Bumpersticker on Hayes Street, Boise, Idaho

Maybe We Need Less Intellectual Snobbery?


WC encountered a car with this bumpersticker on Hayes Street in Boise, recently. WC suspects that three-quarters of Americans won’t get it. Physics isn’t a required course in high school and red shift/blue shift is pretty esoteric, even for physics. It doesn’t help you understand football, baseball, hockey or even soccer. Unless you know that…

Waimea Canyon from the lower lookout, Kauai, Hawai'i

Erosion Always Wins: Kauai


In WC’s Geomorphology class, on the first day, the professor (whose name WC has forgotten) told us, “If you only take one thing away for this course, it should be this: Erosion always wins.” If you need proof of that claim, you should visit Kauai, the oldest of the principle islands of the Hawai’ian Islands.…

Cave Art, Leang Bulu’Sipong 4, Sulawesi, via Nature Magazine

Notes on Art History


WC, to the dismay of a number of his undergraduate classmates, has never been especially interested in either anthropology or archaeology. Partly it’s because WC believes the history of humankind on the planet can be tracked by extinction events in the natural world. WC finds history depressing enough without studying prehistory. Partly it’s just that…

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in American Samoa with local anti-vaxxer Taylor Winterstein (via Instagram)

Why Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Is Evil


American Samoa has suffered 63 deaths – and counting – with 58 of them children age four or under. 90% of the 3,728 cases are in children. 20 more children are hospitalized in critical condition. You own these deaths, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Your delusional thinking and well-known name greatly contributed to low vaccination rates…

This composite image of Arrokoth combines enhanced color data (close to what the human eye would see) with detailed high-resolution panchromatic pictures. (Photo: Roman Tkachenko/NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Meet 486958 Arrokoth (neé Ultima Thule)


It’s the most remote object in the solar system, well in to the Oort Cloud, yet photographed by satellite. It’s in the Kuiper Belt, a doughnut-shaped cloud of lumps of ice and rock left over from the creation of the solar system, that extends from approximately the orbit of Neptune out another 20 astronomical units…