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Being an author – and giving something back

I had the idea for writing a book about my passion of eclipse chasing for many years. Many of my family and friends nagged me about it, saying that I should write about my eclipse chasing adventures.  The idea was always there, in the back of my mind.  But I always had doubts, or felt […]

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Cultural observations within the path of totality

I have now arrived in Cairns, the largest city within the path of totality for the November 14 total eclipse.  I like learning a little about the local culture when I travel to see an eclipse.   I am a North Queenslander myself,  so there is a lot that I already am aware of.  However, […]

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The Euphoria of a Book Launch

Two days ago, I had the Belfast launch party for the book Total Addiction:  The Life of an Eclipse Chaser.  It has made me reflect on how different the process is of publishing a book versus completing academic work.  I have spent many years in formal academic study, completing a thesis for each of my honors, […]

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Awesome research

  The article called Awe Expands People’s Perception of Time, Alters Decision Making, and Enhances Well-Being has been making the rounds of online magazines and blogs this weekend.  The article was recently published in Psychological Science by three American business school researchers.   In this experimental study, the researchers explored the impact of awe by either […]

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Hot News!

The publication of my book Total Addiction:  Life of an Eclipse Chaser has been brought forward from September to the end of July.  The publishers and myself have been working behind the scenes in order to meet the earlier deadline.  It has only been in the past week that I have really started to let people know […]

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A four year drought

  The countdown is on until the next total eclipse – 13/14 November.  Only 126 days to go!  It has been some time since I actually saw my last total eclipse.  The last one was on July 11, 2010 over Polynesia, Chile and Argentina.  I had to miss that one due to my partner Geordie […]

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Live feeds and zzzzz

I stayed up last night watching the webcasts for the annular eclipse, which commenced at around 11.30pm local time in Belfast.  I was certainly not alone – I noted that many of the feeds had audiences of hundreds of thousands of people, all eagerly awaiting a glimpse of totality.  Those poor Panasonic guys up on […]

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10 hours to go until the annular eclipse

In just over ten hours, the annular eclipse of 2012 will begin at sunrise in China.  The shadow of the moon will make it’s way across the earth, across the pacific and over the western part of North America until sunset in Texas.   I plan to watch the event on live webcasts – something that I have […]

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