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The Bad Astronomer
2007-Feb-01, 06:30 AM
This thread is for the Beautiful Universe book giveaway contest I described on my blog (http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2007/01/31/beautiful-universe-giveaway-contest/). To register, just post in this thread! That's it. On Thursday February 8 at noon (Pacific) I'll pick a random post number, and that person wins the book.

POST ONLY ONCE, PLEASE. If you post more than once I will remove the extra post(s).

2007-Feb-01, 06:39 AM
OK, just one post, but I must ask: what's the story behind that photo of you and the book?

Meanwhile, thanks for your generosity!

2007-Feb-01, 06:55 AM
Iwant it! I want it!

2007-Feb-01, 06:56 AM
I'm an avid reader of astronomy related books, my goal to have a bookshelf overflowing with them too! :D

2007-Feb-01, 06:59 AM
Ooh, sounds like fun. Sign me up for a virtual raffle ticket!

Buzz Parsec
2007-Feb-01, 07:22 AM
looks like right now I've got a 1 in 3 chance of winning!

2007-Feb-01, 07:24 AM
Free books? Sign me up!

2007-Feb-01, 07:36 AM
Give me some of that free astronomy book lovin' ;)

2007-Feb-01, 07:36 AM
I'll throw my name in the hate. I lurk here, but never post...

2007-Feb-01, 07:44 AM
Cuz I like pretty pictures.

2007-Feb-01, 07:51 AM
"at least 1 characters"

2007-Feb-01, 08:00 AM
I don't know how to read or write... and I want to use that book to learn!

Really I swear!

Thanks alejandro jose gervasio duarte

2007-Feb-01, 08:13 AM
I'd like to win! ... but do you ship overseas?

2007-Feb-01, 08:13 AM
I'd never say no to a free book.

2007-Feb-01, 08:42 AM
Hi. I want the Beautiful Universe too!

2007-Feb-01, 09:01 AM
I'd like to win! ... but do you ship overseas?


It would sit well with my 30 copy of Universe I got for Christmas

Impium Orexis
2007-Feb-01, 09:04 AM

Can't see the stars anymore where I live.

2007-Feb-01, 09:04 AM
Well count me in, even if I have to pay for international post.

2007-Feb-01, 09:06 AM
The probability of me randomly winning the Beautiful Universe Book is low and indeed becomes more unlikely as each participant adds a reply. Although it would be fun to win the book, at least I'll have the satisfaction of knowing that I made a prediction, no matter how vaguely defined, that the unlikelihood of my winning over time becomes more, um - likely. :D

Charlie in Dayton
2007-Feb-01, 09:11 AM
Lessee here...
Second shift techno geek...check
Unattached...check (sob)
Unofficial local club binocular astronomy dude...check
Too darned cold to go outside at 3 ayem right about now...check

Yep...I need another book...

I wanna win! I wanna win!

2007-Feb-01, 09:14 AM
OK, just one post, but I must ask: what's the story behind that photo of you and the book?

If you look at the ALT text of the picture, you will notice it says "Proof I have the book". =]

And I would like to win the book. It will go nicely with the copy of the Bad Astronomy book (no, I'm not interested in typing out the whole title) I ordered about two weeks ago from Amazon that I'm still waiting on (free shipping = slow shipping).

2007-Feb-01, 09:17 AM
Please pick me pick me pick me pick me... :clap:

2007-Feb-01, 09:32 AM
...this would be GREAT :razz:

2007-Feb-01, 09:56 AM
I live in Spain and I'm ready to pay the international delivery, in the case I win.


2007-Feb-01, 10:19 AM
The more the merrier - but I'm international too.

2007-Feb-01, 10:23 AM
I want that book, I need that book. Besides I deserve that book as I have the best board sig ever.

2007-Feb-01, 10:23 AM
Nothing like a sick 3 year old to destroy a good night's sleep and kill brain cells. So, umm... :think: I need a pretty book to cheer me up ;)

2007-Feb-01, 10:36 AM
Please Sire, I'm Young! I'm Beautiful! Does that help?

2007-Feb-01, 10:55 AM
Sign me up, please!

