Post conference recovery

I had wonderful and brilliant (or at least existing) plans to spend part of my weekend writing a summary of everything that happened last week and getting you all the resources you’d need to follow-up on everything that was shared over on Astronomy Cast Live. Something I got into Friday had other plans, however, and from about 2am Saturday morning until 2pm this afternoon, all I did was contemplate how much I never wanted to eat anything ever again. Okay, so maybe that was too much information. In part I shared because I wanted to give you an apologetic heads up that Astronomy Cast may be a bit late this week. We’re going to record in a little while and I’m not sure how long it will be until someone (also unknown) will do the editing....

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2008, The Year of the Potato

2008, The Year of the Potato

Up until a moment ago, my husband and I were laying in bed listening to the BBC. This all ended when they went into a story on the International Year of the Potato and he went into a laughing fit at the silliness of the Year of the Potato concept. (Image Credit: Ecuador, J-L.Gonterre) All I could think was, somewhere in the world, there is a team of people who worked to plan the International Year of the Potato just as hard as the team working to plan the 2009 Year of Astronomy. And somewhere in 2009, some husband is going to hear something about IYA2009 on the BBC and will die laughing. My husband was just clobbered with a pillow. May that future laughing man share my husband’s fate! Sure, potatoes don’t have the cool imagery and ability to inspire...

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Carnival Time

What a week. What a carnival. Check it out on Out of the Cradle here.

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GLAST delayed until atleast June 11th

GLAST delayed until atleast June 11th

by ScottMiller NASA just annouced ANOTHER delay for GLAST.  Here is an excerpt from the official press release: “WASHINGTON — NASA has set no earlier than June 11 as the new target launch date for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT. NASA initially had targeted June 7 for the GLAST launch aboard a Delta II rocket. Additional time was needed to replace the rocket’s flight termination system battery, which indicated a problem Wednesday. ”...

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Mac Touchpad versus PC User

The astronomy community is rich with Macintosh users. Many of us have them because they can be forced to play like a Linux/UNIX box and run all our astronomy software that was developed for Solaris or similar. Now the thing about Mac is they have super powerful touchpads that can do all sorts of scary stuff like scroll and zoom, right click and double click, etc all depending on how people have configured them. This leads to the fascinating realization that we can’t fluently use one another’s computers all the time. This gets even more interesting when you throw in the occasional international keyboard (I made Chris’s computer misbehave in fascinating ways the other day). Now, we the Mac users, know this is a “feature” of our...

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