The Geology of Fireworks

America is about to blow up a bunch of stuff for its 240th birthday. I love it! Who doesn’t love fireworks? Well, aside from animals like my childhood dog, who invariably hid under the bed in cowering terror. And people who have had enough of explosions to last them a lifetime. People who are triggered or kept awake by loud bangs. People who are phobic about fire. All right, so there’s a long list of people and other animals who don’t like fireworks. But hopefully, even if you can’t stand ’em, you’ll be able to enjoy the geology, chemistry, and physics of them. Continue reading “The Geology of Fireworks”

The Geology of Fireworks

Frivolous Friday: Okay, We All Pretty Much Have to Get Married Now

Yes, I am. I am proposing to you all (excepting any creeps reading this – I’m not proposing to you). I want you all to marry me (see previous disclaimer). We don’t necessarily have to stay married, if you don’t want to – we just need to all have the big lavish wedding together. Why? Because thanks to Zeroth, I just found out geode wedding cakes are a thing. Go feast your eyes on those.

You want to accept my proposal now, don’t you? Continue reading “Frivolous Friday: Okay, We All Pretty Much Have to Get Married Now”

Frivolous Friday: Okay, We All Pretty Much Have to Get Married Now

Frivolous Friday: Which Upcoming Movie Are You Craving?

Summer movie discussion time, my darlings! Or, if you’re in the southern half of the world, winter movie discussion time! I’m busy writing fiction this week, which has got me thinking about fiction. There’s a lot coming out this summer (or winter). I’m looking forward to a few, but if I had to pick just one, I think it would be… Continue reading “Frivolous Friday: Which Upcoming Movie Are You Craving?”

Frivolous Friday: Which Upcoming Movie Are You Craving?

Mystery Flora: Sweet Spring Stars

Here’s a bit of Frivolous Friday fun with flowers! Aoife came at the exact right time of year. Springtime in Seattle is filled with blooms: it seems like absolutely everything wants to put on a display. Even on a short walk around the neighborhood, you can see thousands of lovely blooms in all shades. These delicate pink stars were falling over a fence, and so we of course had to stop to get a closer look.

Image shows a sheet of green leaves and clusters of small pink flowers spilling over a gray wooden fence.
Mystery Flora I

I really love plants like this that drape over things. And these are really fabulous on closer inspection, because the flowers are stars! Continue reading “Mystery Flora: Sweet Spring Stars”

Mystery Flora: Sweet Spring Stars

Random Bits of Hilarity: The Further Adventures of Aoife and Dana

I’m so grateful to Aoife for deciding to come visit my fair city! See, I never get out to see it. I live a short bus ride away from downtown, but I just don’t bother to go unless someone gives me a reason. Which is sad, because I adore downtown Seattle.

And when I go, there’s always something new and fun. Even the construction cranes have a quirky sense of humor. Continue reading “Random Bits of Hilarity: The Further Adventures of Aoife and Dana”

Random Bits of Hilarity: The Further Adventures of Aoife and Dana

If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?

I’ve got a guest from out-of-country, so I haven’t got much time for posting today. Instead of throwing a link and a promise at you, I thought we might do some thinking on how to change the world. What if it were in your power to make three major changes to the world as it is? What would those changes be?

Image shows two calico cats sitting in chairs at a table, looking toward each other with rather the attitude of people who believe they are completely in charge. On the table is a board game with soldiers of various colors set up on a map. Caption says, "Our plan for world domination is complete."

Continue reading “If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?”

If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?

Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm

For our Frivolous Friday* fun, let’s have a sneak peek at one of the most remarkable spots in Arizona, and try to identify this adorable critter who seems to be the master of it.

Image shows a small reddish-brown ground squirrel or chipmunk lying on the edge of a limestone cliff, overlooking the rim of Montezuma Well. Its head is turned toward the left. Beyond it is a rugged limestone cliff, and below can be seen portions of the trail that leads down into the Well.
Captain of Montezuma Well. Just chillin’ over my domain.

Alas, I didn’t have my wonderful Sony Cyber-Shot camera back then. Otherwise, you’d get a much clearer view of the critter, and be able to zoom in to drool all over the utterly luscious limestone. But at least it gets the gist of the scene right, and hopefully there’s enough detail to make out what species our darling rodent is. Continue reading “Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm”

Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm