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The Bad Astronomer
2004-Jan-22, 08:03 PM
My friend Michelle Thaller (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/features/P_MichelleThaller.shtml) is an astronomer who is doing eduction and public outreach for the new Spitzer infrared space telescope (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/). She is an absolute riot, and one of the reasons I love going to astronomy meetings; it's usually the only time I get to hang out with her.

She writes an astronomy column for the Christian Science Monitor, and if you don't read it, you should. Here is a link to her columns (http://www.csmonitor.com/commentary/thaller.html). I just read her description of the Spitzer launch, and it brought back fond memories of seeing the camera I worked on launch on the Space Shuttle, heading for Hubble.

George
2004-Jan-23, 12:08 AM
Shoot! I wish I could write like ya'll - velvet smooth and rich in content. 8)

Thanks for the link. Her account of the launch reminded me of those early days watching the space program. Looks like the Delta did it's job!

George
2004-Jan-23, 12:39 AM
She is an absolute riot...

I am not sure your character hypothesis is validated by the evidence given.

However, I did glean this....


There are some theoretical reasons to believe that there are other branes out there besides our own...

There may be some hope. :D

SirThoreth
2004-Jan-23, 08:01 PM
My friend Michelle Thaller (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/features/P_MichelleThaller.shtml) is an astronomer who is doing eduction and public outreach for the new Spitzer infrared space telescope (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/). She is an absolute riot, and one of the reasons I love going to astronomy meetings; it's usually the only time I get to hang out with her.

Smart, good sense of humor, into Ren Faires, and a real cutie.....wow.


She writes an astronomy column for the Christian Science Monitor, and if you don't read it, you should. Here is a link to her columns (http://www.csmonitor.com/commentary/thaller.html). I just read her description of the Spitzer launch, and it brought back fond memories of seeing the camera I worked on launch on the Space Shuttle, heading for Hubble.

And, a good writer, too. Cool. Her column on gravity was pretty impressive.

Spacewriter
2004-Jan-23, 10:02 PM
This reminds me of the time some years ago I was reviewing a book about branes and string theory, and in my notes I had written down something to the effect of, "At first I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea of branes."

;)

The irony escaped me at the time...

George
2004-Jan-23, 10:58 PM
This reminds me of the time some years ago I was reviewing a book about branes and string theory, and in my notes I had written down something to the effect of, "At first I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea of branes."

;)

The irony escaped me at the time...

Well, now that you've been here a little, are you not more cerebral? :)

Spacewriter
2004-Jan-23, 11:35 PM
This reminds me of the time some years ago I was reviewing a book about branes and string theory, and in my notes I had written down something to the effect of, "At first I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea of branes."

;)

The irony escaped me at the time...

Well, now that you've been here a little, are you not more cerebral? :)

I was pretty cerebral before -- just ask my spousal unit. Sometimes I get so cerebral it's scary... and now you're telling me I'm gonna get MORE cerebral after hanging around here? Oooohhhhhnnnnnnnoooooo!!!!!! Run for your lives... eeett's cerebral!!!

;)

(I'm giddy. Just had tuna casserole for dinner... )

Daniel
2004-Jan-27, 07:54 AM
Hello people,

A quick question concerning the article: Gravity: Strength in Weakness by the linked author.

No nothing (light, matter, atom; whatever) can escape from a black hole once it has crossed the horizon; wouldn't that mean that it (gravity) is stronger than the bug (matter, atom) caught in the web?

Espritch
2004-Jan-27, 04:27 PM
My all time favorite account of a rocket launch was one written by Issac Asimov called (IIRC) "The Cruise and I" about a time he and a bunch of other eggheads were invited on a cruise down to Florida to watch a moon launch. It's a very funny read.

Kaptain K
2004-Jan-27, 07:14 PM
My all time favorite account of a rocket launch was one written by Issac Asimov called (IIRC) "The Cruise and I" about a time he and a bunch of other eggheads were invited on a cruise down to Florida to watch a moon launch. It's a very funny read.
IIRC, the person who did the inviting was none other than Richard C. Hoagland! :o :roll:

Espritch
2004-Jan-28, 03:46 AM
Kaptain K

IIRC, the person who did the inviting was none other than Richard C. Hoagland!

