Tuesday, March 30, 2010

octopus hotdog

Boulder, CO

This is a research-oriented department offering individually designed graduate programs. The department does not have a formal program of rigidly defined courses leading to the MS or PhD in geological sciences, but offers the following areas of concentration: past global change, geodynamics of modern and ancient orogens, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, sedimentology, petroleum geology, hydrogeology and water resources, geophysics and seismology, isotope geology and geochemistry, paleobiology, mineralogy and volcanology, and environmental geochemistry.


Museum of Natural History by University of Colorado at Boulder


container living

gretchen mist


jason hackenwerth



Aragonite is a carbonate mineral, one of the two common, naturally occurring crystal forms of calcium carbonate, CaCO3(The other form is the mineral calcite.) It is formed by biological and physical processes, including precipitation from marine and freshwater environments.

Aragonite's crystal lattice differs from that of calcite, resulting in a different crystal shape, an orthorhombic system with acicular crystals. Repeated twinning results in pseudo-hexagonal forms. Aragonite may be columnar or fibrous, occasionally in branching stalactitic forms called flos-ferri ("flowers of iron") from their association with the ores at the Carthinian iron mines.

The type location for aragonite is Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara, Spain), 25 km outside Aragon. An aragonite cave, the Ochtinská Aragonite Cave, is situated in Slovakia. In the USA, aragonite in the form of stalactites and "cave flowers" (anthodite) is known from Carlsbad Caverns and other caves. Massive deposits of oolitic aragonite are found on the seabed in the Bahamas.

Aragonite forms naturally in almost all mollusk shells, and as the calcareous endoskeleton of warm- and cold-water corals(Scleractinia). Because the mineral deposition in mollusk shells is strongly biologically controlled, some crystal forms are distinctively different from those of inorganic aragonite. In some mollusks, the entire shell is aragonite; in others, aragonite forms only discrete parts of a bimineralic shell (aragonite plus calcite). Aragonite also forms in the ocean and in caves as inorganic precipitates called marine cements and speleothems, respectively. The nacreous layer of the aragonite fossilshells of some extinct ammonites forms an iridescent material called ammolite. Ammolite is primarily aragonite with impurities that make it iridescent and valuable as a gemstone.

Aragonite is metastable and is thus commonly replaced by calcite in fossils. Aragonite older than the Carboniferous is essentially unknown.

Monday, March 29, 2010

water color octo


canary necklace


the things we do

"the things we do to stay alive"
"the things we do just to keep ourselves alive"

-city and colour, day old hate lyrics

size circle


who is really paying?

I recently came across these two maps of the world which pretty much demonstrate much of what’s wrong with the world (original source).
These maps try to show what the world would look like if maps were drawn based on something other than geographic mass.
As you can see, there is a complete disjunction between who pays for war and who gets to die for war.
Map: Military spending per country – 2002 (BEFORE the Iraq War!)
Military Spending
Surprise, surprise, the U.S. takes up approximately 45% of the world’s landmass with everyone else — by far and away comprised mostly of Europe – together making up the remainder.
But when we shift over to see who actually receives the crappy end of this equation, we see more or less the same countries who either are currently or have historically been the stomping grounds for U.S. and European imperialism and colonialism.
Map: Military deaths per country — 2002
Military deaths
So who gets to die?
Democratic Republic of Congo (the big dark red country on the map).
All countries the U.S. has long and bloody histories with. And, in the case of Ethiopia and Somalia, the U.S. is even now in the process of funding the Ethiopian slaughter of Somalis as you read this.
Now this may seem like an obvious phenomenon to you, but consider that before the ‘invention’ (if you can call it that) of highly mobile capital, in Ancient Greece, if a given city was under attack, it was the responsibility of the property-owners to defend the city and they would go out and be the ones on the front lines. Now, sure, they could pay some peasants to help them fight, but the fact of the matter is that either killing or dying in warfare was nevertheless married to being wealthy.
I wonder what happens when you completely divorce the unpleasant aspects of war from the ability to bankroll it as we have finally accomplished today?


Sunday, March 28, 2010

cock block

bad for most

10 most puzzling

The Grooved Spheres
Over the last few decades, miners in South Africa have been digging up mysterious metal spheres. Origin unknown, these spheres measure approximately an inch or so in diameter, and some are etched with three parallel grooves running around the equator. Two types of spheres have been found: one is composed of a solid bluish metal with flecks of white; the other is hollowed out and filled with a spongy white substance. The kicker is that the rock in which they where found is Precambrian - and dated to 2.8 billion years old! Who made them and for what purpose is unknown.



