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The Great Geologist-Engineer Controversy

Geology, an art as much as a science, has always baffled and worried engineers. And while geologists have provided mankind with massive sources of energy such as coal, gas, and flatulence, engineers have been relegated to merely designing tanks to hold these natural resources. Engineers tend to carry defensive weapons of pocket protectors, slide rules, black socks, and lousy humour, although these tools are a poor match for the geologist’s rock hammer, hand lens, and Brunton\Breithaupt compass. Note that Microsoft software engineers have neglected to include Brunton or Breithaupt in the Microsoft Word spelling check. Differing world view is a fundamental reason for Geologist-Engineer conflict. Geologists view the world as a beautiful array of possibilities and a wealth of variability; a terrifying idea for detail obsessed and pigeon-holing Engineers. Rough estimates and ‘back of the envelope calculations’ have long conflicted with engineers’ need definitive and quantifiable answers.

Geologists, secure in their vague estimates have forever conflicted with engineers and their need for a definitive, quantifiable answer since the building of the pyramids. The ancient Egyptian engineers had determined that the Great Pyramid would require 6961105709.356732519874886510 metric tons of stone blocks to construct. The ancient Egyptian geologists yawned and disagreed. When it turned out that only 6961105709.356732519874886509 metric tons were required, the geologists sneered and said, “I told you your calculations were wrong.” The geologists, having been proven correct and superior, have been envied by engineers since that fateful day.

Adding further heat to the argument, Engineers commonly envy a Geologist’s ability to take time off from his work. Geologists tend to carry their paraphernalia with them even while on break. Hence a Geologist strolling through the park or hiking around a property is viewed as ‘on the job’ by his or her superiors or employer, ergo always maintaining a facade of hard work. This infuriates engineers, who seldom get time off, nor any pleasure from their work. Similar activities by an engineer may result in demotion or unemployment, thus stoking the fire of their fury at the superior Geologist.

Subclasses of “normal” Engineers are the Geo-technical and Mining Engineers.


Adventures at Moraine Lake

Valley of the Ten Peaks

I had a rather unfortunate accident on the hike to where this was taken. The Rock Pile (a big rock pile that forms part of the moraine that you can hike up and that is where most of the famous pictures are taken from) was closed for trail upgrading or something, so we took the trail to Consolation Lakes hoping to get to the other side of the Rock Pile. We followed the trail till we came to a rock slide. We hiked up the rock slide until we arrived where this shot was taken.

When we first got there, I set my water down on one of the big boulders (all the rocks were huge) and stood on top of it to take a picture. My water slipped off and into a crack. The top of this rock was about two feet higher than where my water had fallen. I stepped down and I’m not really sure what happened. It may have been that the rock I stepped to wasn’t stable, or I could have stepped on a log that snapped. Either way, I fell. I managed to smack my knee on a rock, throw my camera up in the air and then land on my back on the sharp edge of a boulder below. It hurt, a lot, but I was okay. My friends that I was with came over and were asking if I was okay and if I had broken anything. The first thing I said was “how is the camera?” My cousin from Australia, Dean, went over and picked it up and said it looked fine. I asked about the lense and he brought it over and showed me. It was perfectly fine.

I had thrown it up in the air and then it had crashed back down into the boulders and there wasn’t even a scratch on it. I wish I could say the same about me. I thought for sure that something would have broken. It’s a pretty tough camera.

So I Started a Tumblelog

My Tumblr

If you don’t know what a tumblelog is, read this:

A tumblelog is a variation of a blog that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, tumblelogs are frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or experiences while providing little or no commentary. – Wikipedia

It is kind of like twitter, but in my opinion better. And it is because I think it is better that I think I will actually use it, unlike twitter.

Do You Know How Big a Bus Is?

So, I almost got hit by a bus on Monday morning. That would have been fun. I was crossing the road at a crosswalk when it told me to cross and he must not have seen me. It was really close, like a couple feet between me and the bus. Fun times eh?

Well we’re on the subject of buses, did you know that there is a bus out there that can carry 300 people? Check this puppy out – Big Bus.

Also, did you know that there is such a thing as Queueing theory? If you didn’t here is a little explanation.

Queueing theory is the mathematical study of waiting lines (or queues). The theory enables mathematical analysis of several related processes, including arriving at the (back of the) queue, waiting in the queue (essentially a storage process), and being served by the server(s) at the front of the queue. The theory permits the derivation and calculation of several performance measures including the average waiting time in the queue or the system, the expected number waiting or receiving service and the probability of encountering the system in certain states, such as empty, full, having an available server or having to wait a certain time to be served. – Wikipedia

This reason I bring Queueing theory up is that it reminds me of bistromathics from Douglas Adam’s Life, the Universe and Everything.

Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behaviour of numbers. Just as Albert Einstein’s general relativity theory observed that space was not an absolute but depended on the observer’s movement in time, and that time was not an absolute, but depended on the observer’s movement in space, so it is now realized that numbers are not absolute, but depend on the observer’s movement in restaurants.

The first nonabsolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig, or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has shown up.

The second nonabsolute number is the given time of arrival, which is now known to be one of those most bizarre mathematical concepts, a recipriversexcluson, a number whose existence can only be defined as being anything other than itself. In other words, the given time of arrival is the one moment of time at which it is impossible that any member of the party will arrive. Recipriversexclusons now play a vital part in many branches of mathematics, including statistics and accountancy, and also form the basic equations used to engineer the Somebody Else’s Problem field.

The third and most mysterious piece of nonabsoluteness of all lies in the relationship between the number of items on the bill, the cost of each item, the number of people at the table and what they are each prepared to pay for. (The number of people who have actually brought any money is only a sub-phenomenon in this field.) – Life, the Universe and Everything

Interesting isn’t it?

Wicked Time Lapse

Long time no post eh? Yeah about that…

This is about the new time lapse from Ross Ching called Eclectic 3.0. If you know me at all, I’ve probably made you watch the first two. They are absolutely fantastic. If you’ve been to Montana with me, you’ve seen them in 1080P, which is stunning. Anyway, check it out – Vimeo Link –

Short Films

Okay, these two short films are my new favourites. They are fantastic. I know they are quite lengthy, but trust me, they’re good. You should watch Validation first and Rent-A-Person second (basically, in the order that I have posted them). You’ll know why after. Anyway, enough of my blathering, here they are:



This Is Me

I’m not sure if the server migration is completely done yet, so I might lose this, but I doubt it. I’m pretty sure it is done since I have talked to them and all, but I am still waiting for the confirmation email.

Anyway, that is not what this is about. I was browsing PostSecret today and came across this:

I have to admit, I am very much like that. I rarely turn my windshield wipers on high for the exactly same reason. I know it is stupid but it is something that I do. I, unlike the person who sent this in, do use them if absolutely necessary. Oh, and I definitely check out what speed other people have theirs going at before I go high speed. Just thought I’d share.

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Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 9

Merry Christmas!

Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 7

I am soooo fake pre-loading this image so the navigation doesn't skip while loading the over state.  I know I could use the sliding doors technique to avoid this fate, but I am too lazy.