Tomorrow, we’ll host a quartet of local authors for the latest installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Tales of Science-Horror! Stop by the Fletcher Free Library at 2:00pm! The reading will take place in the library’s Community Room.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s mission, and it’s been a dramatic quarter-century. Over at St. Michael’s College, Physics professor John O’Meara, will be holding a talk tonight about the telescope’s legacy.
Earlier this week, he spoke with Vermont Public Radio about his own work with the telescope:
The iconic Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago this week. Since 1990, it’s been capturing crystal clear images of stellar nurseries, planetary rings and much more. It has been responsible for some major astronomical breakthroughs and has helped shape our knowledge of the universe.
St. Michael’s College professor John O’Meara has used Hubble three separate times for observation and research and will be celebrating its anniversary this week.
O’Meara says Hubble’s breakthroughs in the world of astronomy are too many to list, but that he has several personal favorites. “Hubble has been able to revolutionize our understanding of the entire universe by constraining this dark energy, which takes up about 70 percent of the energy density of the universe,” he says. “And this was something we didn’t know about at all when Hubble launched. And since [then] we’ve really changed our view of the universe with it.”
O’Meara will be holding a talk at St. Michael’s College tonight at 6:00pm in Cheray Science Hall, as part of a larger exhibition about Hubble:
Saint Michael’s College presents “A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope!” with Saint Michael’s Physics Professor John O’Meara, who uses the telescope in his explorations of the universe, at 6 p.m. in Cheray Science Hall Room 101. All are welcome. Join us as Professor O’Meara tells the story of one of the greatest scientific endeavors in history, shows many of its greatest images, and discusses its exciting future. Weather permitting, NASA Solar System ambassador Tom Estill will lead a night sky observing with telescopes, and will bring a number of hands on activities.
Local 64 is hosting a kickstarter to move into new digs! Here’s the details:
For the last three years Local 64 has served independent workers, telecommuters, and startups as well as the community at large. We’ve hosted art receptions, game nights, public policy forums, film nights, workshops, kids tech hang outs, popup suppers and popup art markets… it has been so exciting! Thank you!
Believe it or not, there’s a lot more we can do: Montpelier is a thriving little city packed with creatives. We want to be your home.
That’s why we’re expanding into new space. In fact, 3300sq.ft. of great space in downtown Montpelier. For the move to be successful we need your help. Here’s why:
- There’s a ton of carpet that has to be disposed of after we expose the 100-year old wood floors.
- We’re going to need to put in LED lights, take out some walls and rebuild others, and do some light construction in the kitchen.
- The place is going to need a lot of paint and other surface treatments such as barnboard cladding and other cool textures.
- And whatever furniture we can’t get donated we’re going to have to purchase, and that can get pricey fast.
All this means a better work environment that can better meet the diverse needs of central Vermont creatives – designers, developers, artists, coders, crafters and everyone else who has come to rely on Local 64 as a welcoming and fun place to be.
We’re doing this DIY, a good old fashioned barnraising. Which means we really need to you help us reach our goal. We promise, it’ll be worth it!
Pledges start at $10 and go up from there.
Ex Machina has been getting quite a lot of acclaim in the last couple of weeks since its limited release, and now, it’s finally screening here in Vermont! The Merrill Roxy theater in Burlington is now showing the film at the following times: 1:15 pm | 3:50 | 6:30 | 9:15.
Here’s the short synopsis:
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
This is one that we’ve been looking to see, and we’re excited to finally get to see it!
Brian Staveley has decided on a title for his upcoming final entry in his Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series, and he’s holding a contest to guess what it is:
After much consideration, I’ve finally settled on a title to the third book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. And it is… drumroll… drumroll…
Ok, that’s not it, exactly. That’s the acronym. We’re not revealing the title until we can reveal the cover, which is probably a couple of weeks out. In the meantime, this strikes me as a great chance to run a contest. Below, in the comments, put in your guesses for the title of this third book. There will be three different divisions, each with a different prize
Stop by his website to enter!
The Addison Independent has a good article on the recently-opened Tinker & Smithy Game store in Middlebury:
When Scott Gemignani says he likes games, he’s not talking about the ones you operate with a joystick or the varieties you can play on a computer.
“People are getting tired of (electronic) devices,” Gemignani, a 35-year-old East Middlebury resident, said during a recent interview.
The games that Gemignani enjoys are the ones played with cards, dice, moving pieces and a lot of imagination.
The full article is open to subscribers here.
Someone on Craigslist is looking to sell off a collection of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazines.
I have ALL the issues of Analog from 1969 to present, plus some duplicates and odd issues. Approximately 450.
He’s asking a dollar an issue, for a total of $450. Here’s the original ad.
Just a reminder for everyone: on Saturday, April 25th, we’ll be hosting the latest in our Vermont SF Writer’s Series, Vermont Tales of Science-Horror! The reading will be held at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington at 2:00pm. Brandon Barrows, Kristin Dearborn, Patrick Dodge and M. LaRose will be reading.