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Catherine Braiding
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I spent a chunk of this afternoon trying to figure out how alibaba works and what one needs to do to wrangle quotes from the beast.

I'm now feeling very old. What is this strange new technology and how does it work? Why do all the cool people use it? 
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You should ask how to do it on the facebooks. Or check Yahoo under the category "restaurants"
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I'm a few episodes behind, but I watched the teaser for the season finale of Rebels, and I have to say "who will fall?" is THE most evil tagline I've seen in the last decade or so.

(At least you can come back from the Dark Side, but I don't want any of them to fall that way! I don't want any of them to fall the other way either! Gah, why do I let myself love this universe so much? the writers are all bad or evil and my heart just can't take it!!!!!!!)
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The new passengers smile and nod politely when I tell them I've been waiting "forever" and they should go to the other bus stop if they want to get to the city.

And yet for all their doubting, not one of them has lasted more than twenty minutes. I've been here for hours and the buses will surely get here soon.

(The last bus is due at 8:30, and it's only 8:29, after all.)
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It would probably be faster, but I'm nearly home now. 
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+Tony Demetriou no doubt knows way too much about Oak Island from playing Assassin's Creed, but I only found out about it today. This is a fabulous story about a possible buried treasure, and all the mythologies and urban legends surrounding it. Seriously! Both Blackbeard and Marie Antoinette are mixed up in all this, and FDR was a fan who hoped to someday be involved in discovering what went on down there. 
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I bet actual history geeks really love those games (except when they are headdeskingly WRONG of course).
 
(Not that an astronomer would know anything about well-intentioned media being headdeskingly WRONG or anything.)
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The O-Week campus helpers are playing a game where every so often (I haven't figured out the initial condition) one of them will do Rue's whistle, and then everyone who heard it has to pass the whistle on like mockingjays. You hear the whistle start down the bottom of the hill, and then it gradually crescendos up to you before moving on. 

In other news, the circus society and the bronies are sharing a tent today. I don't know what that means, but I suspect we're meant to ship it. 
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I love the internet sometimes. 
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They've moved our observations forward. Less than two weeks to go!
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I've just put the schedule of observers up on the group wiki.

(I'm giving them twenty minutes until someone ragequits as everyone tries to grab the best spots.)
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But I don't want to see Cinderella… 
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Heh, you so evil. :)
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One of my favourite bloggers has just published his guide to the first several hundred pages of the World's Worst Books. This is a collection of his blog posts, so there's nothing really new there, but now his commentary is in a better-formatted and convenient portable form, to make it easier for you to read them on the bus. 
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Le sigh. 
The Bag of Holding is now only available as a messenger bag. Guess I'll just badly repair the straps on my old one after all. 
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Get a school bag
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Important meeting at 9am, gotta rush, gotta rush! Bus hits traffic at the end of the bus lane at the Gladesville Bridge and proceeds to do 1m/min speeds all the way to the city. (Sigh)
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And then we do it again in the evening. :(
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Work work work work… 
Okay, now all I have to do is send out these emails and I will be on top of everything!
….Procrastinate forever!
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I really admire how you can procrastinate forever. I've always intended to procrastinate, but never gotten around to it.
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  • University of New South Wales
    Postdoc, 2012 - present
  • Macquarie University
    Postdoc, 2011 - 2012
  • Macquarie University
    Lab and Observatory demonstrator and all around office grunt, 2001 - 2011
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Doctor Catherine to you.
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Catherine Braiding is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of New South Wales, working on the Mopra Southern Galactic Plane CO Survey, which aims to map the distribution and dynamics of carbon monoxide in our galaxy. Together with maps of neutral carbon from Nanten2, and C+ from the HEAT telescope in Antarctica, these data will allow us to understand how molecular clouds form. 

Catherine has also modelled the influence of magnetic fields (in particular, the Hall effect) on the gravitational collapse of molecular cloud cores into protostars, as well as the interactions that occur between supernova remnants and molecular clouds, and was a member of the team involved in the experiment that created Captain Atom.
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  • Macquarie University
    Astrophysics, 1999 - 2011
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