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Archive for December, 2011

Conforming with tradition, I note here some of the hits & misses of this blog during 2011.  There is nothing scientific in what follows; I write on the basis of my impressions. (more…)

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Today with a friend we took the six-year old and the fourteen-year old to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.  We envisaged this as a men/boys-only event; the opportunity to share a love of machines with our son and grandson.  It was a disaster.  (more…)

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The best part of Christmas has always been Boxing Day—the day after Christmas when all tension is gone and you settle back to relax and enjoy the week between presents and the loud shouts of a New Year.  (more…)

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Just a picture or two of a family & friend Christmas,  It is a time when you enjoy friends & family in spite of what they are rather than because of what they are.  When you recollect in celebration, in spite of all the mistakes, and laugh with equanimity at the disasters of the past year.  The winter solstice is past and the days grow longer as light returns and as Christian, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, or Spiritualist, we gather together around a food-laden table.  As family and new and old-old friends. (more…)

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Another bike ride and more pictures from today of Huntington Beach. 

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We rode along the beach and to the pier and here are a few of the pictures that I took.  Enjoy and enjoy Christmas. 

 

 

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This is a magesterial pronouncement.  This is a bit of what I wrote today while working on a mining assignment.   I post it here in the hope that it informs and elucidates one of the many isssues that affect mining.  I would appreciate your comments and insight on this topic. (more…)

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The sun is shining bright and the day is warm here is Huntington Beach, California, where I am spending time with kids and grandkids.  Somehow or other, the pressures of taking the kids to McDonald’s and other diverse hamburger places for lunch, riding the bike down to the beach, being nice at parties to old & new friends, and shopping for the festive season, have left no time for blogging.  Plus there were no obvious topics on mining that met the requisite level of interest and contentiousness.  (more…)

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Normally I take the positive view of issues.  A once-upon-time lady-friend dumped me because, as she said: “You are disgustingly optimistic and always look on the bright side of bad things.”  I suppose I was happy to see the end of her, as she was always gloomy, even when things were going well.  We concluded that we had different genetics and perspectives on life, and so we parted.  She could dance beautifully; there was some loss.  (more…)

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Jennifer Leinart is about to become a grandmother.  Her 25-year old son is about to become a father.  He is advancing in the US military flying fighter planes.  My son has just been appointed a Commander in the US Navy and is advancing to being the captain of a destroyer.  We both rejoice in the success of our off-spring.  (more…)

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