement to build floating libertarian cities in international waters to escape the oppressive hand of land-based governance—is holding a conference this weekend at the Le Meridien Hotel in downtown San Francisco. I’m not about to … Continue reading

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Eastward Bound

As readers may remember from a few months back, I defended (successfully!) my master’s thesis at the University of Washington. More or less since then, I have been living down the coast in San Francisco, working remotely as an analyst … Continue reading

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Octopi May Day

From everyone’s favorite fin artist Ray Troll: this isn’t the first picture of “Octopi Wall Street” I’ve seen, but so far it’s my favorite. This design is available on a t-shirt at Troll’s web store. Happy May Day…

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Oceans Deep

Cool new XKCD today showing the depths of the ocean to scale. Click the picture below to see the original. And for two more views, check out this old post. As context for the last post, Beebe and Barton’s deepest … Continue reading

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The sound of solar wind

Most of us here on earth are familiar with the blustery, buffeting noise a strong wind makes in our ears. That noise is low-frequency pressure waves in the air, caused by turbulence when it flows past our ears. There are … Continue reading

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In My Defense

As those of you who check this site more than three times a year may have noticed, posting has been…er…slow this fall. But there was a reason: The talk is open to the public for anyone in Seattle who is … Continue reading

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How to Catch the Biggest Fish

Pouring December rain, the crummy’s windows all steamed up, Our tree-planting crew was talking salmon fishing during lunch When Piss-Fir Willie matter-of-factly announced, “Due to my natural modesty I didn’t mention it to you boys, But I caught me a … Continue reading

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Ice and Fire

This video is pretty unreal. Winter in Hell from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo. Shot by Enrique Pacheco, and brought to my attention by Julia Whitty. Iceland is one of the strangest and most awesome places I’ve been, and getting to … Continue reading

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