The crash after a conference is something that always surprises me. All of last week was a rush of meeting, greeting, blogging, talking, and planning a bright new scientific and new media future. In the company of colleagues like Fraser, Phil, Chris, Doug, and Lars, it is possible to imagine a world in which everyone regularly has astronomy inflicted on their digital lives on a regular basis. IYA anyone? In 2009, we will invade. The reconnaissance troops have already been sent in.
It is a brave new world, and the stars will shine brightly in the Internet.
It is hard to maintain momentum as we each return to our own separate homes that are spread a quarter globe apart. Today for me was all about the minutia â€šÃ„Ã¬ writing a syllabus for the classes that start tomorrow, cleaning my desk, checking on paperwork, setting up appointments to meet with my advisees (hmmm, I missed oneâ€šÃ„Â¶), and just trying to get our weekly Astronomy Cast show edited and up (when Fraser and I are bad and record on Mondayâ€šÃ„Ã´s, I edit the audio. If it sounds bad, blame me and Fraserâ€šÃ„Ã´s mic).
But the momentum of the conference will be maintained. If all goes well, Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ll have some great news to share in a couple months, and Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ll get to travel more while living in my mid-western home while playing online even more than I do today.
But first Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ve got to get through this week! Still on the â€šÃ„Ãºto doâ€šÃ„Ã¹ list is some audio to edit from the meeting. Expect to hear a chat I had with Chis and Jordan popping up by Wednesday.
Since our Astronomy Cast Live AAS coverage was paid for through an NSF grant, I really want to do the evaluation right. Any comments â€šÃ„Ã¬ good, bad, and ugly, but all constructive â€šÃ„Ã¬ would be greatly appreciated! Can you please drop me an email? You know the addy. Just add my first name in front of @starstryder.com.
Tomorrow, Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m going to get my nose down in SDSS sky server, and Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ll report on some great tools for finding fantastic data and images of your favorite none moving targets.