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Wechsler's Index

Cosmic VarianceBy Risa WechslerNov 23, 2009 6:56 AM

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My last 10 days (posted after a recovery weekend), by the numbers: Shuttle launches witnessed: 1 Shuttle launches since 1981: 129 Shuttle launches remaining: 5 "Shuttle Experience" rides experienced: 1 Cost of Space Shuttle Atlantis [dollars]: 1.7 billion Total cost of the International Space Station [dollars]: 157 billion Science publications resulting from research by the International Space Station: ~200 Total cost of the Hubble Space Telescope [dollars]: ~4-6 billion Science publications resulting from Hubble Space Telescope data: >8500 Years between first trans-Atlantic air passenger and first man walking on Moon: 42 Years since last human walked on moon: 37 Moons of earth where water was found: 1 Cities visited, where snow was visible: 2 Cities visited, where it has never snowed: 2 Cities visited with a "Disney Land/World": 2 Mickeys seen: 0 Alligators seen: 2 Geckos seen: 1 Astronauts met: 1 Space geeks met: ~ 40 Tweets sent at first "tweetup": 24 Tweets sent in lifetime: 24 Number of distinct words heard starting with an extraneous "tw": >15 Days after my first tweet that Palin decided to resume tweeting: 4 Books released by Sarah Palin: 1 Stewardesses I saw that were the spitting image of Sarah Palin: 1 Oceans swum in: 1 Oceans I was close enough to swim in: 2 Places visited that are the Holiest site of a religion: 1 People met that are writing a book about escaping that religion: 1 Points bowled: 67 Team place out of nine teams of bowling scientists: 1st Flights taken: 7 Amount of carbon emitted by those flights [lbs]: 2240 Net amount of energy generated by my solar panels [kW/hrs]: ~100 Equivalent amount of carbon not emitted [lbs]: 100 Cost of offsetting that 2240 lbs of carbon [dollars]: 12.63 Talks given on completely different topics: 3 Talks listened to: 41 Talks listened to without my laptop open: 15 Non-astrophysics talks I heard that mentioned dark matter: 10 NSF proposals submitted (as Co-PI): 2 HST Multi-Cycle Treasury proposals submitted (as Co-I): 2 Total number of HST MCT proposals submitted by the community: 39 Total number of HST orbits requested by those 39 proposals: 26801 Interviews given: 3 Days with at least 3 nearly identical deadlines: 2 Emails received @ work address: 768 Emails sent: 253 Emails still in my inbox: 361 Average number of hours slept per night: 5 Brain cells lost by multi-tasking: Uncountable.

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