A Sunny Morning in Oxford

I awoke to the following this morning.

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I now understand why every faculty member I’ve ever had who went to Oxford complains about the ugliness of their current university (any one of many). Really, can anything in the states compete?

tea.jpgThey also have quite civilized dorms, with a proper tea set laid out with biscuits.
And strange objects are also left on lamp posts. Walking to the building Chris works in he spotted on a lamp post an envelope labeled “Take Me” so he took it. Inside was a CD or DVD labeled “Take Me / Watch Me.” We want to find a computer no body likes to watch it, but thus far said hated computer has yet to be found.

takeme1.jpgtakeme2.jpgAt 2pm I’ll be giving a talk on the IYA New Media programs. This morning I attended a coffee talk on the NAM meeting (see Chris’s blog), and realized how much I miss being in an astronomy department. There was a table of postdocs and I think 1 faculty member (maybe 2). They went round the table reviewing what they’d seen at the meeting, discussing consequences, and tests, and raising background questions. It was one of those moments that reminds you science is dialogue and we learn socially.

I don’t have Internet in my dorm room, but tonight or later this afternoon I’ll sit down and share with you all that I am socially learning, and hopefully some audio as well.

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  1. Chris Lintott’s Universe » Through another’s eyes - April 9, 2008

    [...] I’m increasingly aware that next year is the International Year of Astronomy, as mandated by the UN, no less. I need to think seriously about what to do about this but attempting to drag me firmly into all sorts of schemes is Pamela Gay, of Astronomy Cast. She’s visiting me here in Oxford for a couple of days; her first impressions are here. [...]

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