Friday, December 21, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Afternoon on the Deck

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I spent the last week fighting a cold...and stayed home from work yesterday and today. Frank is in Everett, WA with his daughter and her family..she had her gall bladder removed on Monday. So, it's just me and Logan....and I haven't really felt like taking Logan for a walk. This morning I woke up with a brutal sinus headache and decided to go ahead and get my antibiotic prescription filled. When I got home it was absolutely beautiful outside...and Logan and I both could use some fresh air! So I collected up my reading materials and we headed to the deck. Logan got plenty of exercise--lots of people were out and about and Logan had to check out each one as they walked down the street. Of course I had to get my camera to capture this amazing day near the end of November!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ready for the Trick or Treaters

Ready for the Trick or Treaters
Originally uploaded by geosteph

Here is one of the cool Halloween houses in my neighborhood. I'm sure the trick or treaters will enjoy going to the door here. And I have to admit this house is one of the reasons Frank and I did our custom pumpkin carving and I bought a string of pumpkin lights for the porch!

This photo is from on of my 10 for 30 sets "A walk in the dark"

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Recycled Skeleton

Recycled Skeleton
Originally uploaded by geosteph

This is the second in a series of belated blog posts on my 10 for 30 photo sets. I chose this set because it has a Halloween theme.

I took the pictures in this set during a walk through my neighborhood with Logan on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I was quite taken by the skeleton made of plastic milk jugs...what an ingenious idea!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Yet another use for twitter

When I joined twitter in April I was interested in finding out how educators make use of web 2.0 and wanted to share some of the education projects that I work on at Goddard Space Flight Center. I am now a fully fledged member of the Socnet and tweeting is part of my daily life. We celebrate birthdays, pick football games, watch the world series together online and support our twitter friends in a variety of ways. Today I got to do something a little different--online power tool repair!

I just had returned from Lowes and checked into Twitter when Ashpreggo tweeted that her husband had just cut through the power cord of their new Skil saw. Here's the twitter conversation:
H just bought a Skil saw we can't afford to trim the cabinets in the house, 3/8 of the way through he cut straight through the cord...

is there any hope for the saw now, or do we just have to eat the $$$ and throw it away?

@ashpreggo you should be able to patch the cord back together with electrically tape..according to @fireton who has cut many a power cord

@geosteph really? he cut clean through it, that's safe?

@fireton said trim them back about 1/2 inch-match the colors-twist on set of colors together (same color) tape it. Do the same w/2nd color..

@geosteph hug @fireton for me, he's patching the cord together, just glad it didn't hit him when he cut it

@ashpreggo the wrap those two wires together with tape, then twist the third together, tape it then wrap all 3 together with tape pulling

@geosteph there are only two wires

@ashpreggo the tape tight so it stretches... don't do any of this until you unplug the saw!!!!

@ashpreggo so there was no ground wire...shouldn't be a problem

Maybe I should have the car running and ready to take him to the ER just in case? why did I marry Tim the tool man?

@geosteph is it still okay if I want to run screaming when he tries to plug this thing and turn it on again?

@ashpreggo I guess you should be prepared for anything... after all I'm a geologist not an electrician ;-)

okay he turned it on, it works... now he's about to cut wood again... how can I get through this without biting nails?

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Originally uploaded by geosteph

My first day of taking 10 pictures a day for 30 days was September 25th-the day Frank and I flew to Alaska. We flew from Baltimore to Chicago to Seattle to Anchorage-(we had to stay on the plane) and finally to Fairbanks. Here is the view out of the airplane as we approached the Fairbanks Airport.

10 for 30 revisited

When I started 10 for 30 (ten pictures a day for 30 days) I planned on updating this blog with a daily picture of the day from my Flickr page. Thirty days later and here I am-finally. The picture here is from NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. According to Flickr it is my most popular photo ordered by "interestingness".

I just set up Flickr to post directly to blogger...I will try to pick one photo from each day and try a blog post from Flickr in addition to what I plan to be more regular posts. I think my chances are pretty good--I have a big proposal due Dec 7th and this will be a great way to procrastinate!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Socnet birthday

"Yesterday it was my birthday. I hung one more year on the line. I should be depressed, my life is a mess...but I'm having a good time." Paul Simon

A few years ago I treated myself to a mac laptop and airport extreme for my birthday. I sat in my backyard downloading songs on iTunes for a birthday playlist and I thought "How cool is this!" Wireless access to just about anything...books, dvds, music, email-lots of stuff...but to a community-never entered my mind. In April 2007 I entered the world of social networking through twitter. I was a very cautious twit, checking out the public timeline and watching tweets via twittervision. I added educators who were involved in web 2.0 (at the time I had no idea what web 2.0 was) and gradually grew a friends list. I fell in with a rowdy group of twitter knitters and pirates who celebrated Stripper Friday. My first blog arrived in May......Second Life and Facebook soon followed and one day I woke up in the socnet!

