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(Some Gal)   TFette wrote the cover article of the March 2013 issue of "Astronomy" magazine. Does this make me a writer now?   (whereisyvette.com) divider line 49
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2013-02-05 06:12:41 AM
Subby here- article is on cosmic rays using an observatory the size of Rhode Island, down in Argentina, and while I haven't seen the final version myself (my issues haven't arrived yet on this side of the Atlantic) it hits newsstands in the US so some of you geeks may want to check it out.

Regarding the "writer" thing, while I've written a few pieces for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope in the past this is my first cover (woo!).  So I guess it counts but like many technically-minded people I have a slight disdain for people who claim to be writers while sitting around at home doing nothing, and this certainly isn't how I earn my bread and butter.  I guess I had it drilled into my head too much as a teenager.
 
2013-02-05 06:24:17 AM
\Who's awesome, subby?

You're awesome.
 
2013-02-05 06:27:36 AM
Congrats on achieving your dream. I wish you all the ponies in your future endeavors.
 
2013-02-05 06:38:17 AM
No, published.  But congrats!
 
2013-02-05 07:50:06 AM
i0.kym-cdn.com

"The house... the house.... the house is on fire....."

/wrong meme?
//congrats!
 
2013-02-05 08:11:35 AM
Well done!
 
2013-02-05 09:06:59 AM
We won't know if you are a real writer until we read the Penthouse letters you got published.


j/k

Way to go, Liked that you used the "size of Rhode Island" meme.
 
2013-02-05 09:26:30 AM

Andromeda: Subby here- article is on cosmic rays using an observatory the size of Rhode Island, down in Argentina, and while I haven't seen the final version myself (my issues haven't arrived yet on this side of the Atlantic) it hits newsstands in the US so some of you geeks may want to check it out.

Regarding the "writer" thing, while I've written a few pieces for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope in the past this is my first cover (woo!).  So I guess it counts but like many technically-minded people I have a slight disdain for people who claim to be writers while sitting around at home doing nothing, and this certainly isn't how I earn my bread and butter.  I guess I had it drilled into my head too much as a teenager.


Whoo! Congrats!
 
2013-02-05 09:54:17 AM
Nicely done!
 
2013-02-05 10:01:40 AM
Did you stay at a Holiday Inn?
 
2013-02-05 10:06:25 AM
Absolutely!
 
2013-02-05 11:02:30 AM
Now that you're published, I guess you won't perish.
 
2013-02-05 11:20:27 AM
A real writer would have started the article off with:

"It was the best of time-space continua, it was the worst of time-space continua."

/hatas gonna hate...congratulations.
 
2013-02-05 11:29:57 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: Did you stay at a Holiday Inn?


No, but she *did* stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
 
2013-02-05 11:34:12 AM

Andromeda: Subby here- article is on cosmic rays using an observatory the size of Rhode Island, down in Argentina, and while I haven't seen the final version myself (my issues haven't arrived yet on this side of the Atlantic) it hits newsstands in the US so some of you geeks may want to check it out.

Regarding the "writer" thing, while I've written a few pieces for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope in the past this is my first cover (woo!).  So I guess it counts but like many technically-minded people I have a slight disdain for people who claim to be writers while sitting around at home doing nothing, and this certainly isn't how I earn my bread and butter.  I guess I had it drilled into my head too much as a teenager.


Congrats for being published.  I wouldn't worry about being called a writer or not...the fact that you've got published works should be enough to tell people to STFU.  Congrats!
 
2013-02-05 11:44:50 AM
Congrats!

/Is Stephen Hawking hitting on you yet?
 
2013-02-05 11:48:28 AM
Somehow I read the question as "does that make me a cow now?"

You again!  A writer is someone who, for example, goes skiing in Utah, then "writes" about it.  So I guess yeah, you're a writer.
 
2013-02-05 11:59:07 AM
Now you have to introduce yourself to perfect strangers by sticking out your hand and announcing: "I'm a writer!" in a perky voice. Then you will truly be a writer.
 
2013-02-05 02:36:54 PM
I used to read the shiat out of some Astronomy magazine back in the day. I even got a letter about Halley's Comet published in 1986.

I'm totes jelly.
 
2013-02-05 02:56:05 PM
Celestial globes in email?

EIP.

Now that the obligatory snark and creepiness is taken care of:

Congrats, always nice to be published. Now just work on getting on astronomycast and you'll über-geek-girl hawt.
 
