Oh look, blue sky

I’m much more optimistic about the Dublin conference now* – and thus able to be excited about it again. It’s going to tackle important subjects, and Ireland needs it. Lucky lucky me to get to be involved.

There’s a bit of privilege for you.

The clouds really are parting here, the band of blue really is bright, the colorful sails on the many sailboats on the Sound are festive.

*Because there’s been some communication.


  1. jenBPhillips says

    oops, I guess if I’m going to post in CAPSLOCK I should say something like:


  2. MrFancyPants says

    Awesome! Enjoy the conference. And yes, another beautiful day in paradise (I live somewhat north of Seattle), blue skies and warm. Summer in the pacific northwest = unbeatable.

  3. jenBPhillips says

    @Mr FP: Right? I live somewhat south of Seattle, and am hoping fervently that this glorious weather isn’t just a tease before we plunge into rainy 55 degree Juluary. :)

  4. MrFancyPants says

    jenBPhillips @ 8: Ha! Definitely. A friend of mine here refers to blue patches between the skies as “sucker patches”, because they sucker you into thinking that it will clear up just before the clouds sock in again. I think that sometimes there are “sucker months” that make you think that summer has arrived, but then BAM! 29 days of rain in June.

  5. Sili says

    Double plus good, since I’m going. And the added bonus is that the haters must be fuming at their failure now.

    This is just gonna get worse, I fear. Please take care of yourself.

  6. says

    Ophelia, I’m really glad to hear things are better than you thought. Here’s hoping that my guesses are correct or that it’s something even better. And hoping even more that you can help free Irish women from the Vatican. Too late for Savita, of course, but obviously if the secularists don’t raise a stink there’ll be another and another and another.

    @MrFancyPants 7 and jenBPhillips 8: I live in the Canary islands. Arguably the best climate in the world. We’re all moaning because it’s only about 21 ºC (70 ºF) today, which is dreadfully cold for the time of year. Sorry.

  7. Ant (@antallan) says

    sheila @13

    I sometimes regret that I did my Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics rather than astronomy, which would’ve given me the opportunity to live and work in the Canaries for a while … Are there still folks from Durham, UK, there?


  8. says

    Cool that is good news! That there is good news for you… Whatever it is, you deserve some good 😉

    Now starting to wish I had some spare holiday and could go given its a lot closer than all the US conferences!

  9. says

    Sili @ 11 –

    This is just gonna get worse, I fear. Please take care of yourself.

    Any advice on how? Because I would if I could, but I don’t know what there is I can do.

  10. Sili says


    I meant mentally, I guess. Make sure to walk the dog and get out of the house, I suppose.

  11. ewanmacdonald says

    Glad to hear things are getting better. It’s jaw-droppingly awful that it’s come to this, of course, but there is hope :)

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