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After the talk on spectral work by amateurs I fled across campus to the Pathology building and a room of Naked Scientists. More exactly, one of our wonderful fans e-introduced Chris Smith and I and said we should meet, and she was right.

Chris Smith is the originator of perhaps the first online/online radio science show. Each week, he and his team bring a wide range of topics to BBC radio, iTunes, and essentially the world. Quite coincidently, this week’s show was on stars, and he interviewed me about the AAVSO, my pro-am collaboration, and how all these things work together.

I then dragged him to a pub where we met with a couple fans of the show, and several other AAVSO members, and he got to use his “Carry it everywhere” portable rig to interview Gerry Samolyk, one of the amateurs who keeps finding really cool stars to study. You will be able to hear the results this Sunday on BBC, and then podcast next week.

This is a week of “Chris”s. Chris Lintott. Chris Davis. Chris Smith. Is everyone named Chris? I think I need to meet a colleague in astronomy named Mike down at the pub…

P.S. I learned one sad thing today: I can not understand Yorkshire accents when there is background noise. The diversity of accents over such a small country is truly amazing.

In scrap moments I’m writing a travelogue and it will all go up sometime soon. More to come, including theories on the calculus of walking directions…