I don't recall. Of couse when I read that, the name Richard Hoagland wouldn't have meant anything to me. Alas, if only it were still so! :cry:


Daniel

A quick question concerning the article: Gravity: Strength in Weakness by the linked author.

No nothing (light, matter, atom; whatever) can escape from a black hole once it has crossed the horizon; wouldn't that mean that it (gravity) is stronger than the bug (matter, atom) caught in the web?

This is true for a black hole, but that is only because a very great deal of mass has been compacted into a very small space so that the gravitational force is highly concentrated. Under most circumstances matter cannot be compacted to a sufficient degree to create a black hole because the resistance of electric force is so great that it prevents such a collapse. The only way to overcome this is to compress the matter using a lot of energy, such as the energy released by a super nova. When a star collapses into a black hole, it isn't the gravity that initially causes the collapse, it is the force of the super nova blowing off the outer shell of gas and the equal and opposite reaction compressing the iron core to the point where the gravity is concentrated enough to complete the collapse. Or at least that's how I understand it.

P.S. Welcome to the board. :D

thaller
2004-Jan-29, 12:26 AM
:D

Wow, you guys are so nice. Us NASA folks are seriously starved for compliments. You've all made my week (at least).

Michelle

Glom
2004-Jan-29, 12:30 AM
Welcome.

We were also admiring another one of your articles here (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=10828).

Spacewriter
2004-Jan-29, 01:09 AM
Oh gosh Michelle, I just read your CS article and realized you were at AAS. So was I and I talked with Phil... but I didn't get a chance to see you!

Ah well... welcome to the Board! I'm a newbie too, more or less...

Lurker
2004-Jan-29, 01:30 AM
Smart, good sense of humor, into Ren Faires, and a real cutie.....wow.


I agree on all three points... I wish more of my old and dear friends were her...

So is she married?? 8) <-- dark glasses... can't be sure who's askin' th' question

Charlie in Dayton
2004-Jan-29, 06:39 AM
;)

(I'm giddy. Just had tuna casserole for dinner... )

It's the mercury contamination kicking in again. Makes ya mad as a hatter... 8-[

Diamond
2004-Jan-30, 02:16 PM
My friend Michelle Thaller (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/features/P_MichelleThaller.shtml) is an astronomer who is doing eduction and public outreach for the new Spitzer infrared space telescope (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/). She is an absolute riot, and one of the reasons I love going to astronomy meetings; it's usually the only time I get to hang out with her.

She writes an astronomy column for the Christian Science Monitor, and if you don't read it, you should. Here is a link to her columns (http://www.csmonitor.com/commentary/thaller.html). I just read her description of the Spitzer launch, and it brought back fond memories of seeing the camera I worked on launch on the Space Shuttle, heading for Hubble.

In next weeks column, Michelle interviews Phil on how to remove your head when its stuck in a cathedral.... \:D/

George
2004-Feb-03, 03:20 PM
Found a nice video done by Michelle at JPL >>> here (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/templates/video/firstperson/thaller.cfm) <<<.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/art/thaller_119.jpg

She is cool! 8)

Can we go ahead and establish her as our "Snow White"? She seems to like us. :o It is obvious there are about 70 dwarfs here (usually red :oops: )! :) Shucks, can I be "Corny"?

Charlie in Dayton
2004-Feb-04, 09:04 AM
It is obvious there are about 70 dwarfs here (usually red :oops: )! :) Shucks, can I be "Corny"?

...must...resist...temptation... :o

George
2004-Feb-04, 02:03 PM
It is obvious there are about 70 dwarfs here (usually red :oops: )! :) Shucks, can I be "Corny"?

...must...resist...temptation... :o

Good. That makes one of us. :)

It would be great, though, if she would visit regularly.

Lurker
2004-Feb-04, 04:47 PM
It would be great, though, if she would visit regularly.

Lets take a poll... and make the results binding...

Kaptain K
2004-Feb-04, 06:08 PM
It would be great, though, if she would visit regularly.

Lets take a poll... and make the results binding...
On whom?? :-?

Lurker
2004-Feb-04, 06:32 PM
Lets take a poll... and make the results binding...
On whom?? :-?

Well quite frankly I was thinking about requiring Michelle to become a regular when the poll demanded it...

