Archive for February, 2009

Crash Course Continues


Big questions this week. How to concurrently develop fact and fiction. How to create strong structure and leave room for ambiguity and surprise.

Doing some scythe- like discarding of previous ideas. Becoming aware how dependent we are on department participation. Making some friends in the centre, everyone nice and potentially a bit scared of artists.

Interviews and writing both about to start.

CRASH course in Astrophysics continues. The actual brain is hurting. Conclusions are that the universe must hurt because of all the expanding.

Comas. Comas. Yes to comas. The Glasgow Coma Scale. Degeneracy and degeneracy pressure are everywhere in space. Germaine Greer replies. Finding locations that are pink pink pink. Being told we cant use them. In Chinese.

Cataclysmic variables. Young relativistic binary pulsar. Most eccentric millisecond pulsar. Permanent superhumpers. Stellar exotica.

Posted: February 18th, 2009
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Void Love Blast Off


Our residency at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (Swinburne) has just begun, and we are attacking the Square Kilometre Array project and its five key science directives.

Getting to know the astronomers and their areas (“my first love is binary and millisecond pulsars”), and beginning to broadly map their obsessions against soap opera narrative formulas. Casting and interferometry.

1. The Cradle of Life;

2. Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Magnetism;

3. Strong Field Tests of Gravity using Pulsars and Black Holes;

4. Probing the Dark Ages; and

5. Evolution of Galaxies and Cosmic Large Scale Structure.

Faint spectral lines. Minihaloes and musk lollies. Dusty disks. Mesmerism and magnetism. Kamahl. Supermassive black holes. Binary pairs and evil twins. Voyeurism. Lighthouses.  Banana lounges and gravity. Nearly empty spaces and dark energy. Administration. Comas. Void. Love. Unification of the Ultimate Theory of the Universe.

Having no background in physics makes it much easier to confuse the ridiculous astronomical vocabulary for poetry or pop lyrics. “We are looking for a pulsar orbiting the supermassive black hole at the Galactic Centre”.

Nicky + Willoh

Posted: February 11th, 2009
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