Archive for the ‘Human relations and mining’ Category


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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The BC  Northwest Community College, School of Exploration & Mining is to be congratulated on a superb set of courses offered in 2014.  Lori Knorr sent me this list:  (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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.






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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…)

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The joy of life is offspring: children & grandchildren and all their variety.  I have not posted much on this blog in the last two weeks as I have been in California with four of the eight grandchildren. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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At this link is my EduMine course on Mine Closure: The Basics of Success.  One issue I do not address in the course is a looming tendency, namely should we tax existing mines to pay for closure of old mines? (more…)

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