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Thread: Our BA is everywhere these days!

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    So I get my latest copy of Maxim in the mail today, on page 116 in the article "Tricks of the Trade" under Astronomer: "...says Philip Plait, Ph.D., author of Bad Astronomy" You are truly everywhere!

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    What Does it say? what is the article about?

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    Phil's part is just a short blurb about finding the north star using the Big Dipper.

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    The author of the article called me a couple of months ago to talk about being able to get dark adapted quickly. The quote he had didn't make sense to me (blinking your eyes rapidly adjusts you more quickly? What?) so we figured finding north would be a good substitute. I'm curious what they printed; I basically wrote a 100 word description rather than just give an interview. I'll check out a copy soon.

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    On 2002-07-17 17:55, The Bad Astronomer wrote:
    . . . I'll check out a copy soon.
    Good excuse. [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    I know there is the thing about the copyrighted material, but since its only a short blurb from the entire article, I can type it up here if you'd like BA.

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    That -easily- falls within the 'fair use' doctrine. If you want to be doubly safe, do it as a review of the magazine.

    "I was reading Maxim, and it was all really stupid, except for this short blurb:

    [quote]

    ...otherwise, unless you like scantily clad women, avoid this magazine."

    And you'll be golden.

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    I would suggest not copying the whole thing, just to be safe. Printed media are touchy about such things.

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    Ok then, abridged version:

    The article is arranged into columns like "Dentist", "Pro Bowler", and of course "Porn Stud". Under "Astronomer" it gives instructions (follow the two stars on the cup of the Big Dipper)to find the north star, Polaris. It also lists the alternate method of following the W shaped Cassiopeia.

    Fin.

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