Wow! I got some BIG updates for y’all!
1) HUGE: I landed the awesome opportunity to be a Tumblr media-blogger for the NY Hall of Science (NYSCI) at this year’s Maker Faire! I’ll be posting write-ups and photos from NYSCI and hopefully meeting up with some other Tumblrs in-between some of the awesome demos, lectures, projects, art-stuffs, etc!! (I’ll try to post a tentative schedule of where I’ll be as we get a bit closer.)
Have tickets? Give me a shout-out and let’s try to meetup!
Don’t have tickets? Ack! You still have a few hours left to nab some sweet discounted tickets (here); after that, you’re paying regular price - but well worth it! (And I recommend going for both days - Sept 17th and 18th. Trust me, last year I only went the last day and really regretted it. There’s so much to see and do!)
2) I’ve officially ended both of my volunteerships at the American Museum of Natural History. It was a really great time, and it taught me much about curating collections, gave me a chance to learn about and contribute research about ammonites (which I’ll never look at the same way again!), and helped lead to my paleo dig in the badlands of Arizona’s Petrified Forest / Painted Desert. Honestly, the best part was going downstairs, seeing visitors eye something amazing - like a huge mammoth skeleton - and being able to casually mention that I just held one of those tusks or distinctive, and huge, “7-layer cake”-esque teeth in my hands just moments before. (“Yeah, that’s right, be jealous!” lol)
To any of my AMNH friends and colleagues who may be reading: Thank you. It was really a life-changing experience.
And while I’m a bit sad to go, thankfully it’s on to (hopefully) bigger and better things for me, such as…
3) Seattle! I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s now official: I’m moving to Seattle, WA for graduate school, studying “Museology” (aka “Museum Studies”) with an emphasis on informal science education. As regular RCS readers know, I’ve actually been involved with informal science education for a few years now - just look at the first entries of this blog! - and so it’s great to be taking another step toward a more professional - and, I think, fun - role in that amazing and important world. Seriously, there are few jobs as awesome as working at a science center. (And you don’t think all that fun stuff is just for the visitors, do you? :)
Well, I’m flying over there on the 20th - I stuck around longer for the Maker Faire! - and begin classes a few days later. Not sure how that will effect my posting schedule, but I hope and plan to continue posting regularly.
And any tumblrs in Seattle that want to meet-up should shoot me a message. Perhaps we’ll organize something semi-official to kickoff what will hopefully become a regular gathering of my awesome tumblrites to discuss science, technology, sustainability - and Nyan cats ;D
4) My dad finally witnessed a Makerbot 3D printer in action. I think he was a bit blown away by it. Though I’ve been talking about them for over a year, the first few times you actually see a printer spit out an object is somehow a bit jarring and unbelievable. Almost a paradigm shift. Well, dad gave me a sweet freshly printed alien - see photo above - as my first 3D printed object. Perhaps I shouldn’t have spoiled the sentiment, but I told him it wasn’t my first such item - that was had at last year’s MakerFaire.
Btw, word on MakerBot-Street is that this year’s 3D printing area at the MF is going to be even more amazing than last year’s. Can-not wait!