And, since I live in Denmark, like Haakin I'm willing to pay the international delivery.

2007-Feb-01, 11:14 AM

2007-Feb-01, 11:46 AM
What a clever way to have lurkers joining! Thanks for the offer, Oh magnanimous leader! :)

2007-Feb-01, 11:48 AM
me .. i want to... please pick me.. please.... <begging>

2007-Feb-01, 11:50 AM
me .. i want to... please pick me.. please.... <begging>

2007-Feb-01, 12:09 PM
I want to win it please! (And the contest will be on my birthday!)

2007-Feb-01, 12:23 PM
Hey, thanks for the offer! It's very generous of you, plus it's a bit of a benevolent, but somewhat sneaky, way to get more users on the forum.

2007-Feb-01, 12:29 PM
First time as a member, wish you the best for the galaxy to come, and oh yes I want to win the book. :clap:

2007-Feb-01, 12:31 PM
So as I said, let it be me. Merci beaucoup.

2007-Feb-01, 12:31 PM
Here's hoping to win!

If I get it, it'll look good next to my copy of "Bad Astronomy". ;)

I Don't See Dead People
2007-Feb-01, 12:39 PM
I like the videos, how embarrassing when i learned your name wasn't pronounced Plat, but Plate, who knew?

2007-Feb-01, 12:44 PM
Indeed, I would like to win the book, please.

Evolving Squid

2007-Feb-01, 12:57 PM
Please sir, please!

2007-Feb-01, 01:00 PM
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

2007-Feb-01, 01:00 PM
Well, I feel bad of registering just to get a book but, I read your blog everyday of the week. You can therefore count me as one of your avid follower. I guess that might be enough to receive the book... please? :shifty:

2007-Feb-01, 01:05 PM
There's always room for one more beautiful space book on my shelf! I love giveaways.

Thanks for choosing me.

2007-Feb-01, 01:17 PM

2007-Feb-01, 01:18 PM

A poor student like me can't afford many books...

2007-Feb-01, 01:26 PM
I demand that I win the book.

2007-Feb-01, 01:27 PM
Pick me, pick me. Please!!!

2007-Feb-01, 01:28 PM
Put me on the list

2007-Feb-01, 01:30 PM
Me! Me! Pick me!

Disclaimer: I have not read the whole thread. I bet I'm not the first to use this.

2007-Feb-01, 01:33 PM
would love to win !!! cant believe my first post is for a contest...

2007-Feb-01, 01:40 PM
...my chit for the hat

2007-Feb-01, 01:45 PM
This book would be an excellent resource in the ongoing conversion of my girlfriend to the scientific outlook :)

Oolon Colluphid
2007-Feb-01, 01:53 PM
Free stuff! Count me in!

2007-Feb-01, 01:59 PM
After seeing the post on BA, I decided to officially register here and check out the site. Would love to be the recipient of the book - looks beautiful. Where I live, in southern Lao PDR, don't get to see the stars much - except when I sign into astronomy web sites.

2007-Feb-01, 02:00 PM
56 is not my lucky number, but I will post here anyway because my astrologer said that random events will work in my favor today.

J. D.

2007-Feb-01, 02:07 PM
Thank you in advance for picking me!

Gas Giant
2007-Feb-01, 02:07 PM
Here's hoping

2007-Feb-01, 02:08 PM
I want the book! Pick meeeee!

2007-Feb-01, 02:15 PM
Free book? Great pics? What more could you want? Sign me up!

2007-Feb-01, 02:19 PM
I didn't win the SkepChick lottery (Rebecca's guessing game)... perhaps my luck will change!

2007-Feb-01, 02:20 PM

2007-Feb-01, 02:26 PM
Oh yes, that looks like a beautiful book!

2007-Feb-01, 02:26 PM

2007-Feb-01, 02:27 PM
if I win maybe I'll get it after I finish the BA book I just got (it was on the top shelf and I couldn't find it for months!)

2007-Feb-01, 02:28 PM
I deserve it. I worship BA. [insert other fanboy stuff here]

2007-Feb-01, 02:32 PM
I wanna see pretty pictures too!

