not bouldering

A rocky start

Some Context: one of my fellow players in a game is a rock golemn named Scoria. This exchange happened when the GM asked us on skype if we were available to play over the upcoming weekend:

GM: what’s the weekend plans guys?

Scoria: I am ready to roll.

GM: But are you ready to rock?

Scoria: You’re a real gem, GM

Player: stfu

Scoria: I’m sorry, shale we talk about this later?

Player: How dare you

Scoria: I got a bit boulder

Player: I s2g

Me: I think the puns rock. Perhaps you’re just too impatient to wait for a really nice one to crystallize. In the meantime you’ll just be losing your marbles over some lime jokes

Player: Why do you do this to me?

GM: Because we love you. Granite, we’re not very nice people.

Me: I wanted to throw out more puns in response, but I’ve hit a wall. They’re really too hard. Player is right, we should all some back down to Earth and start over, you know, with a clean slate. No more forced rock puns to stalagnate our conversations

Player: F***ING

Me: Uh oh, I’ve sent your and my relationship down a rocky road. Maybe if I’m gneiss you’ll be willing to drop all this grit and work with my based on sediment alone.

Player: z;ldkfjgn;zkjb

Me: I suppose I have norite to ask for forgiveness. Of quartz, I’ve earned your skarn. If you can’t forgive me I’ll just have to boulder on without you.

Player: why do you hate me?

Me: I don’t, I just love puns. But I’m done. I spent a solid 10 minutes reading up on names of rocks. It’s too much effort and I’m not even the rock golemn who should be making these puns.

Player: I’ll just silt over here and be quiet then

Scoria: I was driving!

Me: I’ve put more effort into thinking of rock puns in the last hour then I think you’ve done in entirety of the time you’ve played as Scoria. Not that I’m really keeping Scor(ia).


Good Morning from Scotland

Rannoch Moor. by Neil Cresswell
Via Flickr:
Sunrise over Rannoch Moor. A myriad of lochans and pools interspersed with drumlins, roche moutonée, erratic boulders, islets and peaty bog. This vast, wet, boggy expanse indicates cataclysmic change. Not by humans. Not by animals. Not even by glaciers. (though several will have merged here, many times). No, it was by that thing that we are conditioned to think started in the 19th. century and still exists today….. Climate change. A very wet period drowned the native Scots Pine and this steaming bog is all that remains of a once vast forest. Here at sunrise, the mist rises, as the sun’s rays catch the peaks. A mystical, ancient, primeval, ethereal feeling catches one’s imagination. Rannoch Moor rarely fails to amaze and entrance!


Snowshoeing 3.21.17 ..Truman Burbank enjoyed his front row seat in my front-facing backpack, plus we saw a giant owl, so we had to keep our pup close by! (bottom middle 3 photos, it is an awful shot, but you get the gist!) We think it was a barred owl, but who knows. It was so warm out yesterday, my brother was wearing shorts to snowshoe, lame!

Anthony McMellon at Gardom’s back in the Summer.

So I’ve been neglecting OpenCrag’s photography for quite some time now, I’ve been saving up some money for a website idea I think you will all love. But speaking to a good friend of mine yesterday he made me realise my passions in life are what really matter.

With that I want to expand the pool of climbers across the UK, if anyone has any projects or knows anyone who are in need of a little photography don’t be afraid to drop us a message. I think it’s time we expand the OpenCrag family.


The most bland, boring, sick day intake lol 🤒

Two people asked me to post my intake even though I’m sick soooo, yeah.. you’re all forewarned if it’s boringness!

• breakfast/lunch- egg whites with vegan cheese, a 100 cal Trader Joe’s English muffin and ketchup.

• snacks- a pint of this halo top aka the best flavor in my opinion.
And then I also had a packet of this childhood fave, comfort food (dinoEGG oatmeal!!?!!!)

• dinner- two more of those English muffins with daiya cream cheese.

Another sick day, ie. me literally laying in bed ALL day. I did walk downtown and back this morning (a little over 2 miles) but that was the only form of movement all day lol!

I am thinking of having another snack later maybe while watching Criminal Minds just to get my calories up a bit more even though I was inactive today. We shall see :)

okay i’ve finally watched the fucking episode. that was pure emotional turmoil. rhobh women fight with words that dig deeper than the women in other cities.

1) Eden literally shoved the first boulder and started an avalanche. she said “i feel like there’s an elephant at the table”, and for THE REST OF THE FUCKING DINNER, SAYS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. i can’t even about this! i had to laugh in sheer disbelief. 

