utahigh:

Alta Ski Resort

November 5, 2011

Alta. Me Gusta.

lookingatzion:

Tourists at the top of Emigration Canyon
Emigration Canyon is where Brigham Young and the other Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. They followed the path the ill-fated Donner party had taken the year before. The irony is that now we can drive to the top of it in 5 minutes and read a little plaque. It is said that when Young came down through the canyon upon seeing the Salt Lake Valley he said the famous words “this is the right place, drive on.” It is a personal theory of mine that he probably saw the Great Salt Lake and thought it was fresh water but that’s just speculation…

So many mormons here. Cheesus crust.

lookingatzion:

Tourists at the top of Emigration Canyon

Emigration Canyon is where Brigham Young and the other Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. They followed the path the ill-fated Donner party had taken the year before. The irony is that now we can drive to the top of it in 5 minutes and read a little plaque. It is said that when Young came down through the canyon upon seeing the Salt Lake Valley he said the famous words “this is the right place, drive on.” It is a personal theory of mine that he probably saw the Great Salt Lake and thought it was fresh water but that’s just speculation…

So many mormons here. Cheesus crust.

OH GOD THIS IS SO ACCURATE YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW

  • (Talking about Utah to my Canadian cousin)
  • Me: It it so religious, it's not even funny. Everybody says "Merry Christmas" instead of Happy holidays and when you accidentally bump into them, you say "Oh, sorry" but they say "No, you're fine" instead of the normal "Sorry" back. I don't know. It's weird here. There are a bunch of kids at my school that are like "Wow, I just hate homosexuals"
  • Joey: okay
  • so
  • I was reading all that
  • and I had a bunch of shit to say about everything you said
  • but
  • when I got to the part when you said
  • "Wow, I just hate homosexuals"
  • I forgot all that
  • and just thought
  • ohmyfuckingjesus
  • if someone said that at my school
  • they would get fucking beat
  • fucking beat
  • like we don't joke about that shit
  • canada is all about peace
  • but if you bring hate
  • you get beat
  • it's a pretty good way to live
  • that can be your new status or whatever.
badjujumagumbo:

by nhadiyanto on Flickr.

Yeah so this is basically just my backyard.
Of course.

badjujumagumbo:

by nhadiyanto on Flickr.

Yeah so this is basically just my backyard.

Of course.

legs-up-and-down:

Glory Beams by James Neeley on Flickr.

I went to Temple Square when all the lights were up (I’m sure they still are, though). Very pretty, although it contributes to the horrible light pollution here.

legs-up-and-down:

Glory Beams by James Neeley on Flickr.

I went to Temple Square when all the lights were up (I’m sure they still are, though). Very pretty, although it contributes to the horrible light pollution here.

Sweet! Wonder what street it’s on.

Skiing

Today I went skiing with my dad and sister since we practically had a blizzard last night.

We left the house around 9:20 AM but waited in line for 2.5 hours on the road. Good thing I brought The Demon-Haunted World with me. It wasn’t all bad, because the people waiting in their cars in front of us were having a snowball fight with the people in other cars.

We got a real surprise when we found the parking lot at Alta to be practically empty. We parked in our special spot and walked around like we owned the place for a few minutes. As we were getting ready to wait in line for the lift, my dad realized he forgot his ski coat. How do you even forget your ski coat. I had forgotten my cell phone, so it made me feel less bad. Which is weird.

In all I got two runs in because I was reminded of how badly my feet begin to hurt when I ski. At the end of the first run, I was ready to cry quit because I couldn’t feel my toes and my heels hurt so badly. I had hot chocolate at one of the lodges and took some pictures. It was cool hearing the explosions from the avalanche control teams, because the sound ricocheted off the sides of the other mountains and filled the whole basin. It was a pretty cool day.


