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Showing posts from January, 2012

Saturday Afternoon Music Break

Via Bri: The Joy Formidable with their song Buoy

Mmmmmm, delicious planets

Via Quinn, planetary chocolates! From the comments area at Reddit: " When I was a kid, they gave you 9 planetary chocolates " " If they were to scale, the Jupiter chocolate would have to be as big as your head. Or, most of the planets would have to be microscopic. " " Eating Jupiter or Saturn would be a bitch. "

Marism over dinner

Over dinner: Me: Guys, I have to go to a meeting in 15 minutes Owen: WHAT?!?!? Again!??!? Me: Yup Marcus: Are you coming home when we wake up? Me: I'll be back before then Owen: Long before then Me: And I'll get home around 8:30 tonight.  I'll kiss you, and you and Daddy Marcus: On the butt? All: LOL

Berkeley Enough

Berkeley Enough From the Whole Foods boys: Needing a dose of granola..... -------------- Yoga Girl  will get you too--- best use of "Namaste", evah!

Office Furtniture

When I first arrived in my new office in the Cahill Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics at Caltech I received a nice little pot of money to furnish and decorate. Among other things, I got some  Humanscale  office chairs and a Biomorph sit/stand desk, which are great. This all comes to mind because I recently gave some ergonomics advice to a friend of mine. I also get a lot of comments about my stand-up desk. Admittedly I only stand about 20% of the time, but the kids, they love the stand-up configuration and motorized action . However, looking back, perhaps I should have instead opted for one of these: Then again, it probably wouldn't be optimal for working after a big lunch at the Ath. For maximum comfort/excitement while writing code or working on proposals, this option is the only way to go: Then again, this setup might not work after a heavy lunch either, but for different reasons...

AAS Press Conference

Here's a recording of the AAS/NASA press event.

News reel for KOI-961 and its three tiny planets

NYT   MSNBC BBC News Pasadena Star News 1   Pasadena Star News 2   San Francisco Chronicle   Wired New Scientist and more! http://www.sciencenewsline. com/space/2012011122470002. html   http://www.informationweek. com/news/personal-tech/ science-tech/232400269 caltech_scientists_discover_3_ smallest_planets.php releases/2012/01/120111154045. htm Science/2012/0111/Scientists- discover-three-smallest-alien- planets-yet planets-smaller-earth-found- 191210276.html space/kepler-spots-trio-of- tiny-planets-120111.html 205_162-57357287/new-finding- points-to-crowded-and-crazy- cosmos/ news/n1201/11kepler/   http://seattletimes.nwsource. com/html/businesstechnology/ 2017210653_ apussciplentifulplanets.html? syndication=rss 45960890/n

Smallest Exoplanets Found—Each Tinier Than Earth

Source: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration Smallest Exoplanets Found—Each Tinier Than Earth I got to participate in a press conference today to announce three record-setting exoplanets that my group at Caltech discovered around a little red dwarf star named KOI-961. The paper, led by my postdoc Phil Muirhead, is on astro-ph tonight: 'via Blog this'

Finding the Next Earth: On TV!

Back in March last year I was contacted by a very interesting person named Dana Berry. The funny thing is that I almost deleted the email before reading it because it was from an AOL email address (AOL?!). Fortunately I got over my email prejudices (have you accepted Gmail into your heart yet?) and opened the message, which read: Hello Dr. Johnson, I am producing a show for the National Geographic Channel about the hunt for the next planet Earth as it involves the Kepler and Corot missions, and the plans to characterize these new found worlds with missions like JWST, the upcoming TMT telescope, etc.  We are already in post production, but had sought to get a "pick up" interview with Geoff Marcy.  Alas, he is unavailable.  This was a disappointment since Marcy is so extraordinarily good on camera. But, Marcy highly recommends you as a potential replacement.  Would you be interested in doing an interview about the follow up to Kepler, and to JWST?  If so, are you avail

A family that shoots together...

In an early morning raid, Pasadena police found a large weapons stash at the so-called "Johnson Compound." The confiscated collection of firearms included 2 semiautomatic dart guns equipped with "whistler darts," a Berzerker pump-action dart gun with a center-launched rocket, a pump-action assault rifle with multiple ammo clips, and a compact yet high-power "Mar Gun" with a laser sight. "We're glad we found these guns," said the police chief. "It's possible that these darts would have hit innocent bystanders visiting the compound for dinner or something." The purpose of the guns is not immediately clear to investigators. However, experts close to the case speculated that the Johnsons may have planned to use the guns to shoot each other in crazy "dart wars," with Mommy and Owen on one team, and Daddy and Mar on the other. Investigators painted a chilling scene of family members sprinting down hallways shooting

My Sis

My lovely and talented sister, Erin Johnson (not to be confused with my wife, Erin Johnson or my nephew Aaron Johnson) with her cover of Adele's "Someone Like You." If you enjoyed this, please click through to YouTube and click "Like" and leave a comment . When she's famous you can say you were into her music before it was cool :)