Second Life Silliness

Second Life Silliness

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 in wearing a virtual body. With these personal experiences under my belt, I was reading through blogs today and came across this youtube on Pharyngula that made me giggle. Enjoy...

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Second Life Rocket Park

I have to admit that while I am normally an early and avid adopter of new technologies,  Second Life  has generally confused me. My avatar is ugly. I tend to wander lost. In a desperate attempt to become one of the cool techno kids who get this virtual world of sex, foxes, and text and troll I decided to take a workshop on astronomy in Second Life that was run by Anthony Crider of Elon University. In this wonderful 1 hour session I discovered (in a guided tour) NASA sites, telescopes, planetariums, and even a cool rocket park. I also learned everyone is ugly until they buy their first second skin. I’m thinking tomorrow I’m going to spend some money, buy a nice face, and explore some nifty astronomy education...

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Up, Up and … Home

Up, Up and … Home

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. Travel was what the fulltime researchers did, and what the people with “professor” in their title did. My job? I wrote labs on my computer, I built equipment in the machine shop, I fixed the telescope on the roof top, and in my spare time I let my voice play with others online. I wasn’t the one who traveled. But then...

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UStream Feed Live! (Press Conferences)

Streaming .TV shows by Ustream Press briefings are scheduled for following dates and times. You are invited to attend all events on the Astronomy Cast UStream Press Conference Channel. Please feel free to embed this channel on your own webpage! Mon., Jan. 4 10:00 a.m. Battling Black Holes 1:00 p.m. Kepler Early Science 2:30 p.m. Exploding Stars Tues. Jan. 5 9:00 a.m. Stellar Mysteries 10:30 a.m. Galaxies Near & (Very) Far *See it in Second Life 2:30 p.m. Pulsars *See it in Second Life Wed. Jan. 6 10:00 a.m. Cosmology’s Dark Side 1:00 a.m. Exoplanet Exotica *See it in Second Life 2:30 p.m. TBA Thurs. Jan. 7 9:00 a.m. Galaxies Stirred, Not Shaken 10:30 a.m. Spicing up the Solar System And… Want to meet us...

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UStream Feed LIVE! (Public Events)

Video clips at Ustream Invited Talks are scheduled for following dates and times (pending confirmation with all speakers!). You are invited to attend all events on the Astronomy Cast Public Events UStream Channel. Please feel free to embed this channel on your own webpage! Mon., Jan. 4 8:00 a.m. Van Biesbroeck Prize and Welcoming Address 8:30 p.m. Kepler Planet Detection Mission: Introduction and First Results 11:40 p.m. Russell Lectureship: RR Lyrae Atmospheres: Wrinkles Old and New 3:40 p.m. Pierce Prize: Finding Utility in the Diverse Origins of Gamma-Ray Bursts 4:30 p.m. LeRoy Doggett Prize: History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate Join us in Second Life [SLURL] 6:30 p.m.  Gemant Prize: Science as Performance Join us in Second...

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