Major League Baseball Tour 2016 – James’ Take-Away of the Trip

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Christie and James embarked on their challenge to attend a Major League Baseball game at each of the Major League Baseball stadiums around the country within 125 days. After the fall of 2015, James had completed Fall Ball with the Santa Barbara Pony League, playing for the Washington Nationals. James has been playing with a team for the last year … Read More

Geo-Joint: A Little Bit About Kyrgyzstan

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If you’re like most people casually interested in geography, you know there are a bunch of countries in Central Asia that get somewhat dismissively referred to as “the Stans.” All their names end in “…stan,” and except for the ones that end up on a map behind the news anchor (Afghanistan, Pakistan), they don’t make a big impression on the … Read More

Geo-Joint: The St. Francis Dam Disaster

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The story of how Los Angeles grew from a sleepy little village to a world-class megalopolis is well known. Though it began next to a river, that watercourse was unreliable—sometimes a raging torrent, but mostly a small flow, or in bad times, dry. If Los Angeles was to grow, it needed more of that liquid. William Mulholland and his fellow … Read More

Geo-Joint: New Brunswick

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Americans are funny. By and large, we don’t pay much attention to the world outside our borders, except when there is some kind of concern that something just over the border is an issue. Hence everybody is aware of Mexico and all the various points of view on immigration. So of course if we had a neighbor that was low-key … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Saguaro Cactus

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The saguaro cactus, Carnegiea gigantea, can’t be missed. Not only are they everywhere in western design, symbolic of the desert landscape, but in real life, they are huge. The largest cactus in the United States, they can tower above the surrounding landscape, a bold form in a climate where the residents tend to be smaller, struggling in the blazing sun … Read More

Geo-Joint: No-snake zones

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Being reptiles, snakes are cold-blooded. That doesn’t mean they’re out to kill you with nary a pang of guilt (though of course that could happen!), but it does mean that they need a climate that affords at least enough ambient heat to get themselves up and running for a sufficient portion of their day, season, or year. They do best … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Darien Gap

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If you’re feeling like a major road trip, the longest point-to-point, motorable road you can undertake is the Pan-American Highway, a jaunt between Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and Ushuaia, Argentina. That’s the length of two continents, for a total of close to 30,000 miles. But this long-drive record holder comes with a qualifier. Unfortunately, as you head south, the road sputters … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Science of Twinkle

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For stargazers older than first-graders, it’s no news that stars are giant balls of flaming gas, just like our Mr. Sun. That they’re so tiny to our eyes only clarifies how very far away they are. We group them into convenient constellations for easy reference (and to illustrate great stories of the gods or creation myths), but of course, the … Read More

Geo-Joint: Official State Icons

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California just named its official state fabric: denim. An official fabric? Really? Having been born in a hospital next to the original Levi Strauss factory in San Francisco, I kinda like the designation. But states have “official” items of many, many kinds. From rocks and mammals to flowers and food dishes, legislatures love to elevate the status of things in … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Curious Placement of the S.S. Warrimoo

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We mark the passage of time by seconds, minutes, hours, etc., up to centuries and millennia. Of course, there are much longer periods used by geologists and astronomers, but for human purposes the shorter ones are sufficient for common use. While counting time, we all live on a big ball, and to make sense of that home we have made … Read More