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The Care and Starvation of Ignorance

The Care and Starvation of Ignorance

To quote Randall Monroe: "Saying 'what kind of an idiot doesn't know about the Yellowstone supervolcano' is so much more boring than telling someone about the Yellowstone supervolcano for the first time." In astronomy education, we spend a lot of time saying "what...

Rerouting or How Google Maps Tried to Kill Me

Rerouting or How Google Maps Tried to Kill Me

Because I wanted to take a pretty photo, Google Maps tried to kill me. I'm currently in Utrecht, the Netherlands for a conference. My hotel is in the city center, and the conference is a few kilometers away at the University. The conference site recommended biking, so...

Science March 2017

Science March 2017

Along with many other Americans, I peacefully and legally took to the streets on Saturday, April 22 to make a public call for the support of science. Below is my planned speech, to be given in Springfield, MO. I must start this by saying I am here as an individual. My...

Resist; Persist.

Resist; Persist.

It's been 20 days since the Women's March on DC (and the World). Resistance is not futile, but persistence is hard. Earlier this week I shut down Twitter while trying to get some work done. Messages were flying so fast it was bogging down my system - and here I mean...

Arisia 2017

Arisia 2017

I'll be attending Arisia in at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel from January 13-16. I'm waiting to see what Friday the 13th at a con has to produce. I expect costumes, people; Friday the 13th costumes. NB: trying to get back into blogging in 2017. We all know how...

Abuse

Abuse

I have PTSD. It's from events that occurred when I was young; events forced me to learn first hand that sometimes when you go to authorities and ask for help they respond by breaking your soul. Some of you out there know what I'm talking about, and I love you for...

Struggling for Work-Life Balance

Struggling for Work-Life Balance

Of all the questions people can ask, I never expected, "How do you get it all done?" to be the most common. I never thought I'd be the person anyone referred to when they said, "If you need something done, give it to a busy person." I often feel like I'm struggling...

Temp

I was born in December 1973, 1 year and a few days after the United States' last crewed mission to the moon. I have been engaged in research astronomy since I was 17, and have spent the entirety of my career being one of the youngest in the room. I'm still called...