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|Tuesday, May 9th, 2017|
|Melbourne Weeping Festival
This is a cartoon by Michael Leunig
. I saw one similar by him, in a book, in 1999, and I've been looking for it ever since. This one will have to do. :D
It was a foreshadowing of when I went to a weeping festival. It wasn't in Melbourne, but there was a lot of crying. I have thought for some time now, that there should be a Crying Festival for ANZAC Day. Oh well. I'm not dead yet.
Good on you, Michael. You are truly special.
|Saturday, May 6th, 2017|
|Nearly Wild Camping
I went on a field trip yesterday. We went to a forest. As I'm looking at it, looking further in, into the darkness, this phrase floated into my head, "wild camping". I don't know where it came from. I don't remember any conversation about wild camping. Certainly not any time recently. Who knew that it's really a thing? But Mr Google tells me that other people are looking for "wild camping" places.
AndNearly Wild Camping
It kind of makes me laugh to think that if I took a lot of people that I know "wild camping", they would probably die. :D
|Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017|
|job for a glaciologist
Normally I wouldn't bother marking this. But I can't remember if I've ever seen a job for an actual glaciologist
listed at the Australian Antarctic Division. But now that I started looking, and I can't find it in five minutes, I have to come back to this.
Looking for the mystery program mentioned in the job listing.
AAD program Antarctica and the Global System (AGS)
Because if I was going to apply for this job, that would be the next thing that I would do. Look for the information about the program, and it's research. Etc. Maybe even ring them and tell them that I can't find their mystery program. Secret knowledge. If I don't already know, I'm not meant to know.
Adrian uses Sentinel-1 data to monitor Larsen C
ice shelf. I want to check if those melt ponds are actually that blue, or have they been artificially coloured to the colour of the aerial photography because I have never seen them look like that in the Sentinel data. Or on Greenland. Or anywhere really in the satellite imagery that i've looked at.
|Monday, May 1st, 2017|
|The stubbornest little snow patch in Australia
I suppose that this is how glaciers begin. There's one little snowpatch that managed to remain through the summer like this one, this one snowpatch
, on the walking trail from Thredbo to Mt Kosciuscko.
Then there's some kind of freak April snow storm that tops it up with snow before the main snow fall for the winter, which is June. Since the ski season starts in the first week of June, there's been a few weeks of snow to build up the piste. Maybe May is when they can usually expect there to be snow. But once that little snowpatch remains through a summer, then it's got a head start for turning into a glacier, in a few hundred years. Maybe.
I might try and find the link to the local source. Seems to be Thredbo website
|Posting issues with Livejournal.
Hm, so maybe this is going to be an issue for other LiveJournal users.
I have some communities hanging off me. And if I am logging into my GMail account at the same time as my LJ account, LJ thinks that I want to post as my GMail account, but it is not actually a community, and it keeps saying "cannot post to this community". If i log out of GMail then I can post to LJ. Maybe this will post, and then I will know that i have to do some more troubleshooting. I would like LJ to work just like it did before.
So far, not quite.
|Saturday, April 29th, 2017|
|Climate variability: handy list of papers
I want to read through these papers, and look for an actual literature review that has been published. List of Papers
about climate variability that might actually be in a useful article. Not sure about the conclusion.
Hey Livejournal, it's good to have you back.
|Tuesday, April 25th, 2017|
This is a test.
|Monday, March 20th, 2017|
|The Iceberg is Coming!
The biggest Iceberg that we have ever seen is on its way getting ready to be born.Satellite Image
of the iceberg in West Antarctica, and the land-fast sea ice breaking up.
|Friday, March 10th, 2017|
|Worker Burnout in Mining
I had reason today to Google "Worker Burnout in Mining". I remembered an old buried thought that i didn't talk about much at the time. I realised a long time ago that I never wanted to work as a geologist because I thought, or feared, that I would have a mental breakdown. Maybe it was those Scientologists that put the thought into my head.
Today I had reason to think about those 12 hour days, and how they don't leave much time for anything else. What is the cost of a mental breakdown?
