Two astronomers. Separated by only 22 degrees, 58 minutes of latitude, 33 degrees, 29 minutes of longitude, yet seemingly worlds apart. Their common goal: figure out the very nature of the Universe and its womenfolk.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


So, we barrel at full speed towards the conclusion of yet another week of astronomy. I've been pretty focussed of late, hence the lack of blog activity! Am hoping that the current revision of the preheating paper will be the final one before it gets the official overhaul from Carlos, and maybe Julio and Frazer too. Will certainly feel a lot more confident to have a publication under the belt, even if it sinks without a trace on the citations front.

Been an interesting week - Jim2's play on Tueday was an enjoyable deviation. His Kansas accent will remain with me to the grave (think "ain't geddin on no plane, foo"). Last night saw the third installment of whisky club, which was greatly enjoyable to host. There were mixed feelings this morning over the issue of the third bottle. Noam in particular seemed to suffer - still we got to nail a load of Bowmore again which can't be bad.

Today's highlight was the opening of the eScience Research Institute (is every new university building an institute these days?) by Sir David King, the government's chief scientific advisor. Adrian, Phil, Carlton and I went over with some posters and were flatly ignored, but he gave an interesting address. Clearly a sharp bod. Carlton and I made short work of the food they'd laid on.

Right - tonight and Friday need serious nose-to-grindstone efforts to get the paper finished. I'm feeling motivated but tired. I think I'll put some Bachmann Turner Overdrive on my iPod....


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