Guess I wasn't wrong in my assessment of how well my presentation as the Oxford University Astronomy Weekend went. This morning, I woke up to find an e-mail in my InBox from the organiser, which began:

Many thanks for the part you played in the successful astronomy weekend this year. I am receiving requests to invite you back for an unprecedented third time in a row – requests with which I am very happy to comply.

I cannot pretend that I am not pleased by the invitation... especially when one considers that some seriously big-name physicists and astronomers -- like Alan Watson, Sir Marin Rees, Roger Davies, etc. -- have lectured at this event over the past thirty-one years!

So..... I guess I know what I am doing for the third weekend in April next year! In 2010, the theme of the weekend will be "Advances in Astronomy", and I have been invited to speak on the topic of "Neutrino Astronomy," which I can (and will) quite happily do.

After that, I think I'm done. I have spoken about dark matter, I have spoken about cosmic rays, I will speak about neutrinos. That covers all three areas where I have done research! No matter how popular my next talk is, they cannot invite me back in 2011 -- I will have nothing left to speak about!

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I always knew you were unprecedented!

This is fantastic. I'm sure you will find new things to talk about -- when you have a passion for a subject, it finds a way of escaping out into the world.

*hair scrunch*

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Aw, shucks! So... are you trying to make me blush? ;-D

I'm fairly chuffed at being asked back yet again -- the Astro Weekends are always good fun. Plus, by asking me to speak on neutrino astronomy, they are getting the world's expert on experimental searches for relic neutrinos from supernova in the early universe. *grin*

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It's because you are just that awesome!

I'd love to hear you speak sometime. The formal presentation on the field that you love type of speech, not the "Alex, did you know your shoes are on fire?" type of speaking!

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I would be more than happy to chat with you a bit sometime about particle astrophysics, hon! Maybe not at Starwood, when I like getting away from it all, but I will be in Michigan again later this year...

Also, don't underestimate the "Alex, did you know your shoes are on fire" type of speaking. It was both useful and amusing all at once! *grin*

From: [identity profile]

But I would love to see the big presentation type of speech! *g* It's all cool, though.

The "Alex did you know your shoes are on fire" type of speaking is much easier to come by. Especially at Starwood!

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By 2011, I'm positive you'll have fresh material to talk about...

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None of these happen to end up in video form on the internet do they? Or at least audio? I'd love to listen.

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I think that one of the attendees made recordings, both this year and last. They aren't official, but I can try to track down a copy.

Meanwhile, there will be another Event Horizon party in July. If you come, I will be happy to spend some time chatting about particle astrophysics with you! It's practically a tradition at these parties!

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Awesome! I'll definitely do my best to make the next party.

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You'll have fresh data by 2011, i'm sure. :)
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off Topic

Soime late suggestions for your cheese songs via [ profile] plumsbitch (we had pasta with much cheese this evening and it may have gotten a little silly)

"Cheese is a many splendoured thing"
"Cheese will tear us apart"
"You only say you cheese me when you're drunk"
"Tainted cheese"
and my personal favorite - "Sit my face and tell me that you cheese me"

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Re: off Topic

Sweetie, it is never too late for contributions to the Silly Cheese Song Project! :-)

At dinner tonight, [ profile] cheshcat made the following addition, from the O'Jays:

People all over the world
Join hands
Start a cheese train
cheese train

Have I mentioned lately that you're pretty awesome!

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I somehow think you'd always find something interesting to speak about.


From: [identity profile]

really? until you get to brushwood or until you arrive in the STates? I count over 70 days until starwood. we arrive July 19th. You got me all excited you! *beats him with a feather*

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Um, yeah... I got distracted and mis-typed! What I meant to say was seventy-seven days. Maybe it was wishful thinking? ;-)

From: [identity profile]

Of course it was wishful thinking. Heck, I'd be there now if I could. he he he. ;-)

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wow, that's brilliant news, congratulations!


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