2007-Feb-01, 02:35 PM
I can't resist the opportunity to get something for free, so count me in.

Capt. Action
2007-Feb-01, 02:43 PM
I like to win the book!
Never really win anything.
Feel sorry for me yet? Ok I tried.

2007-Feb-01, 02:51 PM
New user here wanting to win that book!

2007-Feb-01, 02:53 PM
im in ur thread, beggin' for books

2007-Feb-01, 02:55 PM
If my usual luck continues, either the person who posted before or after me will win.

Damon B.
2007-Feb-01, 03:08 PM
Bad Astronomer,
Generous with his free book.
Random number: me.

2007-Feb-01, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the free book "raffle." Thanks for the BA web site. Thanks for helping elevate critical thinking and the skeptical process!

2007-Feb-01, 03:11 PM
Mmm, book.

2007-Feb-01, 03:13 PM
Seventy-six. I like seventy-six.

Sign me up.

2007-Feb-01, 03:19 PM
Gosh! I wish I had a bookshelf overflowing with astronomy books.


Thanks for the generosity. I envision a culture someday in which the wealthiest person is the one who has given the most possessions away.

2007-Feb-01, 03:25 PM
Count me in. I love books.

2007-Feb-01, 03:26 PM
Mine! Mine! Mine!

2007-Feb-01, 03:32 PM
Count me in!

2007-Feb-01, 03:34 PM
Me wanna have!

Sign me up!

2007-Feb-01, 03:35 PM
This one's the winner.


2007-Feb-01, 03:42 PM
I'm in!

2007-Feb-01, 03:43 PM
I rarely win anything, but if I do win I want it autographed with a weird message. One for the Sun!

Hey, before the thread closes, can one of our math whizzes turn this into a lesson on probability? You know, the basics.

2007-Feb-01, 03:43 PM

2007-Feb-01, 03:53 PM
Ooh! Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!

Kid Cool
2007-Feb-01, 03:53 PM
"baby needs a new book on the shelf":dance:

2007-Feb-01, 03:55 PM
I would consider myself honored to be included amongst the esteemed participants, uh, applicants, er, rabble vying to be chosen. I would be overjoyed to have my very own beautiful universe, since my current one is grey, cold, snow-covered, and appears to extend no more than 200 meters.

2007-Feb-01, 04:04 PM
This was just a ploy to get all your lurkers to register, nah?

It worked.

Roy Batty
2007-Feb-01, 04:08 PM
Boo! :)

2007-Feb-01, 04:11 PM
I love new astronomy books!

2007-Feb-01, 04:15 PM
Pick me.

2007-Feb-01, 04:19 PM
Oh, oh, pick me, pick me!!!!!

2007-Feb-01, 04:22 PM
I'm in. I hope this post is random enough.

2007-Feb-01, 04:23 PM
I'll build a new bookshelf and send you the plans!

2007-Feb-01, 04:30 PM
I make room for Astronomy books. ;)

2007-Feb-01, 04:34 PM
My bookshelves are already over-flowing, but sign me up. After all, it's only a wafer-thin book.

2007-Feb-01, 04:41 PM
I'm basically a lurker and haven't posted in a long time... but I want the book!

2007-Feb-01, 04:42 PM
Me like shiny pictures.
Me don't like freezing butt off.


2007-Feb-01, 04:47 PM
Looks like a very cool book! I wanna win it!

2007-Feb-01, 04:54 PM
I rarely win anything, but what the hay...

2007-Feb-01, 05:02 PM
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!!!

2007-Feb-01, 05:03 PM
Please consider me for your contest.

Crux Australis
2007-Feb-01, 05:09 PM
Yay for pseudo-random numbers!

2007-Feb-01, 05:14 PM
Looks like the chance of a free book is the kick I needed to finally register here. :) I love free books, and the weather here lately has not been astronomy-friendly at all.

2007-Feb-01, 05:16 PM
I'm feeling lucky! Count me in!

2007-Feb-01, 05:18 PM
I want that book please.

2007-Feb-01, 05:19 PM
I like space and i like pictures.

2007-Feb-01, 05:27 PM
Me,too. Me, too. Me, too!

