Friday, December 26, 2008

7 Stupid People

This is great. It is an Article over at Cracked.com which goes into a little detail about stupid people who have tried to sue the Scientific Method (and thankfully lost).

http://www.cracked.com/article_16896_7-stupid-people-who-sued-scientific-method.html

If you don't feel like reading the entire article here is a brief synopsis.
The lawsuits include:

1. A lawsuit stating the Large Hadron Collider was going to destroy the Earth by a botanist.

2. A lawsuit against testing to verify if voting machines work by the makers of the voting machines.

3. A lawsuit to redefine pi as a number easier to remember. (I see no problem remembering 3.1415926somethingsomethingsomething)

4. A lawsuit stating that water retained all the medicines that have been diluted in it, no matter how diluted the water was.

5. A lawsuit that vitamins cure AIDS. (you have to check out the picture on the page, it is classic)

6. A lawsuit by scientists against the government to change the status of polar bears from threatened to endangered and a countersuit by oil and steel companies to get it removed all together.

7. And a lawsuit against NASA for putting a 300 kilogram bullet into a comet which caused changes in the natural balance of the universe. (Best quote from the article "Which was awesome, because not nearly enough space missions are directed by Michael Bay.")

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Monday, December 08, 2008

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - Golden Spike

My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is a fairly local park.




You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.

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So our first foray into the wide world of Utah's National Parks is the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Why? Because it is close. And it was pretty fun, although in the middle of nowhere, literally.


The sign on the way into the park.


RR Crossing with the trains in the distance.



Me in front of the Jupiter



Veronica stopping the trains from colliding.



Veronica and I in front of the Jupiter.


The last rail laid for the Transcontinental Railroad.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

View from my Cubicle

Since I have such an awesome view from my workspace for once I figured I would post it. I have been here since August but this is the first time I thought to bring my camera and take a picture of it.

Housework - Building Bar

So I have been steadily working on the new house for some time and I wanted to publish some photos of my current project - the bar. Now the bar I built in my old house was far larger but I spent much less time on it. Hoping this one will not only be functional it would also blend in well with the wood work.



This first image is of the space that we are putting the bar. It is next to stairs going up into the rest of the house. The only problem is that the bottom half is a false wall covering the entrance to the crawl space. So I had to make the bar completely removable if someone needs to get under there. (Just in case of terrorists or republicans invade)



This is what the bar looks like that I added. I has some problem with the finish on the doors so that will need to be redone but I think it looks good so far. I tried to match the pattern of the walls with the doors but we wanted it darker so it would stand out a bit.



On the inside we wanted to use as a storage space for bar stuff (like cups and shotglasses) so I put in shelves. Not bad looking figuring the entire thing can be removed in under 5 minutes.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dino Pic of the Week



I love it. This is the Wedding cake from my Grad School friend over at DinoChick.com. Needless to say this would never have flown at my wedding but I love it none the less.

Federal Deficit

Look what I just found from 1999, all I can say is HAHAHAHA

Friday, October 03, 2008

VP Debate and the Environment

Ok, one of my major concerns as a geologist is the environment. So thinking of that, Governor Palin has come across as not only ignorant but down right backwards on her thinking. I think Biden's comment of "drill, drill, drill" hits the nail right on the head. Personally I think that instead of wasting time and money on more drilling we could spend the same time and money on renewable resources and get the return not only sooner but it would then be sustainable.

But the main focus of this rant is on Palin's comment to global warming at the VP debate:

IFILL: ... Let's talk about climate change. What is true and what is false about what we have heard, read, discussed, debated about the causes of climate change?

PALIN: Yes. Well, as the nation's only Arctic state and being the governor of that state, Alaska feels and sees impacts of climate change more so than any other state. And we know that it's real.

I'm not one to attribute every man -- activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man's activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.

But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don't want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?

We have got to clean up this planet. We have got to encourage other nations also to come along with us with the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that.

As governor, I was the first governor to form a climate change sub-cabinet to start dealing with the impacts. We've got to reduce emissions. John McCain is right there with an "all of the above" approach to deal with climate change impacts.

We've got to become energy independent for that reason. Also as we rely more and more on other countries that don't care as much about the climate as we do, we're allowing them to produce and to emit and even pollute more than America would ever stand for. So even in dealing with climate change, it's all the more reason that we have an "all of the above" approach, tapping into alternative sources of energy and conserving fuel, conserving our petroleum products and our hydrocarbons so that we can clean up this planet and deal with climate change.


How does that even make any sense? If somehow McCain wins, he better not die.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Moving to Utah - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Ok I know we moved to Utah several months ago but I just got the pictures organized. Here are some of the National Park pictures for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. As I mention before, Veronica and I are trying to visit all of the National Parks so this knocks another one off the list. Eventually I will tally up how many we have been to.


Here I am walking Twix and Aikman down to the beach.



Twix looking at the nice water.



Veronica, Twix and Aikman posing.



Veronica and Aikman walking down the shore.


Veronica and I


Twix Attacking the waves. Unfortunately we had to leave her on her leash due to park rules.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Presenting Our New Dog - Jackson



Ok, so we went to buy dog food the other day and they happened to be having what they called a "Super pet adoption". I thought they could fly or something. I was apparently wrong. But anyway by the time I locked the car Veronica was already in the middle of a swarm of puppies.



Well I saw this one puppy that looked so sad in his cage and he was the same puppy they had up for adoption over a month before. Well we ended up taking the dog for a walk and I still felt really bad for him because he was 7 and it was likely he was not going to get adopted. So we decided to take him home. Well afterwards I found out he was in a foster home at the time so I felt less bad than before.




Well now that we have him home. He seems to be slowly adjusting. He is much higher energy than either Twix or Aikman so it is a big adjustment for us all. Twix still is not sure what to do with him. She is the alpha of the family but Jackson is trying to take over so Twix is very unhappy. But hopefully she comes around soon.




Monday, September 15, 2008

Dino Pic of the Week, for the week of Sept 14th, 08'


This picture was taken at the Museum of Science at Boston, MA. The T-Rex is on the floor below in the dino section but you can get a pretty cool view of it from the upper floor.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dino Pic of the Week - For the week of Sept 7th

I figured since the title of my site is "Dino Jim" I should actually represent some dinos. Well I am starting a Dino Pic of the week segment here on my blog.



This picture was taken outside of the dinosaur ride in the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The dino depicted is the same one from Disney's Dinosaur, the Iguanodon Aladar