Technology


Second Life Silliness


Posted By on Aug 28, 2007

I’m just posting a quick post this evening as I try and recover from yesterdays chaos. As some of you read, I’ve been attempting to play in Second Life. After much help from Anthony Crider of Elon University, I don’t feel as lost or confused or ugly (that’s my avatar 🙂 ), but I still do a fair amount of bashing into walls and falling out of the sky as I try to get around. There is also other silliness inherent...

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Dragon*Con, ASP, and Chaos


Posted By on Aug 28, 2007

This is turning into one of those weeks. I’m in the midst of frantically trying to get ready to attend the ASP’s EPO Conference next week, and I’m trying to look forward to going to Dragon*Con this weekend, but life just keeps getting into the way. While I generally try to leave my personal life out of this blog, this one sentence description needs to be shared: My husband tried to replace a bathroom facet and...

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Several minutes ago I asked my beloved laptop to please > tar -cvf AAS.tar Interviews It said /Interviews and it began to tar. That was several minutes ago. It is still going. I have a no longer shiny, no longer able to latch shut, sometimes failing to wake, but still much beloved Apple PowerBook G4 (1.67 GHz, 512MB). I bought in the days when I always owned what was new and hip and tech trendy. I bought it when my RAZR was something...

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An Apple World


Posted By on May 28, 2007

Short message while I write longer content on this mornings first, galaxy rich, press conference. This I walked into the press conference room and their was a giant, fresh from the press, printed Hubble Heritage image off to the side. Okay that’s cool. What really caught my eye was the three scientists and their three Apple laptops. And, at the back of the room, Apple affiliated folks (not sure, but I think Apple Employees) were...

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Reformatting Life


Posted By on May 7, 2007

The end of another semester is upon us. As you may have noticed, this blog hasn’t exactly been updated for a few days. This was for a couple of different reasons. First and foremost, my day job as a professor at SIUE had me buried in test writing, grading, and searching my office for any potentially lost assignments. As of noon today, all that is safely behind me and grades are submitted. The second reason for the lull in...

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The past 10 days have been an insanely busy whirlwind of activity for me, and I’m afraid real life pulled me away from online life for a bit. Last Thursday, I gave a presentation at my home university, SIUE, on both my research and podcasting (this was an experimental combination of two talks, and will in the future go back to always being two talks). Tuesday night I gave a talk on professional-amateur astronomy collaborations...

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