Thursday, March 25, 2010


Trichotillomania (TTM, also known as trichotillosis, or more commonly as trich) is defined as "hair loss from a patient's repetitive self-pulling of hair" and is characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, facial hair, nose hair, pubic hair, eyebrows or other body hair, sometimes resulting in noticeable bald patches. Trichotillomania is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as an impulse control disorder, but there are questions about how it should be classified. It may seem, at times, to resemble a habit, an addiction, a tic disorder or an obsessive–compulsive disorder.

spiral clock


You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free

by Tom Petty

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

oh texas

Obama Signs Historic Health Care Legislation

March 23, 2010

President Obama signed his sweeping health care overhaul into law Tuesday, marking the culmination of a yearlong struggle with Congress to make good on the central issue of his administration's domestic policy agenda.

"Today, after almost a century of trying. Today, after over a year of debate. Today, after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America," Obama told the group of House and Senate Democrats and guests assembled in the East Room of the White House.

"I am signing this bill for all the leaders who took up this cause through the generations — from Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt, from Harry Truman, to Lyndon Johnson, from Bill and Hillary Clinton," Obama said, as he used 20 pens to sign the Affordable Health Care for America Act. He also thanked Hillary Clinton and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose widow, Victoria, was in the audience.

The president called the legislation's passage "a testament to the historic leadership -– and uncommon courage -– of the men and women of the United States Congress" and thanked congressional Democrats, who he acknowledged had "taken their lumps during this difficult debate."

"Yes we did!" someone yelled, to laughs from the crowd.

The outlook for overhaul legislation looked grim just two months ago, when Democrats lost the Senate seat that Kennedy held for nearly five decades. Republican candidate Scott Brown's victory deprived Democrats of the magic 60 votes needed to forestall a certain GOP filibuster on health care.

Obama and party leaders lobbied hard to win over enough wavering Democrats to push the measure through the House. It passed late Sunday on a 219-212 vote with no Republican support. The legislation, estimated to cost $938 billion over the first decade, extends coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans and bans insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The president now must sell it to the American people. On Thursday, Obama planned to visit Iowa City, Iowa, where as a presidential candidate he announced his health care plan in May 2007, to talk about how it will help lower health care costs for small businesses and families.

The White House has characterized the trip as a victory lap, but it is more likely aimed at shoring up public opinion. Popular support for the measure has waned amid a withering months-long attack from conservative groups and the health insurance industry, which have collectively spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising aimed at killing the legislation.

Underscoring the acrimony, more than a dozen states sued the federal government Tuesday over the constitutionality of the new law.

For Democrats, passing the bill was necessary to show they have the clout to deliver on big legislation. Republicans, who stood in lockstep against the health overhaul, are banking on a backlash in November among moderate Americans — many of whom voted for Obama — who opposed it.

White House aide David Axelrod said in an interview Tuesday that Obama administration officials need to explain the benefits of the new plan to the American public. Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, also making the rounds on TV news shows, accused Axelrod of offering the public a lollipop before rendering a needle.

A separate bill, containing amendments to the overhaul, now goes to the Senate, where it needs a simple majority to become law. If Republicans manage to change anything in the reconciliation bill, it would have to go back for another vote in the House.

Sen. Judd Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, told NPR Tuesday that the reconciliation bill "should be adjusted."

Gregg said Republican senators would try to eliminate key provisions, such as mandating that uninsured Americans get coverage, as well as its funding mechanism: new taxes on the wealthiest Americans' so-called Cadillac health plans.

"We'll offer amendments to try to improve things like eliminating the individual mandate or addressing the issue of tax policy or getting proposals, which cause us to look at delivery of quality and value ration than quantity and repetition," Gregg said.

In other words — as Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) said last week ahead of the House vote — Republicans are "going to do everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible, to pass the bill."

Within minutes of Tuesday's signing ceremony, the attorneys general of 13 states filed suit in a Florida federal court to block specific provisions in the new health care law as unconstitutional. They argue that Congress has no authority to force people to buy insurance. The lawsuit names the U.S. departments of Health and Human Service, Treasury and Labor as defendants.

Some states, such as Virginia and Idaho, have enacted specific laws to rebuff the federal mandate that everyone buy insurance beginning in 2014 or face a fine.

"We believe clearly that the United States government does not have the authority to mandate that everyone buy health insurance," Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told CNN.

dear dallas

you're pretty good at making my heart fall to the pit of my stomach..... every time, without fail.

understanding men