ASP – EPO, post defacto blogging

I admit it, I found my wall. Sometime Friday afternoon the part of my brain capable of writing and (somewhat more importantly) filtering the majority of the silly thoughts in my head from coming out my mouth turned off. As Saturday came on the heels of 5 hours of sleep, and crawled across 18 hours of work and travel, progressively more part of my brain continued to shut off. On Sunday, I was a puddle of brainless mush, and I alternated between sleeping, and spending far to many hours at the local home improvement store trying to figure out how to repair my bathroom. Today, I feel almost human, and I can reflect on last weeks meeting. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about the meeting was realizing that at any moment I could be talking to someone with no college...

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Have you hugged a Tusken Raider today?

Have you hugged a Tusken Raider today?

So, it’s 11:49pm and I’m sitting in a live recording of Wing’in It podcast blogging while others record. I’ve generally behaved very atypically at this meeting and not gone absolutely everywhere with my laptop. This means I haven’t been able to blog from absolutely everywhere. It also means that rather then simply letting events go in my eyes and out my fingers like a good journalist, I’ve instead gotten emotionally wrapped up in what’s going on around me. And I have to admit, it’s been a transformative day. Dragon*Con is the most amazing collection of freaks and geeks and intellectual family I have ever met. This place is strangely crawling in PhDs (I actually had a member of the press randomly comment on this in...

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Dragon*Con: Day 1

Dragon*Con: Day 1

I made it to Dragon*Con (Woot!) The con is spread out across 3 hotels with the Space, Science, and Podcasting tracks (and me) in the Hilton, and the check in in the Hyatt with the Marriott in between. Being a bit sleepy (I was up until terrible hours the past two nights working on academic presentation posters for the EPO conference next week), I stupidly thought we (and the tracks) were staying in the Hyatt. I was wrong. So our first adventure of the day was trying to check in at the Hyatt, then walking three hotels to the Hilton, than walking back to the Hyatt to check in with the conference. It was during that last step (where we were inline 2 people behind John Delancy), that I learned I was supposed to give a reading (from my Blog) at 1pm. It was 3pm when we...

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Dragon*Con, ASP, and Chaos

Dragon*Con, ASP, and Chaos

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 managed to catch the wall on fire. I blog to you from the secondary story hallway floor outside the bathroom where I am sitting with a fire extinguisher (the pin is pulled). There is currently water coming out the ceiling of the kitchen below. Really. I’m not kidding. Ok. Now that I’ve got that out of my system…...

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So you’ve attended 2 conferences in 7 days:
Now what are you going to do?

So you’ve attended 2 conferences in 7 days: Now what are you going to do?

Let me preface this by saying I am sometimes a bit crazy. After AAPT and ASP, I decided I needed a brain break. The ASP conference ended at 3pm Sunday, and having checked out of my room at 2pm, I hatched a crazy plan to go to Disney. And I did. I rented a car from Ontario airport (Enterprise will not pick you up on Sundays if you are in Claremont, CA), drove to Disney, and by 5:30pm I was inline for Space Mountain. I stayed at the park until 1am riding rides and mentally writing a blog entry I now don’t have the mental energy to write. Just shy of 2am I was in my rental car on my way to LAX, and at 2:42am I found my self confused at Enterprise at LAX. They close at a reasonable hour, and have people turn cars in at a nearby hotel after hours. This actually...

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Getting to Hawaii is…

…made easier when the airline over compensates for mistakes by bumping you to first class

…made less pleasant by the lack of outlets in St Louis and LA airports

…made easier with good astronomy on the other end

…made harder by the need to prepare to present at the other end

… accomplished in one piece. I’m here. I’m in my room. I’m ready to blog. I have a meeting for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (friend them on MySpace!) tomorrow, and a got talked into giving a talk on Sunday by a fellow EPO person I ran into on the bus from the airport to the hotel. The main event starts Sunday night.

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