In his book The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, Henry Petroski tells at length of early graphite mining and its impact on the development of the pencil. From what I recall, for many years there was but one deposit in England that produce graphite of the right quality to produce workable pencils. As one reviewer of the book writes: (more…)
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Posted in About the news, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, Mining history, People, environmental, mining, California, tagged henry petroski, pencil, tesla, graphite mining, honda, prius on March 11, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Posted in drilling, Geotechnical, Heap leach, Human relations and mining, Jobs and Salaries, People, tagged education, Northwest Community College, school of exploration and mining on January 28, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Decision making is taught as the process of gathering data; identifying alternatives, establishing evaluation criteria, comparing alternatives, and hence choosing the optimum solution or course of action. In practice, it seldom works like this. Some of the ways decisions are actually made include the following. (more…)
This is seemingly the fourth week of travel on mining business. Past trips went well. This week’s trip was a mess. I record this here in the hope that you may learn from my mistakes. I confess it was all my fault; due to inattention, old age, or overconfidence, I do not know. Here is the story. (more…)
Spent the past two weeks with the kids and grandkids. The past week at a cottage on the sea south of Campbell River, the salmon capital of the world. Now I have more salmon filets in the freezer than I can eat.
Tomorrow a seven am flight to Fort McMurray and the real world of mining–and maybe blogging.
Meanwhile a few pictures to pass the time and celebrate to passing of summer and imminent fall.
Posted in About the news, Community relations, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, Latin America, mining, People, tagged Guatemala, mataquescuintla, mining, san rafael las flores on August 10, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Having survived the travails of travel, including eight-hour flight delays, evacuation of terminals, and long-line indignities, let me post a few photos that illustrate how one village is improved by mining-derived money. I first saw this village about three years ago. It was picturesque but dilapidated. Poverty was the norm: unpainted houses; a decaying church; rudimentary places to eat; no banks. (more…)
I have never come across a comic book in which the hero is a miner. I have never read a comic book in which mining is praised or even shown to be a provider of the basics of life. Maybe it is time to rectify that absence. At least this was the conversation last night as we drank time away into the early hours of this morning. One of our companions has a daughter who has decided to make her career the writing and drawing of comic books. (more…)
Posted in brandy, British Columbia, consulting, environmental, Human relations and mining, mining, Mining history, North America, tagged bard on the beach, fish lake, immigrants, mining, stormer bicycle, taseko, trump tower, twelfth night, Vancouver on July 8, 2013 | 1 Comment »
A perfect summer day. Last night to the Bard on the Beach Twelfth Night, a great production all round. No mumbling; no action on the hidden balcony; lots of humor; many laughs; and great acting. This is sustainable theater: a play that touches the heart, deals with eternal themes, and ends happily. (more…)
Posted in About the news, acid mine drainage, environmental, Human relations and mining, Mining history, Underground, tagged faro, Giant Mine, Goldcorp, mine closure, timmins on June 25, 2013 | 13 Comments »