Somebody’s got to do it.

March 29, 2015

   I’ve been showing an international group of journalists around La Palma for the tourist board. So I took them to all the most beautiful parts of the beautiful island, and we ate in the best restaurants, and we had good conversations and I got paid for it. But then I suppose that somebody has to do it. On Saturday we watched the sunset from the dome of the enormous…


At Bleeding Last!

I finished the second edition of “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” in July 2013. Almost immediately, I started work on the Spanish version. But I got interrupted by family holidays, distributing books, and writing “The Seer’s Stone” and translating it into “La piedra ocular” (while local government subsidies were available.) That took longer than anticipated, as these things generally do. Meanwhile I was tour guiding, blogging, writing the odd…

March 22, 2015

Life is what happens…

  ..after you made other plans. Here’s what was supposed to happen today: I had a group of students to show around two telescopes. Since they were going up in a bus from Los Cancajos and the weather forecast was poor, I arranged to drive to Los Cancajos, leave my car there, and go up with them in the bus. This would avoid the usual confusion created by bad weather…

March 20, 2015


March 16, 2015

The factoria de innovación (Innovation Factory) held a presentation of their work this morning, and I was invited to exhibit my books. So I did. The Spanish ones, anyway.


Pi Day

March 14, 2015

For those sane people who don’t know, March 14th is pi day, because if you write March 14th the American way, it’s 3.14, yes? Actually, the first five digits of pi are 3.1415, which made this year a bit special. In fact 9:26:53am was super special because pi is 3.141592653 (and the rest). It’s traditional to eat pie on pi day, which is probably why the idea caugh on. I…