Field geophysicist, disaster researcher, scifi science consultant, science writer, public speaker, irrepressibly curious. @email@example.com
Dec 26, 2021 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
The degree of rage I feel when someone flippantly declares getting COVID is inevitable and we should give up is beyond my ability to politely express.
It’s never too late to make things less bad. Like Climate nihilism, it’s self-destructive bullshit & I have no tolerance for it.
Science is an astonishing tool linking cause and effect, enabling us to create a path to any future we want.
It’s not easy! Untangling details can be lifetimes of effort to get right. But the harder part is picking a future, then doing the work.
Mar 9, 2021 • 15 tweets • 4 min read
You know the rules:
Most vibrantly-coloured rocks are on the Do Not Lick list, but ALL rocks that are literally radiating are definitely on the Do Not Lick list.
I’m reading a lot of well-intentioned articles that make it clear how many scicomm peeps have no idea disaster risk reduction is a deep field with a lot of research into effective communication.
ProTip: Using fear & shame as motivation backfires when applied to public health.
I can’t write this article (or even thread!) right now as I’m under medical orders to drop my stress levels (ahahahahasob), but...
If you’re writing well-intentioned pieces trying to influence pandemic behaviour, please take some cues from disaster sociology research. It exists!
Nov 20, 2020 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Gritty has found rocks.
They are all safe but boring to lick. It’s a solid selection of common crystals from a rock shop or museum gift store.
Even if you don’t pay much attention to ground-based astronomy, you know this telescope from pop culture & movies. It’s somewhere special. nature.com/articles/d4158…
This article from just before the closing announcement is fantastic for the context of why Arecibo is so unique: space.com/arecibo-observ…
Nov 14, 2020 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Irregular reminder that landslides can behave like fluids.
I’m basing my interpretation on location (beach), that the rock looks gritty (grains not crystals), and that the boundary between the colours looks raised lips (not weathering rind or contact metamorphism).
Oct 1, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
PSA: “Earthquake prediction” is 100% bullshit in every possible way. That account “warning” of a dangerous swarm is fear-mongering to exploit your anxiety.
Block and ignore.
We CAN NOT predict what size quake will happen when & where. Wish we could, but real-life rocks are complicated.
We CAN forecast probabilities and understand how stress fields interact. For example, the Salton Sea swarm is unrelated to the San Andreas Fault:
BC is fine-ish right now. We’ve got enough going on with the pandemic numbers getting worse & school starting. Last round was decided by tiny margins.
Just... let it ride.
I am trying very hard to enjoy the last few minutes of deluded faith that we're not having an entirely unnecessary election for no fucking reason in the middle of a pandemic that's sharply getting worse while attempting to manage back-to-school.
I'll miss you, blanket fort
Sep 19, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Sounds like this one felt big, even if it wasn't technically a huge magnitude. Piling that on top of everything else is intense.