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A story about an astronomical discovery made by a visual observer, Rod Stubbings 
In early February this year, Rod Stubbings wrote to me to tell me he had discovered a new Z Cam star. Since this was his independent discovery, he wanted to write a paper on it, and asked if I would be a co-author, since I wa...
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With the Triton Oxygen Respirator, it might be possible to breathe beneath the surface of the water as if you were a fish. Requiring no bulky tank to keep your lungs pumping properly, this invention of scuba diving equipment is much more ergonomic and organic in design.
Designer Jeabyun Yeon has created something great.  Essentially it turns humans into fish. "Triton uses a new technology of artificial…
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A nice piece from the Astrobites crew.
Supermassive black holes are everywhere in our Universe, but we don't know where they came from. Supermassive stars could have given birth to these massive objects. However, that is not all these f...
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Amy's Midwestern Fried Chicken and Gravy
From Amy Thielen (food network) Ingredients One 4- to 4 1/2-pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces 1 cup buttermilk Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme 7 cloves garlic, smashed 1 1/2 cups plus 5 teaspoons all-purpose flou...
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Rod Stubbings – Patience, Persistence and Purpose
In early February this year,
Rod Stubbings wrote to me to tell me he had discovered a new Z Cam star. Since
this was his independent discovery, he wanted to write a paper on it, and asked
if I would be a co-author, since I was, as he put it, the “Godfather ...
In early February this year, Rod Stubbings wrote to me to tell me he had discovered a new Z Cam star. Since this was his independent discovery, he wanted to write a paper on it, and asked if I would be a co-author, since I wa...
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The AAVSO database passed the 25 million mark this evening. I took this screen shot at 5:45 PM EDT.
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I remember the 20 million milestone. Not so long ago. Congrats to all the observers !
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In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away.
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Amy's Swiss Chard with Honey Roasted Garlic
From Amy Thielen (food network) Ingredients 2 heads garlic 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons salted butter 2 tablespoons pine nuts 2 bunches (almost 2 pounds) Swiss chard, stripped of stems and cut into 1-in...
From Amy Thielen (food network) Ingredients 2 heads garlic 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons salted butter 2 tablespoons pine nuts 2 bunches (almost 2 pounds) Swiss chard, str...
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Most of my online activity is about AAVSO. This foody blog is just a recent project I am getting started. It was set up to automatically post to my Google+ page when a post went up. I have disabled that now.

I should pay closer attention to my Google+ page, but most of my content I push through Facebook, Twitter and the AAVSO site. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled programing...

Cheers,
Mike
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Big Mike's Vegetable Beef Stew
This recipe is the result of about ten years of experimentation. I think we've go something special now. Ingredients extra virgin olive oil 1.25 lbs. stew beef 1 cup red wine 3 cloves garlic chopped fine 3 tbs butter 1 medium yellow onion diced 3 carrots pe...
This recipe is the result of about ten years of experimentation. I think we've go something special now. Ingredients extra virgin olive oil 1.25 lbs. stew beef 1 cup red wine 3 cloves garlic chopped fine 3 tbs butte...
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    AAVSO Membership Director, present
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Michigan - Hawaii - Michigan - Texas - Iowa - Califronia - Ohio
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astronomer, musician, writer, master gardener, enthusiastic cook, husband, father, cat lover, madman
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Mike Simonsen

American Association of Variable Star Observers

Mike is one of the world’s leading variable star observers and advocates. Since 1998 he has submitted over 86,000 variable star observations to the AAVSO International Database.

Mike is currently employed by the AAVSO as Membership Director and Development Officer. Among the many hats Mike wears, he is in charge of membership services and fundraising, and coordinates all variable star chart production for the AAVSO, as well as the AAVSO's online education institute- CHOICE, the AAVSO Mentor Program, Speakers Bureau, Writers Bureau and CVnet, the AAVSO Cataclysmic Variable Section.

His current area of research is Z Cam type of dwarf novae, and he is the author or co-author of more than twenty peer-reviewed papers on cataclysmic variables.

In 2005, Simonsen received the AAVSO’s highest honor, the AAVSO Director's Award. In October 2011, Mike became only the third recipient of the Charles Butterworth Award, the British Astronomical Association Variable Star Section’s highest honor. In July, 2012 Mike received the Leslie Peltier Award from the Astronomical League.

Main belt asteroid 367732 is named Mikesimonsen in his honor.

An animated and enthusiastic speaker, Mike gives talks on stellar astronomy and variable star science to astronomy clubs, star parties, planetariums, conferences and university groups throughout the United States each year.

Mike's observatory, named after legendary AAVSO observer and chart maker, Charles E. Scovil, houses two 12" LX200 telescopes, one for visual use and one for CCD observations, or as Mike likes to joke, "One for each eye!" He is now amassing both visual and CCD observations from home and remote robotic telescopes.
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I have observed at the eyepiece of the three largest refracting telescopes in the world.
Education
  • Michigan State University
    Horticulture
  • Wayne State University
    Music Education
  • Mott High School
    Math, Science, English, Music
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My waitress was very attentive in spite of being quite busy, and I ran her butt off. I left her a generous tip which she very much deserved. The Texas Pesos appetizer was something I had never had before. I loved them, but was glad they come with Ranch dressing to cool them down a bit. They do have a bite. The broccoli and cheese with jalapeno soup was simply awesome. I could have just had a big bowl of that for dinner and gone away happy. The mashed potatoes with my steak were so good they didn't need gravy, butter, salt or anything. This place is on my 'must do list' next time I'm in Ft. Worth.
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A Mexican restaurant is only as good as its salsa. There's salsa is almost as good as their food. If you can find a better Mexican restaurant in Big Bear Lake California I'll eat your burrito.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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I wish every contractor I've dealt with was a professional and efficient as these guys. Holland H&C installed a furnace and AC unit for us in 2005, and the two man crew who came to our house were simply amazing. I recommend you just call these guys to do your work and don't even bother checking anyone else. BTW, our Trane furnace and AC are the best improvement we've ever made to a home and neither has ever given us a lick of trouble in 8 years.
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