2013-02-05 03:37:05 PM

Andromeda: Subby here- article is on cosmic rays using an observatory the size of Rhode Island, down in Argentina, and while I haven't seen the final version myself (my issues haven't arrived yet on this side of the Atlantic) it hits newsstands in the US so some of you geeks may want to check it out.

Regarding the "writer" thing, while I've written a few pieces for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope in the past this is my first cover (woo!).  So I guess it counts but like many technically-minded people I have a slight disdain for people who claim to be writers while sitting around at home doing nothing, and this certainly isn't how I earn my bread and butter.  I guess I had it drilled into my head too much as a teenager.


Congrats on another published article - and cover article, no less!

I did end up getting that issue of Sky & Tel, and started talking with one of the folks from Dwingeloo.  We came to the conclusion it would be cost-prohibitive to rehabilitate the dish near me, even if we could get the university which owns it to let us, which is by no means guaranteed.  The other dish is still in use, as it turns out.
 
2013-02-05 04:31:35 PM
That is completely awesome. Of course, the answer is "yes." Now get to ordering an oversized framed print of that cover, posthaste!
 
2013-02-05 05:13:52 PM

Andromeda: Subby here- article is on cosmic rays using an observatory the size of Rhode Island, down in Argentina, and while I haven't seen the final version myself (my issues haven't arrived yet on this side of the Atlantic) it hits newsstands in the US so some of you geeks may want to check it out.

Regarding the "writer" thing, while I've written a few pieces for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope in the past this is my first cover (woo!).  So I guess it counts but like many technically-minded people I have a slight disdain for people who claim to be writers while sitting around at home doing nothing, and this certainly isn't how I earn my bread and butter.  I guess I had it drilled into my head too much as a teenager.


ok...you just rock
 
2013-02-05 06:45:54 PM
Well done!
 
2013-02-05 07:02:27 PM
You're published, so you're a real writer by any definition.  Wait.  They paid you, right?

Congrats, subby.
 
2013-02-05 07:17:47 PM
I'd certainly call you a writer. I'd call you whatever you want. Smart girls are very sexy.

/ Congratulations!
 
2013-02-05 07:29:02 PM
Yes.  Writer. Writer-astronomer.

///rock star and president and pony too!
//congratulations
/cool indeed
 
2013-02-05 07:44:54 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Did you stay at a Holiday Inn?


I'm staying in one now, it's not helping any.
/it's an express so maybe it doesn't count
//Congrats Subbette that is awesome..
 
2013-02-05 09:10:01 PM
You star!
 
2013-02-05 10:09:09 PM
Woooo, Andromeda!  How cool!  Congratulations!
 
2013-02-06 12:03:21 AM
A writer is someone who writes.

A professional writer is someone who starves.

/Congratulations
 
2013-02-06 12:29:47 AM
Nobody is gonna point out that Subby is hot? Just me then? Ok. Subby, damn, you's fine girl.

/Or if you prefer the refined gentleman: I must say, m'lady, you look quite fetching.
//Call me maybe?
 
2013-02-06 01:31:31 AM

Adalius: Nobody is gonna point out that Subby is hot? Just me then? Ok. Subby, damn, you's fine girl.

/Or if you prefer the refined gentleman: I must say, m'lady, you look quite fetching.
//Call me maybe?


Is maybe your alt?
 
2013-02-06 01:33:47 AM

Andromeda: Subby here- article is on cosmic rays using an observatory the size of Rhode Island, down in Argentina, and while I haven't seen the final version myself (my issues haven't arrived yet on this side of the Atlantic) it hits newsstands in the US so some of you geeks may want to check it out.

Regarding the "writer" thing, while I've written a few pieces for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope in the past this is my first cover (woo!).  So I guess it counts but like many technically-minded people I have a slight disdain for people who claim to be writers while sitting around at home doing nothing, and this certainly isn't how I earn my bread and butter.  I guess I had it drilled into my head too much as a teenager.


Congratulations: You're published.
Keep publishing.
Get grants.
Do research.

/Stop squinting!
 
2013-02-06 06:03:25 AM
Thanks all for the kind words all!

plaidhat: Congrats on another published article - and cover article, no less!

I did end up getting that issue of Sky & Tel, and started talking with one of the folks from Dwingeloo. We came to the conclusion it would be cost-prohibitive to rehabilitate the dish near me, even if we could get the university which owns it to let us, which is by no means guaranteed. The other dish is still in use, as it turns out.


Aww that's a shame, could've been a great project. :-( What was so cost-prohibitive about it by the way, just too old and rusty?
 
2013-02-06 07:06:20 AM

Andromeda: plaidhat: Congrats on another published article - and cover article, no less!

