Friday, January 30, 2009

Geo-Paleo Blogs from around the World (#5)

The Open Source Paleontologist is my next spotlight Geo-Paleo blog. From the site:

"Ramblings on the role of open source software in paleontology, the latest and sometimes not-so-greatest ways in which we reconstruct the past, and the occasional bits of career advice and paleo news."

This is from a paleontologist somewhere in the US who focuses on the free stuff out there we all could use. A definite useful site since if there is one thing I know I can use, it's free stuff.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Global Change vs. the Economy

Obama pushing stronger fuel-efficiency standard

Well Obama has hit the ground running. He has already managed to get praise and piss off people in one fell swoop. He recently proposed changes to the way the auto industry makes their cars to make them more environmentally friendly (AKA green). To do this the auto industry would need to make billions in changes in an already weakened, possibly dying industry.

Now here is where we have the problem. The auto industry in the first place is one of the most corrupt industries in America today. Chopping off the head may be the only way to save them. They made this blatantly clear when they all flew to DC in their private jets to asks for money from congress. The money that flight alone could have been used to pay several employees for years, not to mention the cost of just maintaining the jets to be ready on a moments notice. So I am one all in favor of letting them sort it out themselves. But the problem again is the American people. For the most part they did nothing wrong but they are the one's getting punished. Even with all the money Congress gave to the auto giants they are still laying off tons of people (I'm sure so they don't have to lose as much, better them than us). And they are still in threats of failure. What did the hard working line worker do to deserve this? It is probably all his fault to end up in a declining job market and be put on the butcher's block because some individuals desire to do whatever they please.

But if they fail, others will. We are a country and a society that is built upon itself so much that like jenga, you take out the wrong blocks and the whole thing could fail. I was just told that if AIG went under then I would not have been able to come into work since they supply my company's insurance. It's insane that a company I had nothing to do with would hinder my being able to get a paycheck. The same could be said for almost all the mega-companies. So unfortunately they need to stay afloat - but at what cost to the "little man"?

So to finish I can just say that I commend Obama for enforcing greater restrictions, unfortunately it may be at an inopportune time. And I can say for certain I will likely never buy an American car again, at least not until they clean up their act.

Dino Pic of the Week

Ok this image comes courtesy of my mom, who purchased this soap embedded with a dinosaur and it reminded me so much of a bug in amber I had to take a picture of it. This was also the inspiration for my Dino Pic of the Week that I have been doing and I finally got the chance to put this one up.



You can see a compilation of my Dino Pics of the week over here at my website DinoJim.com

America's Top 25 Most Visted Places Meme

Ok I have never done a "meme" before so bear with me. But I found a list of America's 25 Most Visited Tourist Sites and thought it would be interesting to start one based on it. So bold the places you have been to. I believe the numbers are the average amount of people per year.

1. Times Square, New York City, NY - 35 million
Been to NY countless times growing up and been through here a bunch to hit up the Broadway shows, although never really stopped there

2. The Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV - 31 million
Plans are in the works to go soon

3. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington DC - 24 million
Been here quite a few times, love the monuments and the history

4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA - 20 million
Geo trip to GSA, wandered around the city and ended up here.

5. Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL - 17.1 million
Love it

6. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA - 14.9 million

7. Fisherman's Warf/ Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA - 14 million

8. Niagara Falls, NY - 12 million
I used to live 20 minutes away

9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN/NC - 9.4 million
Beautiful scenery, loved camping here

10. Navy Pier, Chicago, IL - 8.6 million

11. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, AR/NV - 7.6 million

12. Universal Studios/ Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL - 6.2 million

13. SeaWorld Florida, Orlando, FL - 6 million

14. San Antonio River Walk, TX - 5.1 million
In the top 5 places I would recommend anyone to go.

15. Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT - 5 million
Ok, I drive by this at least once a week and have yet to stop.

16. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA/NJ - 4.8 million

17. Universal Studios Hollywood, CA - 4.7 million

18. Metropolitan Museum, New York City, NY - 4.5 million
My sister was an art buff growing up and I have been here prolly 20+ times

18. Waikiki Beach, Oahu, HI - 4.5 million

20. Grand Canyon, AZ - 4.41 million

21. Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa Bay, FL - 4.4 million
Been to Busch Gardens VA, does that count?

22. Cape Cod National Seashore, MA - 4.35 million

23. SeaWorld San Diego, CA - 4.26 million

24. American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY - 4 million
Best museum ever

24. Atlantic City Boardwalk, NJ - 4 million

So 12/25 is not bad, not great but there are many plans in the works to increase this.
I tag ReBecca on this one because I know if she does it it will get around.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wilkins Ice Shelf hanging on by a filament



I came across this video about how bad a shape the Wilkins Ice Shelf is in. My favorite part is how they are describing that the ice shelf is hanging on by a thread and there is a guy hammering stuff into it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dino Pic of the Week


This is great. I found him on my move out to Salt Lake City back in May (08'). Apparently some of the Sinclair gas stations (which uses an Apatosaurus as its logo) have these little guys sitting out in front.

You can see a compilation of my Dino Pics of the week over here at my website DinoJim.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Nerdiness


NerdTests.com says I'm a Slightly Dorky Nerd God. Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and talk to others on the nerd forum!


And apparently I am extremely nerdy in the Sci-Fi area and literature but anyone who has been to my website could attest to that. And I am very nerdy in Science (duh) math and tech stuff. Well since I work on a computer all day and I have majors and minors in math and science that is pretty well assumed. I am glad though that I am only 75% dork/awkward. I guess I am not as socially inept as I once thought.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Geo-Paleo Blogs from around the World (#4)

All my faults are Stress-Related is another blog that I came across written by a geology professor in Colorado. It seems to give advice for students as well as some random geology posts. Rather interesting topics if you happen to stop by.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Geo-Paleo Blogs from around the World (#3)

The third blog on my Geo-Paleo blog list is one of my good friend, ReBecca's, page Dinochick Blogs from sunny Colorado. She has amassed an amazing following within the 1 year she has been blogging and for no other reason than she does such a damn good job.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Geo-Paleo Blogs - The List

So my friend ReBecca over at DinoChick listed a site (Geoblogoshpere News) with a compilation of geology related blogs catalogued by Stratigraphy.net. The list seems very comprehensive (and it includes me, Yea!!). And you can sort it by language, which is a neat feature for those non-english speaking folks.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dino Pic of the Week

Although this was just mentioned in the Geo-Paleo blog section I thought it pertinent to install it here as well.



I found a website called "Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week" and they did a blog specifically on Star Wars. In particular the Krayt Dragon seen above. The skeleton was seen in the background of A New Hope when C-3PO landed on Tatooine.

You can see a compilation of my Dino Pics of the week over here at my website DinoJim.com

No Facebook :-(

Work block Facebook. Jimmy sad :-(.

Geo-Paleo Blogs from around the World (#2)



Coming across this one became a no brainer for me. The title of the post I found was called the Sauropods of Star Wars. Awesome. Combine my 2 loves and what do you get. This. So my new Geo-Paleo Blog from around the world is "Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week"

It is also featured here on the Star Wars Blogs (where I first saw it).

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Thought for the Day

Nougatocity - A heightened yet fleeting state of accomplishment that makes you realize how unbelievably unmotivated you normally are.

Glaciers going bye-bye

Bye :-(



Looks like I will have to visit them before 2020 because it ain't happening otherwise.