2007-Feb-01, 05:28 PM
If I win, I'll vote for you this year instead of Pharyngula :-)

2007-Feb-01, 05:37 PM
Hello to Everyone on the BAUTForum! Does the winner get his/her copy of Beautiful Universe autographed by the Most Excellent Bad Astronomer?:whistle:

2007-Feb-01, 05:48 PM
I don't usually go in for these sorts of things...but that book looks like one I would lose myself in for hours!



2007-Feb-01, 05:48 PM
Do mods get to participate?

I'm in!

2007-Feb-01, 05:58 PM
Yes, me too, me too!!

2007-Feb-01, 06:31 PM
Insert witty comment here.

2007-Feb-01, 06:44 PM
Oooh, I want it! I'll happily register for a chance to win!

Digital Apprentice
2007-Feb-01, 06:46 PM
If you're just giving it away....

I would like that book

2007-Feb-01, 06:50 PM
Wow! Four pages already...hey compared to the odds of winning the lottery, this is a sure thing, right :)


peter eldergill
2007-Feb-01, 06:55 PM
Gimmie gimmie gimmie!!!

Ok...please gimmie


2007-Feb-01, 07:02 PM
I want the book! Sign me up.

2007-Feb-01, 07:04 PM
Since I download most of the APOD (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html), I obviously adore astronomy pictures and could truly appreciate this beautiful book. Thanks!

2007-Feb-01, 07:08 PM
An excellent book,
it shows the wonders above.
Low price beats Wal*Mart.

2007-Feb-01, 07:23 PM
I really want that book, please.

2007-Feb-01, 07:27 PM
Hey, I'll actually read it! :)

2007-Feb-01, 07:33 PM
I want that book!!!

2007-Feb-01, 07:35 PM
Since I live in Finland, I can only see this beautiful universe during wintertime. The sky in summers is too bright, and only way to solve that problem is to use imagination.

Though there is still time to look upwards, summer is closing in day by day.

2007-Feb-01, 07:37 PM
I like to read! I want to win the book!

2007-Feb-01, 07:40 PM
Let me show those beautiful pictures to my daughter, to get her hooked on astronomy...

Lurking Nerd
2007-Feb-01, 07:43 PM
Less than a day and already to 5 pages. Any bets on how many posts there are by the time this ends?

2007-Feb-01, 07:43 PM
I have seven books on various topics already open and six more waiting their turn....

That said, I would LOVE to win this book...

2007-Feb-01, 07:44 PM
Many more, because I want it too.
As do others...

2007-Feb-01, 07:44 PM
if only my eyes could see these objects in such detail each night when i look up...

2007-Feb-01, 07:58 PM
Sign me up for the book, por favor!

I want a book!


J Jonah Jansen
2007-Feb-01, 08:04 PM
Yes, please and thank you.

2007-Feb-01, 08:30 PM
Ooh, I'd like to win this.

2007-Feb-01, 08:31 PM
Hi there, I wonder :question: :question: :question: :question: :question: :am I lucky:question: :question: :question:

2007-Feb-01, 08:37 PM
Me Too!!!!

2007-Feb-01, 08:40 PM
Another Lucky Post

2007-Feb-01, 08:41 PM
So I want to win a beautiful universe book!

2007-Feb-01, 08:42 PM
Pick me, pick me!

2007-Feb-01, 08:50 PM
I'm currently an astronomy major, and I can always fit another book onto my shelf.

2007-Feb-01, 09:00 PM
What a beautiful book! I want.

451 Bradbury St.
2007-Feb-01, 09:05 PM
I'm a regular lurker at several science and skeptical sites and forums. Some have had de-lurking days, but I have steadfastly resisted the temptation to post so much as a "hello." Partly because I am humble and unassuming, but mostly because I am also a lazy procrastinating tightwad. But the chance of winning a cool free book from the Bad Astronomer helps the tightwad win out over the lazy procrastinator! Gimme!

2007-Feb-01, 09:21 PM
The BA rocks

2007-Feb-01, 09:29 PM
I would like to own that book. I'm a fan of BA and a skeptic, and I love astronomy almost as much as I don't understand it. :)

2007-Feb-01, 09:36 PM
yes please

Tim G
2007-Feb-01, 09:52 PM
He'll know where I live, which creeps me out a bit. But what the heck.

