Drunk Planets

Hi folkses, Last weekend whilst stuck in traffic on the way to Sacramento, I was talking (ahem, nerding out) with a friend about data, visualizations, coding, finding our respective niches, doing meaningful work, etc.  At some point, I told him that I began learning Python for the first time when I was but a humble freshman in physics at … Continue reading Drunk Planets


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Well, dear readers, here we are. This blank page is a little intimidating, not gonna lie. Take a deep breath...ok, there you go... Hi, my name is Desiree', and it has been 3 years, 3 months, and 14 days since my last real blog post. I would like to announce that future posts will probably … Continue reading “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Galileo's Pendulum

November 20, 2012

Dear Senator Rubio:

Recently you gave an interview to GQ magazine, in which the following exchange occurred:

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity…

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Thinking outside the lines

Hello my dear readers - all five of you.  🙂 I recently started a new job in exciting, eclectic San Francisco, which included me moving from lovely, sensible little Greater Sacramento into a studio apartment with tons of character in the most adorable little suburb of SF ever.  Seriously. It's pretty safe to say that I … Continue reading Thinking outside the lines

Big History

Just dropping you a quick line, dear readers!  Lengthy as internet videos go, but quite short as documentaries go, this TED talk is absolutely amazing, so I encourage you to take some time to watch it.  Maybe go grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa or apple cider, then come back, hit play, and … Continue reading Big History

Observational Challenges for the Non-Astronomer

Dearest readers, Last week, I went to a public astronomy observation event and brought my boyfriend along for what turned out to be his first time ever looking through a telescope.  Had I known beforehand that this would be his first time, I'd have prepared him. I can sense that you just quizzically raised an … Continue reading Observational Challenges for the Non-Astronomer

White Dwarf Supernovae: Standard Lampposts on Dark Energy Road

My dear readers, This special post is part of the Carnival of Cosmology: Dark Energy, hosted by Galileo's Pendulum, a fellow astronomy blog I discovered less than 12 hours ago, as of the writing of this post. To begin, I'm going to give a very brief background about dark energy in general, and then I'll … Continue reading White Dwarf Supernovae: Standard Lampposts on Dark Energy Road

Perchance to Dream

By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dearest readers, My long-time role model and hero, Sally K. Ride, passed away this week at 61 years old, after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The first American woman to go to space, Dr. Ride was also an astrophysicist at University of California San Diego and the co-founder of Sally Ride Science, a company … Continue reading Perchance to Dream

The Higgs Discovery, Boiled Down

Hello from hiatus!  I'm still adjusting to my non-student life, still looking for a job, and still TAing for the time being, but I will get back to blogging, I promise. In the meantime, you have likely heard the buzz about the Higgs boson findings at CERN, and if you're anything like me, you had … Continue reading The Higgs Discovery, Boiled Down