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Jan. 28 2008 10:34 AM


Hey hey BABloggees.

I'm back home now after TAM 5.5, which was, as usual, a huge amount of fun. I'll have some stuff on that later. Promise.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  


I had a terrible internet connection while I was away, which was really unfortunate this time. I missed a chance to be on the Larry King show about the UFOs in Texas! Oh well.

I also couldn't keep up with the blog, which made for some interesting situations. Most amusing were the comments left on the blog post with my YouTube video about TU 24. It's hard not to notice that most of the comments that were arguing against me were, um, sophomoric to say the least. Downright rude and juvenile, actually. I had to delete a dozen or so for violating my very simple commenting policy ("Don't be a jerk"). Why are so many antiscientists such boneheads?

Actually, I can guess at the answer to that.

Anyway, I'll have more on this asteroid soon as well; radar images have been returned, and I'm sure there will be more cool info soon. This asteroid poses no threat; ironically, it's humans misusing their brains who pose the threat.

I'm still trying to catch up with email and other things. But I'll be be up to speed very soon. Stay tuned! Lots of fun stuff coming. :-)


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