2007-Feb-01, 10:00 PM
If I win that book I'll carry it around my town, chanting "pie jesu domine, dona eis cognosco*", smacking myself and others on the forehead at each pause. I'll probably alternate the brow beatings.

*cognosco means "learn", but it might not be grammatically correct.

2007-Feb-01, 10:07 PM
I want the book, and I have two powerful words for you...

Come on!

Omega Supreme
2007-Feb-01, 10:08 PM
Never turn down a free book!

2007-Feb-01, 10:14 PM
I want the book, please! And, Phil, check out this story (http://www.turningleft.net) about a "Starologist" and her predictions for Superbowl XLI. I was so distressed, I canceled my subscription to The Star, ah, "newspaper."

2007-Feb-01, 10:18 PM
Look, I'll be honest. I am only here for the free book. So, what kind of forum is this anyway? Something something astrology, miss universe today forum?? :D <run! hide!! duck!!!>

2007-Feb-01, 10:37 PM
id like the book

2007-Feb-01, 10:39 PM
Pick Me, Please


2007-Feb-01, 10:50 PM
Hi, I signed up so I could win the book.

2007-Feb-01, 11:00 PM
Please, oh random number generator, pick my post :)

2007-Feb-01, 11:02 PM
My four-year-old is obsessed with the NASA channel. Think of how he'd react to a book like that!

2007-Feb-01, 11:18 PM
Me, me, me!!!

2007-Feb-01, 11:25 PM
Thanks BA! For the book and what you do every day here.

2007-Feb-01, 11:36 PM
Count me in. A book that's mostly pictures; right up my alley.

2007-Feb-01, 11:56 PM
Not sure what time it is there but it's nearly midnight here. Hope I've not missed the deadline

2007-Feb-02, 12:00 AM
You know my step dad - you wrote a chapter in his book. I would love to have a copy of the book - would you (could you) even sign it for me?? I came to see you at Exploration Place to give your moon hoax talk - I was pregnant with my daughter so she has been introduced to skepticism too, hooray!!! Her first book is one of pictures of the solar system!!! She is destined to be a geek just like me, poor child.

2007-Feb-02, 01:18 AM
I'll take two! I hope it's atugraphed by the BA when he sends it... :)

2007-Feb-02, 01:25 AM
<font face='tahoma'>W00t! I want a shiny book!

[I greatly approve of the offer, btw]

2007-Feb-02, 01:37 AM
I've noticed several first-time posters here. Welcome!

(Just being nice so they won't be mad when I win;) )

I'm in the market for a new best friend...

2007-Feb-02, 02:14 AM
Ooh, ooh! Pick me!

-- ByTheWay

2007-Feb-02, 02:17 AM
I would love to win this book. I live in Australia though, I hope that doesn't prove an obstacle.

2007-Feb-02, 02:18 AM
Looking forward to your email...^-^

2007-Feb-02, 02:34 AM
Just doing my bit to reduce everyone else's odds even further...

2007-Feb-02, 02:39 AM
Free stuff? Don't need to invite me twice!

2007-Feb-02, 02:47 AM
Needless to say, this looks like an awesome book that I'll buy if it doesn't come my way otherwise. <g>

Cheers -


2007-Feb-02, 02:55 AM
For a free book, I'll even register for the forum and delurk for a moment.


2007-Feb-02, 02:58 AM
A BIG welcome to all the ex-lurkers :) Don't be strangers - post often.

(does that get me any brownie points for the book ?)

2007-Feb-02, 02:59 AM
i have a 5 year old that would love this! (me too)

2007-Feb-02, 03:03 AM
It's mine, my precious, give it to me!

2007-Feb-02, 03:17 AM
Oh, great FSM, hear my devout prayer now. Reach forth with your noodly appendage and touch the random number generator to make it generate my number. I remain your devoted worshipper. Ramen.

2007-Feb-02, 03:19 AM
Just got my first telescope (90mm Mak), and would to see what I can't actually see among the big city pollution.