What were you thinking?? :o

JohnOwens
2004-Mar-11, 06:22 AM
My friend Michelle Thaller (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/features/P_MichelleThaller.shtml) is an astronomer who is doing eduction and public outreach for the new Spitzer infrared space telescope (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/). She is an absolute riot, and one of the reasons I love going to astronomy meetings; it's usually the only time I get to hang out with her.

She writes an astronomy column for the Christian Science Monitor, and if you don't read it, you should. Here is a link to her columns (http://www.csmonitor.com/commentary/thaller.html). I just read her description of the Spitzer launch, and it brought back fond memories of seeing the camera I worked on launch on the Space Shuttle, heading for Hubble.

Spitzer pictures are out.* (http://pr.caltech.edu/periodicals/EandS/articles/LXVI4/spitzer.html) That's a lovely M 81!! 8)

*Hard to tell whether this is actually a new article. It was just featured on Slashdot, and they described it as "just released", but /. needs considerable salt on such matters.)

Added: :evil: Grr, I was right, it was just Slashdot posting as "news" something three months old. Nevermind.

thaller
2004-May-21, 09:45 PM
Hey John!

I haven't heard from you in ages.

What's up? I'm still doing the NASA gig, as you can see. I still read all these nice comments about me when I'm feeling down, and it's been a hell of a week.

Great new results from Sptizer coming out, though.

:)
Michelle

ToSeek
2004-May-21, 10:12 PM
Hey John!

I haven't heard from you in ages.

What's up? I'm still doing the NASA gig, as you can see. I still read all these nice comments about me when I'm feeling down, and it's been a hell of a week.

Great new results from Spitzer coming out, though.

:)
Michelle

You're awesome, Michelle!

Hope next week is better for you.

George
2004-May-22, 03:14 AM
Allow me to ditto ToSeek.

Hang in there kiddo!


BTW. I've enjoyed Cool Cosmos (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/l). Very attention getting site. 8)

Black paint as a radiator was something I had not realized. I might want to try that myself next time my a/c goes out. :wink:

Here's a radiation joke. In a street interview as to what is the greatest invention, a man answered...the thermos. When asked why, he pointed out that he might put hot coffee in one day and it would stay hot all day, then, the next day ice cold tea and it would stay cold all day. When asked why he felt this was special, he responed....how does it know? :) :roll:

Ok,ok...I have better jokes. It's the only radiation joke I know. :-?

If you ever wanta talk shop here, I would love to hear your thoughts and news on accretion disks.

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The Bad Astronomer
2004-May-24, 11:13 PM
Great new results from Sptizer coming out, though.

Heehee! I just got an email with a preview, and this news will hit the streets on Thursday. I can't wait to get details! 8) Ironically, I'll miss it because I'll be at an astronomy meeting. More ironically, the meeting's near LA; a short drive to JPL! Arg!

thaller
2004-Jun-15, 08:49 PM
Hi again guys.

Did one of you want to talk about acretion disks? I know there's going to be some cool stuff out of the Keck interferometer. They've already resolved the inner disk in the nearest Seyfert galaxy (can't remember the number offhand), and right now they're installing the nuller, which cancels light out from the central source, whether it be a star or an AGN. It's my understanding that the first targets they look at will be AGN, so get ready for some neat disk observations.

On a personal note, I'm starting to get interested in Star Wars fan groups. I so want to dress up as a Jedi. Anyone a member of one? Got any recommendations?

:) Michelle

George
2004-Jun-15, 10:10 PM
Hi again guys.

Did one of you want to talk about acretion disks? I know there's going to be some cool stuff out of the Keck interferometer. They've already resolved the inner disk in the nearest Seyfert galaxy (can't remember the number offhand), and right now they're installing the nuller, which cancels light out from the central source, whether it be a star or an AGN. It's my understanding that the first targets they look at will be AGN, so get ready for some neat disk observations.
Cool. 8) I look forward to any accretion disk news. I am especially interested in single star disks, although Spitzer views of Active Galactic Nuclei should be very interesting.


