In Search of the Moon

Posted By on Jul 5, 2007

Tonight I decided to whiplash my brain. After a nice dinner with friends, my husband and I settled in to watch TV. In preparation for the holiday weekend, we rented some DVDs, including the turn of the century classic Fight Club. At the end of that violent, twisted, pre-9/11 movie, I decided to break my brain by switching on “The Universe: The Moon,” a violent, straight-forward, current TV show. This latest episode of the...

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So, I have to admit to being a bit remiss in blogging about the Universe series. I have a reasonably good reason: I like my husband. That may sound like a non sequitur, but you need to understand that after dating a long series of science and engineering types who all thought astronomy was great, I decided I needed to date someone who recognized astronomy could be cool, but just wasn’t all that into it. This change in strategy...

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Astronomy and MySpace

Posted By on Jun 20, 2007

One of the things I work to do is keep track of new communications trends. I don’t always succeed, and I have to say that Phil Plait and Fraser Cain often provide me tips to tech that I might find as fast on my own. MySpace is an old social network trend that has found a new popularity in old media (weee, that was a fun clause to write). I’ve been working with several others to create a MySpace page for the 2009...

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My favorite painting is currently on display at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and I was just able to get my own framed copy of it for my office! Part of the traveling, “Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland,” exhibit, this painting by Jan Matejko depicts the Polish jester Stanczyk in deep despair after receiving word the stronghold of Smolensk had fallen. In the background, a royal ball merrily goes on while out...

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Random Thought 3

Posted By on Jun 4, 2007

I just watched the first episode of “The Universe.” It is accurate and so totally unlike anything I’ve seen on PBS that I’m at a loss for words. Take every cool image of the Sun you’ve ever seen, combine them with talking heads that are on sound stages instead of in university offices, and mix with high speed CGI animated content. Blend all on high for 45 minutes. This is not a bad thing, but it was not...

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“The Universe” on TV

Posted By on May 29, 2007

A new player has emerged on the science special scene. The History Channel is premiering “The Universe” tonight. You can watch “The Universe” Tuesdays at 8pm/9c. The first episode is on “The Sun.” Here is what they plan to talk about: “It is a fireball in the sky, a bubbling, boiling, kinetic sphere of white hot plasma, exploding and erupting. Its size is almost unimaginable–one million...

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