And meanwhile, over on CNET

And meanwhile, over on CNET

Earlier this week I had the amazing chance to spend some time over at CNET’s UK facilities in London. Nate Lanxon, one of their writers a co-host of the Crave Podcast, had previously written a really good review that mentioned Astronomy Cast, and as a result he and I got to emailing, and he even invited me to be in this week’s podcast (squee!) So, just for some context, I don’t buy electronics without consulting CNET. I have randomly listened to their podcasts and watched their videos. I am all around in awe that they have grown to be one of the internet success stories. Visiting their facilities was amazing. They are just what you might imagine an creative young internet country should look like. Everything was completely open with people...

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Stolen Moments in London

Stolen Moments in London

So, I have to admit to being a bad person today. I snuck away from working for several hours to explore the British Museum. It was an amazing sun filled day and light streamed in from the sky lights, bringing the outside in to illuminate 1000s of artifacts gathered from around the globe. One of my favorite pieces of sculpture is at the British Museum, and after getting lost among roomfuls of historic coins, I got to take in what is advertised as the Horse of Selene. I used to have a magnificent horse named Quantum Leap. He died a number of years ago, and there is something in this statue that reminds me of his fight. It is perhaps a foolish thing to compare my own old warm blood to a steed of the Gods, but if Zeus or Apollo are offended, they are welcome to...

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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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Where (some of) the magic happens

I love random adventures, and currently I’m in the midst of one. Last Thursday I flew from St Louis to London where I spent a couple days recovering from jetlag somewhere that I (almost) speak the language, and then yesterday I flew on to Munich where I am now working with other International Year of Astronomy folks to build the Portal to the Universe. While getting to London was more of an adventure then intended (my luggage was lost again), the too few hours I got to spend in the UK were wonderful. On Saturday I took a train out to the east side of England (Audley End) to meet some of the wonderful folks behind Galaxy Zoo, including Steven Bamford, whose journal articles on galaxy morphologies and galaxies in cluster environments I’ve been gleaning...

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See you in the UK?

Things are flying into high gear. It is T-48 days and counting until New Year’s 2009 rings in the International Year of Astronomy. As we gear up for launch, many of us are beginning to flitter about the planet doing last minute face-to-face intense collaborations. I’m one of those people who get’s to fly and tomorrow I’m on my way via the UK to Munich for a week to work with Lars Lindberg Christensen and Lars Holm Nielsen on the Portal to the Universe. On my way home (again through the UK), I’ll be pausing a bit to take in the sites, including a pub in London. If you are in the UK (or plan to be), I cordially invite you to join me and my collaborator Chris Lintott at Mabel’s Tavern on Sunday November 23 from 2-5pm. And just a...

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