A Fun Year

I've been writing my blog for just one full year now, and it's time to take a break — for an indefinite amount of time. I'm doing a lot more work on the magazine, and it's increasingly hard to find time to write for our website.

Granted, the blog is just a small part of what I write for the Web; the lion's share of my time goes to observing stories like the recent one on the Geminids. But when push comes to shove, it's the observing stories that are indispensable. I'd much rather have 1000 people outside at night using the star charts that I've posted on our website than the same number of people chit-chatting about my opinions during the day. Opinions are cheap, but facts are facts.

Nonetheless, I've had a lot of fun spouting my opinions over the last year, and I still have a couple dozen topics that I've never gotten around to. Maybe you'll see some of them in the magazine! Meanwhile, here's an index to all the subjects that I've blogged:

Dec 19, 2007 The Scientific Value of Visual Observing
Dec 12, 2007 Holmes: Victim of Its Own Success
Dec 7, 2007 A Night in the Life of an S&T Editor
Nov 30, 2007 The Reliability of Visual Observing
Nov 20, 2007 The Amazing Comet Holmes
Nov 15, 2007 Traveling Without a Scope
Oct 11, 2007 Bye for a While
Sep 28, 2007 Big Binocular Messier Survey
Sep 20, 2007 Do the Planet Limbo
Sep 12, 2007 Calendars
Aug 31, 2007 Ridiculously Small Optics
Aug 29, 2007 Moonset Eclipse
Aug 23, 2007 Astronomical Twilight
Aug 16, 2007 Discussions Restored
Aug 14, 2007 Stellafane
Aug 9, 2007 Some Suburban Messiers
Aug 2, 2007 Twilight
Jul 30, 2007 Microsaccades
Jul 26, 2007 The North America Nebula
Jul 24, 2007 Comet Envy
Jul 20, 2007 Anticipating August
Jul 17, 2007 Pollution and Stargazing
Jul 13, 2007 Galaxies and Clusters and Comet, Oh My!
Jul 5, 2007 Strange Encounters Part II
Jun 26, 2007 Strangers in the Night
Jun 21, 2007 The Day the Sun Stands Still
Jun 14, 2007 Decisions, Decisions
Jun 8, 2007 Desk-Chair Science
Jun 1, 2007 Fear
May 25, 2007 Unexpected Connections
May 15, 2007 Big Sky
May 10, 2007 Coda: Binoculars Versus Starblast
May 1, 2007 Binoculars Part III: One Eye Versus Two
Apr 27, 2007 Three Binoculars: Part II
Apr 23, 2007 A Tale of Three Binoculars: Part I
Apr 13, 2007 Stars and Birds
Apr 4, 2007 How Brightly Shines the Moon?
Mar 31, 2007 Better Late Than Never
Mar 22, 2007 Measuring Skyglow
Mar 28, 2007 School Time
Mar 21, 2007 Dressing Up for an Evening Out
Mar 16, 2007 Equipment
Mar 14, 2007 Waiting for Sagittarius
Mar 7, 2007 The Meaning of Stargazing
Mar 5, 2007 A Spontaneous Star Party
Feb 26, 2007 Celestial Time and Human Time
Feb 22, 2007 Instant Astronomy
Feb 19, 2007 June in February
Feb 16, 2007 Stars and Snowflakes
Feb 13, 2007 Mercury Retrospective
Feb 9, 2007 Keeping Myself Honest
Jan 31, 2007 Hello World
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