On a personal note, I'm starting to get interested in Star Wars fan groups. I so want to dress up as a Jedi. Anyone a member of one? Got any recommendations?
Somehow I knew the Snow White bit was too old fashioned. :) How 'bout a compromise....Princess Leia? :wink:

Tranquility
2004-Jun-15, 11:57 PM
I feel bad not knowing a fraction of the knowledge of some people here, so I'm usually sitting with an encyclopedia trying to make my way through the technical details on some stuff here, it makes me feel humble. :)

Welcome to the board btw, and great articles! =D>

George
2004-Jun-16, 02:41 PM
BTW....It is really wonderful what ya'll are accomplishing, Michelle! =D> Great going to you and the team from this "average Joe". Please update us as we will all be interested in learning of ya'll's visual adventures and riveting revelations. 8)

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Sep-15, 03:54 PM
I am not usually one to bump old threads, but Michelle has a new article out about the exoplanets just discovered (http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0915/p25s01-stss.html). I see they misspelled her name, too. :o

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Sep-15, 04:39 PM
And another bump: she'll be speaking at the California Academy of Sciences' Morrison Planetarium (http://www.calacademy.org/planetarium/dean.html) in San Francisco on October 18.

George
2004-Sep-16, 03:46 PM
I am not usually one to bump old threads, but Michelle has a new article out about the exoplanets just discovered (http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0915/p25s01-stss.html). I see they misspelled her name, too. :o

Very nice article.

I like her personal touch, as well as, appropriate adjectives, too.


...we've gotten pretty good at finding giant gas planets that are orbiting scorchingly close to their stars. But these worlds are so different from our own system of planets, I often feel we don't really share a true kinship with them. As fascinating as these hot, giant worlds are, we can't easily imagine these planets harboring life or being places we could set foot on someday -there're really just big blobs of super-heated gas.
Well said for a general audience, IMO.

Irishman
2004-Sep-22, 08:54 PM
I read that article. Someone finally explained why astronomers think the new planets are solid and not gaseous. Thanks!

George
2004-Sep-28, 01:08 PM
As noted in kg034's link... here (http://www.calacademy.org/planetarium/dean.html)

In San Fransisco...Morrison Planetarium...

18 October
Dr. Michelle Thaller, California Institute of Technology
"In the Heat of the Night: Exploring the Invisible Universe”

Ya'll find out when she is coming to San Antonio. :)

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Sep-28, 08:33 PM
Yeah, I'll be there, as well as a few others. She's a great speaker, and I'm looking forward to seeing her again!

Russ
2004-Sep-29, 04:29 PM
Yeah, I'll be there, as well as a few others. She's a great speaker, and I'm looking forward to seeing her again!

[Groucho Marx personna] I'm looking forward to seeing her again whether she speaks or not! (wiggles eyebrows) So what if I'm not going to be there, i always look forward to seeing someone as beautiful as her! (twiddles cigar) [/Groucho Marx personna]

OK, OK, so my Groucho impersonation would have to get better to suck, I'm still working on it. :roll: She's still a looker and worth some gratuitous flirting. :wink: :) :D :lol: 8)

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Sep-29, 09:03 PM
She's still a looker and worth some gratuitous flirting.

I'm sure her husband would agree. :o

thaller
2004-Sep-29, 09:11 PM
Oh hey, my husband would most definitely agree! He's used to me be being, as was said, the "wild girl gone smart."

Glad you liked the Monitor article. I had wondered why astronomers were suspecting the planet was solid myself. Luckily here at JPL, I can track down some planet-finders myself.

All the best,
Michelle

thaller
2004-Sep-29, 09:12 PM
BTW, are you going to post the swimsuit pics (the one of us on the back and me with your swim trunks on my head). Folks might get a laugh out of those.

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Sep-29, 10:01 PM
Well, I was thinking that maybe a public posting of us in our swimming gear might not be healthy for those readers with weak hearts.

But I know folks are curious, so here it is: http://www.badastronomy.com/pix/Phil-Michelle-beach-s.jpg

Lurker
2004-Sep-29, 10:15 PM
BTW, are you going to post the swimsuit pics (the one of us on the back and me with your swim trunks on my head). Folks might get a laugh out of those.
There are swimsuit pictures?? :o
Oh I think that I can pretty well speak for everyone here when I say that these have to be posted and then enshrined in the BABB picture album!! =D>

R.A.F.
2004-Sep-29, 10:22 PM
The BA posted it...it's just very, very, very, small. :)

George
2004-Sep-29, 10:26 PM
Well, I was thinking that maybe a public posting of us in our swimming gear might not be healthy for those readers with weak hearts.

