Author Archive

  • Science and Art

    There’s a reason why Jodie Foster’s character (Ellie Arroway) in Carl Sagan’s Contact says, “They should have sent a poet.” Whenever you deal with something as vast and complex as Nature, and science’s interpretation of the world around us, it’s easy to fall into bland descriptive tropes and get overwhelmed with cold data. In order […]

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  • Forgotten Treasures

    I recently stumbled upon something that practically blew my mind. It was amazing to me because not only did I not realize that a machine – a single machine – was even capable of performing this type of extremely delicate, complicated, and massive task, but that it was actually up there doing it now (and […]

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  • My Morning Drive

    I just wanted to share some pictures I took on my commute this morning. It was a summer morning in early Spring – that’s Ohio for you. An unaccustomed warmth accompanied the fog over the cornfields. The Sun rose optimistically in the east while the birds sang their springtime pop songs… I drove past the […]

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  • Messier 3

    Messier 3 Discovered on May 3 1764   M3 is a globular cluster. A globular cluster is just a compact collection stars; basically a tiny galaxy within a galaxy. In fact, they may be smaller galaxies captured by our much larger Milky Way galaxy. M3 is one of the finest northern globular clusters. It’s super […]

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  • Nighttime Sightseeing

    I took advantage of the good weather we had the other night and spent some time under the stars. I had originally planned to keep the observatory closed and just use my dobsonian to do some old-fashioned star hopping and maybe sketch some of the things I saw. It just turned out to be too […]

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  • A Crystal Clear Evening

    Journal entry for 2015/04/26 ~9PM – ~10PM It’s a very calm, cool, clear evening. I honestly can’t remember a more clear night here in Columbus. There are stars visible I didn’t know you could see from here given the light pollution and usually poor viewing conditions. These are the nights we astronomers live for; a […]

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  • A Vacation in Time

    Have you ever taken a trip somewhere and it turned out to be not what you expected? I know I have. You see pictures in magazines of these beautifully exotic far-off places and get there to find trash on the ground and people everywhere trying to sell you junk trinkets and poorly made tee shirts. […]

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  • Spring Morning Jungle

    Spent a little time in the backyard this morning grabbing pictures of the ‘micro-scene.’ It blows my mind every time I stop and look – just a little closer – and see how many plants and animals we step over without even realizing it. There were spiders and ants, slugs and frogs, birds and gnats, […]

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  • Want to lose weight? Boil a frog…

    When Ella was one year old, about five years ago now, I weighed 205 pounds. Up until then I was OK with that. For some reason that winter, I decided I wanted to lose about 10 pounds – nothing crazy. I remember seeing pictures of myself at around 192 pounds (about 10 pounds lighter) and thought, “Man, I looked […]

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  • Backyard City

    Emergence, self-organization, complexity, and the beauty of it all… While taking a little stroll through the backyard the other day, Ella and I stumbled upon an anthill. From eye level, it looked like a simple dirt patch void of grass. But as we bent down to take a closer look, a bustling metropolis was reveled! There […]

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