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August 2, 2017 - I woke up this morning and found my driveway missing. I really wish these municipal road crews would warn me before digging up my property and leaving me trapped in the house!

July 11, 2017 - Happy 10th Anniversary to the GalaxyZoo project! For the past decade volunteers from around the world have been classifying images of distant galaxies, and helping astronomers to improve our knowledge of the Universe. They have achieved a lot, and now it is time to celebrate!

July 1, 2017 - HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

June 18, 2017 - Happy Father's Day to all the fathers and grandfathers in the world!

June 7, 2017 - After forty years of speculation about alien civilizations, the infamous 6EQUJ5 signal that was detected in 1977 has now been explained as being a previously unknown effect of a comet passing by. While it is disappointing that it has such a mundane explanation, it is also exciting that the scientific community can now explain one more natural phenomenon. (More details can be found here)

May 25, 2017 - Our thoughts are with the victims in the Manchester bombing this week, and with the entire community as it rebuilds. Eighteen years ago I was recruited by the University of Manchester, and nearly took an academic position there, and ever since I have a special admiration for the people and the city there. The world is with you right now.

April 29, 2017 - A reminder that today is World Astronomy Day, so please take the opportunity to take part in the local events. Those of you living in Victoria,BC can participate at either the Royal British Columbia Museum or take a tour of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.

April 16, 2017 - HAPPEASTER!!

April 13, 2017 - Unfortunately due to the fact that the road in front of my house is torn apart by the municipal public works crew, I won't be able to provide any tutoring sessions during this year's exam period. Sorry for the inconvenience.

April 11, 2017 - Congratulations to the researchers and fellow volunteers with the Exoplanet Explorers project, with the announcement today that they have discovered four new planets around distant stars. Full details of the discovery and the names of the volunteers who found them can be found here.

April 3, 2017 -  I came home today and found municipal road crews have marked up the road, my driveway, and my front lawn. Judging from the signs placed nearby it looks like my street is going to be closed down for some time in the future, and so my schedule will be quite messy for the next few days or weeks or months. I do wish they would provide warning or information to residents and owners before causing such chaos! 

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