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Marni D. Sheppeard

Friday, November 27, 2009

FFP10 Day 3

The three days of the conference passed quickly, and it seems that most people have already left Perth. I arrived early on the last day, in order to spend time with the lorakeets, kookaburras, ducklings and galahs.

Links: The Halton Arp website has interesting quasar information, as discussed by C. Fulton. The conference proceedings will be published early next year, and you can now play spot the physicist on the conference photo.


Anonymous chimpanzee said...

Top row, 2nd from the right: is the woman Irene Bligh (Australia)?

"I arrived early on the last day, in order to spend time with the lorakeets, kookaburras, ducklings and galahs."

Can you describe this in more detail? Are you a birder, or do you go further than that & talk to them? (a female version of Dr Doolittle.."he talks to the animals"). Did you finally get a camera, so you can at least take pictures of these interesting birds?

Last July, my German guide in Eastern Tibetan plateau @15,000 ft was a birder, who took pictures & observed (with binoculars)

I just blogged my entire Baja 1000 trip (northern Baja Mexico) using a cellphone w/2M pixel camera (which can also do video). I am AMAZED at how good the pictures look. Examples here

[ Bobby Baldwin's TT #96, he is a famous Las Vegas casino executive, youngest Poker Champion at the time, nicknamed the "Owl" because of his observational expertise in analyzing Poker hands/players: "Wise old owl". He & I are friends, & his phone-call in Jan/2005 inspired me to start my Multimedia project in Offroad Racing, that spunoff into HEP PR/Marketing (where I did a project with SUSY '06 & Strings '07) ]

& here

[ all female Quad team, I have a video interview with them, where they talk about "girl power" in Motorsports.

At the time of the Larry Summers/Harvard embarassing (sexist) comments about Women in Science in 2005, there was somewhat of a revolution in Auto Racing: Katherine Legge (Toyota Atlantics, I'm friends with her) scored THREE wins in the series, including her inaugural race at the Long Beach Grand Prix: it was the FIRST time a woman won a MAJOR open-wheel race. This year, Simona DeSilvestro scored many wins, & was going into the last race of the season (unfortunately, crashed out on the 1st turn of the race!!??), competing for the Drivers Championship!! It's very clear, some of these women can keep up with the guys in Motorsports (requires a lot of STAMINA, agressiveness, finesse). Ana Beatrice/Brazil (Indy Lights) scored a breakthrough win last year in Tennesee (also 1st female winner in Formula Renault), & she's also a rising star (video interview here, where she rails against sexist "women as oven-drivers"). Danica Patrick (IRL/Indycar) scored her breakthrough win last year in Motegi/Japan, her "gender" FLOATS the entire IRL series in terms of PR/Marketing: she gets ~7 million per year from her Motorola sponsorship. ]

November 27, 2009 11:41 PM  
Anonymous chimpanzee said...

Some exciting news on my end, involving HEP Outreach/Communications (based on my Auto Racing initiative to help HEP & Science in general).

There MAY be an opportunity opening up for you at Caltech/JPL (as part of NASA's launch of MSL/Mars Science Laboratory mission in 2011), to team up with current female scientists @Caltech/JPL (both Research & Outreach/Communications). Like Dr. Maria Spiropulu (recently hired @Caltech Physics)

[ experimental Particle Physicist, CERN/CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid), good friends with Tommaso Dorigo). I recently met with Maria, & she's into the Automotive initiative thing already, having taken a test-drive in a Tesla Roadster in Switzerland. Your friend Louise Riofrio recently visited Tesla, based on meeting/info with her at last years SIGGRAPH 2008. I.e, my former office-mate in grad school Martin Eberhard co-founded Tesa Motors (whose 2nd home is nearby to Caltech), who sold his last company Nuvomedia for 180 million & then started up Tesla ]

& Dr. Amy Mainzer (Deputy Project Scientist with WISE/Wide Field Infra Red Space Explorer).