Yesterday was my first birthday celebrated via web 2.0. Birthday wishes on twitter; constant pokes, stickynotes, hugs, drinks, messages, and gifts on Facebook; a cell phone birthday serenade from @preppydude; and sharing my birthday cake last night with my twitter friends. I had a day-long birthday party! and I still have the big wide grin and the warm fuzzies thanks to friends across the ether.

PS I also now expect my family and friends to sing "Happy Birthday dear geosteph....."

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Memo to an Aggresive Driver

To: The driver of the full size green pickup on RT 50 East between exits 11 and 13 near Bowie yesterday around 1:30 pm

From: Me the driver of the blue Vibe that you missed hitting by 3 inches as you crossed four lanes of traffic at well over the speed limit

Re: Is it worth someones life?

I don't know who you are or why you were in such a hurry....but when you cut in front of me yesterday on you way from the far left lane to far right lane you scared the sh*t out of me! Even if I would have survived the initial impact, I would have spun into oncoming traffic going 65+ mph on Rt 50. Would you have even bothered to stop if you clipped me? Would you look in your rear view mirror at the subsequent carnage?

PS I drive in the DC metro area all of the time. There are always careless drivers on the road, weaving in and out of traffic, no signals, tailgating etc. You are the first who really could have killed me.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I am a geologist

Last week one of my geologist friends tweeted the link to Geologist in the Uncyclopedia . From the introduction :

Geologists are 'scientists' with an unnatural obsession with rocks and alcohol. Often too intelligent to do monotonous sciences like biology, chemistry, or physics, geologists devote their time to mud-worrying, volcano spotting, fault poking, and high-risk colouring.

One of the main difficulties in communicating with geologists is their belief that a million years is a short amount of time. Consequently, such abstract concepts as "Tuesday Morning" and Lunchtime are completely beyond their comprehension. (This difficulty generates problems particularly when dealing with the girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse and attempting to explain why you were "gone for so long" or why something is taking "so long to occur.")

While the Uncyclopedia is a 'tongue in cheek' view of wikipedia, I found that a number of the observations under "how to spot a geologist" rang true for me and about me. Here are observations from Uncyclopedia that are me!

  • Hand-lens, compass, pen-knife, handcuffs etc. tied round neck with string.
  • Takes photos, includes people only for scale, and has more pictures of rock hammer and lens cap than of his family. (I took 500 pictures in Australia ...more than 300 were rocks)
  • Someone who considers a "recent event" to be anything that has happened in the last hundred thousand years.
  • Someone who licks and/or scratches & sniffs rocks or in case of china clay will eat it to prove its perfectly safe.
  • Someone who will willingly cross an eight-lane interstate on foot to determine if the outcrops are the same on both sides. (I've been run off the highway by state and local police more that once)
  • Someone who can pronounce the word molybdenite correctly on the first try. (yes I can!)
  • Someone who has hiked 6 miles to look at a broken fence that was "offset by a recent earthquake".
  • Someone who says "this will make a nice Christmas gift" while out rock collecting. (yes, my nieces, nephew and sisters have received rocks as gifts...and my brother got meteorites)
  • They look at scenery and tell you how it formed
  • Pockets tend to be filled with bits of rock.
  • The rockery moved into their spare room. (no...we have a rock garden in the living room)
  • They have more pairs of hiking boots than shoes.
  • Someone who prefers to explain the sequence of events shown in a cliff face to sunbathing
  • They plan extra time on trips to investigate road cuts along the way.
  • Someone who walks out of a bathroom and asks if you noticed the fossils in the stall dividers. (that's me! don't be afraid)
  • Someone who walks into an art museum and looks at the floors and columns commenting on the stylolites and fossils, rather than looking at the paintings. (guilty--I also walk through cities look at the building stones and occasionally pull my hand lens out of my pocketbook to get a better look at the minerals)

  • Friday, August 24, 2007

    Views from the plane LAX to Seattle

    I had great views from the right side on the plane on my flight from Los Angles to Seattle. Clear weather and prime Cascade Volcano viewing. The first volcano is Lassen Peak in California. Next is Mt St Helens (in the foreground) and Mt Adams in Oregon and finally Mt Rainer in Washington. In between I watched and episode of "Flight of the Conchords" on my video iPod.

    Thursday, August 23, 2007


    I'm in the United Airlines terminal at LAX waiting for my plane to Seattle. The flight next to mine is now boarding for Maui....I'm tempted to switch planes. Then again there are many nice places in the Pacific NW and Frank is waiting for me there

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    Why I have another blog

    Both Andy Bilodeau and KarrieLyne tagged me with the 8 things meme. I wasn't sure about posting them on the Adventures in Earth and Space blog that focuses on my work life. So I created a blog for the other parts of my life... tune in for 8 random things about me, once I figure out 8 more people to tag!