Sunday, March 28, 2010

What am I doing right now?

This is the accretionary wedge question of the month. It relates to our jobs as professional geoscientists. However, geologists are humans too. And we have all the complications and work-life interactions that constrain other humans. So right now, the answer to this question is very simple:

I am on paternity leave. I've put my isotopic ratios and crystal chemistry aside for now, to care for LLLL-Y, a little man who is about 1010 times younger than your average zircon. This involves changing nappies, settling, and generally attending to any extraneous needs of his that don't require boobs. When I'm not doing that, LLLL-X still requires all the love and attention that she took for granted three weeks ago.

The zircons have been sitting around dutifully trapping the daughter products of actinide decay for hundreds of millions of years. They can wait until next week.


EcoGeoFemme said...

Awww, how sweet! Congratulations!

Garry Hayes said...

Definitely a fine excuse for neglecting zircons! Congratulations

Silver Fox said...

Very cool!

Steve Bloom said...


Rod said...

Elegant solution to the LLLL nomenclatural problem, too!

EliRabett said...



(PS your CD spectrometer is a great way of teaching about diffraction to a PChem class)