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Does mining dictate society and its progress; or does society & progress dictate mining? (more…)

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  Day one: 1/1/11 if you count by day, month, year.  Or 11/1/1 of you go by year, day/month, month/day.  Etc.  A rainy and cold day in this part of California. And a supper party with old friends who live just across the road.   She is the best cook in all the world.  We ate home-made paste with a light green sauce of liquified asparagus and three different sausages grilled outdoors on the barbecue.   Lots of South African wine to wash it all down.  (more…)

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   Two mining-related stories today that prove there will always be an England.  That slightly batty, eccentric land of non-conformists. 

Making a toaster from scratch, mining the raw materials;

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For those stuck inside these weekend by snow, yet yearning for the sexy part of mining, I recommend playing one of those on-line games.  You can be a miner of skill and fortune in these games.  Here are links to two recent postings about the mining aspect of these games.  Just reading these two postings will rapidly establish why real mining will never be a sexy as on-line mining.  For example, in the real world you could screw things up just like Teck Cominco

  1. Runescape Millionaire Guide – Mining
  2. WoW Insider on the mechanics of node mining

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In the latest issue of The Prospector, fellow blogger and professional journalist Kevin Barker makes a plea to bring sexy back into mining.  He writes:

There are lots of fascinating angles to mining.  There’s exploration, geology, travel, geopolitics, risk and reward…..I happen to think a fully mineralized hanging wall is very sexy, all that glittering metal winking at you.

He goes even further with his analogies in this quote:

I’ve never understood why we stand idly by and let a few misguided people with green hair and an internet connection whip the tar out of us.  So we’re supposed to dismantle the mining industry?  Fine.  But isn’t that a bit like telling kids they should abstain from sex to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STDs?  Kids won’t stop having sex and people won’t stop mining.  If you ban it they will just go back to using archaic recovery techniques like mercury…..

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