Posts made in December, 2007

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and clouds filled the sky Not an object was twinkling, not even Iota Tri; The telescope was parked in its dome with great care, In hopes of spying a star on which it could stare; My students were nested all snug in their beds While visions of data danced in their heads And I in my office, my Mac at my side, Was Googling for gifts – no bargain could hide. When on the network, there arose a...

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A couple years ago I wrote the following for “Slacker Astronomy.” Enjoy! (New adventures may be posted this evening). [Link To Audio] T’was the day before Christmas, and all through the dome Not a GUI was stirring, not even gnome. The CCDs were stored in their cases with care, In hopes that a super nova soon would be there; The astronomers nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of dark-matter danced in their...

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Austin Meetup Jan 8 at 8pm

Posted By on Dec 22, 2007

Astronomy Cast and the Bad Astronomer his bad self are planning to have meetup for all you wonderful fans and friends out there who will be at the AAS meeting or who feel like driving to Austin. The place isn’t set in stone, but we’re thinking maybe the Iron Cactus downtown (the bar and grill within walking of the convention center – Anyone in Austin willing to do some footwork? Checking out if the Iron Cactus has a...

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Carnival of Space #34

Posted By on Dec 21, 2007

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. This weeks carnival can be found over at Rainer Gerhards’ Spaceflight Blog

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Tis the Season for Cynicism

Posted By on Dec 20, 2007

It’s nearly Christmas. Everyday my email is getting blasted with messages from Amazon, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware reminding me exactly how long I have to order if I want gifts to arrive by Christmas. The neighborhood houses have grown luminous fur (whoever came up with the idea of icicle lights needs to be shot), and blow up Christmas decorations are doing bad things to my normally pretty historic district (I love...

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