in honor of earth's celebration of a new calendar year, here is a galaxy image that i think looks like a big firework! NGC 1275:
and here was the massive fireworks display over sydney harbour. i love how the aerial views show the entire stretch of explosions. amazing!
hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe end to 2011!! i feel pleased as i reflect on the past year. a short summary of my twelve months of 2011:
22 talks given, 21 nights observing, 12 countries visited (depending on how you count what belongs to china), 11 papers published (2 as first author), 6 songs completed, 3 sizes lost, student loans paid off, and a flower on my frangipani tree!
what goals do you have for the next year?
i want to be able to do a pull up from a still hanging position. i want to publish 2 first-author scientific papers. i would like to finish writing a particular song that i've been working on for most of the last year. i want to write down a more coherent collection of travel stories. i want to get my heels down in the downward dog yoga pose. i want to hand-write more letters. i want to bake more bread.
here's to a successful new year, y'all! cheers!