Tuesday Tunes: “Rocket Man” - Elton John

This is my astrophysics theme song.

All the science I don’t understand
It’s just my job five days a week

If Natalie Portman was a real astrophysicist, more people would be interested in astrophysics.

I like puzzles

I think that’s what really got me into astrophysics. The ‘verse is a giant puzzle, and I want to solve and unlock it’s mysteries. I look at my creations as completed puzzles too. The pieces are all there in my head, I just need to find a way to assemble them appropriately.

People are puzzles too, but they are clearly above my difficulty level.

Sketchy Sunday - “Looking Glass”
As an astrophysicist, I generally see the universe through different lenses than others. The planetary nebula I attempted to picture here was the Ring Nebula. You should check it out sometime.

Sketchy Sunday - “Looking Glass”

As an astrophysicist, I generally see the universe through different lenses than others. The planetary nebula I attempted to picture here was the Ring Nebula. You should check it out sometime.

Allow me to introduce myself

So I spent Friday and part of Saturday at a symposium for digital reading. I know what you might be thinking: “Why?” “Sounds boring”. It turns out it was quite interesting and entertaining. The speakers delved into the science behind the typography of digital text, fonts, typefaces, the direction of where digital reading and reading in general is heading. Fascinating stuff to say the least.

Now, there were breaks at certain parts of the symposium, where you were meant to mingle with people. The problem for me was that I felt incredibly out of place. For starters, there were only a few RIT students there, and most if not all of the others were from the Media Arts and Technology (formerly New Media Publishing) program, where as I’m from the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology program. So when I introduced myself people were a little confused as to why I was there, and it made me wonder how exactly should I introduce myself.

"Hi, I’m Marcus. I’m an astrophysicist."

or

"Hi, I’m Marcus. I’m media blogger."

or

"Hi, I’m Marcus. I’m a part-time artist."

or lastly

"Hi, I’m Marcus. I have no idea what the hell I’m doing here."

None of them really encompass what I really do at any given moment. It made me realize how many directions I’m stretched, and it made me feel a little uncomfortable. It really got me thinking, what am I?

Still, I enjoyed the symposium and learned a lot about design and type. I think if I ever had the chance to get another degree after all of this I would do something like MAT. It’s cool stuff.

Fact: You are stellar

When people look up at the night sky and see those brilliant dots that punch holes in the dark curtain of space they probably don’t think about what those stars are made of. At the same time, how often do you think of what you are made of?

Well I’ve got a news flash for you, you and stars are made of the same stuff. That makes you stellar.

START ACTING LIKE IT

Art Collab

I am theĀ liaisonĀ of my astrophysics program for an art collaboration with a composer and a film maker. We’re trying to find a way to bring the work that we do as astrophysicists into the art world so that others can experience it in a different way than we do on a daily basis.

This should be interesting.

If you want a glimpse into what I do when I’m in astrophysics mode, here’s an idea.

If you want a glimpse into what I do when I’m in astrophysics mode, here’s an idea.

Halcyon Nights (Part 1)

I was asked recently why I went into Astrophysics. I honestly couldn’t remember. I looked up at the sky at that moment, the calmest blue that it had been in awhile, and said “I guess I just looked up one night and that was it.” I followed that up with something about how I couldn’t be an astronaut because of my eyes and thus I went into the next best thing. Since I can’t touch the stars I figured I might as well understand them.

Now for something completely different.

Do you ever not know what to write, but know that you have to write something? That you have to put words out there, just so that someone may read them in the hopes that they’ll be able to make sense of them?