Monday, May 21, 2007

Places to go, pictures to take

So tomorrow morning I'm off for a week or so in sunny middle of frackin' nowhere New Mexico. City of Rocks State Park, to be exact. One might realistically ask why I'll be headed there, to sleep in a tent, try to avoid rattlesnakes and scorpions, stay up til 2 or 3 every night, miss mrsdrmagoo terribly, and try to demonstrate some semblance of sanity. The answer, of course - work! We've organized a travel course on Astrophotography, and this is one of the darkest public sites in the country. There will be 5 professors (two of whom are teaching the course, two of us who are doing a little teaching, but are mostly learning how to do this stuff and to assist, and one who is coming along because he can) and 17 students. We'll be doing all sorts of late-night activities - well, the sort that involves a camera, a telescope, a computer, and looking up - and a bunch during the day - trips to historic towns, petroglyph sites, the VLA (where we can stand in the footsteps of Jodie Foster - and many brilliant scientists), and assorted natural wonders. Have fun whilst I'm gone, and don't burn down any important buildings (unless you can trap certain politicians).

Oh, and IMPEACH!


schmidlap said...

Sounds like fun, doc!

Too bad that, by definition, you are furthering an anti-god, atheist agenda that will leave your mortal soul in peril.

'Cuz remember, the Earth is the center of the Universe, and it's all only 6000 years old, so whatever you're doing out there is a blasphemy...

Peter said...

God is testing his faith.

I'm Not Ned said...

I'd love for Doc to get an astrophoto of god testing his faith. :^)

As a rank amateur astrophotog I've quite jealous. Have a fantastic time and if you get down to the Sloan scope near Cloudcroft there is quite a view of the Tularosa Valley. I was once in the valley at 3 rivers petroglyphs, all alone with the rattlers, when a formation of F-117s flew over at 1,000ft. Wow.