In search of the biggest rock

The Onion has created a delightful series TED-style talks poking fun at the often narcissistic attitude of the presenter. Here we search for the biggest rock on Earth:

Day off?

Most people have today off (in Canada). Us grad students are still working away , so here’s a cartoon geologic time scale. I don’t know the original source, somewhere from tumblr. If it’s yours, let me know, I’ll give you credit. EDIT: Thank you Callan Bentley, the below picture is by Ray Troll, and is found in Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway.

Small hiatus

Guadalupe Peak

I haven’t made any new posts in a while, though I do have some on the drawing table. I’m working on wrapping up a manuscript to submit (hopefully by the end of the weekend). I also was fieldtripping around West Texas and eastern New Mexico for a week.

More posts coming soon, promise.

Free Time: Where Men Win Glory

Free Time is an off topic segment. No geology. No Science. Anything else is found here.

I borrowed this book from a fellow grad student at the end of our field work when we both simultaneously finished the books we were reading. It’d been some time since I’d read a current events book, and I was excited to start this one.

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer (author of Into Thin Air and Into the Wild) presents an account of the life and obfuscated death of Pat Tillman. To give you some background Pat Tillman left a lucrative NFL contract to join the US Army Rangers post-9/11 attacks. Two years later he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Jon Krakauer brings to light the struggles to learn the truth surrounding Pat Tillman’s death. In doing so Krakauer gives a detailed history of Afghanistan and US foreign policy in the region. He expertly tells two parallel narratives, part the life story of Pat Tillman and his family, part US policy proceeding and following the 9/11 attacks.
I highly recommend this read. Pat Tillman’s vigor for life is contagious.