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Ok, it’s time to push the big blue bear down the page.

Programming note: We here at VatulBlog World HQ are still lying on the floor in the fetal position reeling from the decision made by the Green Bay Packers not to play the last five minutes of the NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks. Yup, this hurts a lot more than 4th and 26. We could have been a contender. We could have been somebody. Oh well, lots more time for the boys to settle Catan. Who me? Bitter? Noooo.

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Reading:

2015 marks the 200th birthday of the geologic map as we know it. Nice of Ars Technica to note this.

Like me, Shell’s John Hofmeister thinks the price of oil will be back up by the end of this year. How about a little less volatility this time around?

Another lesson to learn this cycle is not to fire new graduates and emerging leaders. Now is precisely when to get rid of expensive dead weight and invest in training and leadership. When oil rebounds and companies are looking to fill junior positions, petro-technical graduates that oil and gas demanded and who were then left out to dry will have left for other industries.

Anadarko’s Red Hawk deepwater platform will be decommissioned and turned into a reef. Topsides goes to shore for storage until it’s either reused or scrapped. (Thanks, NOLADishu!)

Gizmodo | The mysterious origin of 21 tech terms

Rock-Head Sciences | So, what’s it like to work as a geologist behind [an onshore water] drilling rig?

At least with the former industry, you will be dealing with clean water, so you may still look and feel like you just mud-wrestled a gator, but at least you just smell like your deodorant gave up a few hours ago, rather than the lovely “perfume” of gasoline or creosote that you will share with those who pass by.

The world’s simplest primer on Principal Component Analysis

This is Carnival season. The next few MaitriLAB posts will be costumes, fabulous costumes. NOLA Defender gives you the art and science of glue gunning.

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