Monday, April 14, 2014

Galileo's Canvas

Catch tonight's lunar eclipse @ 1 am MST.

For those burning oil this evening in western North America, you're likely to have a bit of stable weather to enjoy the full moon's descent and reemergence through the penumbra from 11pm - 3.

Monday, February 17, 2014


The only reason we continue to post music recommendations is because, well, shit.  Some music simply rocks.  So do geologists.   Its good to cool your evolution.  Gentlemen, by Fela Kuti.  Soooooo sweet.  This will take a while.

And turn up the bass, dammit.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Whisky Rocks

If it weren't for dried residue whisky precipitate, this post would be a bit slanted from the Forge's modus operandi.  Then again, maybe not.  Thank you, Ernie Button, for taking the time photograph the scattered light shining through the solid crystal nadirs of a morning after.  My favorite of the collection is left by single-malt Aberlour (shown).  Pour yourself a glass and flip through more of Ernie's photos here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Here be dragons, here lies mystery

"To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part."  -Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Dragons, mermaids, gold and more, in the unexplored.  If Aldo's prophetic text raises the hair on the back of your neck... you will always be an employed geologist.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mountain Texts

"The struggle of man against man produces jealousy, deceit, frustration, bitterness, hate.  The struggle of man against the mountains is different.  Man then bows before Something that is bigger than he.  When he does that, he finds serenity and humility, and dignity too."  -Of Men and Mountains, by former supreme court justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980).

Though Wikipedia omits these famous memoirs from William O. Douglas' digital meta, the above quoted rings hard and true.  The first editions printed in 1950 have taught, green linen-covered hardbacks with faint golden foil pressed on their spine.  Inside the front cover, a hand-drawn map representing a portion of the eastern Cascades stretches two pages and does more for cartography than many byte replacements.

My copy, worn and dusty with dog-eared edges reminding myself to take note or to return, has penciled underlines of excerpts that nod to that angelical of a moment to which time is tranquil, to which fiction sits suspended at present and in good stead finds a tangible reality among the rocks and trees without guilt, greed, or guile.  An excellent read for those of us longing for the wild spirituality away from cell phones (the absence of which, supplanted by nature, also significantly boosts cognition).

Apropos this closing by Aldo Leopold, from "Thinking Like a Mountain":

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.  I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain."

Friday, February 22, 2013

Earth as art

Thank you, Nasa, for EARTH AS ART, for a free 'coffee-table' download featuring over one hundred incredible satellite images of our good 'ol Gaia, in full false color.

... a teaser from the Himalayas.

Coincident of note, Nasa also captured Mount Etna's overflowing cauldron earlier this week (Feb 20).