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From Investopedia, this definition of a company’s price to earnings ratio. (more…)

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Today a four-hour ride around Coquitlam, along the Fraser River, and up the Pitt River.  But first we rode the grounds of the Riverview Hospital.  The place started in the early 1900s.  The big buildings were constructed starting in the 1920s.  Up until about the mid-1990s it house upward of 2,300 patients. At its peak 4,600. (more…)

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Today I rode up the trail between the trees & ferns dappled by sun & blue sky.  After a long uphill climb with leg muscles screaming in pain, I came on the downhill section.  Changing gears, I sped up and sped faster and faster down.  Coming on a turn I have taken many times, something went wrong. (more…)

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The weekend looms, so here is a roundup of the items I have saved for bogging about and that I know I will never get to unless I summarize now: (more…)

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I have just added another blog to my blogroll–see list to the right of the page for Strings, Connections, Links.  It is not a blog about mining per se.  But many of the postings are of interest to the miner concerned with project management, the environment, sustainability, the built environment and a host of other eclectic topics.  The site came to my attention when the blog author, Andrew Abernathy sent me a comment on some postings on this blog.  Here is what he wrote (I repeat with his permission and some editing to protect the innocent.)  (more…)

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I have worked for many fine and skilled process engineers.  They are usually the folk on the mine who are assigned responsibility for the tailings facility, which is the place to which the process wastes (tailings) go.  Currently two of my clients are women process engineers.  They are demanding, detail-oriented, and good at geotechnical engineering, although they disclaim any expertise in the subject.  (more…)

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Fifteen years ago when I first resided in Huntington Beach, I was told that if you lived within a mile of the beach, you were a Libertarian.  I did not know then what a Libertarian was or what they thought & did.  Last night I sat chatting with a newly minted Libertarian and his three oldest sons  and I was exposed to a full-blown Libertarian. (more…)

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I am in Iowa near Iowa City.  The land is parched, the corn stunted, the grass brown, and the rivers low.  The talk is all of drought and despair.  The heat is intense and unpleasant.  I try to remind myself it is nice to be warm after a long, wet winter in Vancouver, but to no avail. (more…)

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In the old days of consulting, there was a large room somewhere that was filled with cheap shelves all heavily burdened with magazines, books, three-ring binders, and files.  This was the library.  It was managed by a proud lady, the Librarian, who had a degree in library management.  You tripped into her preserve in trepidation, and sought her help in supplicating phrases.  (more…)

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In 1979, me and my young family arrived in Tucson to do mining.  We were put in an apartment on the corner of Pantano and Tanque Verde in an apartment overlooking the mountains capped with snow. We spent two years in that apartment and had a third child, born at the Tucson Medical Center.  She is now thirty and more, and working as a civil engineer in Iowa. (more…)

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