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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    I'm kinda stoked

    A while back I'd mentioned in the "I would like to have a beer with....." thread that I'd like to have a beer with my favorite Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Well, I may not get to have a beer with the man, but I do have a third row ticket to see him speak tomorrow night.


    I am SUCH a geek.

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    Some people give me the strangest look when I mention I have a favorite astrophysicist. I wonder why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    Some people give me the strangest look when I mention I have a favorite astrophysicist. I wonder why.
    Do you like him because of some specific work that he has done, or because of his ability to communicate his work (or about stars in general) in a way that gets you stoked about astrophysics?

    I've never seen any of Tyson's books. I have The First Three Minutes, but never got around to reading it. I liked reading Stephen Jay Gould, that's more my interest.

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    Do you think after seeing him you might undergo a doppler shift and start posting in red?

    BTW, I saw him on Nova I think, and enjoyed what I saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    Do you like him because of some specific work that he has done, or because of his ability to communicate his work (or about stars in general) in a way that gets you stoked about astrophysics?
    Both, but admittedly more so the latter. Astrophysics can be a dry subject depending on who you're talking with.
    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Do you think after seeing him you might undergo a doppler shift and start posting in red?

    BTW, I saw him on Nova I think, and enjoyed what I saw.
    Ahh, but I'm not moving away, I'm moving towards. Perhaps a shift in font due to gravitational lensing?
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    But AFTER you see him, you will be moving away!
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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    But AFTER you see him, you will be moving away!
    From him, not the forums where I ink the blue

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    Sneak up to him and invite him for a beer afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Sneak up to him and invite him for a beer afterwards.
    I'm tempted. Of course I may have to deal with militant PBS security. U-lock Ninja!

    Quote Originally Posted by WEDU - LOCAL PBS
    Join Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson - world renowned astrophysicist, bestselling author, and host of the groundbreaking PBS series NOVA scienceNOW for a journey across the universe as he reveals its cosmic wonders, curiosities and uncertainties in front of a live audience at The Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg.

    WEDU welcomes Dr. deGrasse Tyson, Nova scienceNOW senior executive producer, Paula S. Apsell, and local experts as they as field questions from the audience and explore the mystery of black holes and other galactic conundrums.

    Tickets are $15 per person and, unlike the universe, are limited for this exclusive WEDU event. Reserve your tickets now at 727.822.3590 or www.mypalladium.org.
    Dr. Tyson’s most recent book, Death by Black Hole and other Cosmic Quandaries will be available for purchase at the event.

    Respected scientist, author, and director of the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the world’s most popular lecturers on astronomy. Tyson was appointed the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in 1995. Tyson has also received recognition as one of the Most Influential People on TIME magazine’s TOP 100 list; and the Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by PEOPLE magazine. Tyson’s most recent book, Death by Black Hole and other Cosmic Quandaries, complements his quest for all things cosmic and follows his others including Just Visiting the Planet, a Q&A on the universe for all ages, and his memoir, The Sky Is Not The Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist. Tyson studied physics at Harvard University before receiving his doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    Some people give me the strangest look when I mention I have a favorite astrophysicist. I wonder why.
    Possibly because this is the first thing you say to complete strangers?


    Sounds like a blast, this guy is literally on just about every program made about quantum physics and such these days, and he seems very gifted as far as using layman's terms, (as much as possible given the subject matter,) being unpretentious and seeming approachable. Tell us how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    Some people give me the strangest look when I mention I have a favorite astrophysicist. I wonder why.
    I think it's the come hither look in his eye, the missing tie and partially unbuttoned shirt. You can damnear hear the Barry White playing in the background...oh yeah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    Some people give me the strangest look when I mention I have a favorite astrophysicist. I wonder why.
    I have no idea. Then again, I have friends who solve algebra problems the way some people do crossword puzzles on Sundays.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
    Possibly because this is the first thing you say to complete strangers?
    Actually friends that I've had for years have given the look.
    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
    Sounds like a blast, this guy is literally on just about every program made about quantum physics and such these days, and he seems very gifted as far as using layman's terms, (as much as possible given the subject matter,) being unpretentious and seeming approachable. Tell us how it goes.
    Will do.

    The only downside to going to the event is doing it without the bike. I'm taking the bus and hoofing it.

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    I've been waiting to for them to post the video stream from the event, but this will give you an idea of the flavor of the night.

    http://fora.tv/2008/02/19/Neil_DeGra..._by_Black_Hole

    I could listen to the man for days and not get bored.

    I'll post the video for the event I went to as soon as it becomes availiable

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