Update on commenting
I write the Eruptions blog on Big Think. I've been mesmerized with volcanoes (and geology) all my life. It helps that part of my family comes from the shadow of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia, where I could see first hand the deadly effects of volcanic eruptions. Since then, I've taken a bit of a winding path to become a volcanologist. I started as a history major at Williams College, almost went into radio, but ended up migrating to geology, including an undergraduate thesis on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. I followed this up by changing coast to get my Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Then I ran a MC-ICP-MS lab at University of Washington for a spell (and wrote for an indie rock website). I spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar at University of California - Davis studying the inner workings of magmatic systems. I am now an assistant professor at Denison University and have projects in New Zealand, Chile and Oregon.
I am fascinated by volcanoes, their eruptions and how those eruptions interact with the people who live around the volcanoes. I started this blog after getting frustrated with the news reports of volcanic eruptions. Most of them get the information wrong and/or are just sensationalistic. I will try to summarize eruptions as they occur, translate some of the volcanic processes that are happening and comment on the reports themselves.
And no matter what people tell you, I definitely do not have a cat named Tephra. (OK, I do).
You can find out more about my research by visiting my website. If you have any comments, questions or information, feel free to contact me at eruptionsblog at gmail dot com.
So, the folks here at Bigthink have been working on improving commenting for Eruptions (and all the BT blogs). I am happy to say that we've had a number of changes that will help - and some bugs are still being ironed out. A quick summary of what is new and improved:
- Linebreaks (preserved) and paragraph breaks (two returns - a blank line) work.
- Formatting is now done with coding from Textile. A subset of the total Textile formatting works in the comments:
This should allow for a lot easier commenting and discussion on the post from the blog. As always, if you're having problems or have suggestions for improving the commenting, send me an email at eruptionsblog <at> gmail.com. Thanks for your help so far (and your patience!)
UPDATE: Got word that some of the weirdness comes from the spam filter for comments - it is rejecting a lot of the obvious "test" comments. So, for the time being, limit the testing as best as you can - if you have trouble posting a normal comment, please let me know!
Top left: A image of Semeru taken by (and courtesy of) Arnold Binas. You can see the original image here on his Flickr stream.
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