My chain hits my chest
when I’m banging on the dashboard
my chain hits my chest
when I’m banging on the radio
suki zuky I’m coming in the Cherokee
gasoline there’s steam on the window screen
take it take it wheels bouncing like a trampoline
when I get to where I’m going
gonna have you trembling
“Suki, suki” means “drive, drive” in Arabic. In the music video Saudi Arabian women are driving and aren’t supposed to, so MIA’s saying “suki, suki”. They’re bad girls.
Further, سوقي (suuqii) is in the imperative singular feminine, in a form I think is Saudi colloquial — more formal would be اسوقي. So, it has an additional subtlety of telling a female to drive.
Welcome to AGU
This week in San Francisco is the meeting of the American Geophysical Union (#AGU13), the largest gathering of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Scientists anywhere in the world.
The meeting is held annually in early December at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and gives scientists from around the world a chance to present their research. People of all experience levels make appearances, from undergraduates to the most senior faculty members.
The size of the meeting is truly staggering. There’s an annual tradition in many academic geology departments of figuring out how to hold final exams since the professors, grad students, and sometimes even the students taking courses are all in San Francisco for the week.
This year, AGU is expecting more than 22,000 official attendees. To give that some scale, I currently work at one of the state universities in the US, a solid academic and athletic institution. The undergraduate enrollment at this university is 21,000. There will be more geoscientists filling Moscone next week than there are students at this entire university.
The poster sessions are a sight to behold. You’re seeing them here, a photo taken from the roof. Each day there is a hallway filled with >2000 posters, each with a scientist there to present something. The posters change out every day, so in this one hall, there will be more than 10,000 presentations about science in the next week. See how the rows are numbered 500-1000 in this image? This image shows less than ¼ of the room.
If you’re attending the meeting…well first tell all your friends to follow the Earth Story, but also come visit us! We’re presenting a poster about the Earth Story on Tuesday Morning, PA31B-1829, titled “The Earth story … a Facebook world in the geo blogosphere”.
We’ll probably cover some of the events and science presented at AGU here, on our twitter feed (https://twitter.com/theearthstory), and on our blog feed (http://the-earth-story.com/), so stay tuned, and we’ll see you in San Francisco
Image credit: AGU/WashU:
"This isnt a project that you will be able to do the night before"
Oreo cleaning his little feeties~!
In the dry lakebed of Racetrack, Death Valley stones as big as 700 pounds mysteriously slide across the surface of the earth without any notable external forces acting upon them. While some researchers believe a combination of natural events, such as wind and ice, cause these stones to “sail”, others question this theory pointing out that the stones don’t follow a predictable path and change directions abruptly.
THE PIONEERS USED TO RIDE THESE BABIES FOR MILES
So the current theory is that rain events (or ice) lubricate the bottom or the rocks, then accompanying wind moves the rocks across the extremely flat playa lake surface. The “abrupt path changes” are caused be a change in wind direction. Other researchers think microbial mats help float rocks, this theory is fairly new (published in the December 2013 issue of Sedimentary Geology!)
The mission has to do with regret… and the mission has to do with mistakes. The mission is also about love. I’m already saying too much.
I feel like my parents really understand me
Keeping The Same Tabs Open For 9 Days Straight Because They Contain Information Relevant To Tasks You’re Too Lazy To Complete - A novel by me
Hi! I used to have this problem, but then I installed a neat browser extension called Pocket, which just puts this little button up at the top of your browser, and you can save any webpage for future reference by clicking the button once.
Then, you can open your “pocket” later and go through all the tabs that you’ve saved. They even arrange them into a pretty little board-thing which is very nice to look at. ^_^