Category Archives: Motley Views/Foolery

Tales and the like under the general flavor of Telling It Like I See It, and provocative old geezer reflections

Motley View: Engineering Geology as a Vital Phase in the GeoSpectrum

I have written and lectured often on the GeoSpectrum of professionals, spanning Engineering through Geology. Recently, I wrote an invited Editor’s Commentary (Engineering Geology- A Vital Phase of GeoEngineering) for the March/April 2009 Engineering Geology edition of the Geo-Strata magazine of the Geo-Institute of the … Continue reading

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The Motley View: On Geonudity and Some Benefits of Your GeoEngineering Education

 About the time that this issue of the Motley View will be published [April 2008]  the 2008 class of UC Berkeley GeoEngineers will be finishing the Spring Term, soon to graduate. They will work through the night to complete the CE270L … Continue reading

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Motley View: On the Rewards of Being Fired and Other Career Road Blocks

Some road blocks will stall your career for a while… (Kipahulu Lava Flow, Hawaii, 1987: E Medley) You are driving along your well-planned career track en route to the next success. You are being considerate of others, following the Rules … Continue reading

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The Motley View: On Seeking Dirty Work and the Value of Shoveling S–T*

*A dirty mind would read this as SILT    I started work in 1959, delivering groceries by bike in West London. By the time I left my teens, I had worked part-time as a sales clerk in grocery, food and book … Continue reading

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Motley Views

I used to write The Motley View, a column of occasional pieces for the Newsletter of the now dormant Berkeley Geoengineering Alumni Association (BGAA) hosted by the GeoEngineer website. Why Motley View? I wrote the first article, so I named the … Continue reading

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Motley View: The Vitality of Good Contacts

My career evolved because of my vital network of contacts. By “vital” I mean both life-sustaining and necessary. Over the 40-year random walk of my adult life, the suggestions, encouragements, ideas, insults, challenges, job leads and personal introductions from other people … Continue reading

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Fool

I admire, and am charmed, by the motley-hued Fool; the witty Court Jester; the impudent buffoon, the persistent prankster; allowed and expected to make fun of the Court and the Monarch. I have wanted to be one much of my … Continue reading

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