Dinosaur Week Five: Fire, Footprints and the Digital Diplodocus

Wake up. Birds singing. Raisin bran. Coffee? No coffee. Shoes on? Good. Walk to the office. Another day of archiving in the librar– My boss stands up as I enter the room. “So I was thinking we’d head up to some dinosaur tracks early today,” he says. Welcome to Week Five at Dinosaur National Monument. There … Continue reading Dinosaur Week Five: Fire, Footprints and the Digital Diplodocus

Dinosaur Week Three: The Stegosaurus from 1997, Jones Hole, and a New GIP

The GIPs of Dinosaur National Monument were covered in five days of sand and sweat, stuffing our faces with cheeseburgers and milkshakes in the back of a sauropod-clad Sinclair gas station. It was the first meal that Elliott Smith, Marie Jimenez and I had eaten since breakfast on the Green River, which hadn’t actually been that long … Continue reading Dinosaur Week Three: The Stegosaurus from 1997, Jones Hole, and a New GIP

Dinosaur Week One: Carnegie Quarry, Archives and the Sound of Silence Trail

One hundred years ago, a national monument was established to protect a paleontologist’s dream: a vertical sandstone wall filled with Jurassic dinosaur fossils known as Carnegie Quarry. It would later become the main attraction of Dinosaur National Monument. Twenty years ago, a little girl looked up at that wall of bones and dreamed of being a paleontologist. … Continue reading Dinosaur Week One: Carnegie Quarry, Archives and the Sound of Silence Trail

The Wildcraft Drones

(This short work of speculative fiction was originally published in the Environment issue of Coreopsis: Journal of Myth & Theater, March 2015.) Forests are the most productive ecosystems on land. They create their own fertilizer, keep streams healthy, draw rain inland instead of using up reservoirs, handle pests by providing habitat for predators, and move carbon … Continue reading The Wildcraft Drones

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a place saved for birds

Between the office parks and condos of California’s South Bay, in stark contrast to the glass-and-steel world of tech startups and venture capitalist firms that infest the region, you can find 30,000 acres of gentle hills and peaceful wetland filled with rustling salt grass and the calls of migrating sea birds. The wildlife refuge, originally named San … Continue reading Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a place saved for birds

Cretaceous Mantua

It was the end of the age of dinosaurs, and the waters of a warmer, weirder Atlantic Ocean covered a stretch of green sand that would someday be known as the Hornerstown formation of New Jersey. Cretaceous Mantua is a digital project in collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Lacovara of Drexel University. Our goal is to organize information … Continue reading Cretaceous Mantua

UX For Aliens

How do you design something for someone you know nothing about? I mean, really nothing about? I first asked this question in 2009, after attending a Science Cafe talk by Seth Shostak of SETI. SETI is the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence – they’re looking for unusual signals that might come from an intelligent civilization somewhere out in space. Professionally, … Continue reading UX For Aliens

The Futurist Naturalist Manifesto

The futurist naturalist: Is an optimist Sees complexity–does not fear it Sees the parts and the whole Loves nature but knows it is imperfect and brutal He knows that he is nature As is cancer Death Space Robots The past The future She believes in a spectacularly purposeless universe The futurist naturalist is dismayed by apocalypse but dissatisfied with technological … Continue reading The Futurist Naturalist Manifesto

Why All the Math?

I’ve been doing a lot of math in my free time. I originally posted this on Facebook and encouraged family and friends to read it who told me they hated math, or who had ever said “ew” when they asked about my weekend homework plans.  I’ve given many reasons over the past two years, including “revenge” and … Continue reading Why All the Math?

In the Redwoods

We were children scurrying along the floor of a forest that dinosaurs foraged. The very enormity of the trees gave them away; the space between their trunks, just wide enough for the back and forth lash of a twenty-foot tail; the new, tender, bright green needles just high enough to make a sauropod strain its neck.  Continue reading “In the Redwoods”

Things I’ve Learned From Working In Advertising, In No Particular Order, Which I Will Be Taking With Me As I Make An Insane Career Move

Safe sucks It is possible to brainwash yourself Go too far Almost all advice is almost always wrong Nothing is certain Everything takes longer than everyone thinks it will If you can’t be fearless you have nothing If you can’t give it everything it’ll never be good enough. Even then it’ll never be good enough … Continue reading Things I’ve Learned From Working In Advertising, In No Particular Order, Which I Will Be Taking With Me As I Make An Insane Career Move