Friday, October 24, 2008

What the heck? It *is* the music of the spheres!

This article talks about astronomers recording the sounds made by stars using the Corot space telescope. There are recordings of three stars, including the Sun.

Professor Ian Roxburgh of Queen Mary College, London is among those trying to work out what the sounds from the stars tell us about processes occurring inside stars.

"It's not easy," he says "It's like listening to the sound of a musical instrument and then trying to reconstruct the shape of the instrument".
Fascinating stuff!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Broccoli of Death, or something like that

This one isn't mine. It's on the Bread and Honey blog. Apparently, the folks at Cascadian Farms are having fun with packaging.

Interestingly, Cascadian Farms is up in Rockport, WA, which is the home of one of my all-time favorite trivia questions from Washington Trivia:

Q. What started a 15-hour fight in the town of Rockport, WA, on May 16, 1973?
A. Tim Roetman drove a cement truck over a whole group of motorcycles.


Monday, October 20, 2008

I got quoted!

I wrote an article for the STC on the benefits of membership in the organization. It's a good article, based on the idea that being a member pays off heavily. Well, what the heck, the STC picked it up and used it for a marketing piece to recruit membership from the ranks of other organizations: the IEEE, mostly, where there's plenty of room for people to belong to two different professional organizations.

Thursday, I found out that my letter has been getting a little buzz: a marketing specialist is quoting it as an example of Really Good Marketing.

Far out!