Is there anybody in there?
Well, yes. I've been very quiet here recently, for several reasons. Not that there hasn't been exciting stuff going on in the world of astronomy (of course there has, just listen to the Jodcast), I've just been very busy. It is now very much less than six months until my thesis has to be submitted and there is a huge amount of work left to do. Most of the last three months has been taken up with scheduling telescope time and then attempting to analyse the resulting data, which turned out to be a much bigger job than is should have been as there is a lot of interference affecting the observations. There have also been more applications for funding, which always seem to take longer than you think they will.
Earlier in the year I decided that, in order to keep myself sane (alright, stop myself going any more crazy), I would make time do something other than astronomy. So I've taken up some of my old hobbies again. I never took much other than astronomy seriously when I was younger, but I have dragged my 15 year old (classical) guitar out of the garage and been learning some songs (had my first go with an electric guitar and an amp yesterday, think I'm converted - the blues sounds so much better with steel strings!), and an old school friend and I have been heading up to Rope Race every couple of weeks. It's all a lot of fun, but it has been taking up most of what was left of my spare time.
Right, off to sort out a short talk for Macc Astro this evening... been asked to speak at Bolton AS in November as well but I'll worry about that when the thesis is out of the way.