Still, I was surprised to find this:Mining, fly-in, fly-out workers and the risk of suicide
Of course it makes sense to me. But still, I quote the article:
"there has been very little scientific study of possible connections between FIFO/DIDO work and suicide." Fly in/ Fly out, and Drive in/ Drive out. In spite of there being an Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention. Oh my god, no one say anything too loudly about how evil mining is, we still need it to shore up the Australian Economy. We couldn't possibly do anything else. I am so angry about this.
There is a research paper about suicide cases, mining, and Roxby Downs, but I haven't read it yet.
WORK/FAMILY CONFLICT AND BURNOUT IN THE ROXBY DOWNS MINING COMMUNITY: A COMMUNITY BASED STUDY
Maybe there is plenty of scope for Lila the Sacred Play in building suicide resilience.
|Friday, February 24th, 2017|
or the Mathnavi. Located at the Sacred Texts Internet Archive. I remember last year, or maybe even the year before, looking at UQ for some Sufi literature, and finding one book. I need to look again for his whole name Maulana Jalalu-'d-din Muhammad Rumi or the favourite popular variations like Jalal a'din Rumi, or maybe Rumi Jalal al'din, will turn up different things. I'm sure there's some fancy at Fryer, that looks like this illustration
|Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017|
|Monday, February 13th, 2017|
|the Warka Water Adventure
Yesterday it was 42 degrees Celcius under the verandah. It is so not good. I have a friend who likes to weave, so I want to get her interested in doing this....
I want to build one of these
The warka water house
I suppose I could start working on the mesh
Which looks a little bit like onion bag mesh. Spider webs collect dew, and leaves as well. I could experiment with different kinds of structures that would funnel the water down into the ground.
So when i looked for some research around the mesh, I found this editorial How Emerging Technologies and Biomimicry can Help Solving Water Problems: Desert case Studies
And I was gobsmacked when I found Sietch Nevada
We so need one of these in Australia. When I look at this location in Nevada, there is something nearby, with bodies of water, but I couldn’t quite get anything telling me what it is. Is it Sietch Nevada? I still don't know. Arturo Vittori was one of the designers, but I still cannot find any research papers.
This is not "rain harvesting" because that is apparently a "water tank". It is not fog collecting because not everywhere gets fog, and a "fog fence" won't necessarily work in the backyard. If I knew what it was called, I would look for an Instructable
. I will have a think and a play, and wonder what it could be called, and wait for the Universe to tell me.
|Saturday, February 11th, 2017|
|Fused with his neighbour
"....each one feels himself not only united, reconciled, and fused with his neighbour, but as one with him..."Poetry
from the sleeve of the 12" of Welcome to the Pleasuredome
by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Seems particularly relevant at this time.
|Monday, February 6th, 2017|
|Sunday, January 22nd, 2017|
|Exposure to novelty is not the same as learning
For some time now, I have thought that I was addicted to Novelty. That this was a bad thing. How can I keep feeding that? And that I was a minority because of it.
I have just looked at a new job listing with CSIRO. For a programmer with Haskell. Haskell, I think. I've never heard of that. I dutifully look that up on wikipedia. Because I am trying to grow a new habit. A habit of treating the job hunting process differently. When I scan a job listing, I want to take in something new instead of forgetting about the job listing instantly, and moving onto the next one.
Then I thought, I have been exposed to a new thing. (Haskell) I haven't actually learned anything. Yet. Then I typed into the Google search box, "Exposure to Novelty vs learning", and Google returned: Novelty and the Brain: Why New Things Make Us Feel So Good
So I dutifully read that. Now I will try to implement some of the suggestions. Like going exploring. Exploring new places with my flash cards. Reading new material while I am in the new place. Planning for something fun while on the expedition, to hone my amygdala and hippocampus, and take advantage of the dopamine.
One thing that i have noticed is the temperature. At uni, I call it the Arctic Room. The computer lab is typically very cold. Usually I Have been quite enjoying it. But the thermostat is on the wall under the general control of the students. So then, after some weeks had gone by, the temperature would vary. I would never know what it would be like when I got there. This was probably assisting my memory. How about that?
Now I realise that none of us are addicted to novelty. We stay alive by fresh injections of dopamine into the brain. Novelty is really a daily necessity, like eating, and sleeping, fresh water, fresh air and sunlight. Now I can learn that.
|Saturday, January 21st, 2017|