I am in talks with a NASA/JPL PR/Marketing project (as part of JPL's Outreach & Communication division), where we are looking for XXX (a partner in Auto Racing, or even in HEP..such as yourself). JPL is launching MSL/Mars Science Laboratory in 2011, & wants to jointly partner with XXX (who can do Outreach to the General Public, say women & kids). Obviously, you have the potential to do the former

[ lovely personality, attractive looks, all round sweet person..VERY appealing to the General Public) & your Sporty track-record (tramper, mountaineer, skiing, etc, i.e. "hero" ]

makes you an ideal candidate. I had a pivotal meeting 1 month ago, near Caltech with JPL Manager of Visualization Technology & Applications Development (he is into motorcycles & Offroad, he commutes to work in a Honda motorbike). Decision has been made: the project will require a few million dollars (to do the iTunes distribution point, for the Outreach to Kids/Women), where NASA/JPL will pick up some of the tab. We are investigating other sources of "sponsorship" to pay for the rest. I have some ideas about alternative HEP sources

[ since I know the Director of Research @Intel, & Gordon Moore co-founder of Intel made a 600 million donation to Caltech, biggest ever! A friend of mine (U. of Illinois alumni like myself) became very wealthy as a serial entrepeneur, & just started a VC company earlier this year, initially capitalized at 300 million. There's that other place (worth billions), which I have to keep as a secret ]

I think you can be a part of this effort, based remotely in your currently location in NZ. Or, possibly come to Caltech (who runs JPL), & join forces with many of the female scientists who are part of this PR effort for Science. Like Dr. Amy Mainzer (Stanford/Caltech/UCLA alumni, Deputy Project Scientist for WISE/Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer), who is working with Dr. Michelle Thaller (formerly with Caltech/SIRTF/Spitzer Infra Red Telescope Facility, as Manager of the Education and Public Outreach program) now at NASA/GSFC Science & Exploration Directorate 600 (note that she's part of the powerful inner-circle, Dr. James Garvin/Chief Scientist is a name many of you will recognize) as Assistant Director for Science Communication. I.e., Michelle moved up the ranks quickly, from her Caltech position.

[ continued ]

November 28, 2009 12:13 AM  
Anonymous chimpanzee said...

Both Michelle & Amy were recently featured on a Universe episode (History Channel, Outreach to the Public program, featuring many HEP regulars like Sean Carroll/Caltech, Alexander Fillipenko/Berkeley, et al), where they were illustrating the inverse square law of star brightness, using AUTOs. Both of them in real-life, drive BMW Z3's (sportscars), so this ties in to my idea about using Scientists (especially Women) + Cars as a PR/Marketing tool for Science. I.e., a Science career in FACT, is a COOL lifestyle..not just drab/dull/boring Science (with a few exciting moments of Discovery).

Obviously, your Sporty track-record in mountaineering (similar to that of Lisa Randall/Harvard..she's into rock-climbing, & had a serious near-fatal accident, similar to your 6-day survivalist encounter in NZ many yrs ago), coupled with some kind of an Automotive "link", makes you a REALLY ATTRACTIVE candidate for NASA/JPL's new initiative. Remember, 1 year ago I ran this idea about a Women Scientist + Tesla Roadster idea by you, to which you replied "I don't even drive".

I see something in the Future for you, as part of a Caltech/JPL (w/NASA) initiative. You may end up coming over to Pasadena to Caltech (both a double appointment in Physics/Science AND Communications/Outreach), & your days of Poverty...ARE OVER!! Look what happened to Michelle Thaller, she used her Caltech position to move right up to the "big wigs" @NASA/GSFC. I.e., she used her VALUE as Outreach/Communications to "get her foot in the door" @NASA. YOU..have both Credibility in HEP Physics (Oxford post-doc, beginning to get published) AND Communications (with your extensive Outdoor/Sporty track-record, that the Public can relate to). I.e., your "stock value" is very high & should earn you a "breakthrough" position somewhere like a Caltech/JPL.

