Discovery Park and Mad Men

Yup. That was my Sunday. I should note that the beach at Discovery park is NOT the only one that won’t allow dogs, it’s actually *all* Washington State Beaches. Sorry Trooper. Well, he didn’t seem that upset about it, so probably not a big deal.


Exploring Seattle (for cheap)

I wanted to check out some things around the city, but not spend much money (hey, I’m a grad student). So the best places I could think of that were free + cool were the Seattle Central Library, and the Frye Art Museum. I got a library card! And there was an amazing Gabriel von Max exhibit showing at the Frye Museum. I can’t believe I hadn’t visited either of those places before.

I highly recommend both of these places to any of you Seattle folks out there. Check them out!

As you can see from the sketch, I also went to the Elliot Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill. I wasn’t into spending money that day, but I did at least buy a coffee and a piece of date bread. And browsed a bunch – maybe next time I’ll actually buy a shiny new book…

Mount Rainier and chamomile tea

John is in Alaska!  He just left today (as you might have guessed by the drawing), and called to let me know he made it to Anchorage.  In order to divert my attention from the quiet house (and also because I have a project due in less than a week), I spent the day figuring out the physics behind gravity measurements.  Oh, geodesy, so dear to my heart – but the details are so distant in my memory.

Puget Sound forearc basin

I had another good question from my Ocean 200 kids on Monday that I had to check for them.  It was a question about the relationship between the glacial and tectonic processes in the Puget Sound area.  Here’s what I gave them:

Around 20,000 years ago there was a glacier between the Cascades and the Olympics. It advanced and retreated periodically for a long time, before finally leaving for good about 13,000 years ago. Puget sound is actually in the forearc basin of the Cascadia subduction zone (not the backarc basin). The glacier did not cause this depression, rather, it filled the basin that was already there (ie. filling in a topographic low).

As it sat there, it pushed down all the land in the area, resulting in a relative rise in sea level (relative to the subsiding land). When the glacier retreated, the land slowly started to rise up again to reach isostatic equilibrium. This is called post-glacial rebound. It’s still happening today, but very, very slowly.

I hope this helps, and doesn’t have any outrageous flaws in it.  Also:  the sketch was done entirely on the iPad 🙂

Sunny day in Seattle

Finally!  The sun has made a solid appearance today, with temperatures high enough that I saw more than a few people in shorts, tank tops, mini-skirts, etc.  Scarf season may be over.

In my guilt over not having posted in months (literally, months), I decided to do something a little different.   My left brain has been overworked, and is tired.  I present to you a very poorly rendered visual interpretation of my day, brought to you by a rare fit of exertion on the part of my (largely ignored) right brain.

Now, back to work. (srsly).

A sad excuse for art or science

Study break

It’s finals week, and not much is happening with the blog these days.  I was happy to see that the past few days of rain have successfully scrubbed the sky, and we have some patches of blue.  Days like these make me happy to work in the Marine Sciences building – it’s older, and sometimes it smells funny, but we do have a great view.  (sorry for the wonky picture, it’s from the hipstamatic iphone app that I got a while back, and I still haven’t quite figured it out)