anticipating failure

Willb/ October 25, 2020/ personal/ 0 comments

As trite as I think it is to discuss time and the perception of time (especially in the context of quarantine), this semester has really wrought havoc on my sense of time. In this past week alone, I’ve shifted between operating on so many different timescales that I’ve found myself completely disorientated, staring down the barrel of another week. To

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Interview: Lena Treiber (Observing Outbursts from Orbit)

Willb/ October 16, 2020/ Interviews, research log/ 0 comments

Preface This article was originally published in the Amherst STEM Network magazine online (at this link) with the title “Observing Outbursts from Orbit.” I’ve republished it here for posterity (the online articles are usually fleeting – there will be a link to the stable magazine copy of this article sometime soon as well). I hope you enjoy it, and that

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Interview: Joe Palmo (High Flying Adored: Whole Air Sampling Research Tracks Emissions from Fuel Leaks)

Willb/ October 15, 2020/ Interviews, research log/ 0 comments

Preface This article was originally published in the Amherst STEM Network magazine online (at this link) with the title “High Flying Adored: Whole Air Sampling Research Tracks Emissions from Fuel Leaks.” I’ve republished it here for posterity (the online articles are usually fleeting – there will be a link to the stable magazine copy of this article sometime soon as

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a little update to my first game

Willb/ October 2, 2020/ games/ 0 comments

I published a small update to Fly Trap, my small second person adventure game, where you play as (spoiler) an ant from venus, exploring a ruined building on earth. This was mostly spurred by the recent announcement about the discovery of phosphine on venus, and the big press buzz about that. There’s a little embed in this post you can

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Interview: Follette Lab’s MagAOX web-tool team (Telescope Time Trials)

Willb/ September 30, 2020/ Interviews, research log/ 0 comments

Preface This article was originally published in the Amherst STEM Network magazine online (at this link) with the title “Telescope Time Trials.” I’ve republished it here for posterity (the online articles usually fleeting – there will be a link to the stable magazine copy of this article sometime soon as well). I hope you enjoy it, and that you check

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American astronomers have a moral obligation to support O’odham land defenders

Willb/ September 29, 2020/ lefty astronomy/ 0 comments

Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), the beloved observatory which “supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth” is in turn supported by – that is, resides atop – a sacred mountain of the O’odham people. The observatory, which has provided smaller institutions and the public an equal opportunity to conduct and publish astronomy research for over half a

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The mortifying ordeal

Willb/ September 23, 2020/ personal/ 0 comments

A while ago someone wrote “If we want the rewards of being loved we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known,” in some fancy newspaper. This concept – of submission to such an excruciating process in order to find comfort and solidarity with others – resonated with a lot of people. Like anything that can be interpreted

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Interview: Follette Lab’s accretion database team (Accretion Machines)

Willb/ September 22, 2020/ Interviews, research log/ 0 comments

Preface This article was originally published in the Amherst STEM Network magazine online (at this link) with the title “Accretion Machines.” I’ve republished it here for posterity (the online articles are usually fleeting – there will be a link to the stable magazine copy of this article sometime soon as well). I hope you enjoy it, and that you check

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