Just to end the work year before leaving early this afternoon, here is my favorite 2007 photo: me and my youngest grandson at the Huntington Beach pier.
Archive for December, 2007
This being the final day of 2007, we recall the highlights of the year in mining. The stories that interested me most and which, I submit, will set the course of mining for many years to come, are these:
- Galore Creek, BC and the decision to put the project on hold as its costs soared, and raised the question about the viability of mining in British Columbia’s harsher environments.
- Kemess North BC and the Scoble Report that branded the project a bad social and environmental bargain, and reset the way we think about sustainable development.
- Bellavista, Costa Rica and the heap leach pad failure that shut a mine and probably killed mining forever in Costa Rica.
This being a blog, I indulge the ultimate right and write about personal events on Christmas. The best present was a sixth grandchild born about three pm Hawaii time on Christmas day at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital. She is called Sydney Josephine. Now that is a name for the 2000+ generation!
I seem to have been celebrating the festive season for weeks already. First a flight to Southern California and repair of my bicycles to ride the beaches and the sun. Then Thanksgiving with my daughter and two grandkids: he of the massive will-power and she of the perpetual smile.
Seems that everyday we read of how successful a year in mining it has been. New price highs; record production; mega takeovers; and spectacular finds. In this time of Christmas bonuses and salary increases, it is interesting to take a look at where the money made in mining in 2007 is going. The most unusual destination is the following painting. Take a look at the reproduction below, read the report, and ask yourself if this is what you would spend your mining-derived excess cash on?
The access statistics on this blog jump whenever I write about mining in the virtual world. Players of games like World of Warcraft obviously keep a close watch on the real world of mining for tips on how to make a killing in the virtual world using the tricks of real mining. Now at this site , we see some of the angst that characterizes virtual dealings. The situation is explained thus: