Waking up

Okay, loyal readers. The holiday is over, the last semester is all tied up, AGU is done, and everything on my list is looking forward to new classes, new publications, new research, and new directions. I cannot guarantee that after running out of things to say on my year-old blog, I will suddenly have a lot to post again, but I will try to remember that this site exists and use it now and then. That is as close to a resolution as you and WordPress are getting.

Other New Year’s resolution: take more awesome baths, and with alcoholic beverages in hand. I will endeavor to remember to update you on my progress.

Okay okay.

Right, the internet, that thing that I read and where I actually have a blog of my very own. It’s still out there! I’m thinking I might almost be ready to make a comeback, because after 2 days of fall break I’m starting to feel like I might be treading water again. For what it’s worth, I’ve been enjoying my semester a lot, but the amount of work it’s requiring has not made me want to go online and give myself more writing assignments in my moments of rest. I can still talk to a wall with the best of them, but lately I just haven’t wanted to use a keyboard for it. Actually usually it’s the kitties.

To continue my avoidance of any extra responsibilities, I’m not posting anything of particular substance right now, but I’ll link to the things I’ve been reading and that have been on my mind lately. First, Kate Harding had a series of brilliant posts about Roman Polanski on Jezebel and Salon, which have now made her a minor celebrity. Then Sweet Machine, also of Shapely Prose, posted a critical analysis of an xkcd cartoon, and the internet exploded because that’s like insulting your best friend. In a great follow-up to that discussion, Starling guest-posted the most heavily commented-on post at SP to date, about Schrödinger’s Rapist, and the internet exploded some more. Overall it led to some great discussions of rape culture, public harrassment, and drawing and respecting personal boundaries. And also some guys got super angry when they were told that when they approach a woman cold on public transportation, she’s assessing the risks. Those crazy feminists!

So it’s been cheerful here in volcanistaland, thinking about rape culture and all that. Oh also, fatties are ruining the mitten industry and Barbie is too fat. hahahahahahaha. No, we don’t use fat people as scapegoats, what are you talking about? lol.


Just posting to keep my fans informed that I did a short interview about the fact that I like volcanoes over at the Reef Tank, a blog about marine interests and marine science.

Internet burn-out

Okay, you guys, who knows what is going to happen with this blog in the long run, but in the short run I have total internet burn-out. I’m barely even reading my feed, and never clicking through to read complete posts on even my favorite blogs. It’s been a solid month of this now with no end in sight.

Do the rest of you find that getting back into the fall term has this kind of effect on you? I mean, for one thing, I’m super busy with work, and usually feel like i’m barely staying afloat with my classes. My proposal certainly hasn’t gotten itself started, and my manuscripts haven’t been touched since the summer. I’m also struggling to feel out my place here, and I don’t mean at my job itself — I mean here, in this town and in my life. Being single and alone in your 30s is weirdly socially isolating, and I don’t usually talk about it around these parts, but trying to use the dating scene to meet new friends and possibly change that general social situation is challenging and exhausting. Which is why I only sometimes attempt it. But I have been exploring it on and off, and dealing with all of the emotional repercussions (positive and negative) of meeting new people and seeing how things work out in new potential romantic relationships and new friendships makes me even less interested in looking at the internet.

And yup, that’s about all of the internet I have energy for this morning. But I think you’ll see me back here in a more substantive fashion sooner or later. In the meantime I promise to keep at least skimming and half-reading your posts, and working on my life in academia and otherwise. Hang in there, kiddos.

Moon note

I want to share that my blog gets the vast, vast majority of its hits from people searching for a picture of the moon. I mean like 200+ hits a day, all from that one Accretionary Wedge post. It’s kind of amazing. Everyone, I totally took that picture from Wikipedia. I claim no credit for it.

Neeeever poooooosting

Okay okay okay, I know. I got a little burnt out on blogging as summer wrapped up, and then classes picked up and I haven’t gotten back into the swing of things with this whole here internet. Usually I would at least post a couple times a month for various carnivals, but lately I haven’t even been doing that. (Though to be fair, it’s hard to contribute to a “innovative ideas in teaching” type of topic and stay even reasonably pseudonymous, so I felt I had to bow out of that one. Suffice it to say, I have some awesome and creative teaching ideas and lessons, but I cannot so easily share them with the internet under a pseudonym.) I PROMISE I will get back into things once I have a bit more of a semester routine again. The first couple weeks are always a little nuts in the fall.

To tide you over, I will share the EXCITING NEWS that I totes won a contest by identifying a Mystery Volcano over at Eruptions. w00t!