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Joseph K. H. Cheng

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Re: Galaxy Zoo Lectures!
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2009, 10:19:08 am »
Details huh? Oh all right . . . :D ;D

Apparently it is "interesting" (i.e. unusual) for a speaker to help set the chairs out. :o (In the unlikely event that I become a world famous lecturer and a household name, I shall continue to help set the chairs out.)

Rick turned up carrying a lot of scary equipment - e.g. a massive silver suitcasey thing and a mike which required tying together with rainbow shoelacey things - shortly after I arrived.

Two of Weezerd's mates arrived to hear. ;D






There are a lot of weird codes to get into the building. But tea, coffee and biscuits are available. They seem to do a "club night" - with several speakers and lots of fun - every two weeks, and this was one of them.

I was the first speaker, thank goodness - I hate waiting! Unfortunately, I was just trying to open my slideshow when the laptop crashed. It moved the picture but not the text. >:( ::) And then it only showed the desktop background, which was a picture of a NASA plane over some clouds. I began my talk with "Welcome to a very interesting evening all about an aeroplane which says NASA on its tail". Eventually we had to use a different laptop. I re-began my talk by announcing that I was talking about the Internet, and my tendency to destroy technology just by coming near it made me the perfect person to do that. (Someone told me that Wolfgang Pauli had that tendency too.)

I was trying a slightly different order from the way I usually go - I began with the SDSS telescope, and I did the CW/ACW before I talked about the forum. I wanted the discoveries to lead into one another. I had a slide of hilarious galactic animals, at least I thought so but nobody laughed. :(

Nevertheless, I think they enjoyed it. ;D ;D ;D I mentioned quite a few of you, not all of you by name. I could have talked about the Zoo forever . . .

Good show, Alice. Congratulations !

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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2009, 10:47:32 am »
There are ALWAYS technology problems!  I had to laugh (quietly to myself) at some workshops I've attended where the whole point was to show teachers how wonderful technology is and what you can do with it in your classroom...and then there is a 15 min. delay while someone runs off to find the correct cable/adaptor/plug...whatever.   :-\  But it sounds like you handled the technology glitches perfectly!! Any pictures? Did anyone record it?

:D

And good to hear it went well besides the techy problems! ;D

Mine is in two hours...

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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2009, 02:35:42 pm »
Well, last night was a great success. There were about 50 people there and Alice's talk lasted 40 mins. It
was very interesting and informative, providing a good presentation to a canny audience. After the initial
computer issues, it progressed well. I'll write about the production process in the Musician's Lounge thread,
as that might be quite boring to non-tech heads.

A recording was made and a Podcast (a long MP3) has been produced. I need Alice's permission to release
it onto the internet, so I'll put it up to listen to on MONDAY MORNING. Any niceties should be sorted by then,
so everyone can have a listen. There were some questions after the talk, but I was not allowed to record
these as it involved other people.

The accompanying slides will be uploaded to somewhere by Alice, so you'll have to join the two together
in your own time. So, you'll have to wait till MONDAY, but it will be worth it.

Thanks again to Alice, BAS and all citizen scientists from GZ!
http://www.bristolastrosoc.org.uk/wb/index.php

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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2009, 03:11:07 pm »
Great to hear that the talks went well and attracted interest!

Alice - technology issues have long been with us. When I walked in to defend my dissertation (that would be in 1982, for all you smart-alecks), I was plenty nervous with not only the professors I expected, but another one from out of town whose calculations I was using and who "just happened" to be in town. So I gather my wits, flip on the overhead projector to show my data and spectroscopic analysis examples - and its bulb died. What with rapidly scouring the building for another projector, I didn't have time to get any more nervous...

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« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2009, 03:47:16 pm »
My voice lasted for my talk and no technical problems here. Also, lots of good questions from the audience, so mine went well as well. :) Looking forward to the next, next Friday. 8)

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« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2009, 03:58:01 pm »
Great news re Alice, and Rick....
and also well done to Hanny!

Long may the Zoo live, our knowledge to expand!


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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2009, 11:38:50 pm »
nice one alice and rick.  isn't it always the way though, no matter how well you prepare for something, there is always something unforeseen that can throw a spanner in the works. its good to hear you both survived the ordeal in a composed manner, despite the added pressure of having it all recorded. it should stand you in good stead for future talks. 50 people is a decent sized audience. well done

well done too, to hanny, on your talk. i had a look at your web link provided and thought you may be able to make use of this... http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/ ... given your method for opening your talks to those less savvy on the subject(you may have to install 'JAVA' on your comp to view it though if you do not already have this software-its worth it though).

good luck for all future talks to waveney, els and those mentioned already, and those yet to be...the whole 'zoo' is no doubt proud of you all  ;)

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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2009, 10:53:39 am »
Ah thanks Marke, the powers of ten.. interesting eh. :)

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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2009, 04:39:00 pm »
yes i think so, it blew my mind the first time i saw it a couple of years ago along with the size comparison of earth to solar masses images you are using at present  :o
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« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2009, 08:33:37 pm »
I'm glad to hear that the talks went well and look forward to hearing the MP3's.  :)

One thing that I have learned from public speaking is never trust the technology. :)
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« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2009, 08:31:24 am »
An MP3 of Alice's talk to the BAS available here. It is a big file, so it will take 3-4mins to download.
Please follow the link, which will take you to the GZ blog.
http://www.galaxyzooblog.org/2009/01/26/galaxy-zoo-goes-to-bristol-part-2-alices-talk
Bristol astronomical Society - www.bristolastrosoc.org.uk
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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2009, 09:28:00 am »
It's wonderful - I recommend a listen.  (I may have to borrow a few bits)
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« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2009, 09:30:48 am »
Wonderful indeed ! Great talk !

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« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2009, 09:38:14 am »
I agree, Great Talk Alice!!! :) Thanks Rick for podcasting it too. :)

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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2009, 10:56:46 am »
Yes agree, very good talk and very clear as well, good job who ever handled the recording end.
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