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( Jan. 7th, 2009 12:44 pm)
Can't do anything else right now, might as well write.

Let's see... what are the muses saying?

Oh yeah, write what you know best.

Yourself.
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( Aug. 30th, 2008 04:23 pm)
So, before I do anything else, I think it's time for me to take a moment and stop and express my deep appreciation for everyone who has helped me get to where I am now in my education.
Click for a long list of thank yous )
Supernova remnant G1.9+0.3I've just put the finishing touches on my latest Wikipedia contribution: Supernova remnant G1.9+0.3.

NASA held a press conference today to announce the discovery of this object, the remains of a supernova that exploded about 140 years ago (relative to Earth time -- it actually exploded about 25,000 years ago, and the radio waves are just reaching us now). It's the youngest supernova we have yet found, which is very exciting to scientists, because most observed supernovae explosions in human history took place before the invention of radio and X-ray astronomy. The last supernova in the Milky Way Galaxy that could actually be observed visually from Earth took place in 1604.

I listened in to the press conference over the web, and when I saw that there was only a stub about the press conference on Wikipedia, with no details, I decided to write an article, citing sources and gathering pictures.

I am such a geek! ;-) But astronomy was always my first passion in life, I can think of no higher calling than to contribute to the greater sum of freely-available human knowledge!

Here's the complete list of everything I've written (or significantly contributed to) on Wikipedia.
It's rare that I'm truly impressed with the quality of writing in Seattle's alternative weekly newspaper, The Stranger, but the cover feature this past week really hit home. Megan Seling wrote a powerful piece about baking cookies to deal with winter depression, titled, "The Long Winter". It's a very enlightening look at depression from the point of view of someone who has to deal with it, and the Seattle/Everett setting makes it all the more real. And the writing style kind of reminds me of my friend [livejournal.com profile] kadyg: wry and sardonic and very wise. (That's a compliment, Kady!)

But what's most interesting is... lately, I've been thinking about baking cookies.

Seriously. (For proof, see this comment I made in my friend [livejournal.com profile] kennapea's journal on Nov. 26th)

Click for more about cookies! )
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