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    BA Appearances

    Finally met the BA, at the Sonoma County Astronomy Society meeting on Oct 12th.

    Phil gave a very entertaining talk about debunking, the face on mars craziness, where Hoagland goes wrong etc.

    Phil stayed around afterwards to talk with members, and lots of good points were raised and joked about. NASA, galactic rotation curves.

    Lots of fun, thanks Phil,

    Robbo

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    Hey, thanks! Astro clubs are one of my favorite venues for giving talks. I always have a good time, and it helps that it's only a few miles away.

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    Hi Phil,

    I did try to follow up on that pre-print you mentioned but was unable to find it. Do you have a linky?

    thanks,
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    Actually, yes I do. Do we need dark matter to explain galactic rotation curves? Hmmmmm.

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    We're talking about that here.

    Does this qualify as ToSeeking the BA himself?
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    BA, when are you coming over to Australia again?? Was unable to attend the Skeptics Convention (drat it all!) but caught you on ABC radio debunking the moon hoax theory.

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    Invite me. I need to go back; I'm out of Minties again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bad Astronomer
    Invite me. I need to go back; I'm out of Minties again.
    You... you don't have minties in America?

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    Nope. I became addicted in Oz last year, and I am spreading the love here in the States. I have lots of friends who like them, and I'm sure they'd sell well here. I don't know why they aren't here! I plan on asking Aussies coming to TAMIV to bring some.

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    OK...I give up...what are "minties"?

    edited to add...aha...a chewy, mint flavored, snack...sounds yummy.
    Last edited by R.A.F.; 2005-Oct-15 at 07:48 PM.
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    The UK has a whole host of minty sweets

    If you ever felt like dropping by.

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    I just found out my friend and fellow skeptic Richard Saunders is sending me some (along with video of his win on "Temptation").

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.A.F.
    OK...I give up...what are "minties"?

    edited to add...aha...a chewy, mint flavored, snack...sounds yummy.
    Think Altoids in taffy form.

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    Hey BA,

    I am heading back to Oz for my son's wedding next week. I will try and bring some back for you. (assuming of course I do not eat them all on the plane that is!!)

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    Re: BA Appearances

    Hard to believe someone would be pushing Minties, and not going all evangelical about Vegemite! Oh well...that's the way the boomerang banks, I guess...

    BTW, dear OZians, are you folks still cooking up kangaroo tail soup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maksutov
    not going all evangelical about Vegemite! Oh well...[/IMG]
    Vegamite is but a pale imitation of the one true Marmite

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    YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE MINTIES OVER THERE?!?! Now you'll have to come back here.

    with regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by badprof
    I am heading back to Oz for my son's wedding next week. I will try and bring some back for you. (assuming of course I do not eat them all on the plane that is!!)
    badprof, wow, I appreciate it, but don't go to any trouble! I didn't mean for this to be a "take pity on the Minty-less me" fest.

    On the other hand, these things are like Aussie crack. I am seriously going to contact the manufacturer and see why they aren't being sold here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks
    Vegamite is but a pale imitation of the one true Marmite
    Ahh.... the definition of a true connoisseur!!!!! Someone who knows the difference between Marmite and Vegemite and can apreciate the taste difference!

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    Thanks Phil & ToSeek for the update.


    On the "other" topic here... as a NZer I have to say that Vegemite beats Marmite, but really neither is as effective as "real" shoe polish.

    Minties now, that was one of the tougher things to leave behind when I left...


    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bad Astronomer
    Invite me. I need to go back; I'm out of Minties again.
    BA, I cordially invite you to visit.. did you get to see much of the Aussie bush when you were over last year? Or did you do the 5 days 'see the tourist sights/places' thing? The southern sky looks amazing off our back deck this time of year, balmy weather, a bottle (or three) of some good Aussie red wine, and a bowl of Minties just for guests

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    Thanks, ausduck! I spent two solid weeks in Oz. It rained for the first few (you're welcome), then we toured the countryside. I never made it to the real bush, just as far as Coonabarrabran. But it was amazing. I got a great bottle of wine from the Aussie Skeptics (I was invited by them, and came down to be their keynote speaker) and had another fantastic sampling the last night I was there. I gave a talk at the Sydney Museum, and a whole bunch of the skeptics came. We went out for dinner, and I tried three or four different wines. I just finished a bottle from Mudgee, actually.

