Projects from the Geothermal Hackathon 2021

The second Geothermal Hackathon happened last week. Timed to coincide with the Geosciences virtual event of the World Geothermal Congress, our 2-day event brought about 24 people together in the famous Software Underground Chateau (I’m sorry if I missed anyone!). For comparison, last year we were 13 people, so we’re going in the right direction! Next time I hope we’re as big as one of our ‘real world’ events — maybe we’ll even be able to…

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Pseudoarchaeology, Comics, and Conspiracies: The 2021 Virtual CAA Conference

Wow, it has been a long time since I last wrote a blog post. It doesn’t feel like it has been that long, but in that time I have wrapped up an entire semester of classes and presented at two conferences (the CAAs and an interdisciplinary conference about Star Wars)! And as I write this blog post I’m actually attending a third conference (about right-wing extremism). So that’s why it has been four months between…

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Writing Drought

I’ve written previously about how the drought in the US southwest is more appropriately called aridification, seeing as it’s been going on for 20 years now and is the second most intense drought in the last 1200 years. I feel like something similar is going on in my writing life—a drought due to depression that has turned into aridification, as I go another day, another week, another month without writing. It’s not that I don’t…

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Nos risques avec l’énergie

Dans mon livre de 2017 Trop Tard, j’ai souligné le rôle de l’économie biophysique pour une meilleure compréhension de la situation planétaire. J’y ai souligné également le déficit dans les projections pour la demande par rapport à la production prévue, selon les données de l’Agence internationale de l’énergie (l’AIÉ) en 2008. Joseph Tainter et Tadeusz Patzek en ont examiné les implications dans leur livre de 2011 Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy…

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Marin County and Beyond! What this naturalist got up to in April

For the month of April we lived in a quiet nook of Mill Valley tucked into the branches of a Bay Laurel, Coast Live Oak and Coast Redwood trees.  So we continued our pattern of exploring nearby our temporary abode during the week and camping or short road trips during the weekend. We were so lucky to have Mt. Tamalpais in our backyard and only a short drive up to the Rock Springs area. But…

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