2007-Feb-02, 03:23 AM
Please.... Pick me.... I really would like it... Please

Thad Hatchett
2007-Feb-02, 03:48 AM
There is always room on my bookshelf!


2007-Feb-02, 03:50 AM
I'll sign up - sounds like an awesome collection :cool:

2007-Feb-02, 04:08 AM
Please Pick me! Please Pick Me!:whistle:

2007-Feb-02, 04:53 AM
"I wanna win the book!"

2007-Feb-02, 04:56 AM
I would enjoy winning... haha

2007-Feb-02, 05:00 AM
I saw the book at Barnes & Noble--its very nice.

Count me in!

2007-Feb-02, 05:07 AM
It's hard keeping up with the site. You have to literally check in daily to not fall behind on some special things like this. Well, Hello all, and hope I get the book, but if I don't, whoever gets it, hope you appreciate the grandeur of the universe. If not, for any nihilists out there, I'll trade you the book for some fresh philosophy on life.

2007-Feb-02, 06:28 AM
Finally dragging me in from lurker land. :clap: I've read your book, I've read your blog, I've heard your interviews. I'll take that book off your hands, too!

2007-Feb-02, 07:56 AM
I need the book too, dude,..

2007-Feb-02, 08:06 AM
Well, this seems to have brought many back out from the woodwork (including me.) Good luck to you all (including me!)

2007-Feb-02, 08:51 AM
lucky number 189! I can't lose now :)

2007-Feb-02, 08:52 AM
And I'd like to win the book too, please....

Dr Nigel
2007-Feb-02, 08:53 AM
Yes, please, BA.

2007-Feb-02, 09:00 AM
I would like for someone else to win this great.....oh, oops...Too late. I guess I WOULD love to have it!

2007-Feb-02, 09:19 AM
maybe you can sign your name on the cover before you mail it
thanks for offering this prize!

2007-Feb-02, 09:23 AM
I am in South-Africa; may I win the book?

2007-Feb-02, 10:02 AM
Love to have this book, Thanks. Vance Booker

2007-Feb-02, 10:55 AM

The book looks pretty cool. I want it!


2007-Feb-02, 12:04 PM
I love reading the blog. I'll love it even more if I win the book.

2007-Feb-02, 01:05 PM
Hello everyone, I just registered today and this is my first post. Now, BA, can I have the book?? :lol:

2007-Feb-02, 01:23 PM
I want the book.

2007-Feb-02, 01:23 PM
Sign me up! I love astronomy books!

2007-Feb-02, 01:29 PM
Ooooooh! Ooooooh! Pick me! Pick me! :boohoo:

2007-Feb-02, 01:39 PM
Me! Me! ME!!! I LOVE astronomical photography!

2007-Feb-02, 01:46 PM
Give me the damn book!


2007-Feb-02, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the chance for the book:razz:

2007-Feb-02, 01:55 PM
I hope it's half as good as your book!

(pick me, pick me!)

2007-Feb-02, 01:57 PM
I'll take it. Thanks.

2007-Feb-02, 02:20 PM
Hey, Phil ---

I love books -- and I've loved Astronomy since age 4 when I asked my Dad in the middle of the day if he could point out the Moon. And he did! It was right up there! And I was intrigued that people could see the Moon in broad daylight if they only knew where to look (and if the phase was right, of course!). (We were in Arizona at the time -- very clear skies. Now we're in L.A.)

And I've done the same thing with my son: shown him how to find the Moon in the daytime sky. Sometimes it's a contest -- who can find it first. Sometimes he wins, even though *I* know the phase and where to look. Ah, nothing like young eyes! (He's 7.) Sometimes my wife wins!

But I'd really like the book to share with him. I've been a lecturer at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles since 1976, but upon the reopening, the Director hired ACTORS to "perform" the very glitzy, highly-scripted, video-animated 30 minute feature, where the video portion cost approximately $2000/second. No kidding.

8 of us lecturers are in stasis right now, waiting for a chance to talk to people about the skies again, since the current show does NOT give ANY current sky information -- the great new planetarium projector (about $7M) doesn't even show the current night sky during the show!