    I got to see the Magellanic Clouds for the first time. I should write that up in my blog. It was one of the most moving moments of my life, no kidding.

    So I'm willing to come back! I just need to convince Mrs. Bad Astronomer and the Little Astronomer to sit on a plane for 14 hours...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rleyland
    On the "other" topic here... as a NZer I have to say that Vegemite beats Marmite, but really neither is as effective as "real" shoe polish.

    Minties now, that was one of the tougher things to leave behind when I left...

    cheers,
    Robbo
    Robbo, as one Aussie kid who grew up on warm vegemite sandwiches (they got warm in our school bags as the bags were left on the classroom veranda in the full sun) for lunch and still has vegemite on toast for breakfast I can
    a: vouch for the fact that it doesn't make good shoe polish (dogs licking at your shoes is a dead giveaway)
    b: vouch that an added dollop of vegemite fools any cat into taking their worm-paste
    c: vegemite tastes WAY better than marmite
    d: vegemite smeared on your face and neck whilst camping is one of the only known defences against the rare but dangerous Aussie Drop-bear


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bad Astronomer
    Thanks, ausduck! I spent two solid weeks in Oz. It rained for the first few (you're welcome), then we toured the countryside. I never made it to the real bush, just as far as Coonabarrabran. But it was amazing. I got a great bottle of wine from the Aussie Skeptics (I was invited by them, and came down to be their keynote speaker) and had another fantastic sampling the last night I was there. I gave a talk at the Sydney Museum, and a whole bunch of the skeptics came. We went out for dinner, and I tried three or four different wines. I just finished a bottle from Mudgee, actually.

    I got to see the Magellanic Clouds for the first time. I should write that up in my blog. It was one of the most moving moments of my life, no kidding.

    So I'm willing to come back! I just need to convince Mrs. Bad Astronomer and the Little Astronomer to sit on a plane for 14 hours...
    Siding Springs is spectacular, I first visited there with my parents and again a few times with school trips (going wayyy back now) and it's where I got my interest in the heavens. It's a pity you never got to see the complex at Canberra before the bushfires, they had an amazing historical display of telescopes, as well as sun observation records for Australia. Tidbinbilla (aka Honeysuckle Creek) and Parkes are pretty special too
    If you ever do decide to chance the 14 hr trip with the missus and the Little one keep us in mind.

    I'm still cursing missing the darn conference last year!! Let me know if you need more wine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maksutov
    Hard to believe someone would be pushing Minties, and not going all evangelical about Vegemite! Oh well...that's the way the boomerang banks, I guess...

    BTW, dear OZians, are you folks still cooking up kangaroo tail soup?
    Matsukov, we are more sophisticated than that now... nothing like BBQ roasted kangaroo fillets with a fresh salad, and washed down with a Clare Valley Cab. Merlot (or 3).
    But yes, the ol' 'roo tail soup is still to be found

    Crocodile sausages on the BBQ are nice, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausduck1
    Matsukov, we are more sophisticated than that now... nothing like BBQ roasted kangaroo fillets with a fresh salad, and washed down with a Clare Valley Cab. Merlot (or 3).
    But yes, the ol' 'roo tail soup is still to be found

    Crocodile sausages on the BBQ are nice, too!
    Hmmm ...

    Aren't you, a Little Worried, About Secondary Canabalism?

    Those Crocs'll, Eat ANYTHING!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausduck1
    Tidbinbilla (aka Honeysuckle Creek) and Parkes are pretty special too

    Just for the record, we went to Siding Springs, Tidbinbilla, Parkes, and Canberra. Four observatories in about one week! It was very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausduck1
    d: vegemite smeared on your face and neck whilst camping is one of the only known defences against the rare but dangerous Aussie Drop-bear
    Aw, you don't believe in those, do you? (Thud!) Yeeaaaaggghhhhh!
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