Sunday, January 24, 2016

IMAC and Uranus

I'm at this year's International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) , and giving a couple papers on microphone calibrators and low noise microphones tomorrow. It's actually a lot of fun, mostly due to the fact that this community is very tight knit. I've been working in noise and vibration for well over a decade now, and it's great to come to a conference like this and see my professors, fellow grad students, coworkers, and other friends.

IO9 posted today that today is also the 30 year anniversary of the only pass (by Voyager 2) of the planet Uranus. Uranus is the first planet to be discovered. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were all known to the ancients, but Uranus was thought to be a star until 1781 when it was discovered by William Herschel. There are a bunch of fun facts about it, not the the least of which are its tilt with respect to its orbit (97.77°) and the naming convention of its various satellites (characters from William Shakespeare).

My busy months are pretty much over now. I'll be writing here more (I hope).