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The Dancing Astrophysicist
01 November 2008 @ 05:34 pm
So I've been observing for the last 7 nights on Kitt Peak outside of Arizona (one of my favorite places :) ). I like to do observing diaries so people can see what sorts of fun things ;) we astronomers do whilst observing. Pictures are good too :)

Erika's 2008 Observing Diary

(p.s. I'm a bit irritated I can't seem to get it on my Vanderbilt website - too restrictive :( - my webspace is not hosted by the physics department like my CHARA website is)

Current Location: Kitt Peak, AZ
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: She's A Bad Mamma Jamma
The Dancing Astrophysicist
09 October 2008 @ 09:04 pm
Peeples of my friends list! :)

I have another education research thingy for you! This one involves filling out a questionnaire, not pictures of the Earth and Moon :) This is actually for my education research partner. He already has a bunch of teachers that have done this questionnaire and he needs some general public :) As I know more general public people (i.e., non-Ph.Ds and non-teachers) than he does, he asked me to help distribute :)

- You have never taught a course before (K-12, college, etc) (this is the important one - if you are unsure you meet this qualification, ask me about it)
- You can manipulate a Word document in some program
- You have 40ish minutes to spend doing this

If you want to participate, let me know and I shall send you the document!
Current Location: school
Current Mood: chipperchipper
The Dancing Astrophysicist

Hi there LJers :)

I'd like your help doing a project that my education research partner and I have been thinking about for a while. We're studying how science museums and planetaria and various institutions that display models/diagrams of astronomical objects represent size and scale. We need pictures of how places are doing it - I can only get to so many places but I know people all over so it would be so much fun to get as many as possible!!

Here's what to do:

1. Get a digital camera (you could use a cell phone camera IF IT TAKES DECENT PICTURES that you can download).

2. Go to a science museum, planetarium, university, anywhere that has models/mock-ups/diagrams of the Earth/Moon system.

3. Take a picture of said model of the Earth/Moon system (if it is a model with two spheres, please try to get them as far apart as possible meaning get a picture from the side). We need to be able to measure the sizes of the two spheres and the farthest distance between them.

4. Take a picture of any text that pertains to the model - we need to see if it says "Not to Scale" or anything like that.
(( 4.5 - if there is a model with the Earth and Sun in it too, get that also! :) ))

5. Send the pictures to my LiveJournal account (dancinastrophys@livejournal.com). Please include the name of the place you got the picture from.

Even if you think I already have pictures from a certain location, send them anyway - too much data is better than not enough. You are also perfectly free to pass this on!

This is an on-going project so should you travel in the near future you can contribute even more! :)
An ulterior motive is that I like to get people out and about to the science purveyors in their fair cities ;)

Current Location: school
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
The Dancing Astrophysicist
24 September 2008 @ 11:17 pm
Guess what I'm updating from???!!!

My shiny new MacBook that grant money helped me get :)

WHEEEE!!!! :)
Current Location: home
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: They Might Be Giants - Man, It's So Loud In Here
The Dancing Astrophysicist
23 September 2008 @ 07:56 pm
I saw my very first albino Asian person today...

Such a sighting reminded me of the story my family tells about my maternal grandpa. During World War II he ended up stationed in Beijing to help keep China out of Japanese hands. Apparently they didn't have to do much but stand around. My grandpa was a 6'4" blond and the Chinese just were in awe. To hear the family tell it the Chinese thought of him as a god. People would take him around in rickshaws and show him the city and bring him food and generally be extremely nice. I had asked Grandpa about his time there and he had nothing but good feelings about the Chinese people - he never cared for the government there, but the people he liked.
Grandpa has been dead for a few years but I remember him fondly :) He could always tell an interesting story.
Current Location: school
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: keyboards clacking
The Dancing Astrophysicist
21 September 2008 @ 10:05 pm
Nashville pumps dry after panic about rumor of no gas


So, I myself did get caught in the fallout of this here news story.

Normally, I get gas on Tuesdays, it's just what I do. This past Tuesday I didn't - I had an awesome show to attend, had a band as houseguests, people were freaking out over Hurricane Ike so getting gas... I figured I'd get it later.
On the way into work/school on Friday, I noticed that there were stations with bags on the pumps and at some stations, there were lines. Odd, but I figured I'd get gas later that night. My gas warning light illuminated... I meandered by several stations, all had bags on the pumps. Due to people panicking, I could not remedy my gas-low situation!

This weekend I wanted to go down to Atlanta to see Marcia Ball (awesome boogie-woogie/blues pianist) and hang for a while but NO! I didn't have enough gas to get out of town to get enough gas! All I needed was a couple of gallons...

Nashvillians, why do you have to be the crazy ones! The ONLY crazy ones!

P.S. I did find some gas from a Sunday delivery in my neighborhood, I now have a few gallons, but it's a bit late for ATL fun... Sigh.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Deke Dikerson and the Ecco-Fonics - Mexicali Rose
The Dancing Astrophysicist
11 August 2008 @ 09:56 pm
"See, you'll be sprightly and frisky well into your dotage!"

I luv the Olympics :)
Current Location: Fort Myers, FL (visiting)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: soon-to-be gymnastics
The Dancing Astrophysicist
09 August 2008 @ 01:11 pm
This weekend I be visiting MissAngela and DerHugh in Fort Myers, FL :) Yayz! We've gone belly dancing, to the beach, out to eat, and to a variety of ethnic grocery stores thus far :) We're gonna go out tonight for clubbiness :)

Luckily they have little objection to watching Olympics while we're hanging out at the condo :)

Thus far we've seen an incredible and extravagant spectacle of an opening ceremony (those printing blocks? OMG!!! O_o ), equestrian dressage, beach volleyball, indoor volleyball, soccer, badmiton (holy cow fast), team handball (quite interesting!), rowing, cycling, weightlifting (goodness not for long)... :)
And it's only the first day!!!

The seester and I have been chatting a bunch about it - we've loved Olympics for so long :) There will not be much sleeping over the next fortnight - I hope that the NBC streaming video servers are up to the task!

Current Location: Fort Myers, FL (visiting)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: women's soccer commentary
The Dancing Astrophysicist
09 August 2008 @ 12:47 pm
Ohmigodohmigodohmigod :)


YAYZ!!!!! :) :)

:) :)

Current Location: Fort Myers, FL (visiting)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: women's volleyball commentary
The Dancing Astrophysicist
22 June 2008 @ 11:19 pm
And I've now entered the world of Facebook!

I have a Myspace page too.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Elvis Presley - One Night