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SF Signal Podcast

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

I’m one of the guests for the latest, which you can find and listen to here.  There were some smart, interesting, and funny things said.  I was especially pleased to be on with Ed Bryant, whose Cinnabar blew my mind as a kid. Share/Bookmark

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I’m Featured at Eating Authors!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Lawrence Schoen’s regular feature “Eating Authors” features me this week. Check it out if you’re interested in learning what was my most interesting meal. Hint: pork related. Share/Bookmark

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Launch Pad Attendees for 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I am happy to announce the list of those participating in this summer’s Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers! Here they are in no particular order: Lisa Yee Malinda Lo Jenn Reese Meg Howrey William Ledbetter Ann Leckie Amy Sterling Casil E. C. Meyers Marc Halsey Geetanjali Dighe James L. Sutter Anne Toole Sarah McCarry […]

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Superheroic Science!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

I took the weekend off the big proposal deadline Friday. I’ll do a starlinks post soon, but in the meantime, the video of my recent talk in Gillette, WY, on the science of superheroes is now available. Enjoy! Comments welcome. Share/Bookmark

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Second Halloversary

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

My bootiful wife and I have been married two years now! She did the amazing decorating in front. Hope the kids aren’t too scared…or the party-goers tomorrow night for Day of the Dead party. Share/Bookmark

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I wasn’t Chillin’, I was Chilean…

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

A bit of a placeholder here for now, as I think it will be of interest to write up the anatomy of an observing run in Chile, but wanted to let anyone looking here know that I wasn’t dead.  My wifi on my laptop however, which was supposed to let me stay better in touch […]

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

About 6-7 years ago, I had a little grant money to analyze Chandra X-ray Observatory observations of a particularly interesting quasar. There was a post-doc in the department who was running out of money, didn’t have a job to transition to yet, and I wound up hiring him for six months to do the analysis […]

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Calling for Constructivism

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I’ve been thinking about how to respond to certain negative things I’ve seen over the years, particularly on the internet. I’ve struggled, and tried on outrage, indignation, logic, rationality, ridicule, and other responses. Frankly, I haven’t been happy with most of them, and watching other people overdo them has really made me cringe. I could […]

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Watch 50 Years of Quasars Online!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

I love living in 2013, and in many ways things continue to improve. Here’s the latest example. A small 2-day meeting at Caltech is filmed and put online within a week: Talks with slides and video. In particular, even for the layperson, watch Maarten Schmidt’s talk about the discovery of quasars. There’s also, at the […]

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I Have Issues…

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Multiple issues. Heh. Discovered while taking a break from grading papers. What’s funny to me is that I’ll be going up for promotion to full professor this year, and I have to update my CV (AKA “curriculum vita”), which is going to be a 50-60 page document that covers all my academic publications, grants, courses, […]

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Launch Pad Anthology now available!

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Here’s the link, edited by Jody Lynn Nye and Mike Brotherton, now available as an ebook for $5.99. There will be a print version available in coming weeks. “Mankind is finally coming up against the limits of the physical world.” -From “Doppler Shift,” by Matthew S. Rotundo But the imaginations of the writers within these […]

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Science Meetings

Friday, September 13th, 2013

So I just got back yesterday from the “50 Years of Quasars” meeting. Weather was bad (you may have heard about the flooding in Colorado) and it was a fair amount of time and money to attend. So many things can be done with the internet and video…why attend a meeting any more? I got […]

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