"Blue skies, Baby, BLUE SKIES"
"It came out of the Blue [ me & my crazy Auto Racing connections: Racing & Tesla Motors ]"

Is Kea a rising super-star Scientist (plus super Outdoorsman), who will lead HEP out of the "hole" (both in terms of Research & Public Communication), into the 21st Century? Will her FIERCE independent streak (coupled with her famous feistiness/stubbornness, just ask her mother!) be the key to overturning the current Dogmas in Physics? Stay tuned..Same Bird Time..Same Bird Channel!!

"You can't fly like an Eagle [ Kea, flying above everyone, including String Theorists ], if you're STUCK with a BUNCH OF TURKEYS [ name your favorite HEP dogma: Dark Energy, Dark Matter, String Theory, et al ]"
-- Don Cherry, NHL announcer

November 28, 2009 12:18 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Chimpanzee, I'm sure I've said this before ... LONG comments are not welcome on this blog. If you really want to join a Kea fan club, PLEASE do it elsewhere. Please.

Chimp, I do not drive a car. I never have. And I have no interest in pandering to the (now dead) 20th century Western, materialist culture by lying, skimpily clad, on the bonnet of some gas guzzling machine.

November 28, 2009 11:47 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

LOL! Just skipping down to Kea's reply was enough.

November 28, 2009 9:33 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Having followed your blog (and Carl's) for some time, it was good to have the opportunity to meet up with both of you in person at FFP10. I never expected to hear more about topos theory after leaving IC, so that was an added bonus!
Now need to start work on something new for FFP11. See you in Paris maybe?

December 02, 2009 1:52 PM  
Blogger antimatter33 said...

Interesting, Carmeli's "cosmic spacetime" is 5D with signature (---++) and so it probably a phenomenological approximation to my rigorously 6D Weyl-curved spacetime with signature (---+++). This is a 6D conformally invariant theory and Carmeli's "space velocity" would be subsumed in the idea of conformality itself. A limiting case is letting the Weyl gauge field devolve to a gradient and then one has a leftover scaling parameter that is globally determined, namely the CC.

Instead of the space velocity of Carmeli, the extra dimesions are just "coordinatized matter" and one needs two of them to have matter-antimatter interaction. The 6D aspect is forced by the Weyl ansatz so in that sense the Weyl ansatz predicts antimatter from first principles.


December 22, 2009 8:35 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Kea, check out this fascinating rewrite of E&M:

February 03, 2010 2:31 AM  
Blogger Ulla said...

I must ask you, although this is quite irrelevant, what has happened to you? Why is it so quiet on this blog? Some job, or project?

February 21, 2010 9:27 PM  
Blogger nige said...

I hope Lunsford's 6-d spacetime hasn't put you off blogging... hope you haven't fallen into an extradimensional crevice or black hole.

February 23, 2010 4:22 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

I have fallen into a black hole ... the black hole of isolated, hopeless poverty, where I am expected to find a job cleaning or waitressing ... a black hole well known to outspoken female scientists.

March 05, 2010 1:16 PM  
Blogger Ulla said...

Are there any bottom in the hole? :) Then you can kick yourself up from it.

You haven't left me alone for a while now :) so I guessed that was the reason.

The world is upside down quite often. Females are appreciated as long as they serve men, and avoid to think themselves. Men think they can think but in reality they just want to do things.

Is there anything that could help? If you need someone to talk to I can talk, although I'm a complete stranger to you. I have some experience. Matti has my adress. Or follow the link.

March 05, 2010 9:22 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Well, I certainly agree with you about men, Ulla. As one guy that I hitched a ride with recently put it, "Sheesh. I leave women like you alone!" Anyway, I am a legendary survivor, and so far all the crevasses that I have fallen in have had bottoms. Don't worry about helping me. It is not your problem.

March 09, 2010 9:21 AM  
Blogger Ulla said...

I know it is not my problem. And you have shown some strength :)

As I said you have been on my mind since christmas, so I thought I would offer my help, if perhaps you was asking for it :) You know, those negative energy signals :)

It must have been tough to change Oxford to a village. Everyone can be a little tired and need someone to talk to.

You are lucky who have summer yet. I have my brothers daughter there in New Zealand now. Here is cold winter with very much snow. Brrr.

March 09, 2010 9:46 AM  

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