Chuck D.

A quick sketch of Charles.


some of my favorite invertebrates are illustrated here, including the one I failed to get right on an exam last year (the brachiopod…dammit).



I’m not condoning alcoholism but I want to defend alcohol, it has played an important roll in my life. Since I can’t afford insurance, bicycles and alcohol are my only medicines for my frequent anxiety attacks. I bike daily, so I don’t drink often but some days, the anxiety is so over baring that I need to take a swig of some ethanol. So here is my thank you drawing to liquor! thank you alcohol, you are always there for me.

not drunk

Fun Facts: The word pasteurization comes from Louis Pasteur. A chemist and microbiologist who came up with pasteurizing beer and wine! Also I do have several bikes as the illustration shows and I really do have a periodic table next to my bed (I know, your jealous).

Late night distractions

Here is a lovely illustration of an ammonoid, crinoid, rugose corral, archimedes and brain corral. This is my quick depiction of a cretaceous marine environment (the ammonoid’s sutures are characteristic of the cretaceous). But wait! Archimedes and rugose died out by the Permian, this sketch is as misleading as Jurassic Park! Well at least it’s invertebrates (sorry to all my vertebrate peeps).


Personal fun fact: one day a hope to find a crinoid calyx!

Thermodynamic Heart Throb

“The greatest mind in American history” That’s what someone by the name of A. Einstein said, but what does he know?         I personally think that Josiah Willard Gibbs was a man of mystery, destined to win your heart. And this is why…


J.W. Gibbs was a scrawny little nerd, that locked himself up in the lab and refused to be the rock star he really was. He could of had it all, drugs, booze, promiscuous relationships. But instead he made thermodynamics much easier, so idiots like me can explain it at parties and enjoy what Gibbs did not. (wink) And for this I would like to commemorate Gibbs in hopes that at least one person will read this post and be as moved as I was when I plotted my first phase diagram.


(illustration2) here is Gibbs again, look how wonderfully awkward he is! (sigh)… I wish I was more like him.



Heat Cramps, Heat Wave, Heath Ledger

These are some old class notes from a class that was, what should I say…not all that challenging for me? (not the professor’s fault I assure you)

chng1The Prof. liked to talk about a so called “climate gorilla”, apparently there is a gorilla that likes to hide and surprise all of us climatically. Such examples may include but not exclude ocean degassing of CO2 and CH4 (methane), aerosols being released by volcanoes (causing cooling for a couple of years) and oceanic current shut downs (which result in releasing CH4, ie the PaleoceneEoceneThermalMaximum [PETM])!


This illustration is based upon a real photo of Milutin Milankovic, who calculated the earth’s orbital cycles and correlated them with long term climatic changes while in jail, only later to become a renowned ladies man. Not unlike his more contemporary counterpart, TupacShakur!   Science sure is neat!


And here is that lovable mischievous climate gorilla again! He’s always full of surprises!