You won't see such pandering here. I'm going on vacation next week and I'm not sorry I won't have access to a computer to write things here. From what I understand, I won't even have a TV (which is fine with me nearly all of my must-see shows are in repeats). Even if there is Internet access, I won't use it.
Nevertheless, I should have access to a dark sky. I'm considering toting a small telescope, but I'm more likely just to bring binoculars, along with a copy of the September/October issue of Night Sky. The cover story, "Binocular Bonanza!" by James Mullaney, should keep me busy if skies are clear and I'm able to stay up.
I also checked Heavens-Above.com and found that there will be a magnitude 8 Iridium flare during the week. To zero in on my location, I used my new favorite Internet mapping utility, ACME Mapper, which not only lets me easily find longitude and latitude, but also determine altitude by switching to a topographic map. ACME Mapper has many other interesting features. I wrote about these Google Maps offshoots in the July 2006 Sky & Telescope (page 96), in which I noted that I though the term "mashup" was lame. It sounds like a word a 2nd grader came up with. I thought of a better, techy-sounding word recently: synth, as in synthesis. So I'm going to start calling these cool tools "Google Maps synths." Anybody with me?
Also in that article, I mentioned a possible impact crater in northern Canada that reader Gerald Hanner had wondered about. I have not heard directly from an expert, but I did see a posting on the Minor Planet Mailing List that the feature is actually an example of a diapir. So perhaps that ends that mystery.
Have a good week.