Bad economic times.

Bad economic times.

This NY Times video piece on how three small businesses in that region are weathering the economic downturn really spoke to me. You can see a certain pain of responsibility and worry in the owner’s faces. I knew running LRRD wouldn’t be easy, but this...

Key Obama manager has fluvial geomorph degree.

Key Obama manager has fluvial geomorph degree.

I’ve just found out that Jon Carson, Obama’s National Field Manager, a Wisconsin native, has an MS in fluvial geomrphology from UCLA. Here’s a TPM interview from right before the election. From this article: Carson eventually finished his master’s...

Intuition and fluid mechanics.

Intuition and fluid mechanics.

Our Emriver models originated with the problem of teaching laypeople (mostly landowners along streams in Missouri) about river processes that are horribly counter intuitive. For example, that removing gravel from an Ozark stream can have upstream effects. Here’s...

Emriver laser surprise.

Emriver laser surprise.

Today was a big day for business things. We solved a huge Emriver Em2 marketing puzzle thanks to a kind visit from Greg Wilkerson–he revealed to us the nature of civil engineering instruction and thus why our sales to engineering schools are not what we’d...

A storm hydrograph captured on video.

A storm hydrograph captured on video.

Two years ago, after a couple of attempts, I managed to catch an entire rainstorm and the resulting hydrograph in a small urban channel in Carbondale. I’m guessing nobody else has ever done this. What better way to introduce students to this concept?...