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…)
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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…)
Got a long lesson in using the new format CareerMine today. This is what I found about mining jobs for engineers in Vancouver. First up is a job with Robertson GeoConsultants (RGC). Probably no secret that I work for RGC. Not full time. I take off as much time as I want to so that I can blog and visit kids and grandkids. In fact I will be off on Wednesday to the kids in California and then a month in Spain with my son and his family in a house on the beach. OK, I like the rain in Vancouver as much as anybody—kind of sensuous and clean, what with the lights sparkling and the streets shining. But time in southern California and southern Spain are not to be deprecated. (more…)