Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I've neglected this blog after saying I was going to write it over the summer—my apologies. Life has been crazy.  Or rather, having a life has been crazy. For once in my life I've been taking time off to enjoy friends and take off on ill-advised weekend trips where I pick the only day in the year that it's pouring in the damned desert and then the term started and work happened. So without further ado, here's what I've really been up to:

Switching Gears

Friday, May 31, 2013

I was talking to my mother the other day, and in a turn of events that gets increasingly rarer as my coursework is increasingly over her head, we ended up talking about science.
"Remember that blog you had for your introductory astronomy class? I liked when you answered all of the questions." 
"Yes, mother, but all my coursework has been really mathematical recently." 
"Don't lose the ability to talk to laypeople about astronomy."

For reasons unknown, that stuck with me.  I haven't enjoyed talking about science a lot recently, and I've enjoyed doing it even less, but this conversation with my parents combined with a discussion I had with one of my professors a couple of weeks back about the importance of outreach sealed my fate.  So here I am over a year after I abandoned my Ay 20 course blog writing about science again.

This time I'm not going into it with a set plan.  I'm doing this for me, not for an assignment so it will be decidedly less structured.  I might talk rather a lot about ULXs, as that's what my summer and thesis research will be.  I might not talk at all for long stretches.  There may be interjections made about day-to-day life as a 22 year old double major walking existential crisis, particularly as I try to navigate my upcoming senior year.  Who knows!

Anyway, what I'm really trying to say is: watch this space.