Exposing PseudoAstronomy

June 12, 2011

I Welcome My Argument from Authority and Location in My Ivory Tower

Hello all. I know I haven’t posted in awhile – I think twice in the last five months or so. As stated back in January, I was working on graduating. As the title for this very short post suggests, I did. I’m now in that ~5% of people in the world that has a Ph.D. Actually, a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. And we all know what those stand for (since this is a PG-rated blog, I won’t go into that, but you can look it up).

And so, I am now able to use the argument from authority, “I have a Ph.D. I’m right, you’re wrong.” And I can be content living in my Ivory Tower of academia, isolated in my own field without any consideration for others, thinking deep thoughts and adding to the elitist knowledge that the Illuminati and Bilderberg Group use to run the world behind the scenes.

Or — wait. Maybe not. I have two half-time postdocs, one continuing my previous work, one being project and science lead of the citizen science project Moon Zoo, and yet other than a small salary increase, nothing has changed. I still work most of the time from my apartment and I still drive the same budget car. I’m still studying craters, though I’ve expanded from Mars and am obviously also now looking at the Moon. I still have to tie my findings into the bigger picture since nothing in science exists in isolation, and I’m still just as fallible as I was before. Or maybe that’s just what I want you to think.

Anyway, now that I’m done with my degree and starting to figure out how to get my motivation back in gear, you can start to expect more regular blog posts. I’m still working on my 2012 Astronomy eBook/PDF doc, and — shhh! don’t tell anyone! — I’m tossing around the idea of a podcast based upon this blog (if the Dumbass can do it, so can I). As far as I can tell, other than Phil Plait’s defunct but still-available-on-iTunes podcast, no one actually has a “bad astronomy” podcast out there (if I’m wrong – which I can’t be because I have a Ph.D. now – please post a link to it in the comments). The format would be short and sweet, I’m thinking of bi-monthly and a 15-20 minute format.



  1. I support the podcast idea go for it!

    Comment by Keith Jones — June 12, 2011 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  2. Congratulations, Stuart. Looking forward to more posts!

    Comment by Amber K — June 12, 2011 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  3. Stop thinking about it and get on with it for crying out loud…..You are far and away Karl Mamers best guest……and cut loose from Karls bizarro ramblings about kitchen utensils you could soar!! (no offence KM, but that is just odd)

    Comment by Mick — June 12, 2011 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  4. Congratulations and welcome inside the Ivory Tower. Here we can make fun of all those ignorant 2012ers who dare to believe they think outside the box.

    Comment by Johan Normark — June 12, 2011 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  5. A PhD Oh no! I got one of them and it was down hill from then on. Goodf luck. I turned into an idiot that doesn’t even know why Ganymede has a magnetic field. So I thought outside the box and ended up as an idiot that doesn’t know why Ganymede has a magnetic field. Much better now thanks.

    Comment by Dannet — June 14, 2011 @ 3:08 am | Reply

  6. But at least now my random guesses are ‘theories that have yet to be validated!’ I’m working on gravitational squishing but I need better words.

    Comment by Dannet — June 14, 2011 @ 3:24 am | Reply

  7. I humbly beg for the podcast. I do adore Karl, but having your own show in which to branch out in whatever direction of astronomy you like would be amazing to listen to.

    Comment by Rachel — June 14, 2011 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  8. I certainly hope you’ve developed and practiced you “evil scientist” laugh. After all, what good is a PhD. and life in an ivory tower if you can’t deliver the occasional BUWAHAHAHA now and then?


    Comment by Bad Wolf — June 16, 2011 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  9. It takes me around a week to prepare a podcast, depending on my free time, so be aware that there could be a lot of work involved. But then, I’ve been writing new material for each podcast in addition to the stuff that I’ve already written, so depending on how you’d want to do your podcast you might not have to put in as much effort.

    Mark Crislip, for example, does mostly straight readings of his articles and doesn’t bother to do any editing when he stumbles over a word or anything, so he probably gets through it relatively quickly. I try to make sure that I read everything as perfectly as possible, often repeating a section several times to get it right, and I still come out sounding like I do.

    Anyway, if you put out a podcast, I’ll certainly listen to it. Then I’ll make fun of you mercilessly, ya bastard!!!

    Comment by Dumbass — July 4, 2011 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

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