AAS has started and life is good. Phil, Fraser and I are moving in a happy pack and having great time. It was wonderful finally meeting Fraser face to face (check out the latest Astronomy Cast for pictures of the two of us recording). The real meeting starts about now. Rebecca is off in the main session room live blogging an exoplanets talk, and the rest of us are in the press room prepping for the first press conference.
Last night was reception, reception, reception, reception, and I was on a personal mission to pin people. John Mathers, yes that John Mathers (photo below from last AAS), even let me put a pin on his lapel. It was good silly fun as I went from the Educators Reception, to the Undergrads (plus their advisers) reception, to the main reception to an IYA planning meeting sorta reception sorta meeting. Pins went to everyone. I am on a personal mission pin as many people as possible. It’s a good way too meet folks, and hopefully they’ll remember and let me (or Fraser or Rebecca) interview them latter.
So, in addition to pinning everyone, (Really – If I sold pins for $1 + self addressed stamped envelope, would you bite? I can also make them for StarStryder with my avatar), we do have more serious plans. Phil, Fraser, Rebecca, Jordan Raddick of Galaxy Zoo fame, and myself will all be contributing to the Astronomy Cast LIVE, as well as on our personal blogs. We will have some audio, YouTube videos, and you are encouraged to add our little RSS feed that will be going crazy over the next few days. In same cases you’ll see 5 voices reporting different angles of the same content, but mostly we’re going to try and spread ourselves out and cover as much as we can as well as we can.
I hope you’ll all come along for the ride!