Posts Tagged ‘JREF’

Top 10 Ways to Know the Earth is Not Flat

Earth Moon - NASA

A few months ago I released an experiment video explaining how Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth using the shadow of sticks. The method was performed almost two millenia ago, and produced quite accurate results (considering the ‘equipment’ used). But it was far from being the only (or first) method to understand our planet’s shape.

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Phil Plait: The new President of the JREF

Philip Plait at The Amazing Meeting on January...

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Awesome news came out yesterday about the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation, that is responsible for The Amazing Meeting, among other things): Phil Plait (“The Bad Astronomer“) is the new President of the JREF! How awesome is that?

Check out the announcement on the Bad Astronomy blog!

Okay, beyond the fact that I have met Phil in TAM6 and he truly is a great guy, he is also an Astronomer, which means that the odds of having a TAM on the moon just increased… Okay, maybe not. But that won’t keep me from hoping.

So lots of luck and “Mazl Tov”, Phil Plait, for the new position! And if I am allowed a moment of pure selfishness: I hope this new (probably time-consuming) position decrease the amount of the quality posts in the Bad Astronomy blog so that I – and the other fans – can keep having quality Astronomy to read. It’s all about me, of course.

So head on the the Bad Astronomy blog and send Phil your congratulations!

The Amazing Meeting 6!

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Yes, I’m in Vegas, and contrary to common belief, this time what goes on in Vegas is not going to stay in Vegas – why, you ask? Well, because I’m here, and I’m tellin’.

We’ve just finished a busy-busy day full of amazing presentations, including a live recording of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe (Which I only wittnessed the end of, trying to figure out my way into the lecture hall, <sigh>), Openning words by James Randi, a great debunk of homeopathy by Dr Ben Goldacre, an uber-amazing presentation by Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson and a CSI presentation by Alec Jason, who helped James Randi expose Peter Popoff’s “tricks”.

I’ve also met (finally, face to face!) Richard Saunders (Australia Mystery Investigators and Tank Vodcast) and Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer).

So — TAM6 is still ongoing, and I already have another surprise up my sleeve that involves Richard Saunders and a very cool hushhush surprise for the attendees of TAM and the readers of the blog. So stay tuned for a definite awesomeness.

For those of you who are here in Vegas at the convention – look me up! You can write to me on the site, or by mail: moo [at] smarterthanthat [dot] com and we’ll get together for a beer. Or somethin’ 😉

Stay tuned for more Amazingness!

~moo

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