But I know folks are curious, so here it is: http://www.badastronomy.com/pix/Phil-Michelle-beach-s.jpg
Thanks BA, I had been wondering if she has blue eyes. It matches the suit as well. :)

Lurker
2004-Sep-29, 10:27 PM
http://www.weblogimages.com/v.p?uid=tmongoo&pid=202441&sid=dFR11awzR2

Sorta not what I expected... :-k

George
2004-Sep-29, 10:34 PM
http://www.weblogimages.com/v.p?uid=tmongoo&pid=202441&sid=dFR11awzR2

Sorta not what I expected... :-k
Oh really? :) Hard to see their nice smiles in your image.

[They're astronomers, are they allowed to have this much fun or is it just recess time? #-o :) ]

Russ
2004-Sep-30, 02:58 AM
She's still a looker and worth some gratuitous flirting.

I'm sure her husband would agree. :o

[Groucho Marx personna] (wiggling eyebrows) Why? Is he Thaller than me? (twiddles cigar) [/Grouch Marx personna] :D :lol:

I guess I should've checked to see if she uses the German "Taller" pronunciation before I attempt a Marxian pun. :D Actually I knew of her marital status from my web serfing. That is why I refered to my flirtation as gratuitous. ;)

Ya know, it just occured to me that Y'all are toooooo young to know who Groucho Marx was and the nature and style of his humor. He was one of the original "Theater of the Absurd" style of humorists. It's well worth the rental fee to see "A Day At The Races" or "Horse Feathers".

My favorite Grouchoism: "I wouldn't belong to an organization that would have me." :lol:

Michelle: All jokes and seriousness aside; you are a very attractive young lady and I regret I will be unable to make it out to the left coast to hear any of your talks. :cry: ;)

Candy
2004-Sep-30, 04:20 PM
http://www.weblogimages.com/v.p?uid=tmongoo&pid=202441&sid=dFR11awzR2

Sorta not what I expected... :-k [-X

Swift
2004-Sep-30, 07:35 PM
http://www.weblogimages.com/v.p?uid=tmongoo&pid=202441&sid=dFR11awzR2

Sorta not what I expected... :-k
It's the bodies for the Martian Face! It proves that there was water on Mars, because otherwise they wouldn't be wearing swimsuits.
8-[

thaller
2004-Oct-01, 06:43 PM
Alright, Phil warned me not to do this, but everything on this site is G-rated (or at least PG) anyway. A friend of mine was practicing her photography and did some portratis of me. If you want pics, you got 'em. Check out my ultra-nerd qualifying shot in Jedi costume on the bottom of the page.

:oops:
Michelle

thaller
2004-Oct-01, 06:45 PM
Here's the link. It's been one of those days. I'm heading off to Europe for a few weeks, and my brain is already in Paris...

http://gallery.thelaitys.com/20040904_michelle

ToSeek
2004-Oct-01, 07:00 PM
Check out my ultra-nerd qualifying shot in Jedi costume on the bottom of the page.


The Force is strong in this one!

George
2004-Oct-01, 07:16 PM
:o :o =D>

Now I understand your predilection for Jedi clothing. Very nice. [So much for the "Snow White" scenario, albeit, the beauty factor remains]

I guess I am a little old fashion, however, not quite this old fashion.... Queen Thaller (http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/features/P_MichelleThaller.shtml) :)

Are you quite sure ya'll are allowed to have this much fun?? #-o :)

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Oct-01, 08:19 PM
Alright, Phil warned me not to do this,

Now, to be fair, I told her that if she posted them, she would never hear the end of it from people here. I didn't say it was inappropriate, I said it would mean, um, a lot of attention. :wink:

Swift
2004-Oct-01, 08:35 PM
Alright, Phil warned me not to do this,

Now, to be fair, I told her that if she posted them, she would never hear the end of it from people here. I didn't say it was inappropriate, I said it would mean, um, a lot of attention. :wink:
\groucho mode\ wiggle eyebrows and cigar
And if I wasn't a married man she'd get a lot of attention.

You're a good sport Michelle, have a lot of fun in Paris.
And seriously, your friend is a very good photographer, IMHO.

Lurker
2004-Oct-02, 09:15 PM
Alright, Phil warned me not to do this,

Now, to be fair, I told her that if she posted them, she would never hear the end of it from people here. I didn't say it was inappropriate, I said it would mean, um, a lot of attention. :wink:
Well he DID get that part right... :wink:

But in all seriousness... those pictures of you are absolutely beautiful... you have the most calm, expressive face and deep beautiful eyes. Very beautiful indeed...

