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Another way of thinking about the geological timescale

A few years ago I came across the suggestion of using an analogy of a movie to visualise geological time-scales. That is, each frame would be one year and you would view 24 frames per second. I incorporated this into a talk that I did, and then forgot about it. I was reminded of this […]

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Geology MSc

New Adventures

And breaking the silence. So, most people who know me as someone not on the other side of a computer screen (and even many of those) know that I recently relocated to Port Elizabeth. Why? Well, I am starting my MSc. The project is an interesting mix of computer science and geology, in which I […]

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A small confession…

… I love pulp fiction. No, not the movie, which I have not seen for some reason, but the genre. Today I picked up a large stack of issues of pulp comics, mostly from the War Picture Library. These are set in World War 2, with accurate equipment and real battles. The stories are fictional […]

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Open South African Geological Data

In the last couple of years, I have had a growing interest in the open data and open access movement. I have not really done too much yet, being located on the periphery of what might be done, and with a lack of a specific project/problem to tackle. That said, I think that I have […]

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Worthwhile Causes

Over the last few months I have come across two causes that I think are worth supporting. Map Action The first is Map Action ( http://www.mapaction.org/ ). This organisation is based in the UK, and provides first response mapping in disaster situations. This may sound a trifle odd, but think about it: if the midden […]

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Dasher – Non-traditional Input Methods

Just a short note to prevent this being submerged in a tidal wave of baking and food. Today a friend of mine pointed me at Dasher ( http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/TryJavaDasherNow.html ), which is a dynamic input program. Basically, it allows you to do away with a traditional keyboard, and have your input be based on a lexicon. […]

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Soy chai tea!

Now I know I haven’t posted in a while, mainly because I’ve been really trying to work on my thesis/been at a conference. I do have a whole bunch of things I have baked just waiting to get shared but in the mean time for all you chai loving lactose intolerant people out in the […]

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Farmhouse cookies

I made these the other day as a replacement for my choc chunk cookies half of which I had promised to give away. I didn’t have my camera that day, and proceeded to scoff them down before I got a chance to take photos so apologies on the lack of pictures. Ill add some the […]

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Peanut-butter oat choc chunk cookies

Baking I think has officially become my ultimate procrastination tool. My brain seems to go ” I don’t feel like writing these results, I believe I shall that new cookie recipe I saw the other day.” I swear the visiting lecturer things I live in a bakery every time I have seen her I have […]

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Applescotch bake

On Friday I made what I believe is hands down the best apple based dessert I’ve ever had. From what I gather it is basically a deconstructed homage to apple dumplings. There is quite a large amount of sugar in it but surprisingly not too sweet, well very sweet but not cloyingly so.. But it […]