Posts made in December, 2006

AAS-AAPT 07, T-6 and counting

Posted By on Dec 31, 2006

My first trip to AAS as a journalist was the 2003 Seattle meeting. This year the conference returns to that great rainy city of the North west. If you’re going to be there, I’d love to see you. If you aren’t going to be there, but want to keep track of what I’m up to, watch this site for frequent updates. My strongest memory from the last meeting was visiting the Icon Bar and Grill with a friend and Phil...

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The List

Posted By on Dec 29, 2006

What exactly makes someone culturally literate? What books should you read? What movies should you see? What about those things specific to Nerd or Geek Culture? What things does a person need to know to be able to make relevant quips at a cocktail party or to include appropriate quotes in conversations? What experiences are necessary to grok “grok” and comprehend the clichés of our counter-culture? This question came...

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Up, Up and Away

Posted By on Dec 8, 2006

There are certain days as a teacher when you know you have done your job right. For me, one of those days was today. One of the classes I teach is “Space Physics.” In this 3 credit class, my students and I go on a tour de force of the history of spacecraft and exploration of our solar system. At the beginning of the semester, none of my six students had ever watched a space shuttle launch on TV, and their interest in the...

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