|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|
|Thursday, January 12th, 2017|
|Greenland Glacial Quakes
Glacial Quakes in Greenland
So this paper is saying that the signal from some of Greenland's more massive quakes can be detected in New York. The longer wavelength of the glacier quake can be picked out of the rest of the signal made by earthquakes which have a shorter wavelength. I am wondering if the glacier quakes in Antarctica can be detected in Australia. Or even if anyone is doing the same kind of seismic recordings on the Antarctic Glaciers.
Apparently it can/ could. Reverse glacier motion during iceberg calving and the cause of glacial earthquakes
This report's abstract indicates that these glacial quakes can be detected at any seismic station.
So I'll read this paper then!
|Tuesday, December 13th, 2016|
|Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016|
|Tuesday, November 1st, 2016|
|Saturday, October 29th, 2016|
|Friday, October 28th, 2016|
Martin Luther King Jr.
“There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that that have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.”
|Monday, October 24th, 2016|
|Wordpress sucks the big one
Now I know why I bothered to learn HTML in the first place. Why I like writing my own code when I mark up the pages on LiveJournal. Maybe I need to keep digging. Because I don't like how WordPress bloats it's HTML pages with crap, and why the hell does a webpage have to publish my email address when I don't want it to. What is the point of that?
Don't use Wordpress. Learn to code.
|Saturday, October 22nd, 2016|