April 04, 2006

Several students came to the observatory tonight to make required observations. We looked at the Moon, M42 and Saturn. That was after a failed attempt at hunting for M81 (or M82). We were able to get a decent shot of M42.

20 sec. exposure, level adjusted

We also took a picture of Saturn. It actually turned out all right, but ended up being much smaller than I expected it would be. Next time, I may have to try without a star diagonal.

These last few weeks have been quite busy. R and I were in CF over Spring Break. I gave a talk to the Physics Department there. It was great to be back on campus; it brought back many memories. The department had just moved out of the Physics Building as part of a long anticipated renovation. The faculty is currently spread all over campus, but I did get to see some research labs. Prof. B. gave me a tour of his lab and some good advice for new faculty. He said I should keep a journal of my experiences as a new professor.

R and I have been watching a lot of DVDs, since she has the Blockbuster Online subscription. In the past few weeks, I've seen "Gosford Park", "Goodfellas", "Fever Pitch" and the first 8 episodes (2 discs) of "Lost". I was surprised at how good "Fever Pitch" was as a baseball movie. I expected Jimmy Fallon to be more like the Red Sox fan that he played on SNL than what he actually did. The best line was when he tells the boyfriends/husbands of Lindsay's friends that he has season tickets to the Sox and one of the guys says: "If Lindsay breaks up with you, I'll never forgive her." Classic. "Goodfellas" was a great movie. "Gosford Park" started slow and I was half expecting it to turn into a variation of Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap," which it did not. I fell asleep during the second half of the movie for about 15 minutes, but woke up and had not missed anything. The film could stand some editting, but all together it was a good rent. "Lost" is pretty good, although it hasn't completely hooked me.

My ratings:

Gosford Park - worth renting
Goodfellas - wish I had seen in the theatre
Fever Pitch - worth renting (especially for baseball fans)
Lost - worth renting (so far)

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