Where’s Nicole?

I’m still around. Promise! The last few weeks have been super busy with travel, being sick, and work. Coming up in the next few weeks are my thesis committee meeting, a regional conference for my grant, a bellydance workshop, and a class project to design and guide, and generally trying to keep my project moving!  Also, I was reminded that I have another podcast to create for the 365 Days of Astronomy, and I think it’s going to be a good one! Check out my first one when it premieres on April 2nd and come back here for a special podcast page.

So what’s been going on?

  • Carnivals #95 and #96 have been posted and are great reads. Ian O’Neill was kind enough to include me very late in the latter carnival. You can always count on me to bring some tasty Virginia wine! Seriously, go catch up on all the great astronomy and space news. Thanks again to the now 10 years old Universe Today for organizing this weekly dish o’ space!
  • Alice’s AstroInfo has moved! Make sure to check your bookmarks and feeds and links!
  • SarahAskew reminds us that this is a big week for astronomy during this great International Year of Astronomy! Unfortunately, this is my busy time, but some of these events are not to be missed. One of the events, “Around the World in 80 Telescopes,” will feature my favorite destinations/radio telescopes: The Very Large Array at 2:20 PM EDT and the Green Bank Telescope at 3:00 PM EDT. There will also be a webcast from ALMA in Chile at 11:00 AM EDT.
  • Charlottesville now has Google Street View! And just in time for this amusing post on Google “ghosts and aliens” by
  • BSG has finally ended. Yes, I have some issues with the final episode, as epic as it was. I will just point you to some great commentary by carr2d2 on Skepchick, since I agree with much of what she says. SPOILERS, of course. In addition to my philosophical views, it’s just lazy story-telling.

What’s coming up?

  • I finished Death from the Skies! Review forthcoming…
  • The VAA did a viewing of Expelled… is it worth even writing about?
  • The VAA also hosted a great talk last week by J. Anderson Thompson on “Why We Believe in God.” That is worth hearing about.
  • Some fun radio astronomy news items… hopefully I’ll get to them before they get too old!
  • I love Eureka.  I’ll tell you why.

One final update… this gift made me so happy… The Pluto Files, autographed by Neil deGrasse Tyson! Thank you, Tim. :-D

5 comments for “Where’s Nicole?

  1. Tim
    March 31, 2009 at 15:06

    You are very welcome! Now off to explore some of links you’ve provided in your post.

  2. alicesastroinfo
    April 1, 2009 at 01:37

    Hey, thanks for the link Nicole!!!

  3. April 5, 2009 at 02:05

    Wow! An autographed Tyson book! So kewl!
    His signature is worse than mine! :lol:

  4. Genevieve
    April 6, 2009 at 14:52

    Did you like Death from the Skies??

  5. April 14, 2009 at 11:35

    Shouldn’t ‘death from the skies’ be listed as ‘coming down’?

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