Slated to be a Door Mat

20 06 2008

Nope, I’m not talking about a person who lets themselves be mistreated.

However, it’s been a while since I found some rock themed shopping fun or posted something light-hearted. Today’s pick is a rather pricey slate pebble door mat at Chiasso.

Classy, and I’ve love to put a few together for an instant hardscape, but at nearly $60 an enterprising rock hound might be tempted to try making his or her own.

Also available: river rock walkway mat.


Video From Japan: Jishin!

14 06 2008

Even if you do not understand Japanese, this video shows the effects of the earthquake in Japan  on June 14 (Iwate, Miyagi, Sendai, Tohoku) such as landslides and road damage, and reports on the over-turned bus, the buried hot springs building, various rescue missions as well as interviews.

Strong Earthquake Strikes Northern Honshu, Japan

14 06 2008

A 6.8 earthquake struck Iwate prefecture in the northeastern part of Honshu, Japan on Saturday at 8:43 a.m. Miyagi prefecture and other areas were also hit.

The quake was followed by dozens of aftershocks, including one which registered lower 5 on the Japanese scale in Osaki at around 9:20 a.m. The center of the quake was inland. No tsunami warnings were issued.

Three people were killed and 89 injured. Landslides cut off access to some areas and buried a structure at an onsen (hot spring) where rescue workers were sent to save guests. Rail service was suspended to some areas and expressways in Miyagi Prefecture closed, police said. The quake was felt as far away as the Kanto region and Hokkaido.

Mainichi Shinbun
Japan Meteorological Agency
Photo: Yomiuri Shinbun

Today’s Featured Geo-Tee

13 06 2008

“Geology Rocks” isn’t a new term or t-shirt design, but we decided to update ours with a crossword style, giving it a bit of a different, sort of edgy, style.

At UnEarthedTees have t-shirts with this design for men, women, kids and babies, plus stickers, undies and other fun stuff.

Measure River Levels on Your Desktop

10 06 2008

It might not be the most convenient thing once the town is afloat, but with all the storms and floods so much of the central U.S. is going through, I thought I’d offer up a little widget I just came across.

Developed by Adam Franco, the RiverLevels widget provides an easy way to monitor the amount of water flowing in your favorite streams and rivers right from your Mac Dashboard. Adam says the RiverLevels widget is of particular interest to whitewater kayakers and canoeists.  But who’s to say it can’t be handy for other uses?

Data for the widget comes from the United States Geological Survey (USGS); you select the stream-gauge station you want and it will automatically refresh to provide you with the latest graph of the water-level.

Thanks for, our favoritest Mac and electronics resource, for the tip!

Students Create Volcano

6 06 2008

It was partly for love of science, and partly an attempt to get into the Guiness Book of World Records.

Students at Mount Hood Community College In Oregon created a 20-foot-tall volcano, trying to make the record book for the world’s largest vinegar and baking soda volcan

“We want more scientific careers out there. America’s kind of lacking in the fight for scientific survival. So we really want people to get out there and get scientific degrees,” Science Club President Theo Malone said.

“Project volcano” involved almost 100 pounds of baking soda and 150 gallons of vinegar to create the eruption. The students are not sure yet if they will make the Guinness Book since there was no previous record.