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Bad Water Bond, Vote NO, Demand Better

October 16th, 2014

As a water researcher, I feel an obligation to give you the benefit of my historical perspective on this major water bond up for a vote. I’m so saddened by regional water policy that it makes me cry whole reservoirs–salty ones. (Desalination is energy intensive!)

This ‘No’ recommendation is based in great part on Marc Reisner’s tome, Cadillac Desert, about dams and western water policy which is a long read for the average citizen. If you think the below screed is too long, be glad it’s not Reisner’s nearly 600 pages. [...]

Earthquake Measurement – Lecture Notes

July 24th, 2014

I really enjoyed learning about the way that seismologists relate to earthquakes. Julian Lozos gave a talk at the Randall Museum on July 17th and here are my notes.

The best part was coming to understand how mathematical modeling is based on so many different measurements. And each measurement has its limits and peculiarities. I kinda also liked his confession that many seismologists believe the chaos in the system might permanently inhibit accurate quake predictions from ever being possible.

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