Monthly Archives: January 2012

Excursion to La Brea Tar Pits

I visited the  La Brea Tar Pits today.  This was one of my “bucket list” items.  Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always heard about the excellent fossils found in the tar pits.  It was roughly a 30 minute drive to get there, which took me from one end of Los Angeles to the other.  Not a fan of LA driving/traffic.  I really hate the traffic and the reckless abandon with which many people seem to drive.  This little trip gave me the chance to get more practice on the freeways.  I’m calling it a learning experience.

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Anyway, forgetting traffic for a while, the specimens they have on display at the museum are really amazing.  It’s hard to get a sense of the scale of this beast, but he is around 12 feet tall.  A truly massive creature.  The magnitude of the fossils is also astounding.  For instance, in this next picture are 404 dire wolf skulls…and that is ONLY the ones in this display.  There are many more.   As a matter of fact, the guy in the photo is actually composed entirely of dire wolf skulls, true story.  All in all, it was a worthwhile experience.

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First Post

Howdy there.

I haven’t really decided what is going to go here yet, but hopefully it will be something interesting…perhaps research related…perhaps not.  Regardless, I’ll try to keep the place up to date.

I recently moved across the country for work.  This might be a good place to document the experience of resettling.  We’ll just have to wait and see how this thing develops.