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Toward a greater good: TMT & Starlink

Toward a greater good: TMT & Starlink

[N.B. This post has been bouncing around in my head since I was in Hawaii for the American Astronomical Society Meeting several weeks ago. I haven't written it yet because I suspect I'm going to piss off everyone, and that is actually not a goal, but sometimes finding...

Will the Boeing / SpaceX space race be fair?

Will the Boeing / SpaceX space race be fair?

This Sunday, January 19, 2020, after multiple weather-related delays, SpaceX was able to launch a 3-time used Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A. Atop this rocket was a Crew Dragon capsule containing two mannequins and a whole lot of sensors. This...

Astronomy conference economics

Astronomy conference economics

What feels like a million years ago, I attended my first American Astronomical Society meeting. It was my senior year at MSU and it was expected that I’d be presenting research to help me get into grad school. I can’t remember exactly what was in my poster, but I...

Living in this body

Living in this body

Examining the Flowers (by Pamela Gay) Earlier today I ran by the post office to ship a package. It's full on spring & I decided it was time to pull out spring dresses. A women in line complemented me on my look & when I told her it was...

Big Data and our Humanity: A Talk

Big Data and our Humanity: A Talk

[Background: The week of March 11, 2018 I attended the "Computing Morality: Artificial Intelligence and 'Big Data' in Science and Faith" conference at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. This was a conference with talks ranging from how we train self-driving cars to handle...

Why I fly American

Why I fly American

Today I’m flying from St Louis to San Diego on Southwest Air and I feel a bit like a traitor. For years, I’ve flown on American Airlines pretty exclusively. One of my only speaker requirements is that my travel gets booked on American. This isn’t because they have the...