See you at AAS: Come the Real, Come the Virtual!

See you at AAS: Come the Real, Come the Virtual!

I have the internets and I’m not afraid to use them! Today we premiered our new wireless rig – 2 wireless 3G verizon cards and 2 netgear 3G -> wireless routers, and while we have kinks left to work out, I feel okay saying we are going to stream our little hearts out at this meeting in hopes that you can consume the best of what this meeting has to offer. Specifically, my team – the self-named SIUE Collective (they decided I’m their Borg Queen – Eek!) – will be UStreaming (pending confirmation with all speakers!) along the side the Second Life casting of the wonderful Adrienne Gauthier of the University of Arizona. The full plan can be found over on Astrosphere, but here are my “I can only see one thing a day”...

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AAS DC: AstroZone & upcoming AAS coverage

AAS DC: AstroZone & upcoming AAS coverage

Tomorrow (well, technically today), I’m going to be at the National Zoo in Washington DC doing outreach to animals in Amazonia (and hopefully to a few humans too – This could include you!) If you’re in DC, come on by! Activities start at noon, and details can be found on the AstroZone website. Now, for all of you cursing me for not giving you enough warning (and I do deserve it), you’re going to have a few more chances to consume astronomy at this meeting that anyone can attend for free (and in some cases online!) On Monday night, at 6:30pm, Brian B. Schwartz will be talking on Science as Performance. Wednesday night there will be a Tweetup / Meetup at a location to be announced. And online we will have a slew of events on Second Life...

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A new website for a New Year: Astrosphere .org

A new website for a New Year: Astrosphere .org

It’s December 25, Christmas day 2009. In 6 more days we’ll ring in 2010, and in 16 more days IYA will come to an official end. There are still pieces to tie up – the evaluations will all take place in South Africa in March, and there are a whole lot of websites that need ownerships transferred hither and yon, but the public side of IYA is this -><- close to wrapping up. As part of my own wrapping up process I need to do three things: clean my desk and triage the past 16 months of anything that came to me in paper; clean my hard drive and triage the past 16 months of anything that came to me in photons; and get websites set up to move all our cool new media products Beyond IYA. So, today I cleaned my desk (putting all the papers on the...

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I’m not messing with Texas, Just with LPSC

Currently I’m on my way to Houston Texas to attend the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference courtesy of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Jet Propulsion  Lab. This is my third LPSC and I have to say I’m really excited. This is one of my favorite conferences for 3 reasons: I always learn something new, the people are exceedingly friendly, and planetary science just rocks (pun badly intended). Seriously though, I am a geology neophyte and LPSC provides me a once a year chance to just learn learn learn. This year’s conference looks especially good as it offers entire sessions dedicated to the Mars Phoenix Lander, the current class of Moon explorers, and even info from Venus Express. One thing LPSC seriously does right is they offer...

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The Internet and Human Relations

The past 48 hours or so have been a mad adventure across the UK. From meeting with Astronomy Cast and Galaxy Zoo folks in London to recording Astronomy Cast and attending a dinner seminar in Oxford yesterday with Chris Lintott, everything I’ve done has been facilitated through the Internet. It seems that sometimes real life social interactions are just a click or a forum post away. My life, put simply, is lived as much through digital communications as it is through face to face interactions. Some days the virtual interactions are even the more important ones. This simple truth is something that one of last night’s speakers made me think very hard about. Thanks to a few emails from Chris, I was able to attend the Monday evening keynote for the Silicon...

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