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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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Cover for Forthcoming Launch Pad Anthology

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Jody Lynn Nye and I have co-edited a collection of stories by Launch Pad alumni for a collection called “Launch Pad” that may become the first of a series. The stories are mostly new, with a few reprints, and generally involve astronomy, the exploration of space, and related themes. Some really good stories in here. […]

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Launchpad 2013 Workshop Thoughts

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

First, a couple of links to blogs or articles from the workshop participants thanks to fellow Launchpad instructor Christian Ready:  a liveblogging compilation and an overview. What I wanted to jot down here were some thoughts about how the workshop went this year compared to the past, about the 2014 workshop, and some ideas for […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Launch Pad attendees arrive today, and the chaos returns!  It’ll be fun, but tiring, too.  Also had a PhD student defend on Friday, a grant report due, a phase II program due for the Gemini-South telescope, and a few other things… Anybody but Hubble!  A history of Hubble’s Law…or whoever’s it should be.  Some funny […]

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