2) secondly - LVP made it worse. she did. they could have moved on, or swept the issue under the rug, but she literally turned to erika and said “so what?” - listen, i love me some LVP, especially in the earlier seasons, but im fucking tired of her shit at this point. Season 5 was her last good season - everything went downhill from there. oh - and if you don’t think her “so what?” comment was incendiary, listen to what she says in her confesssional. she criticized erika for making a big deal out of it, said she should just have laughed it off, THEN MADE ANOTHER FUCKING JOKE about erika’s panty-less state. you see? how many times is erika expected to “laugh it off”? 

3) to those of y’all idiots saying eileen isn’t earning her cheque - bitch, eileen deserves several cheques for putting up with these fucking crazy chicks when she’s the only sane one in the group without an over-inflated sense of ego. my girl is humble as fuck, looks rad as fuck without a glam squad, and is NEVER flashy about her status. she’s practically the most un-Beverly Hills Beverly Hills housewife ever. and while the other women have relied on their husbands in some form or another to rake in the dough/ elevate their status (nothing wrong with that, if i could i’d do the same), Eileen’s networth is all hers - and she deserves more credit for that - if we’re being pedantic about what “housewife” means, Vinny is the one that should be a housewife lmao!

4) and to those of y’all saying eileen is a follower - she defended dorit. that’s the realest shit out there - she’s the kind of friend that CALLS YOU OUT when she knows you’re out of line, and that’s the kind of friend that you actually want, not someone who just panders to your ego all the damn time. this is how you know she’s real. 

5) you know why eileen defended dorit? because she saw that dorit was sincere about her apology, and dorit apologized thrice. i would have done the same. eileen knows dorit is annoying, but not malicious. 

6) yes, eileen didn’t use the best turn of phrase, but how the fuck did she know erika was going to be so triggered? and she IMMEDIATELY APOLOGIZED. PROFUSELY, I MIGHT ADD. and then she cried, because erika cussed her out as though eileen had physically attacked her son. i understand being super touchy, but literally hitting out at the friend who has been loyal to you throughout 2 seasons? uncool, unjust, unclassy. also, it’s a crime to make eileen cry like that when she looked so beautiful at the dinner. 

7) Rinna dropped the bomb about the cocaine allegations. Obviously Dorit’s house isn’t a coke den, but it really was fucking weird that Rinna was left all alone at the dinner? Also, this is likely Rinna’s form of “an eye for an eye” - if Dorit was going to make a big deal about Rinna’s bag of pills, Rinna is going to make a big deal about Dorit’s behaviour. AND, I believe she dropped this bomb to take the heat off Eileen - because honestly, if my friend had just been attacked, i would try to deflect and make her feel better too. I’m not excusing Rinna’s behaviour, I think her allegation is baseless, and this might be a hugely unpopular opinion, but - I kinda like Dorit. 

In fact, I like all the housewives. I really do. Some more than most, but they all seem like really chill, fun people to hang out with. 

Saturn’s B-ring close-up

This image shows the incredible detail at which the international Cassini spacecraft is observing Saturn’s rings of icy debris as part of its dedicated close ‘ring grazing’ orbits.

This image focuses on a region in Saturn’s B ring, which is seen in twice as much detail as ever before, revealing a wealth of rich structure.

Saturn’s rings are composed mainly of water ice and range from tiny dust-size specks to boulders tens of metres across. Some of the patterns seen in Cassini’s close images of the rings are generated by gravitational interactions with Saturn’s many moons, but many details remain unexplained.

Cassini is expected to return a library of new detailed images of the rings in the coming months, which will help planetary scientists learn more about the mysterious patterns.

The spacecraft’s ring-grazing orbits began last November, and will continue until late April, when the mission enters its ‘grand finale’ phase. During 22 finale orbits Cassini will repeatedly dive through the gap between the rings and Saturn before plunging into the planet’s atmosphere in mid-September to conclude its incredible 13-year odyssey in the Saturn system.

The image was taken in visible light with Cassini’s wide-angle camera on 18 December 2016, at a distance of about 51 000 km from the rings, and looks towards the unilluminated side of the rings. Image scale is about 360 m per pixel.

In order to preserve the finest details, this image has not been processed to remove the many small bright blemishes, which are created by cosmic rays and charged particle radiation near the planet.

The Cassini–Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency

The image was first featured in a release published on 30 January 2017.