Edited to Add... Thank you very much for sharing those with us...

Russ
2004-Oct-03, 06:10 PM
Alright, Phil warned me not to do this, but everything on this site is G-rated (or at least PG) anyway. A friend of mine was practicing her photography and did some portratis of me. If you want pics, you got 'em. Check out my ultra-nerd qualifying shot in Jedi costume on the bottom of the page.

:oops:
Michelle

In the Jedi shot you seem to have a very high quality light saber. Where did you get it? All of the ones that I've ever been able to find were toy store moose poop.

By the way, is that your hubby kissing your paw in the Renaissance photo? :) That is the pic on your SIRTF profile page.

bearcub
2004-Oct-19, 07:32 AM
Since this thread seems to be for and about Michelle Thaller, I thought I'd post here about the talk she gave tonight in SF.

In short, it was GREAT! =D>

The BA was not only in attendance, but was the "lovely assistant" during the opening demonstration with an IR camera. A lot of fun that was, for the audience, and for both Michelle and Phil.

The images she had from the Spitzer 'scope were really wonderful, particularly when they were shown right behind images of the same object taken in the visual spectrum. It's hard to image how many stars there really are just in and around the Eagle Nebula alone!

The animated graphics were also a bit of an eye opener. One showed the scale of the solar system, starting with the inner planets, moving out to Pluto, then including Sedna, then all the way out to the oort cloud. Really cool.

Another was a compilation of observations showing the orbits of several stars around the black hole in the center of the Milky Way. The mind boggling one was a star on a closed orbit ~ 10 light days long completing a circuit in ~12 years. That dude's moving!

And to top off the evening, I was invited to join both Michelle and Phil for a drink and conversation. It was, all in all, one of best Mondays I've had in quite a while.

And just to be onery (guys), I got a farewell hug from Michelle when we parted for the evening \:D/

I'll check back with you fine folks later. My eyes are now getting enough sand in them to start my own beach.

Lurker
2004-Oct-19, 04:20 PM
Damn... I wanted to see her talk too... <sigh> maybe next time... :(

I hope that as the "lovely assistant", BA showed lots of leg!!

8)

Candy
2004-Oct-19, 04:25 PM
And just to be onery (guys), I got a farewell hug from Michelle when we parted for the evening \:D/ Dang she was to busy in Kankakee to give me a hug. :(

At least I got one from Phil. A hug and a bruise on my chin. :wink:

bearcub
2004-Oct-19, 06:16 PM
Sorry you missed it Lurker, I was actually looking for you to be there. In fact, it might have been cool to carpool, it might have saved me the extra 20 minutes it took due getting completely turned around and winding up at Market St twice before getting on the right track #-o

And no, BA didn't show any leg, just foot :o

Candy, it looks like I got off easier than you did, or at least injury free :lol:

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Oct-19, 07:57 PM
And just to be onery (guys), I got a farewell hug from Michelle when we parted for the evening.

All you got was a hug? Too bad. 8)

Her talk really was wonderful. She's very energetic and her love of astronomy shines through. She clearly enjoys herself when she gives talks (even jet-lagged ones), and that's one mark of an exceptional speaker.

Anyone on this board who gets a chance to see her should take it! When I hear of other talks by her, I'll post 'em.

It was nice meeting bearcub too. It would be cool to have BABBers show up to these things more often!

R.A.F.
2004-Oct-19, 08:12 PM
Her talk really was wonderful. She's very energetic and her love of astronomy shines through.

DARN IT! I considered attending but couldn't work it into my schedule.
Her love of Astronomy also "shines through" in her writings. It must have been great talk...DARN IT! :lol:

bearcub
2004-Oct-19, 09:06 PM
All you got was a hug? Too bad. 8)
Considering that I just met her that night, I was actually surprised. It just shows what a really great person she is!

It was really nice meeting you too BA. I really enjoyed our conversation.

And just to keep this on topic, the California Academy of Sciences has more lectures (http://www.calacademy.org/planetarium/dean.html) coming up. Including Lord of the Rings on Nov 1st.

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Oct-19, 09:18 PM
Including Lord of the Rings on Nov 1st.