Just before the reopening, for 3 or so years during our renovation, we lecturers were lecturing in a mini-planetarium set up near the L.A. Zoo. We had small audiences (no more than about 20 people at a time, or the mini-dome got too hot), but using Starry Night projected on the dome, we whizzed around the Universe or just sat under the night sky, and we answered people's questions about the sky -- something that the current ACTORS can't do.

And people gained a connection to the sky.

My son was enthralled, and from about age 4, he was able to operate the computer and Starry Night AND run the iTunes for the music, just like dear old Dad (me!) had done in the show. He duplicated the same thing without the dome at home on our laptop and desktop computers.

But the last time I lectured was in early September. And he's used Starry Night only a couple of times since then. We've looked at a couple things through the telescope, we've seen the Moon in the daytime sky a few times, he's now recognizing Venus coming back into the night sky, and I'll show him Mercury before it disappears. We've seen MANY Iridium flares by running out into our alley at a moment's notice.

But I think that he's stopped dreaming about the sky (he's actually slipping into Math more than astronomy.) My hope is that a copy of that wonderful book can help him to dream again about things bigger than he is. He reads well, but I would guide him through it with the same sorts of yarns I used to spin in the planetarium. And hopefully, it will spark his interest again.

Last year at a talent show at school (not a contest, just a display of talent), he recited pi to 30 decimal places from memory.
(Pick the file you can best download at
http://members.dslextreme.com/users/scooperman/_images )
This year, he's going to show how to make magic squares.

But my hope is that NEXT year, we'll set up a telescope at his school, and HE will yak about what the audience can see in the sky. And maybe, Universe-willing, I'll be lecturing again under the big dome at Griffith Observatory.

He deserves the chance to dream again and see the sights that a telescope in Los Angeles can't show him.

So that's why I'd like the book -- mainly for him.

--- Steve >>>>

2007-Feb-02, 02:23 PM
I would like to win too. I only have two feet of astronomy/space related books, I need some more.

2007-Feb-02, 02:56 PM
Sign me up! This is great!!

2007-Feb-02, 02:57 PM
Include me in the contest

2007-Feb-02, 03:06 PM
My husband and son are both nerds. Nerds are the best type, right? They would love this book, and if they read it together I could have the evening off. :-)

I REALLY need an evening off!

2007-Feb-02, 03:18 PM
...or else I'll tell Sylvia Browne that you invited her over for dinner at your house...

2007-Feb-02, 03:24 PM
I want the book, too; and I promise actually read it (as well as look at the pretty pictures).

Parris Hughes
aka, CosmicLint

2007-Feb-02, 03:38 PM
Well, here I rise my hand for the contest, hopping winning the book...and, by the way, thanks to the forum manager for the nice happy birthday card I'd received early.

So, everybody, have a nice day

2007-Feb-02, 03:41 PM
Your kindness & generosity overwhelm us! Thanks and I am sure the winner will enjoy it very much....

2007-Feb-02, 04:03 PM
Looks like a lovely book that I would love to share with my students.

2007-Feb-02, 04:19 PM
"I wanna win the book!"


2007-Feb-02, 04:23 PM
I've subscribed to the BA Blog update for a long time, but have only been a Lurker until today.....motivated by desire, I have become a forum member.

A picture book! A picture book!!

Pick me! Pick me!

2007-Feb-02, 04:42 PM
Please Pick ME I would like the Book I am a School district Planetarium Director

2007-Feb-02, 04:43 PM
I want one!

Thanks... Josh

bad carlo
2007-Feb-02, 04:44 PM
Hope I'll win! =)

2007-Feb-02, 04:53 PM
...and several butcher's aprons.

2007-Feb-02, 05:00 PM
Thanks for the book Phil. Please reply and I'll send you my address! :D


2007-Feb-02, 05:17 PM
Figure begging like my junior Algebra II students might help.


2007-Feb-02, 05:43 PM
I definately want it!!!

Electric Monk
2007-Feb-02, 05:56 PM
Ook? ... Ook? ... OOK! OOK! OOOOOK!

2007-Feb-02, 05:58 PM
My bookshelf is empty.


