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I'm a geochemist. In the past ten years I've fixed mass spectrometers, blasted sapphires with a laser beam, explored for uranium in a nature reserve, and measured growth patterns in fish ears, and helped design the next generation of the world's most advanced ion probe. My main interest is in-situ mass spectrometry, but I have a soft spot in my heart for thermodynamics, drillers, and cosmochemistry.
“A `wife’ can be male or female. Whether they’re a man or a woman, though, the main thing wives are is a cracking professional asset. They enable the busy full-time worker to experience the joy and fulfillment of children, without the considerable inconvenience of having to pick them up from school at 3pm, which - in one of the human experience’s wittier little jokes – is the time that school ends, a time that is convenient for pretty much no one. Having a wife means that if you get caught up at work, or want to stay later, either to get some urgent job finished or to frown at your desktop computer in a plausible simulacrum of working in order to impress a new boss while actually reading buzzfeed, it can be done. Many wives work, but they do jobs that are either part-time or offer sufficient flexibility for the accommodation of late-breaking debacles.“In the olden days, wives were usually women. Which is funny, because nowadays wives are usually women too.
Posted by Chuck Magee at 10:20 PM
A fibrous rock which lodges in the lung,
Inhaling wisps of amphibole can kill.
While chrysotile's damp mantle story's sung
Asbestos brown and blue confuse us still.
Sheared plutons from the Miocene contain
Some common hornblende altered to cause death,
What process can infect a rock so plain
To make it threaten those who draw a breath?
The saline alteration of the rock
Iron oxidation turns to ferric
Plutonic amphiboles- corrupted stock
Fibrous blue and lethal by the skerrick.
Las Vegas gambles every breath they hold
Lest cancer deal, it's time that they were told.
Geology 43 63
For the last 6 months, I’ve been summarizing research
articles from the high profile academic journal Geology in sonnet form; trying
to distill the artistic meaning of the research, be it the methodology or the
interpretations. The first 25 of these
sonnets are compiled below.