Pbbbt. The ring I studied (http://www.badastronomy.com/info/pix.html) is a lot bigger than Saturn.

TrAI
2004-Oct-19, 10:13 PM
Including Lord of the Rings on Nov 1st.


Pbbbt. The ring I studied (http://www.badastronomy.com/info/pix.html) is a lot bigger than Saturn.

Ahh. But the One Ring's power did not depend on it's size, did it?

It was just the right size(when it suited its purposes), but its power seems more dependant on the strength, willpower and intent of the wearer.

Or perhaps one could say that it is not the size that matters, but the presentation, so whether it is a small or a big ring, it can be just as fascinating if the information is presented by the right people.
:wink:

Candy
2004-Oct-19, 10:22 PM
Or perhaps one could say that it is not the size that matters... Why is it always a man that says this? :D

Lurker
2004-Oct-19, 10:57 PM
Sorry you missed it Lurker, I was actually looking for you to be there. In fact, it might have been cool to carpool, it might have saved me the extra 20 minutes it took due getting completely turned around and winding up at Market St twice before getting on the right track #-o

And no, BA didn't show any leg, just foot :o

Candy, it looks like I got off easier than you did, or at least injury free :lol:
I have some personal things that can't wait right now... I just couldn't go... :cry:

TrAI
2004-Oct-19, 11:25 PM
Or perhaps one could say that it is not the size that matters... Why is it always a man that says this? :D

I can't say I have noticed any gender based tendency for this saying, though it is hard to say, maybe there is such a tendency, or perhaps you just frequent environments where there are more males(or where men are more likely to say this), so the statistics are skewed... I don't know.

But strangely, even with this saying, it seems humans are always obsessive about the size of things, whether it is real physical size or some number representation of the "power" of the thing in question(computers, cars, mobile phones, light-buckets, pets, plants, muscles, fatness, the list is endless).

I guess it is even genetically coded into people, size and power are important factors in the analyzation of a situation.

bearcub
2004-Oct-19, 11:40 PM
Including Lord of the Rings on Nov 1st.


Pbbbt. The ring I studied (http://www.badastronomy.com/info/pix.html) is a lot bigger than Saturn.
Agreed, but I really don't to get into a ring envy debate :wink:

Lurker, I hope you get eveything worked out. Maybe another time.

George
2004-Oct-20, 02:55 AM
And just to be onery (guys), I got a farewell hug from Michelle when we parted for the evening.

All you got was a hug? Too bad. 8)

Her talk really was wonderful. She's very energetic and her love of astronomy shines through. She clearly enjoys herself when she gives talks (even jet-lagged ones), and that's one mark of an exceptional speaker.

Anyone on this board who gets a chance to see her should take it! When I hear of other talks by her, I'll post 'em.

It was nice meeting bearcub too. It would be cool to have BABBers show up to these things more often!
There's plenty of huggable BABBers over in Texas. We're ready and warm. :wink: So, is there any hope for us in the future?? #-o 8-[

thaller
2004-Oct-20, 10:38 PM
Hi folks. At least my body is back from Paris, even if my mind doesn't want to follow. It's still somewhere in the Latin Quarter sipping ridculously good hot chocoate.

I did have fun at the talk on Monday, but I still think it was wasn't one of my best. I was so tired. But it was great to meet Bearcub and have the BA be my lovely assistant. Great fun.

About the light saber -that one is from master replicas. You can find it at http://www2.masterreplicas.com/StarWars/SWProduct.aspx?sItemID=SW-206

They also have Darth Vader and Anakin ones too, and the sabers are AMAZING! The metal hilts are heavy and well-detailed, and the plastic blade lights up from the bottom with a great "Whhoooosh" sound effect. Lots of fun. I've some moderate sparring with mine, and it's nice and sturdy. I also have a Parks Saber light saber too. They have the advantage of a removeable blade, so you can just wear the hilt if you like. Despite the off-putting religious web site, the guy makes nice sabers for a really good price: www.parksabers.com I bought mine at a convention, before I know he was a Jesus-freak Sith Lord.

Nice to get back in touch with y'all, and thanks SO much for all the compliments!

:D :D :D :D

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Oct-20, 10:48 PM
Oh yeah, I should've mentioned: Michelle brought her thermal infrared camera to the talk. She handed me a curling iron, and through the camera it looked just like a (stubby) light saber. Very cool. I made sound effects and everything.

