Posts made in September, 2008

Rethinking the Magellanic Clouds

Posted By on Sep 28, 2008

I have to admit, there is a soft spot in my heart for conference proceedings. Once upon a time, when you wanted to quickly dive into a new area of astronomy you went to the university or observatory library and searched out the ASP or IAU conference proceedings on the topic of your passion, and then wandered off to read it cover-to-cover. As an undergrad, I got my introduction to pulsating variable stars that way, and in graduate...

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Writing text with my voice

Posted By on Sep 18, 2008

I’m playing with a bit of new technology. I’ve been doing so much typing lately that my wrists started to hurt. I love to write. I needed to find a solution, so I googled. Eventually I landed on some dictation software, MacSpeech. I’m attempting to write this blog post using that new software. I’ve been playing all day and I have to admit my friends have been very patient – More patient than I deserved. I...

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Talk at Michigan State tomorrow

Posted By on Sep 16, 2008

Just a heads up on why I’ve gone quiet: Tomorrow I’m giving a talk at my alma mata, Michigan State University. I’ll be talking about the International Year of Astronomy and focusing on New Media projects. If you’re in the area and you can come, I’d love to see you Wednesday at 1:40PM in Room 1400 of the Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building at MSU. Go Spartans...

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One of the neat things about being a professional astronomer is sometimes knowing the authors of neat papers. Submitted to the arXiv on Friday was one such neat paper with an author list full of people I respect from their work and 1 collaborator. So let’s just say this is all neat and move on to the science. So here is the paper. On a quick read, this is just another paper on what happens to gas when and star formation when an...

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A Bit of Levity

Posted By on Sep 10, 2008

In light of all my personal technical difficulties and the internets current cry of “The world is ending,” I decided that it was time for some levity. Way back when I was at Michigan State University I had a website on Physics and Astronomy humor that then migrated to U-Texas, and now I share the link with you. I am contemplating resurrecting that site here, but it requires a bit more content. Anyone have any good ones...

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