2007-Feb-02, 06:14 PM
Pick Me! Pick Me! Pick Me!:lol:

2007-Feb-02, 06:39 PM
I don't have near enough Astronomy books in my house yet... Only several hundred.

2007-Feb-02, 07:39 PM
"I wanna win the book!"

2007-Feb-02, 07:42 PM
Sign me up!

2007-Feb-02, 07:47 PM
I promise not to do a long rambling acceptance speach if I win. No more than ten minutes tops :liar:

2007-Feb-02, 07:49 PM
OK, I'm posting for the book and I may get in here more often at the college and school (I hate my home dial-up but have no options).
I have Phil's book and it's absolutely great--my students love finding all the things that many "experts" have wrong (especially textbooks).
I also get the email which is excellent. I like reading about the bush bunch's attempts to subvert real science even though it does tick me off (everyone should read Chris Mooney's book). I especially followed the story about Hansen at NASA--in my opinion, a truly courageous scientist. Hopefully, most of these contrarian idiots are on their way out.
Folks here seem to be a lot more rational than most of the folks I deal with on a daily basis and I think Phil's approach is the only one we can take to survive, i.e. meet the stupidity head on.
I saw a poster in our hall the other day from one of the earth science classes. They must have been discussing what they considered to be 4 areas of earth science. One amazed me: it had "astrology" instead of astronomy (to be fair the others were correct. BUT...the teacher should have fixed this before displaying this work in the hall (even after I diplomatically mentioned this, it still is on the wall).

2007-Feb-02, 08:03 PM
Put me on the list, too - I'd like signed, would you do that pleeeeeeeeze?

2007-Feb-02, 08:04 PM
I need something for my coffee table that will keep the cat away.

2007-Feb-02, 08:23 PM
Send ME the book...or else...

2007-Feb-02, 08:53 PM
Hopefully this post will randomly line up with random selection.

poor impulse control
2007-Feb-02, 08:54 PM
me, me, me, I, I, I, gimme, gimme, gimme,

there....that should about do it.

2007-Feb-02, 09:14 PM
I'm in. :)

Editted to add, and remain in compliance with the BA's rules:


2007-Feb-02, 09:17 PM
Well, I've never had any astronomy related books except for a little pamphlet like thing that had a few images, so I'd like to give it a shot.

If I win, you gotta sign it somewhere for me =O

2007-Feb-02, 10:14 PM
I would love getting a book like that! I can never find astronomy book\posters where I live!

It'd be a nice (belated) birthday present... :P

2007-Feb-02, 11:03 PM
Ain't nothin better than a space book.
Please send one my way.

2007-Feb-03, 12:41 AM
I want it more than the others do!

2007-Feb-03, 12:43 AM
This reminds me of the Scientific American contest where they showed how people don't optimize their winnings rationally.

The rules where simple, you could participate by sending it an integer, which could be written in any notation you wanted, including functional definitions.
That number would be the number of lottery tickets you put in the draw.
The price would be 1,000,000$ divided by the total number of tickets.

The optimal strategy(if everyone uses it), leading to the largest amount of winning for the largest amount of people would be to estimate the number of participants, make a lottery at home with 1/participants chance of winning, then if you win, you send in "1" otherwise you don't send in anything.

The actual result was of course that people sent in so ridiculously large numbers in the hope of being declared the winner that the actual winnings would be almost indistinguishable from nothing, ie. 0.000…(a googolplex 0's)…01$ would have looked very large compared to it.

2007-Feb-03, 12:45 AM
I would like that book

2007-Feb-03, 12:57 AM
We wants it for our planetarium library. Precious.

2007-Feb-03, 01:13 AM
Love to get a copy.

2007-Feb-03, 02:21 AM
I promise to share if I win - really!

2007-Feb-03, 04:22 AM
I'd love it -but I'm an Aussie so if I win then you're facing a lot of postage I'm afraid ... But, please don't let that discourage you or the random number generator! ;-)

Thanks Phil - its a great idea & very good of you to run this comp although hope you don't miss out on it yourself.

2007-Feb-03, 07:40 AM
Ooh ooh ooh! Me me me!

*waving hands in the air wildly*