Saturday, November 30, 2013

Places I want to visit, Temagami Greenstone Belt.

This is a whole big pile of weird geology all in one relatively compact area.

Everything from igneous intrusives, to metamorphics, to sedimentary structures.  All in one area!

Mineralogy that has all of those pretty (and bad for the environment) sulfides to komatolites, which you don't find much of anywhere else (at least on the surface)....

So, who wants to go adventuring?

The master plan

Just so all of this is clear.

I am not just selling all of my extemporaneous stuff as a grand rummage sale of vanity, I do have some semblance of a plan.

If all goes well, there will be updates, I am going to be graduating at the end of next summer from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a BS in Geology.  One of the aspects of this degree is that if I want to find a job I would have to go someplace else.

I have been looking around and there are lots of positions available, some of them do make for a seriously mobile lifestyle though.  I have sen some where it is fly-in jobs so that you are at work for a week or two, and then off for a week or two.  If I end up doing something like that the whole "having a need for a house" thing goes right out the window.  It would be far easier to have everything in my life condensed down to what will fit in the back of a truck, and what will fit in a pop-up camper or something to that effect.

I still have not determined if my current truck would be able to safely tow a pop-up camper, but those things are not that heavy, and a little modification of the trailer hitch setup (basically make a frame-mount class-3 hitch) would be a doable solution.

I just researched it and the Starcraft pop-up camper weighs in at 900 pounds, Wheezy the Wonder Truck (1994 Ford Stranger, old mine truck, no options, 70K miles) should be able to pull about 1500 without any issues.

But back to the plan.

Next summer I have to attend field camp in Park City, Utah.  There will be a lot of pictures and a lot of blogs written when I have time free from my studies.  After this is done since I will already be in Utah I was going to take some time to explore the Western United States, just myself, Wheezy the Wonder Truck, my camera, and a rock hammer.

After I make it back to Duluth I plan to have already lined up an internship or maybe even a job, but that is going to involve moving.  Hopefully slightly south of my current location so that it will be slightly warmer when I get there.

Even if I do end up going North and having to get a more substantial domicile I still do not want to have 10 loads of belongings to move with me.  I would much rather go for one load and gone.

This also makes it so that if I get on with a company with locations in other countries I could transfer to someplace far, far away without having to worry about what I am going to do with all of my stuff.  Since I will have already trimmed my belongings to what would essentially fit in the bed of  a Ford Ranger, knocking that down to what will fit in my luggage would not be that hard.

But that is the plan, I am going to try to get my butt as far out from where I am now as is reasonable.  I want to do this in a manner that makes sense, and is responsible (no dumping of crap because I didn't have time to find someone who wanted it).

Here is a picture of me, doing what I do....  Just so you know I was standing in waders in a river measuring water depth across a cross section to estimate sediment flow during a 500 year flood event.  There will be a blog of the results coming soon.
My face is not actually that twisted, just crappy phone camera effects.

Sorting everything out.

As it turns out I have a lot of shit that does not really amount to anything. I have been sorting through piles of stuff and looking at what is going to be the first piles to get tossed up onto ebay. I think I am going to start with 5 things, and then once those are gone start looking at getting rid of the other stacks of shit I have. To give you a hint, here are two piles of a coin collection that is going to be getting pitched on ebay.
There is a ton of stuff in there, not all of it is worth a hell of a lot, but some of it is. And all told there are a few bucks when I put it all together. Then end result is that I have decided that having stuff is kind of like swimming with an anchor. You have to let go if you want to be free, all of this stuff is one of the things that holds me down and keeps me from being able to just leave if I want to. I don't want to move all of this stuff again, and as a result, I am going to try to get rid of all of it. There will be a lot of stuff being sold via here, craigslist, ebay, whatnot in the next few months.... I will post links to the auctions soon, and I will be posting a link to this blog along with the ebay auctions. I am cleaning out my life. I am getting rid of all of the excess weight. There is going to be a ton of stuff going up for sale, keep an eye out... Coming soon....
A singing Catfish that sings "Bad to the Bone" and makes funny statements, never out of the box.

Vintage Muppets Gonzo plush, 19" tall!

Model kit for a sloop, all there, bags of little metal parts have not been opened.

Facts in five! An awesome party game?

Brand new in box headphones Hesh 2.0, I personally think that wearing these marks you as a douchebag, but there is no accounting for taste.

I just listed the first blast of coins on EBAY, just to get a start...

Friday, November 29, 2013

A plan is forming in my mind...

