Forgetful in Seattle

I am in Seattle this week, attending the 225th conference of the American Astronomical Society.  I will be giving a presentation at one of this evening’s sessions.

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A Short Week In Long Beach

I’ve spent the last couple of days catching my breath following a wonderful mini vacation + science conference that my significant other (“StarMan”) and I attended last week.  We really made the most of the trip, in a way that I wished we lived our life, every day.  For example, we opted to drive to Long Beach rather than just fly, and we took a route down the awesome, vertigo-inducing Pacific Coast Highway, passing through Big Sur.  On the day we arrived in Los Angeles, we went to the La Brea tar pits, a place that I’ve wanted to see since I read about them as a 10-year-old paleontologist wanna-be!

We finally checked into our hotel in Long Beach and spent Monday through Thursday attending the American Astronomical Society conference, which is a kind of astronomers’ Super Bowl. Continue reading

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Part 1

Did you know that sleep could kill you?! (Or at least, cause a lot of serious health problems?)  Neither did I.  Of course, I’ve been familiar with the term “sleep apnea” for quite some time, but until now, always just regarded it as a fairly benign problem related to snoring that impacts sleep quality.  Continue reading