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I'm back from this year's All Star 2 conference on Star Island (forty acres of granite off Portsmouth, NH).

This year's speaker was Michelle Thaller, Deputy Director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She's an incredibly good speaker, and gave a series of wonderful talks about the universe and what we do and do not know about it. Frankly, after seeing some of the fun those folks are having, I almost wish I lived in Maryland, so I could apply for a job there. (Then I remember Baltimore summers, and think better of it.)

It was a much cooler week than usual. I was on the west side of third floor of Oceanic (the main hotel), and was rather dreading the baking those rooms get on hot sunny afternoons; that never turned out to be an issue.

Alas, now I'm back home, and have to cook my own meals. The good news, of course, is that I'm no longer constrained to showers ever other day. (A forty-acre rock like Star is rather limited in the amount of fresh water available, after all.)
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