09 February, 2007

Reality intrudes on blogging

You might have noticed that things fell silent here only two days into my promised seven-day epic. As it has turned out, the reasons I prevaricated about signing up to the Just Science challenge in the first place have defeated me: exam marking to get through, a couple of presentations to give, and, due to the fact that next week is my last week here in Southampton, lots of departmental loose ends to tie up. As if that weren’t enough, just when I’d figured that the South African Consulate were going to tell me to get lost, on Wednesday my passport came back with a nice visa stuck in it. It’s really happening – in two weeks, I shall be arriving in South Africa to start my new job. Which means that I have quite a lot to get done between now and then...

Anyway, although I had a number of half-completed posts lying around, and I believed that I would have enough time to polish and post one up every day, I have ended up being too busy, or too tired, to really give them they attention they deserve. And, if I’m honest, my motivation was also sapped by the realisation that for some reason, my posts were appearing in the Just Science aggregator dated as 1969 or something, and were not appearing in the RSS feed either.

However, whilst I have failed miserably, at least one geoblogger is making a good fist of it: Brian is going from strength to strength with a great series of posts on sedimentary geology. I particularly liked Wednesday’s post about the modelling of depositional systems in big tanks.

5 comments:

Wildtype said...

congrats on the new gig.
is this a long-term or a short-term thing? and will you be keeping up with the blogging?

CJR said...

One year, maybe two depending on how the project goes. And although changes are afoot, the blogging will most certainly continue...

pirex said...

Good! I'm coming to visit you in South Africa and we can go see the geologic formations. LOL.

Well, I do intend to visit South Africa within the next two years any way.

CJR said...

I'll add you to the long list of people I know how seem to have already invited themselves...

Seriously, if you (or anyone) wants to come on down, my hospitality is gladly offered.

nayagam said...

Hi, this is OT, so excuse me. One of my friends had a doubt - there is a theorem in maths that says that for any "good" function on the surface of the sphere, there exists at least one pair of antipodal points where the function takes the same value.

This, in turn means for example that at any given time, there exist at least one pair of diametrically opposite points on the earth surface where the temperatures are the same. My friend thinks that most probably one of them lies in Arctic whereas the other lies in Antarctica whereas I am not so sure.

What is your opinion ?

P.S. : You can see the original question here.