AAS #11: Pictures!

By Phil Plait | January 9, 2008 1:30 pm

I forgot to bring my camera cable with me to the press room yesterday, so I wasn’t able to download pictures from camera until today (&^#%$&$ proprietary cables!). But I grabbed a few and uploaded them to my Flickr account, where they are in the AAS 2008 set. As of right now there are only a few in there, but I’ll add more as they come in.

Here’s a preview:

That’s me wearing the astronaut glove John Grunsfeld brought to his press conference on Tuesday. I was actually miming picking my nose, but maybe this is better for delicate appetites.

That’s me, Pamela, Fraser, and Rebecca (Astronomy Casters) at the blogger meetup, which was a HUGE success. I think upwards of a hundred folks were there at different times. We met lots of people from the area, including BAUT moderator Tinaa (Hi Tina!), BAUTer Neverfly, Cross Country, and Captain K, and lots of other great people. Thanks especially to George for sponsoring the event!


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  1. Jamie

    Thats it, I am gonna hold a big Astronomy Meeting in Edmonton then you will all have to come to me! Mwahahahahaha

  2. zer0

    The picture of the cactus crowd is perfect…. 8 guys standing in a circle in the corner like 3 feet from the only girl in sight… and no one makes a move.

  3. Michael Lonergan

    Hey, Jamie, I moved from Edmonton last year after 17 years there. I live near Vancouver now. How’s the weather!? I do not miss it.

  4. You were just miming picking your nose. Sure you were. We believe you.

  5. Adria

    I wish I hadn’t spent all my travel money on the Santa Fe GRB meeting – then I could be partying with the rest of the AASers instead of covering all of their classes. :(

  6. Davidlpf

    George next time you sponsor one of these events send me a ticket. Neverfly and a mod in the same room, wish I was there to see that.

  7. Sorry that I missed the meetup. I had other things going on. :(
    It looks like it was fun.

  8. Greg

    Hey Phil,

    My wife Ellen and I met you in person at the Iron Cactus. It was a pleasure meeting you in person, and talking about Doctor Who, and Futurama, and Star Wars and junk and stuff. Sorry we couldn’t stay longer. Hopefully you finally got to sample some of the tequila before the night was over!

    Next time you’re in town, definitely let us know. The Iron Cactus is but one of at least a hundred great spots to hang out here in Austin. We’d love to show you (and the whole family) around, if the opportunity ever comes up.

    Enjoy the rest of your visit!

  9. Karl Klemme

    First, it was great to meet you in person!

    Second thank you for introducing me to Fraser and Tina. I am rather shy and reclusive by nature and was having trouble knowing who was who. I had been there almost an hour before I got up the nerve to introduce myself to you (the only one I recognized).
    Third, Tina introduced me to several BAUTers and from then on I had a great time! Many great conversations with her, Neverfly, Cross Country, George, NGC3314 and others.

    Third, It’s Kaptain K.
    Captain ruins the alliteration of my first and last initials.

    Thank you very much!

  10. Since I’ve been working on Servicing Mission 4, every time I’m doing something difficult with my hands (running a screwgun at an inconvenient angle, for instance), I always ask myself “how much harder would this be while wearing astronaut gloves?”. But I hadn’t ever considered how much harder nose-picking would be.

  11. Gary Ansorge

    I’m not a big fan of these cumbersome suits. I expect, from some of the work I’ve seen on tele operated ‘bots for the disarming of bombs by our local police forces, that in space, the way to go is with such ‘bots. The operators sit in a comfy space can, and the ‘bots carry out the work in the dangerous, radiation saturated, atmospherically challenged space around the can. Then the operators can pick their noses at will,,,

    Gary 7

  12. Thanks for inviting us Austinites Phil. It was great to meet you in person because I loved your book. And now I’m hooked on Astronomy Cast since Pamela was such a treat to talk to as well!

    Let everyone in Central Texas know when you’re in Austin again. Maybe a book tour.

  13. shaz

    I met phil at the bloggers meeting .
    wow is he EVER into his fame, instead of being a nice guy what a jerk !!

    doesn’t even WORK as an astronomer.

    phil .. your a doofus , a moron .. if you were a REAL WORKING ASTRONOMER , i’d have more respect .

    phils’s favourite song .. the opera .. mee mee me meee me mee!

    what phil would like to call his website ..
    it’s all about me!

    i dare you to rebutt ! i bet your not man enough so called mr superstronomer ..(self named of course)

    i bet you don’t have the guts , even better .. make a video rebutt and i’ll make one back ..load it up to youtube and let the games begin !

    or are you chicken?


  14. deke

    Hey Phil i’d like to see that go for it then we can watch this shaz idiot make a fool of himself on the web lol

  15. Shellie

    Phil make a video to him. but knowing your kindness you won’t be ignorant. i’ve see him commenting on here to as a marcie besides shaz.

  16. Mike The Astronomer

    Phil let him kno in your video what you exactly do as a working astronomer . let’s see this guy on video. lol

    the Stephen Colbert video you made as cool, he was chicken to rebut
    call that shaz out!

    but your not . I’m still waiting for Colbert to come out of hiding from your video . when he said .. ” your hiding behind science ” that pissed me off, I defend science too so .. video shaz !

    I’ll be watching for it.


  18. Gregg

    Phil !! use the force !!

  19. Jamie

    Bit late to reply but, the weather is pretty chilly right now mike, -19 C or so. But supposed to get up to 3 on monday!! I can’t imagine why you would want to move from Edmonton, sure its bitterly cold in the winter 9 months out of the year, thats no biggie :)

  20. Gary Ansorge

    I hate trolls,,,

    GAry 7

  21. That’s a big glove.. funny picture :)

  22. LostOwl

    Hey guys. Longtime lurker, first time responder. Had a great time at the Iron Cactus. I enjoyed meeting with everyone both here and at AAS. Looking forward to some interesting discussions.

  23. George

    What a memorable treat to meet Phil, Fraser, Pam and so many Bauters! They had a great idea and everthing fell into place, including the weather. We could see Mars directly overhead on such a clear and Moonless night.

    I hope this becomes an AAS tradition!!


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