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Archive for November, 2011

There is a madness out there as the search for a senior tailings/geotechnical engineer heats up.  Two emails on the topic today.  The first promises the job noted below this paragraph.  Click on it and you go to Linkedin.  As I am not linked-in, I could not access the site to find out more.  (more…)

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One of the side effects of blogging is the occasional email from somebody in the mining industry who is doing things I would never dream of and had no idea was being done.  Here is one such email.  I repeat an edited version below, for your information and as yet another example of the many and varied things that go into mining. (more…)

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This afternoon, the six-year old grandson and I went to the movie, Hugo.  If I had not read him the book before we went, I would still be wondering if this is a European fairy tale, an American dream, a morality tale, a warning to old men not to loose their dreams, or an inspiration to young boys to be brave and young girls to be literary.  (more…)

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Spend but a few days in Orange County, Southern California and you will understand why American politics is what it is.  The rich and educated folk here have never had it so good–why on earth would they change anything?  (more…)

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American Thanksgiving is upon us.  This is my favorite holiday and to celebrate I have come to Huntington Beach to be with a small part of the family and many friends.  (more…)

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There are no swear words in this posting so read on in clear conscience.  Yet today I learnt a new swear word.   This from my grandson who heard it from a fellow grade 1 student.   (more…)

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Today’s MET Opera Satyagraha by Philip Glass, sung in Sanskrit, set in old South Africa, is a mesmerizing theatrical experience.  What there is of a “story” is Gandhi arriving in Natal, then a British colony, finding racialism, leading Indian protests, and twenty years later leaving Natal, by then part of the new (1910) country of South Africa, to go to India to become famous.  (more…)

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Headhunters in mining have been good to me. Thus I honor them in this posting.  Let me explain.  (more…)

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An e-mail arrived on my desk asking what I know about pyrite damaging houses. The question came from a young surveying student at a technical college in Ireland.  Here is the story.  Apparently 20,000 new houses in Ireland are cracked and damaged because a pyrite-rich rock from a local quarry was used in construction of the houses.  The lawyers gather but nobody accepts responsibility because it is estimated that more than ten million Euros will be needed to rectify things, namely take out the pyrite-bearing rock and replace it.  Here is one of many postings that provide more details.  This link tells in part: (more…)

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The first posting this week as I have just gotten back from working on a mine—and earning far less than $200,000 per year.   I note the income of $200,000 a year as my email inbox is filled with links to a report on young folk on Australian mines earning $200,000 a year.  Here is the introduction to a long and fascinating article: (more…)

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