10 Most Fascinating Holes on Earth
Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest man-made excavation on earth. Also  called Kennecott Copper Mine, it is an open-pit mine located in Salt  Lake County, Utah. It is easily visible as a large layered multi-color,  barren protrusion on the side of the Oquirrh Mountains, which lie on the  west side of the Salt Lake Valley. It is currently the largest open-pit  mine in the world, and the world’s largest man-made excavation. The  mine is 2½ miles across, and ¾ mile deep.Kennecott is the second  largest copper producer in the United States - providing approximately  15% of the country’s copper needs. Minerals were first discovered in  Bingham Canyon in 1850, but exploitation did not begin until 1863. At  first, mining was difficult, but a railroad reached the canyon in 1873,  prompting massive settlement and extraction of the minerals. By the  1920s, 15,000 people of widely-varying ethnicity had settled in the  canyon. Large residential communities were constructed on the steep  canyon walls. Natural disasters were a common occurrence in the  heavily-settled canyon. The population declined rapidly as mining  techniques improved, and several of the mining camps began to be  swallowed up by the mine. By 1980, when Lark was dismantled, only  Copperton, at the mouth of Bingham Canyon and with a population of 800,  remained. Today, mining operations continue at full-swing in the mine,  and it is now the largest open-pit mine in the world.
(Link)

10 Most Fascinating Holes on Earth

Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest man-made excavation on earth. Also called Kennecott Copper Mine, it is an open-pit mine located in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is easily visible as a large layered multi-color, barren protrusion on the side of the Oquirrh Mountains, which lie on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. It is currently the largest open-pit mine in the world, and the world’s largest man-made excavation. The mine is 2½ miles across, and ¾ mile deep.
Kennecott is the second largest copper producer in the United States - providing approximately 15% of the country’s copper needs. Minerals were first discovered in Bingham Canyon in 1850, but exploitation did not begin until 1863. At first, mining was difficult, but a railroad reached the canyon in 1873, prompting massive settlement and extraction of the minerals. By the 1920s, 15,000 people of widely-varying ethnicity had settled in the canyon. Large residential communities were constructed on the steep canyon walls. Natural disasters were a common occurrence in the heavily-settled canyon. The population declined rapidly as mining techniques improved, and several of the mining camps began to be swallowed up by the mine. By 1980, when Lark was dismantled, only Copperton, at the mouth of Bingham Canyon and with a population of 800, remained. Today, mining operations continue at full-swing in the mine, and it is now the largest open-pit mine in the world.

This bill tried to pass in my state. Luckily it didn’t because of such widespread opposition, but its purpose was to make it so that schools can either teach abstinence-only sex ed or no sex ed at all.

Separation of church and state my ass. Just the idea of this bill sends shivers down my spine - it doesn’t matter if you’re personally against the use of contraceptives, it’s fine if you are. But that doesn’t mean you can just barge in on all public schools in the state and impose your moral beliefs on every student’s education. If you don’t want your kids using contraceptives, tell them not to at home. Not that hard.

If the same people that tried to pass this bill are against abortion, then I don’t know where they’re getting their logic from. Contraceptives prevent unwanted pregnancies.  Not teaching people about contraceptives will lead to unwanted pregnancies. Unwanted pregnancies will lead to abortions. Teaching young people about contraceptives will lead to a decline in both unwanted babies and abortions.

I had sex ed last semester and learned a great deal about contraceptives (the pill, condoms, vaginal rings, etc.) as well as abstinence. I was very grateful for it, too, and I learned a lot from it. I could tell that just learning abstinence would have not only seemed lazy, but irresponsible (obviously). If my school said “if we can’t teach about contraceptives we might as well not teach sex ed at all,” there would be a hell of a lot of ignorant people at my school. My school is one of the top in the state and wouldn’t have done that, but that’s not to say that another school would have.

What really just gets me at the end of all this is that it promotes ignorance one way or the other, and it’s not the government’s job to make the youth more ignorant. It’s not anyone’s job. I can’t believe this sort of thing is still an issue in this day and age. But I guess this is what I get for living in a red state.

I was watching Face the Nation when the local news cut in and just started their own program without any warning

spikedteacup:

A movie poster I designed for “Love Free or Die”. It will be showing at the next Sugar House Art Walk.

Seriously go and see this movie. I watched it last night and was nearly moved to tears many times.
And props to Nick for the awesome poster!

spikedteacup:

A movie poster I designed for “Love Free or Die”. It will be showing at the next Sugar House Art Walk.

Seriously go and see this movie. I watched it last night and was nearly moved to tears many times.

And props to Nick for the awesome poster!

I need to get out of this state

pronto

A message from tuggywuggy


my mental image of utah is a small salty pond with you on one side with a telescope and a microscope doing serious science and on the other side is a bunch of mormons trying to figure out how to convince you to hate carl sagan. is there really more to your state of residence or is that pretty much it?