I did end up getting that issue of Sky & Tel, and started talking with one of the folks from Dwingeloo. We came to the conclusion it would be cost-prohibitive to rehabilitate the dish near me, even if we could get the university which owns it to let us, which is by no means guaranteed. The other dish is still in use, as it turns out.

Aww that's a shame, could've been a great project. :-( What was so cost-prohibitive about it by the way, just too old and rusty?


The Dwingeloo scope cost roughly $1M to rehabilitate, and they had government sponsorship to do it due to its historical significance.  The rehabilitation involved "lifting the dish itself, removing the mesh surface, and blasting/coating/repainting the complete structure," from what I'm told.  The one near me, being larger and in possibly worse condition, would cost significantly more.

The guy I was talking to had been over here in the fall, interestingly enough, and had gotten to see the condition of the dish we were discussing.  He told me that this one had been an atmospheric radar, so it might not have the capability to track astronomical sources (in terms of engines, software, and pointing accuracy).  At the same time, he said, he had spent a long time looking at it, wishing he could use it for HI and pulsar work.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-06 09:56:35 AM
Is this observatory looking for the ultra high energy cosmic rays which can be measured in joules instead of electron volts? Theory says they can't exist. I recall reading a few years they were close to tracking down the sources.
 
2013-02-06 10:22:03 AM

ZAZ: Is this observatory looking for the ultra high energy cosmic rays which can be measured in joules instead of electron volts? Theory says they can't exist. I recall reading a few years they were close to tracking down the sources.


Exactly that one.  And they thought they were getting close, but then the entire thing got... complicated.  I'd explain in more detail, except there is this cover article of a major science magazine I can refer you to instead. ;-)
 
2013-02-06 12:45:30 PM
Excellent! By my standards, you are officially a writer. You've been published multiple times in something other than the vanity press or a purely professional venue. I know what you mean about "writers". The worst case I've seen was a  woman who had never been published (I don't know she had even written anything), but she only dated published writers.
 
2013-02-06 01:16:02 PM
Fake.

Girls don't do science.

/nah congrats subby
 
2013-02-06 03:51:30 PM
pfft....why cause you got a fancy article in a magazine and youre working on your PhD?
watch out we got a bad ass over here.
attention whore

seriously CONGRATS!!!!! on your article. i love astronomy.
 
2013-02-06 04:55:32 PM

Andromeda: Subby here- article is on cosmic rays using an observatory the size of Rhode Island, down in Argentina, and while I haven't seen the final version myself (my issues haven't arrived yet on this side of the Atlantic) it hits newsstands in the US so some of you geeks may want to check it out.

Regarding the "writer" thing, while I've written a few pieces for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope in the past this is my first cover (woo!).  So I guess it counts but like many technically-minded people I have a slight disdain for people who claim to be writers while sitting around at home doing nothing, and this certainly isn't how I earn my bread and butter.  I guess I had it drilled into my head too much as a teenager.




Congrats! I did the ad work for one of the major advertisers in the mag for a while, but now I am back at university to get another degree, this time in astrophysics. Should have stuck with it the first time around. You and BadAstronomer are my two Farkspirationers that helped push me back in the right direction.
 
2013-02-06 06:09:46 PM
Not JUST a writer. A Covergirl.

Congratulations!
 
2013-02-06 07:23:05 PM
Congratulations on being the #1 astronomy writer on Fark!
 
2013-02-06 08:11:54 PM

aerojockey: Congratulations on being the #1 astronomy writer on Fark!


FYI, Phil plait is a farker. He let it slip in a google hangout for astronomycast.
 
2013-02-07 12:49:54 AM
Hey, congrats, good job!!
 
2013-02-07 07:46:18 AM

msupf: aerojockey: Congratulations on being the #1 astronomy writer on Fark!

FYI, Phil plait is a farker. He let it slip in a google hangout for astronomycast.


Wait, are you saying then that you like Phil Plait more than me?! :(

/joking
//thanks again all
 
2013-02-07 04:57:46 PM
Congratulations!
 
2013-02-08 02:22:20 PM
Congrats!  Smart really is the New Sexy.

If anyone's still reading this, I'm setting sail on a cruise the day of the New Moon, this Sunday.  I'll be down in the Bahamas/VI.  Should I stargaze the first night from the bow or the stern and is there anything I should particularly look for?

I'm not even close to being an amateur astronomer, but when I can get away from city lights and actually *see* the night sky, I do stop and go "oooooo, pretty...."
 
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