Sunday, September 18, 2011

USGS Earthquake Web Site

Maddy here!

Everyone who knows anything at all about me knows that I love, LOVE, geology. Since I've been in California for the past month my geological focus has been on earthquakes and I'd like to share an excellent web resource for earthquake information.

The web site of the USGS (United States Geological Survey) shows data for past and current earthquakes. The menu on the left side of the above linked page offers different options for viewing earthquake data such as:
I visit this link frequently, Real-Time - USA, because it features real-time data for all earthquakes in the conterminous (sharing a common boundary) United States — since that's where I am.

That's all for now. I'm out!


Monday, February 28, 2011

Angel's Perch


This blog is "written" by my main character, Madison Terrence. As the mere author of her story, I generally stay out of the way and let Maddy do the blogging. However, today I break character and come to you as Susan because I want to share a wonderful project that is coming to Cass, WV. It was the film's location and subject matter that hooked me.

Angel's Perch is an indie film set to begin production in the Fall of 2011. Much of it will be filmed in Cass, a scenic railroad town in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. A more gorgeous backdrop I cannot imagine. As many of my blog followers and lurkers (go ahead and click to follow—I don't bite) may know, I was born and raised in Alleghany (with an "a") County, VA, just 24 miles from West Virginia. My parents took me and my brothers to ride the Cass Railroad some 35-40 years ago, and today it still steams passengers up to Bald Knob, the third highest point in West Virginia.

My paternal grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's as does a character in the Angel's Perch. I remember my grandmother would sit and regale me with vivid tales of her past, and yet, she didn't know who I was. Sometimes she would she my toddler and think it was me, still a youngster. Too many people have similar stories now.

"Set almost entirely in the small, historic logging town of Cass, WV, “Angel’s Perch” examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss."-source:

Want to get involved with the project? Want to be a team member?
Click here!

SRR Colvin

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Amazing Libraries

Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic

Books and libraries! Need I say more?

Click to see some beautiful and amazing libraries around the world!

(Although I live south of Salt Lake City (#1 on the list), #2 is my personal favorite!)


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gopher Day 2011

As most of you know I started a new tradition last year called "Gopher Day" that occurs every year on the day after Groundhog Day. I call it Gopher Day since I have a gopher living in my house rather than a groundhog.

Digby, my odd and proud little gopher, has been with my family since before I was born, so there's no telling how old he is. He's from a beautiful world deep inside the earth called Krybos. While in his native Krybos Digby can speak like you or I do, albeit with an unsettling Sean Connery accent. Here in the surface world he is more gopher-like and tunnels through the neighborhood, tortures us all with non-stop stomach distress, and makes funny squeaking noises because he doesn't have speech capabilities. And although he can't talk here in the surface world, he more than makes up for it with street-smarts which, I guess, in his case would be tunnel-smarts.

On last year's inaugural Gopher Day, Digby established how he was going to prognosticate on the coming weather trends, making certain there was no similarity to how the lowly groundhog does it. (See Gopher Day 2010 post). I knew this year would be no different.

I woke up this morning when Digby jumped onto the bed then clawed his way up and over the edge, having not quite made the leap. I could feel the covers being clawed away a few inches at a time. I just laid there with the remaining corner of the top sheet pulled up to my nose and waited for the inevitable. When it didn't come, I took a breath and peeked out to see my furry friend sitting on his haunches with a DVD case clamped in his bite.

Now remember, last year Digs abandoned traditional rodent weather prognostication methods and made a deliberate selection of a DVD with a seasonal theme to indicate his decision. He chose National Lampoon's Vacation which is a warm, summer-themed movie. So, I wondered, what would this year be?

As I sat up, Digby came forward and offered the dripping movie case which I took and swiped across my pajama top. "Interesting choice," I told him. "The cover says it all."

I placed "The Day After Tomorrow" DVD case on the nightstand then scooped my little buddy into my arms. Following the familiar sounds stirring above us, we climbed the spiral staircase to the fourth floor treasure room called Grandpa's Attic.

"I'm sure you know the groundhog didn't see his shadow yesterday," I said. "That means he's predicting an early Spring." Digby gave me his toothy smile as if to stand by his decision. "Right. Well, one thing's for certain. One of you is wrong."

Just because Digby is predicting six more weeks of winter weather doesn't mean we can expect it. I really think his prediction is based more on differentiating himself from the groundhog. After all, he's not a weather expert, he's a movie expert.

Until next time,


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gopher Day 2011

Maddie here.

Last February was my inaugural Gopher Day with Digby, my pet gopher, as the star of the show. Good grief. Click here to read how that fiasco turned out: Gopher Day 2010 .

I've decided to try it again this year. Come back to my blog on Thursday (February 3, 2011), the day after "Groundhog Day," to see what Digby's prediction is for the next six weeks of weather.

Till then,

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dinosaurs in Castle Dale, UT!

Maddy here!

I found several dinosaurs just down the street from where I'm staying in Utah.

The Museum of the San Rafael is home to several dinosaur skeletons including an Allosaurus.

"Allosaurus lived during the Late Jurassic Period around 140 million years ago. It is one of the largest and most fearsome predators to have ever lived on land.

Allosaurus had short arms, ending in sharp 10 long dagger-like claws, which it could use to tear into the flesh of its victims.

Sharp four inch long teeth were also used to tear apart the dead and dying victims that were unfortunate enough to have been hunted by Allosaurus.

Fossils found in Utah, North America suggest that Allosaurus may have lived and hunted in groups or packs."

While at the museum I also learned about the area's early culture. People of the Fremont Culture lived in the San Rafael area of Utah about a thousand years ago, then vanished. Besides implements of their daily life, they left behind rock art.

I went out to see their petroglyphs carved and chipped into a massive rock face a few miles outside of town. No one can be sure what the images mean since the artists are long gone.
There are also ancient pictographs from a previous culture painted onto the same bluff. It's an awesome sight that should be viewed when the rock face is shaded, as the painted images will seemingly disappear in direct sun and you can't see the details.

I'm off to explore the canyon lands. My next post will be on my favorite subject—GEOLOGY!

That's all for now,