Monday, October 20, 2014

I think you read me like a book. (Historical fiction?) Also I should be the one apologizing in advance because I am not with it and my reply will not be nearly as prompt. I’ll try, though, I promise.

Nonono do not stress yourself to reply immediately, really!  Remember how I took three weeks to respond last time?

Mmm, historical fiction.  I love historical fiction.

Really though you don’t have to reply immediately!  I just hope it made you smile/somewhat brightened your day because your replies always brighten mine.  (As do new chapters of any GH fic, and flailing about the psychic babies, and anything GH related, really.)

earthstory:

Mary Ellen JasperA beautiful rock, made of life, consisting of a banded iron formation 1.85 billion years old made of microcrystalline silica containing red haematite inclusions sandwiched between the grey haematite of the precipitated iron. What makes this rock so interesting is that the red jasper is the fossilised remnant of stromatolites, some of the earliest complex organisms in geological history. They were formed by cyanobacterial microbial mats, growing sinuously over and through layers of precipitated sediments in an ever higher stack as the sediments fell rhythmically, creating the lovely shapes of the red jasper.They come from the Mary Ellen mine in Minessota, in a layer of rocks called the Biwabik iron formation. Originally precipitated in a shallow sea, the chemical reason for the richness in iron started with the very photosynthetic bacteria that formed the stromatolites. As their lifestyle released oxygen into the sea, the reduced iron oxidised, and being insoluble, precipitated on the sea bottom, accompanied by plenty of silica that fossilised the mats into jasper as they grew.The wiggling of the columns is thought to represent the tracking of the sun’s position through the seasons, showing that the strategy adopted by sunflowers has along evolutionary history. Similar formations elsewhere have been used to prove the inference that the number of days in the year has shrunk through time as the Earth’s rotation has slowed. These rocks also testify to one of the major events in global history, when free oxygen gradually appeared and poisoned off the existing ecosystem (who remain as some extremophile bacteria), thus paving the way for the evolution of the complex oxygen breathing life that is the most familiar feature of today’s biosphere.Once again, these rocks demonstrate the ever spiralling links through geological history between chemistry and physics, rock, sea and life that are the theme of this year’s AGI Earth Science week…..for more detail on these links see our past post on mineral evolution at http://tinyurl.com/ovd7w2l.Our past post on banded iron formation http://tinyurl.com/p5ob9a6 and stromatolites http://tinyurl.com/nh48h3zLozDear Readers, Image credit: Captain Tennealhttp://www.agatelady.com/photo-gallery-mineral-of-the-month-january-2012.html

earthstory:

Mary Ellen Jasper

A beautiful rock, made of life, consisting of a banded iron formation 1.85 billion years old made of microcrystalline silica containing red haematite inclusions sandwiched between the grey haematite of the precipitated iron. What makes this rock so interesting is that the red jasper is the fossilised remnant of stromatolites, some of the earliest complex organisms in geological history. They were formed by cyanobacterial microbial mats, growing sinuously over and through layers of precipitated sediments in an ever higher stack as the sediments fell rhythmically, creating the lovely shapes of the red jasper.

They come from the Mary Ellen mine in Minessota, in a layer of rocks called the Biwabik iron formation. Originally precipitated in a shallow sea, the chemical reason for the richness in iron started with the very photosynthetic bacteria that formed the stromatolites. As their lifestyle released oxygen into the sea, the reduced iron oxidised, and being insoluble, precipitated on the sea bottom, accompanied by plenty of silica that fossilised the mats into jasper as they grew.

The wiggling of the columns is thought to represent the tracking of the sun’s position through the seasons, showing that the strategy adopted by sunflowers has along evolutionary history. Similar formations elsewhere have been used to prove the inference that the number of days in the year has shrunk through time as the Earth’s rotation has slowed. These rocks also testify to one of the major events in global history, when free oxygen gradually appeared and poisoned off the existing ecosystem (who remain as some extremophile bacteria), thus paving the way for the evolution of the complex oxygen breathing life that is the most familiar feature of today’s biosphere.

Once again, these rocks demonstrate the ever spiralling links through geological history between chemistry and physics, rock, sea and life that are the theme of this year’s AGI Earth Science week…..for more detail on these links see our past post on mineral evolution at http://tinyurl.com/ovd7w2l.

Our past post on banded iron formation http://tinyurl.com/p5ob9a6 and stromatolites http://tinyurl.com/nh48h3z

Loz

Dear Readers, 
Image credit: Captain Tenneal

http://www.agatelady.com/
photo-gallery-mineral-of-the-month-january-2012.html

my adobe illustrator trial expired this is what I get for procrastinating

I should go to bed and think about my life choices, many of which are bad

tentaclethearpist:

its 20 fucking 14 can we stop pretending that online activism and general awareness campaigns “dont do anything” before i got on tumblr i was a racist sexist anti-feminist piece of garbage whos greatest understanding of any social issue was discrimination against white gay men and that trans people were “men trapped in womens bodies”

obviously something fucking right is going on so why dont you stop being pessimistic little shits.

(Source: ghostruto)

Getting emotional over tiny bits of foreshadowing in the Ghost Hunt manga like

image

Sunday, October 19, 2014

smitethepatriarchy:

holymashedpotatoesbatman:

klinki:

self diagnosing is so hard because everytime you’re like “maybe I am mentally ill” theres also a big part of you going “nah you’re probably just a naturally lazy/nasty/disgusting/useless person trying to find an excuse for your behavior” because of the institutionalized ableism that runs through everything

So go to the doctor and get an actual diagnosis?

Why don’t poor people just buy more money?

(Source: klinkingchains)

Also it’s too bad Self’s first initial is S and not E

YES.  I had to think about that one for a moment.  (My mind is deep in the depths of volcanic eruption induced global cooling and famine.  A cheery topic, to be sure.)

This makes me want to change my last name to Others

I support this life choice.

Writing jibbriella a reallly long reply full of volcanoes I apologise in advance if I get too technical.

As an aside, there is a geologist/historian whose last name is Self. Inevitably, he is always after a primary author in a citation, and I have to look twice because it looks like it’s saying “Geologist, A. and Self” but it’s “Geologist, A. and Self, S.”

(Yes I was checking sources because I am a scientist and I’m going to give you as accurate data as I can.)

afro-dominicano:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson, aka The Best of #PumpkinFest, PT 1. #staywoke

in this week’s episode of shit black folks would get murdered or jailed with no trial for