AAS: the Swag

The primary reason to go to the big annual society meetings is, of course

the hot science results
networking for jobs
schmoozing with your peeps

The Swag!

Yes, that is why we go.

The NASA Space Calendars, the Hubble Mission buttons, the institutional logo USB sticks, the 3-D bookmarks, and, of course, the legendary High Energy Astrophysics Red and Black pens.

But each year there are one or two inspired surprise original Swag.
Who can forget the Lockheed Lunar Stress Ball? The foam space shuttle?
The photometrically accurate B,V,R ruler set?

This year the fancy Swag was definitely the Torpedo Lamp
– think multicolour lava lamp with glitter.

But, the winner has to be the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope little blue pedometer.


And, if you made 20,000 steps – which the LSST folk tell me is 10 miles, and they know their metrology – you could enter a drawing for an etched chunk of LSST optical glass!

I got mine monday late morning, thought to put it on, and turn it on (did I mention I am a theorist?), sometime monday afternoon, and hit 20,000 steps late tuesday evening.

I reckon about 3/4 of that came from walking the poster exhibits – I’d like to say that was to see all the wonderful science, but that was just half of it – rest of the time I was trying to find hos.

Still, not bad for day-and-a-half of browsing science-in-progress.

And now the rest of you won’t have to walk all round like me, ’cause I’ve done it for you!
Rest your feet on the final day, don’t obsess over the step count, no need to press on through that last few thousand to reach the magic 20,000…


  1. #1 mihos
    January 7, 2010

    how did you walk that much and not run into me?

  2. #2 JohnD
    January 7, 2010

    bah. Mine reset itself after walking ~1mile from the metro, so I only got to 15k by Wednesday night. Good luck on the chunk of glass 😛

  3. #3 Steinn Sigurdsson
    January 7, 2010

    Antiphase in Exhibit Hall C.
    I did do a grand loop of the bars at the end of each sub-hall, but no luck. Even sent your student out to look for you.

    What is stranger is how I managed to run into Peter Edmunds about 26 times in three days but not see other people at all.

  4. #4 Super Sally
    January 11, 2010

    I could never find you either, even after I enlisted Kelly’s help when I met her Wed. Sorry to miss you.

  5. #5 Steinn Sigurdsson
    January 13, 2010

    Sorry to miss you Sally, did you see hos anywhere by any chance?
    Er, I’ll get those things to you real soon now…

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