Expressed as a Vest

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Unhealthy ligatures, a course of Prednisone, “I’m not following you!”, obscure chess moves, smoking for the cure, misused orifices, we pass as nosies, Karl Van Hœt.

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ligature fun.

so i don’t know…i just made this?


Volcanologist: That is beautiful. When YLNT opens a 20’s revival, Art Deco-themed hot jazz club, we will (a) name it “Pœnis,” and (b) commission your work for the logo.

Or this?

You’ve confused ligatures

You’ve confused ligatures with (the much more hilarious) ‘diphthongs’. I shit you not, look it up.

i love this show

I listen to this on Sundays while ironing my shirts for my 8-5 IT job (yeah, how metal). This episode in particular was great.. I actually had to stop ironing due to laughing out loud a few times.

Many volcanologists believe

Many volcanologists believe they have the best jobs in the world. They have the exciting chance to study active volcanoes in beautiful and often exotic places. The volcanologist’s work advances science, but also has direct importance to the lives of people who live near volcanoes. If a volcanologist says a volcano is not going to erupt, but it does, many people may die in the eruption. But if the volcanologist warns that it will erupt, many people will temporarily move away from their homes to safety.

Volcanoes are complicated phenomena that can’t be understood without knowledge of the structure and chemistry of the Earth and its rocks, and the interaction of volcanic materials with air and water. To really understand volcanoes it is necessary to study a number of sciences, but the most important is geology - the study of the Earth’s rocks.

To be prepared to study geology at a university or college, students must take math and science classes when they are in high school and even in junior high school. It seems unfair, but it is true, that how much you learn when you are in grade school and high school usually determines what you will be able to do during the rest of your life. If you want to become a volcanologist you must concentrate on your classes, even if other kids seem to spend all their time with sports or dating or other pastimes. Don’t be a nerd; enjoy life, but also be serious about your studies!

Here is a list of the types of courses to take in high school so that you will have the option to study volcanoes later in college if you want to. Take biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth science if available. Take algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. And learn Basic or some other computer language so you can use a computer without being frightened by it.

Where should you go to college? Very, very few colleges offer even one course in volcanology, but the basic information you need is taught in geology courses at many universities. Major in geology, taking courses in geomorphology, geophysics, geochemistry, petrology, structural geology, sedimentary geology, and remote sensing. If you go to a college in the American West, or in Hawaii or Alaska, you will probably see a lot of volcanoes and volcanic rocks during geology field trips.

If you want to be a volcanologist you can’t stop with just a bachelor of science degree in geology. With a B.S. your career choices are pretty much limited to being an assistant or technician. This might get you a chance to map volcanoes or analyze rock chemistry under somebody else’s direction, but your salary will be low and you will not have the chance to decide for yourself what volcano problems to study. You have to go back to school to get a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in geology. This will probably take four to five years of additional study and research after you have completed a B.S.

The good thing about getting a Ph.D. is that you will be working with a group of other students and professors who are as excited about volcanoes as you are. After about a year of classes you will probably become involved in volcano research, and at the end of your graduate student days you will know more about one volcano or some volcanic process than anyone else in the world! You will write scientific papers and present talks to other volcanologists at scientific meetings. And you will start to look for a job.

Many volcanologists in the US work for the U.S. Geological Survey, the government agency responsible for studying the nation’s geology and finding ways to utilize geologic resources, and ways to mitigate potential geologic hazards. The USGS operates three volcano observatories. The oldest is in Hawaii, on the rim of the Kilauea volcano. Volcanologists there predict, monitor, and closely study the eruptions of Kilauea and the nearby Mauna Loa volcanoes. Another volcano observatory is at Vancouver, Washington, where Mt. St. Helens and other Cascade volcanoes are monitored. The third observatory is in Alaska, where geologists from the USGS and the University of Alaska work together to monitor the 100 active Alaskan volcanoes.

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