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Archive for October, 2011

Across the USA and Canada in make-shift camps, protestors are demanding something.  We are not sure what.  But they are upset about the rich getting high wages.  I have read articles in which reporters go on about the anger of the protestors about the one percent who take home all the money.  In a recent issue of McLeans, the Canadian version of the US Time magazine, I read that in Canada you are in the top one percent if you earn over $170,000 per year and in the US you are in the top one percent if you earn over $400,000 per year.   (more…)

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Having watched the Met Opera Don Giovanni  yesterday, I decided today that I had had enough culture.  So, on a rainy day I sat in my study reading a detective novel.  Trash for pure entertainment!  (more…)

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To end the work-week, here is the knottiest problem I faced this week.  Maybe the readers of this blog can help solve the problem!  The issue: how to design a heap leach pad in a cold climate? (more…)

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This is a blog about what I THINK MINING, thus I focus on the mining aspects of life.  So once again I pay tribute to Goldcorp for sponsoring the Vancouver Opera production of West Side Story. (more…)

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From the ChinaDaily.com.cn a report that “Residents of Mianyang, a city in Sichuan province, have begun buying bottled water in a panic after authorities announced that the chief local water source had been contaminated by residue washed away by floodwaters from a local manganese plant.” (more…)

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If you are a gold-bug or if you simply delight in stories about the sidelines of gold, then you must go and read an article in the New Yorker of October 10, 2011.  Here is a sample of the story: (more…)

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Those demonstrators who are destroying the grass to the north of the Vanouver Art Galley  probably never have  seen an opera.  The probably regard opera as a pastime of the rich.  Maybe they should watch Don Pasquale and learn that there have always been the rich, the poor, the lazy, the parasites, and the ambitious. (more…)

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In 2006, before I started this blog, I wrote the piece repeated below.  I post it here today because Judd S. Day, a Managing Scientist with E*ponent Failure Analysis Associates picked up on the article and informed me that the Noranda GECO mine in Ontario has used slushers for most of its existence.  He remarks that they are an impressive piece of equipment.  Thaks for this information Judd.  So here to the original article—and continue on to the Urban Dictionary as linked near the end.  Fun with words. And if you can help explain the migration of slusher as applied in mining to its current urban ues, let us know.  (more…)

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Yesterday I lunched with three young engineers.  Two have master’s degrees and the third is well on his way.  Food was ususal Vancouver fare for hungry men: bento box filled with rice, sushi, tempura, and meat in deep, dark sauce. (more…)

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This post is replete with contradiction, cynicism, and self-promotion.  Yet I am making a genuine attempt to make a serious point, even though I degenerate into foresaid faults. (more…)

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