Posts made in August, 2007


After spending roughly a week away from my press feed, I found myself face to face with a lot of intriguingly titled press releases. One announces: “Astronomers Find Largest Exoplanet to Date,” and another teases “Monster Galaxy Pileup Sighted,” and yet a third promotes “BLACK HOLES IN FEEDING FRENZY” (Yes, the press officer yelled in type). Other provocative titles employed the words: Largest,...

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Let me preface this by saying I am sometimes a bit crazy. After AAPT and ASP, I decided I needed a brain break. The ASP conference ended at 3pm Sunday, and having checked out of my room at 2pm, I hatched a crazy plan to go to Disney. And I did. I rented a car from Ontario airport (Enterprise will not pick you up on Sundays if you are in Claremont, CA), drove to Disney, and by 5:30pm I was inline for Space Mountain. I stayed at the...

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Currently, there is a movement to move classroom instruction onto the Internet. Software such as iTunes U and Blackboard both support the distribution of Audio, Video, and PDFs to students in a password protected environment. While this works to protect our personal intellectual property, it also makes it easy for us to inadvertently break copyright law. In this entry, I will work to identify the pitfalls that an instructor can fall...

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Pluto: Still Not a Planet


Posted By on Aug 5, 2007

Last night was the conference banquet and after party. Many of us stayed up too late. Many of us looked at our conference program this morning in hopes that maybe something boring was going on that we wouldn’t mind sleeping through. All of us dragged ourselves out of bed and came to the 8:30am Sunday morning talk. Michael Brown, the premier finder of small icy-rocky things in the outer solar system, is giving a talk titled,...

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Second Life Rocket Park


Posted By on Aug 4, 2007

I have to admit that while I am normally an early and avid adopter of new technologies,  Second Life  has generally confused me. My avatar is ugly. I tend to wander lost. In a desperate attempt to become one of the cool techno kids who get this virtual world of sex, foxes, and text and troll I decided to take a workshop on astronomy in Second Life that was run by Anthony Crider of Elon University. In this wonderful 1 hour...

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