iPhone in Review

iPhone in Review

I know this isn’t a tech blog, but there are a few things I need to get off my chest. I just bought my first iPhone and tried very hard to push its little limits and was a bit saddened by how little it pushed back. Sadness 1 – The Browser: As some background, I got the iPhone because I learned that using my Razr as a modem is effective but expensive. I wanted to be able to check email, hop online to read google reader, and minor stuff like that and not pay $40/month or more. The iPhones date package is $20/month and I’ve had AT&T as my service provider for 5 years, so… This made sense. Then I tried to email someone through the Facebook inbox. No can do. Writing the message was easy easy easy (in a one fingered pecking at the keyboard...

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ASP – EPO, post defacto blogging

I admit it, I found my wall. Sometime Friday afternoon the part of my brain capable of writing and (somewhat more importantly) filtering the majority of the silly thoughts in my head from coming out my mouth turned off. As Saturday came on the heels of 5 hours of sleep, and crawled across 18 hours of work and travel, progressively more part of my brain continued to shut off. On Sunday, I was a puddle of brainless mush, and I alternated between sleeping, and spending far to many hours at the local home improvement store trying to figure out how to repair my bathroom. Today, I feel almost human, and I can reflect on last weeks meeting. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about the meeting was realizing that at any moment I could be talking to someone with no college...

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New Media Everywhere

What a day. Short entry for now. Today has been a whirlwind of new media. Specifically, this morning was a networking session for sharing new media content information, this afternoon I took the International Year of Astronomy website live (but the DNS went bonk, so it went live with an error code – The link is www.astronomy2009.us, and when it gives you the error message, click on “Home.” Please don’t bookmark  the crazy gridserver URL at the top – that will eventually go away). I’ve been working on building this site for a couple weeks, and it was sort of like very publicly birth a child that you are very afraid is going to come out with pokadots. All went well. It still needs a ton of content, but we’re hoping to...

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ASP-EPO: Day One

(I’m on a bad connection and will add links later.) Another day, another conference. From Dragon*Con, I crossed half-way across the country to Chicago to attend the 119th Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on “EPO and a Changing World.” This morning I’m sitting in a session presented by astronaut George “Pinky” Nelson (the astronaut who repaired Solar Max) on things that need to happen for education to be made more effective. He is focusing largely (and I feel correctly) on the need to support our teachers by providing them training, content, and infrastructure. Intriguing comment of the day: “We should only teach a geometric explanation of the lunar phases. Let’s pick a grade, say 5th grade, and...

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The Earth is more than 6000 years old

The Earth is more than 6000 years old

It is the third and sleepiest day of Dragon*Con. At some point the adrenaline of my first two days went away and now the simple “I’m sleepy” feeling that comes from averaging a little under 6 hours of sleep per night for over a week has taken over my body. For that simple reason I decided today is the day to sit in talks and enjoy what people have to say. Currently I’m sitting in a session rudely blogging (because that’s what I do) while someone talks about debunking haunted houses. In addition to this session, I also walked around the vendor room, and I attended a session on proving the Earth is more than 6000 years old, presented by George Hrab (left with FSM) of Geologic. This morning’s “Age of the Planet...

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