A typical Vancouver Saturday: cool, overcast, some sunny periods, and much reading. Then after six pm a bottle of wine and an opera. Here are some of the books I dipped into today–I have been reading some for a while; some are old and should have been finished a long time ago; and some are new. For I am a dipper, i,e., someone who picks up a book, reads part, and then picks up another to read part, as the fancy & interest turn. (more…)
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Here is a welcome announcement from the University of British Columbia. An Executive MBA in Strategic Mining Management. I wish I were young enough to attend–but I am one of those soon to be demographic shifters, a baby boomer about to retire. Maybe I can lecture in my dotage on the relevance of tailings management to strategic mining management. But they probably won’t give a blogger the podium. So be it. We must simply applaud the move, support them, and wish them and their graduates well. Here the full announcement: (more…)
In Edward O. Wilson’s new book The Meaning of Human Existence, he asks the following question:
Are human beings intrinsically good but corruptible by the forces of evil, or the reverse, innately sinful yet redeemable by the forces of good? Are we built to pledge our lives to a group, even to the risk of death, or the opposite, built to place ourselves and our families above all else.
I barely passed chemistry during my undergraduate civil engineering degree. I enjoyed the geology course, although it took a lot of intellect to learn the difference between sedimentary rock, volcanic rock, and metamorphic rock. For I grew up in the flat, featureless landscape of the Witwatersrand where very old soils covered all rocks—the first rock I saw was in the geology lab. (more…)
No posts these past few days as I have been in Huntington Beach with kids and grandkids. In between family time I have read Dickens’ Bleak House. Many strange and mad characters in that book. Victorians all I concluded; until I looked around me in Huntington Beach and saw the following two whose story I tell. (more…)