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Launch Pad Application Window Closing Today…

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Just FYI.  Last chance here.  We’ll be making selections within the next couple of weeks and letting applicants know.  It’s a great pool again, and I anticipate another great group visiting us here in Laramie come July.  There will be an alternative Launch Pad opportunity I will be announcing soon as well. I had a […]

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Workouts for Science Fiction Fans

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Despite the fact that I’ve run a couple of marathons in the last few years, I struggle with my weight and general fitness level.  Like a lot of smart technical people and science fiction writers/readers, I sit on my ass a lot in front of a computer, or have meetings, or read/write.  My job and […]

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Happy Birthday to Me…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

…and Leonard Nimoy, Richard Dawkins, among others. Having a nice dinner with my wife tonight and not going to spoil it with blogging. At least not blogging more than this! If you have any interest in getting me a gift, buying a copy of Star Dragon or Spider Star as an ebook would be a […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

A little abbreviated today.  I’ve got to go to a Persian New Year dinner, which should be fun, but more importantly, I didn’t do so much surfing this week as usual (yay!) and have a bit less to share.  It’s ironic, too, given that this was the first week in a couple of months that […]

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An Amazing Video for Vernal Equinox Day: 80 mph

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I think it’s probably real (who could act that well?), and both real sad and real funny.  It’s what’s going around in my science circles right now.  I have had students over the years close to this dense, unfortunately. Understanding units is critical! Do you think it’s for real? What’s wrong with our educational system […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Continuing to be busier than I had believed possible… Thinkgeek has a telescope ring!  I’m tempted… Awesome “Romance of Radio Astronomy” t-shirt.  I myself have observed 3C 390.3 recently (it’s a quasar) recently.  Now let me geek out in a critical way.  I will assume the scene is evening, not early morning, because people have […]

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Spring Break for Professors

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

It’s not like it is for students! I spent several nights at our local observatory collecting data successfully.  The internet was down, however.  And since we were working, I didn’t get a lot of other work done.  I have to write a magazine article this week, review 23 graduate fellowship proposals for NASA (hundreds of […]

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Monday Starlinks

Monday, March 12th, 2012

It was my wife’s birthday yesterday and we did a lot of things together, and I didn’t get to the starlinking.  I’m going to our observatory later today and I doubt that I’ll be blogging from there — the internet is apparently out of service at the moment there (microwave links and such aren’t quickly […]

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John Carter of Fantasy Mars

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter books when I was about 10, and loved them.  I read the Marvel Comics version in the late 1970s as well.  John Carter is basically a superhero in space with swords.  That’s very appealing to the boy in me still.  I’m not sure how well they […]

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Book Recommendation: The Pillars of Hercules by David Constantine

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Well, “David Constantine” is actually a pseudonym for a near-future technothriller/science fiction writer buddy of mine, David J. Williams, who has made a departure from his previous work with The Pillars of Hercules (at which link you can verify the pseudonym, or you can check the book out for sale here at amazon, also, but […]

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A Taste of the Alien, with Photos

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

One of the insufficient but realistic ways to consider the concept of the alien is to consider the diversity here on Earth.  One reason some people snicker at Star Trek “funny forehead” aliens is that they’re way too close to human, and it seems very unlikely that they should be.  Star Trek tried to fix […]

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It’s Time to Conceive Apocalypse Babies

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The apocalypse associated with the end of the Mayan calender is supposedly scheduled for December 21, 2012.  It’s also been suggested that that date might be wrong, but I think it’s safe to say that our culture has embraced Dec. 21, 2012 as a significant date.  Unfortunately that means silly movies like 2012, but also […]

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