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In the Gutter, Refusing to Look at the Stars

The night sky is my refuge. I find peace and inspiration and a kind of analytical comfort in its resolute refusal to feel sorry for me or my planet. I see potential there, a million possible worlds where the universe is experimenting with consciousness and intelligence.  But lately I’ve felt a strange resistance to looking…

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What I’ve Been Up To, and Why…

I fixed the gyro that had my life briefly spinning out of control, and am back up and running. Bicycle Astronomy will start up again soon here in Geneva. The Bicycle Astromomy facebook page is already relaying useful content on bikes and telescopes (and their various uses) to a wider audience. And the twitter feed…

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The Song of Saturn

There are some places in the world where it seems to be easy to capture beautiful images. When I travelled in Turkey, I felt like I could have aimed my camera blindfolded and came away with great images. It seems there are similar places of excessive beauty in the solar system, and Saturn is one…

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Astronomy on Tap’s Cosmos Bingo

Astronomy on Tap is a great little outreach project that places hip scientists in cities like New York and Columbus, Ohio (and who knows, maybe Rochester or even Geneva soon) to give free, fun presentations about the universe. “Science is even better with beer,” is the group’s tagline. The concept of meeting people where they…

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Building a Cargo Bike Pannier

As I’ve written before, I love my Yuba Mundo. It’s a fantastic bike that can do things other bikes can’t, mainly carry a lot more people and cargo. It’s the singular tool that can empower a person, no, even a whole family, to live car free in an urban or small town environment. I’ve waxed…