Discovering new objects in space

by dwaymire on February 18, 2010

70 years ago this week, Pluto was discovered using a telescope with photographic equipment attached to it. The concept is pretty simple. Take pictures of the same area of the sky over a period of time. Anything moving is a celestial object that is relatively close to the earth.

Celestron main mirror
Creative Commons License photo credit: Elsie esq.

How easy would it be to discover an object yourself? If you have a telescope, preferably with a motorized tripod, and the ability to hook up a digital camera to it, you might be able to do it.

Take pictures of the same spot in the sky over a period of time. Bring those photos into Photoshop or some other image editing software, look for changes in the images. You just might have found a new asteroid!!! Then it will be time to call the IAU.

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6 months to live

by dwaymire on February 17, 2010

On the very first episode of This American Life, there is an interesting story of a man who lived his life like he had only 6 months to live. How would you live your life if you have six months to live? Would you be more giving? More adventerous? More caring? Would you seek out friends and family that you have grown distant from?

Why don’t we all live life like we only had six months to live? Would that make the world a better or worse place?

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How to remember someone’s name

by dwaymire on February 6, 2010

Have you ever wondered the best technique to remember someone’s name? This is a problem that I long struggled with. Here’s a few tips that have helped me remember people’s names.

  1. When introduced, repeat the person’s name.
  2. Repeat the person’s name as often as possible while in conversation with them.
  3. If you forget their name, do not be afraid to ask their name again. They might have forgotten your name just too!
  4. Ask for a business card. What could be better than to have their name written right in front of you?
  5. Associate their name with something. You could associate their name with a place or thing that sound like their name, or with someone else you know who has the same name.

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Picking a Name

by dwaymire on February 1, 2010

With the advent of the search engine, having a unique name can be a big help.  If your company name uses common words like Smith’s Dry Cleaning, it will be more difficult to stand out on the search engines. Having a name like Squidoo, Flickr, Twitter, or Omegle can help you stand out as being unique and easier to find. Besides, I would rather eat at a Frappr’s Pizza than a Brown’s Pizza.

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Dave’s daily links for September 29th

by dwaymire on September 29, 2009

These are my links for September 29th:

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Dave’s daily links for September 28th

by dwaymire on September 28, 2009

These are my links for September 28th:

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Dave’s daily links for September 17th

by dwaymire on September 17, 2009

These are my links for September 17th:

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Dave’s daily links for September 12th

by dwaymire on September 12, 2009

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Dave’s daily links for August 15th

by dwaymire on August 15, 2009

These are my links for August 15th:

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Dave’s daily links for August 13th

by dwaymire on August 14, 2009

These are my links for August 13th:

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