Travel


I’ll Fly Away

I’ll Fly Away


Posted By on Jul 5, 2013

For the past week, I’ve had the Alison Krauss & Gilian Welch song, “I’ll Fly Away,” stuck in my head. This fabulous song is one that I hope someone will remember to play when I die, but… beyond that… I’m wondering what my subconscious is trying to tell me about my upcoming trip to Europe. “I’ll fly away // To that home on Gods celestial shore // I’ll fly away”...

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IAU, I’m lost within you

IAU, I’m lost within you


Posted By on Aug 27, 2012

This morning I woke up in Beijing. This wasn’t entirely surprising since I’d fallen asleep at about 32,000 ft on AA187, inbound to PEK from ORD. Nonetheless, no matter how much you know logically that you are soon to be somewhere very foreign, the reality of it is always startling. Beijing assaults the senses the moment the cabin door opens. There is the smell; air so thick with pollution that you feel constantly dirty,...

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Kindness at 30,000ft

Kindness at 30,000ft


Posted By on Feb 27, 2012

Earlier today I wrote on Google+ that there are day’s when you run head first into the tail-end of the probability distribution. Today was one of those days, and now that it’s over and I’m laying in bed typing, I can happily say I got to see both sides of the Gaussian. It started as a normal travel day for me. I got up far too early, shoveled myself in and out of the shower and into the car, following the inner...

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Up, Up and … Home


Posted By on Nov 15, 2011

On January 13, 2005 I joined the American Airlines “AAdvantage” frequent flier program. The podcast I was part of, “Slacker Astronomy,” had taken off, and I had been invited to go to AAS in Washington DC and AAPT in Anchorage, Alaska to give talks 2 weeks apart. This was something I’d never really expected – I was just an utterly average scientist working in a mostly instructional role at Harvard....

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Universal Education

Universal Education


Posted By on Oct 4, 2011

Here in the USA (or I should say there, since I’m currently in France), education tends to be somewhat nationalistic. It has to be. Teachers are tied to state and federal learning standards and if students don’t learn what is specifically listed in those standards, and specifically tested along those standards, schools are considered to have failed. While the national standards were written with the best of intentions to create a more...

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Of travel and sleep deprivation


Posted By on Aug 8, 2011

For the past several days I’ve been watching discussions on the AAVSO discussion list about sleep deprivation. Many of these good folks are good observers who try and combine a night time hobby with a day time job. Live lives of of sleep deprivation and broken circadian rhythms. Over the course of a lifetime, these physical abuses can lead to health problems and even a shortened life. But, as I once read in a James Bond book,...

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