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Earthquakes and Supermoons

Originally, I had planned an entirely different blog post for this week, something that had nothing to do with science, but sometimes life can change at the drop of a hat. On November 14, 2016 at 12:02 am (New Zealand Time), an 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck 15 km north-east of Culverden. The coastal town of Kaikoura […]

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Removing the twinkle of stars

Most people enjoy how the stars twinkle overhead, but the twinkling of stars is really a nightmare for astronomers, blurring images and diminishing the science quality of telescopes. But the effects that the atmosphere plays on light impacts more than just astronomy. Take a read and listen to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star… Not!” on Conversations in Science, KLRNRadio.

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NaNoWriMo: It’s begun

Here we are again: November. And here I go, setting myself another NaNoWriMo challenge. For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s really international, because it’s an event where writers from around the world commit to writing a novel in the span of one month. To win, you need to […]

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Serious Politics…

My family and friends know that I never watch the news, rarely read a newspaper, and ever since the radio died in my car, I don’t even get my news that way. No, all my knowledge of current events comes from word of mouth and the bombardment of various snippets on social media. Even my […]

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There is no such thing as an aspiring writer…

There is a term that I have seen bandied around in the bios of various writers, and it’s a term that I don’t like: aspiring writer. What I don’t understand is how one can aspire to be a writer. You can aspire to be an author. You can aspire to quit your day job to […]

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NaNoWriMo Chat Room: Unofficial, but International…

Not every writer is able to attend a write-in. Sometimes the weather is against you. Sometimes family life takes over and writing during the day is just not possible. Or maybe you’re extremely shy and don’t feel comfortable around people you don’t know. Well… The Municipal Liaisons from different regions around the world have come […]

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NaNoWriMo will soon begin…

For the second year, I’ve been appointed a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison (ML) for the Christchurch, New Zealand region. Okay… I can see the some of you reading this and wondering why this is such a big deal. Well, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an international writing event where writers from around the world […]

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Pluto is a dwarf planet, but not because it’s small

In 2006, Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet” status. Most people assume that this is because its size, but size has nothing to do with it. Take a read and listen to “Influences of Science Fiction on Science and Pluto” on Conversations in Science, KLRNRadio.

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Post, share and guilt…

As a writer, I will frequently connect with other writers through social media, mainly on Twitter and Facebook. Within Facebook, I’m a member of a variety of closed discussion groups. While I’m highly active on some, I’m a quiet observer on others. In a few of my Facebook groups, there are many threads where people […]

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