I can't tell if you're truly being nicer, or if you're trying to ingratiate yourself with the ST crowd so that you can f*#k with people, but you should post some sort of tutorial on the geologic sh#t you're up to.
I'm a fan of geologic info that I can't truly understand, but try like hell to figure out.
Ever fall, bounce off something, and end up hanging upside down in space spinning on the end of your rope? At first you're not quite sure what's going on, but after awhile you come to, get your bearings, and realize how bad that all sucked - or at least that's what reading this thread seems like so far.
I've always been one of the nicest guys I know. Just not afraid to give sh#t back to those who dish it out. I find it odd that others are obviously joking... but I must be serious and malevolent. I've never seen you give anyone sh#t or say ridiculously stupid sh#t, so...
Besides, I'm writing results for my dissertation... I wouldn't want to reveal how jaded I am about the whole thing... so I am working on my positive voice.
I seriously miss the working life though. If I'm not climbing, I'm sitting in front of this stupid computer running stupid models and/or writing stupid stuff here and/or in my papers or laying in bed trying to figure out how to make it all work.
RE Geology: still love the field, just hate the position I'm in. Not sure what kind of tutorial you would want... the hydrology sh#t I'm doing is pretty dry.