paper hurts

It really hurts [comic]

Everybody always says, “What’s the deal, man? It’s not like paper actually hurts you when you get beat.” But, it DOES hurt!. It does!

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Got geophysics?

What happens, when a bovine invasion disrupts your measurement? You take a snapshot and let the internet have fun with it. What tearable puns can you come up with? Image credit: Robert Supper

Geophysyfus - A geophysicist doing always repeating their task.


Here at the way of the geophysicist. We love neologisms. How do you like this one?   The Story of Sisyphus Sisyphus is a figure from Greek mythology. He was a pretty smart fellow, tricking death several times. However, in the end he is punished with the eternal task of pushing a boulder up a hill. […]

Inge Lehmann Linocut

Artistic Inge Lehmann Linocut of the Danish Seismologist

Etsy user Minouette has a beautiful collection of linocuts. I really enjoyed the series on female scientists. Inge Lehmann is a Danish seismologist and the first scientist to prove layering within the Earth’s interior. An amazing achievement, especially, considering the quality of data back in the day. Have a look for yourself over here. The […]

The difference of a decimal for a tsunami

Off the coast of Chile a strong shallow earthquake triggered a tsunami. Warnings have been going out to Chile, Peru, Hawaii and New Zealand. The first estimation of the energy of the earthquake was at M7.9 but was then corrected to 8.3. This correction results in an update of the tsunami predictions. I created this […]

Become a scientist!

This beautiful shirt tells it how it is. Except maybe that rarely any invention is named after the one who found it anymore.

Science needs you. Become a scientist! The benefits are clear:

  • Work on your free weekends
  • Incredibly low wages
  • Study cool stuff
  • Wear a lab coat

Your mileage may vary. Yay Science!

I find it hard to believe that it his come so far that the poor state of science has made it onto mass produced t-shirts.

Canadian passport under normal light.

Today I want to be Canadian

I love travelling. Collecting stamps in my passport is a souvenir that is precious to me and so far I have kept my passports and the memories it contains. But today I more than ever I wanted to be Canadian.

The Niagara Falls are amazing either way but illuminated like that there are two feelings in my chest: Jealousy and Awe.

This is how the passport looks under normal light.

Canadian passport under normal light.
Canadian passport under blacklight

Canadian passport under blacklight

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Lying with statistics

Lying with statistics.

You can see it quite often today, that an essential part of an axis is missing. I usually think highly critical of not showing your entire plot. Finally someone has made the appropriate visualization about lying with statistics. Baseline matters via Flowing Data from Reddit