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A final post about Jeff Medkeff

August 19, 2008 | By

My friend Jeff Medkeff died on August 3rd. There are a few posts here about him, but Jeff’s final request was that a blog post be written on his cancer blog, Yucatangee Eventually Shuts Up. I know most of you don’t know him, but reading that entry you might get a glimpse of the strength […]

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Jeff Medkeff (Blue Collar Scientist) has died

August 4, 2008 | By

I am terribly, terribly saddened to say that my friend and fellow skeptic, Jeff Medkeff, aka Blue Collar Scientist, succumbed to cancer on Sunday. Damn. Jeff was an astronomer, specifically an asteroid hunter. He found dozens of big rocks out there, and just recently named four of them after PZ Myers, Rebecca Watson, Mike Stackpole, […]

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Atlanta Skeptics pre-Dragon*Con star party!

July 18, 2012 | By

For the past few years, the night before Dragon*Con in Atlanta officially starts, Maria Walters and the Atlanta Skeptics have held a wonderful star party to help raise money in honor of Jeff Medkeff, an astronomer and friend who died of liver cancer. Jeff hunted for asteroids, naming several after friends, including me. He was […]

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Why I'm (still) not worried about my cell phone hurting my brain

June 1, 2011 | By

I’m getting lots of notes from people about the latest press release from the World Health Organization, saying there is a "possible" link between cell phones and brain cancer. My first reaction was, "Seriously?" This keeps popping up every now and again, but this was the first time I had heard it from a group […]

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10 Rock

November 23, 2010 | By

Ten years ago tonight, an astronomer found a moving blip in his images. Not long after that, he found another one as well. I don’t know what he was thinking at that moment, though I imagine the thrill of discovery never goes away, no matter how many asteroids you discover, even when the whole idea […]

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Star party to kick cancer's butt

August 1, 2010 | By

If you’ll be in the Atlanta area on September 2 — the night before Dragon*Con — then I strongly urge you to attend the Second Annual Atlanta Skeptics Star Party. This is a charity event to raise money for the American Cancer Society Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in memory and honor of our friend Jeff […]

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Bad Astronomy gets Surly

July 6, 2010 | By

If you ever read Skepchick, you already know of Surly Amy: skeptic, artist, photographer, and all around cool chick. I’m glad to have her as a friend. She also creates wonderful critical thinking jewelry she calls Surlyramics. These are ceramic necklaces and other accouterments with skeptical, scientific, and critical thinking phrases and drawings on them. […]

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My Dragon*Con schedule

September 3, 2009 | By

As you read this I will be somewhere between Boulder and Atlanta (inclusive), attending Dragon*Con, one of my favorite weeks of the year. D*C is a huge (45,000+attendees) convention about scifi, science, fantasy, comics, and also skepticism. Like last year, the JREF has a big presence at the con, and Derek Colanduno from Skepticality, who […]

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August 26, 2009 | By

A few years ago, when I was working on my Masters degree, I was trying to find the coordinates on the sky of a handful of objects I wanted to observe. This was a tortuous process of looking up object names, cross-referencing journal articles, hoping someone listed their position, usually not. Just a few years […]

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Dragons and stars

August 25, 2009 | By

I hear tell that there are still a few tickets left for the pre-Dragon*Con star party, where Pamela Gay and I will regale you with tales of heavenly wonders, then we’ll take you outside and show you stuff. Not only that, but the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society in honor of my friend […]

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