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Today we took the kids to the Getty Center in the mountains of Los Angeles.  The architecture is superb; the art work terrible–a testament to money in the absence of taste.  The only piece that brought a smile and that captured the interest of the kids was the outdoors sculpture pictured here.  (more…)

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 Some forty miles east of San Francisco is an old mine.  It operated for about five years and never made a profit.  Then it was closed.  It has been “in closure” ever since and millions have been spent on lawyers, lobbyists, consultants, and actual works to make dilution the solution.  It will never be “closed” in the sense that people will walk away and the area will “perform” as part of nature and not affect downstream folk. (more…)

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   Today we took the California grandkids to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third in the Chronicles of Narnia.  Then we went to Barnes & Noble and bought Prince Caspian, which we had not hitherto seen.  We watched Prince Caspian this evening, and so I am now satiated with Aslan, Caspians, Narnians, and great battle scenes.  They used much metal to make the armour worn by the warriors in the battles between opposing peoples.  But nowhere did we see a mine or get any inkling of the source of the metals that made the epic battles possible. (more…)

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   Looking back on the first ten years of the twenty-first century and what has happened in mining, we cannot ignore the emphasize on mine closure.  There have been mine closure conferences, many technical papers, and even a few mine closures.  (more…)

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Enough of Christmas trees; they are everywhere.  Instead, I took a bicycle ride down the beach to see where it all begins and ends.  (more…)

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This is not great photography.  For sure it is not art.  It is a simple photo snapped by me this evening as I waited outside the karate class my grandson attends a few nights a week in southern California.  I paste the photo here to augment the post below on the multiple-aspects of the state and the impossibility of capturing its essence. (more…)

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   Here is a link to an article that excoriates California.  Here is the concluding paragraph of the article: (more…)

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