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The problem with “Unbelievable”

The problem with “Unbelievable”

Lately, I've heard a lot of people say, "Did you see? Isn't that so unbelievable?" These words have usually been uttered in reference to media coverage of authority figures acting in sexist, bigoted, racist, or otherwise intolerant or amoral ways. Basically, when...

Redefining “real”

Redefining “real”

This blog has gone largely silent for far too long while I've put my efforts into trying to raise funds for CosmoQuest, and move other projects forward. At this point, all the proposals that matter are submitted and all the work that was deemed most dire is done. It...

Fighting to Stay

Fighting to Stay

There are days when I wonder how much longer I can make it in science as a woman. There are days when I’m not sure I can keep fighting against the bias, the bigotry, and the hate. And there are days when I’m not sure if I can remain competitive in this man’s world...

P.G. Holyfield: Bearing Witness to Life

P.G. Holyfield: Bearing Witness to Life

At roughly 11:20pm Wednesday August 20, 2014, author, podcaster, and father P.G. Holyfield died surrounded by love. I was one of the many there able to say good bye. I was there; I was sitting at the top of his bed stroking his hair. Both his hands were being held....

My mistake of silence

My mistake of silence

In 2008, I made a mistake. Actually, I made a lot of mistakes, but only one of them has haunted me. On Wednesday, I learned that there are at least two audio recordings of a meeting at a non-profit. In this meeting my mistake was discussed and now there is the chance...

Confessions of a Reluctant (Academic) Manager

Confessions of a Reluctant (Academic) Manager

This semi-rant goes out to academics PIs. I'm soft money faculty. This means my salary comes mostly from grants, sometimes from random writing/performing gigs, and then my university pays a small percent that gets used to cover the time I spend fundraising/writing...

the universe, being relatively small

the universe, being relatively small

I stumbled across a piece of beauty today... the universe, being relatively small, can't seem to contain all my ideas, often, I think it's far too small to fit both of us what we need is a multiverse full of quantum possibility and unloaded dice with infinite sides...

Reaching into the Low Orbit Frontier

Reaching into the Low Orbit Frontier

One of the great things about working on Astronomy Cast is that sometimes I get to learn about things that I just didn't fully appreciate in the past. Today I'm preparing for an episode on amateur/community spacecraft. I knew this was something that was going on, but...

Catching up on wishes – my bucket list

Catching up on wishes – my bucket list

Holy expletive, Batman - I just logged into my old Livejournal account to look up a 2004 bucket list that I posted. (copied here) I was looking it up because I wanted to see how my goals have changed, and see where I've succeeded in the nearly 10 years since I wrote...