On the last day of April, Darwin simply writes:
“Dined with Mr Aston.” (Apr 30)
So, with little going on in 1832, I’d like to take a step forward to the 21st century today to share that (as I approach my 100th post) the Beagle Project was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award last week, thanks to a nomination from fellow blogger in Slovenia – My Botanical Garden (thanks Tamara!). One of the great things about blogging is the chance to meet people from all over the world!
As part of the award I am asked to nominate and share 15 on my favorite blogs and 7 things about myself. So here goes – some long-time and recent favorites of mine (in no particular order):
- Defective Yeti – The first blog I read regularly many years ago (and still like to keep up with).
- HMS Beagle Project – A non-profit working to rebuild the Beagle – how cool would that be!
- Happiness Project – Among other things part of what inspired me to try blogging
- Falar Ler Entender – I am impressed by this project – I always struggle with languages.
- Flowing Data– Data visualization is really cool – and Nathan’s blog is my favorite on the subject.
- GeologyWriter.com – Seattle naturalist David William’s blog on people and rocks.
- Fat of the Land – Langdon Cook’s adventures (and recipes) as a 21st century forager. Mmmm…good!
- Geek Dad The name says it all – and because I like to think that I am one, too.
- Nice Paper Toys – Yeah – it’s fun to make toys out of paper (that sorta fits with #8).
- Information is Beautiful – More data visualization from David McCandless.
- Brain Pickings – Spanning all definitions of the word culture – there are always gems here.
- The Landslide Blog – What can I say – I am a geologist and Dave Petley has been keeping me informed of landslide issues for years.
- BC Sustainability – OK, a shameless plug, but I have to support the good work of my college – and Deric is doing some awesome stuff.
- Earthling Nature – Art, ideas, biodiversity and paleontology – it has to be good, right?
- Lists of Note – These are fun – including a list from Darwin titled “Better than a dog anyhow“ (Also writes Letters of Note which has some good stuff, too.)
Some trivia about me:
- I am a geologist and ecologist by training – and I love science.
- I have been teaching geology and environmental science at Bellevue College since 1999 – I currently serve as the Dean of the Science Division.
- I’ve “geologized” in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New York, Kenya and on the Colorado Plateau.
- I think data visualization and game-based learning are very cool (and that they will both be very big, very soon).
- I spent several working and volunteering at Woodland Park Zoo – writing educational material and feeding/cleaning up after orangutans and lemurs.
- I can make a nuclear reactor out of a spatula, atomic clock and 4 lima beans (oh wait – that was McGuyver – but I can make an omlette with a spatula and a couple of eggs)
- I went to a fundraiser luncheon last week dressed as a pirate/sea captain – almost everyone else was dressed for a luncheon. They told me I was a table captain and I was supposed to dress appropriately ….what was I supposed to do?
Thanks for reading everyone – the journey continues tomorrow! (RJV)