A plan is forming in my mind. I am kind of sick of this "give me everything" attitude of American's in general and I am thinking that the best way to fight against it would be to lead by example. Theoretically I am going to be getting finished with school in the next 9 months, and after that time I will be free to go and do the kind of things that I want to do. Unfortunately, that, along with every other aspect of American life takes money. But I have decided that the easiest way to get through this part would be to get rid of everything that I have that makes being freely mobile difficult and trim my life down to the bare minimums. I need to have books. I need to have a computer. I do not need a 46 inch tv and 7000 watt home entertainment system in a 5000 square foot house with a three car garage loaded with a 500 horsepower SUV. I would like to have a truck, maybe a late model Dodge diesel, something that can tow a house on wheels, a micro-house on wheels. So I can then just park my house near where I want to work. When it comes time to move on I hook the house up to the truck and I go to the next place I want to work. Maybe make it kind of seasonal, following the warmth. I have not worked out all of the details yet. But I surely don't want to be living some crazy life in a McMansion.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Christmas Shitty of the North Parade.

For those of you who know me you will know that I am not really a big fan of Christmas. Ok, I really would have a tough time giving a shit less. Some people boycott black Friday, I have decided to make that a year round boycott because I do not much care about American consumerism. I am actually trying to determine how compact one could go and still have enough room for all of their geology books. But this year there was the Christmas Shitty of the North Parade. It comes with a song that makes me rock back and forth in agony screaming "make it stop" every time I hear it. Most of the parade is this high school band, or this float from some company favored by rich people.... And then their was the Owl's Club. Who built the float out of paper-mache by themselves, with mostly donated materials. It featured a giant owl who's head turned back and forth and went "Hoo-Hoo." This has layers of awesomeness. Well they have a post parade vote for who had the best float, The Owl's were in the league and then one of the competitors suddenly jumped up by a few hundred votes. The next morning another competitor had gone from 0% to 45% of the vote. As of today there have been 25,000 votes on the poll which is far more than actually watched the parade in the first place. Which of course brings me to a thought. It is obvious with the ways that these cheating fucks are gaining votes they are not doing it honestly, I have no need to be honest. I was thinking maybe I should throw the vote in the direction of the Duluth Children's Museum. To the tune of like 100,000 votes.... It would not even be that hard.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

First blast of cold

The first blast of cold weather is always the worst, the body takes time to acclimate to the changing if tge seasons,  and time is the one thing that has not, as of yet, been given.
I do not want to go into hibernation yet, there are still a lot of things I want to accomplish before winter hits full on.  I am still fighting with a firewood shortage out at the ranch, and there is a comet diving towards the sun that really needs me to take some pictures of it.
This of course involves me getting up and moving at about four in the morning, making some really hit coffee,  and I should just have the whole camera/tripod/remote setup ready to rock so I don't miss the shot trying to get packed.
Of course at the moment instead of getting all of my ducks in orderly lines I am sitting at the bar having a beer.  I am definitely doing something wrong here.
A couple of good photos would really lift my spirits,  and I know some professors that could use them in classes.
In other news life has been good to me recently,  my boss is awesome,  classes are progressing,  and I may even get to finish school before I hit forty, even if only by a few weeks.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Duluth from a distance

This image is not the greatest shot, as I took it with my phone, but this is an image looking back at Duluth from about 15 miles out in the lake.

The horizon seems to end except for a few bumps, but you are actually looking right where the city of Superior, Wisconsin sits.

To the left of the photo there is a raised boxy area, that is the Burlington Northern dock in South Superior, there are a few indistinct chimneys and such, and then the edge of the hill on the right, the hillside of duluth being about 1000 feet above lake level.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

I made a map of "Flat Earth"

As it turns out the one thing that the Flat Earth people have been neglecting all of this time is making a map. You would think that would be rather high on the list of priorities, I guess not. Because I abhor over-sights like that I decided to apply myself and make them a map myself. Here is the fruit of my labor, and it is all flat!
As you can see this map has "everything that matters" on it.  That is why there is no school, there is nothing past your house, Wal-Mart, or the church, nothing to distract you, and the only thing you can see out your window is the church so we wont even have any contradictions there.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A picture of your anus

Actually posting this for another thread....
Picture of Jupiter, its moons, and Uranus in the background, image taken September 27th 2010, 12:26 AM from Duluth, Minnesota with a Canon Eos XS, 55-250 mm Canon lens.  Actual photo stats, f/5.6 2 second exposure, ISO-1600, 250mm focal length.