Glad you made it home, MT. I hope our weather here didn't throw you off too much...

Wolverine
2004-Oct-20, 10:49 PM
Hi folks. At least my body is back from Paris, even if my mind doesn't want to follow. It's still somewhere in the Latin Quarter sipping ridculously good hot chocoate.

I can certainly relate... although I must confess my time spent there wasn't sipping hot chocolate. 8-[

Tobin Dax
2004-Oct-20, 11:57 PM
I hope our weather here didn't throw you off too much...

Now why would the weather throw her off? ;) I've been at Mt. Laguna Observatory this week. This weekend I thought, "Ooh, this almost seems like I went home to Oregon." Heh, wrong thought--but I don't think I'll miss home for a little while. :wink: I really don't want to drive down the mountain tomorrow morning, either. :-? Though, after 3 days in rain, cold, and fog, hot chocolate does sound good. [/mini-rant--sorry it turned into one]

Swift
2004-Oct-21, 03:03 PM
She handed me a curling iron, and through the camera it looked just like a (stubby) light saber.
The BA and a curling iron :-k No wonder he thought it was a light saber. :D

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Oct-21, 08:38 PM
By the way, Michelle did a great video on thermal IR, which you can watch here (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/videos/more_than_your/index.html).

tjm220
2004-Oct-21, 08:56 PM
By the way, Michelle did a great video on thermal IR, which you can watch here (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/videos/more_than_your/index.html).

That was cool 8).

Candy
2004-Oct-21, 09:54 PM
It's hard to tell, but is this Thermal IR Michelle (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/fth.html)? :P

Parrothead
2004-Oct-21, 10:08 PM
It has been awhile since I have viewed it, but didn't she also do some of the commentary on the Atlas of the Sky dvd that shipped with SNP?

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Oct-22, 01:09 AM
It's hard to tell, but is this Thermal IR Michelle (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/fth.html)? :P

Yup, that's her. I remember her being able to stick out her tongue and touch the tip of her nose with it. :o

R.A.F.
2004-Oct-22, 01:14 AM
Uhhh...might I respectfully point out a double post? :)

kucharek
2004-Oct-22, 06:24 AM
It's hard to tell, but is this Thermal IR Michelle (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/fth.html)? :P

Yup, that's her. I remember her being able to stick out her tongue and touch the tip of her nose with it. :o

My mother can do this, too. I missed these genes. :D

thaller
2004-Oct-26, 05:40 PM
Yes, I am very proud of my long tongue. It doesn't do too many tricks, though. I can do the "roll up" thing, but that's about it. And, as Phil kindly pointed out, being able to touch your tongue to your nose has a lot to do with how big your nose is too. :^o

But hey, my nose is always a good IR prop. As you can see, it's quite a bit colder than the rest of my face. Cold and wet like it should be, I always say. 8-[

kucharek
2004-Oct-26, 05:56 PM
It's hard to tell, but is this Thermal IR Michelle (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/fth.html)? :P

Yup, that's her. I remember her being able to stick out her tongue and touch the tip of her nose with it. :o

Everyone who's interested into this subject is cordially invited to this thread (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=17261).

Harald

George
2004-Oct-26, 09:06 PM
Yes, I am very proud of my long tongue. It doesn't do too many tricks, though. I can do the "roll up" thing, but that's about it. And, as Phil kindly pointed out, being able to touch your tongue to your nose has a lot to do with how big your nose is too. :^o

But hey, my nose is always a good IR prop. As you can see, it's quite a bit colder than the rest of my face. Cold and wet like it should be, I always say. 8-[

My wife can take a cherry stem and tie it into a knot with the use of only her tongue. Can ya do that, huh, can ya? :)

kucharek
2004-Nov-02, 07:31 PM
By the way, Michelle did a great video on thermal IR, which you can watch here (http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/videos/more_than_your/index.html).

I just watched it with my little son Lukas. He said, he's glad I don't have an infrared camera, otherwise it would be easy for me to catch him cheating on cleaning his teeth, because if I would look at his toothbrush in the bathroom after he had to brush his teeth and it wouldn't glow warm, I would know he didn't had it in his mouth for some time. :-)

Harald

Candy
2005-Jan-10, 08:39 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/aktion/action-smiley-038.gif

Sorry, I couldn't resist.