Natural Sciences

Dr. SkySkull in Greece: The National Archaeological Museum

The last in my series of blog posts about my recent trips to Finland and Greece. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 can be read at the links. My flight out of Athens on my day of … Continue reading

Dr. SkySkull in Greece: The Acropolis

In my last travel post, I described a little bit of the island of Spetses in Greece, where my second optics workshop took place. As the workshop schedule didn’t include any crucial talks on the last day I was originally … Continue reading

Dr. SkySkull in Greece: The cats of Spetses

In my last post, I summarized quickly the first week of my recent two week work trip, which took place in Joensuu, Finland. The second week took place in Greece, and there was so much history and beauty packed into … Continue reading

Dead Reckonings #23 is available!

Interested in reading literary critiques of the latest horror fiction, and analyses of the same? Well, you’re in luck, because issue #23 of the Hippocampus Press literary magazine Dead Reckonings is now available!

As in a number of earlier volumes, I contributed to this one, with a review of the excellent collection She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin.  It also contains great essays by a variety of talented writers and scholars, including Ramsey Campbell, June Pulliam,...

RIP Emil Wolf, 1922-2018

On Saturday morning, my PhD advisor and friend Professor Emil Wolf passed away at the age of 95.  He was a singularly gifted scientist as well as an extraordinarily kind and wise person.  It is fair to say that I would not have made it to through my own PhD, and onward to being a full professor, without his support, patience, and guidance.

I’m sure that much will be said about Emil’s life and legacy in the near future; I thought I would share some of my personal experiences...

Dr. SkySkull in Greece: Walking around Athens

In my last travel post, I talked about my first evening in Athens, in which I walked around with a new friend and explored the Acropolis and a number of other ancient sites.  The next day I had all to … Continue reading

The Searching Dead and Born to the Dark, by Ramsey Campbell

Though Ramsey Campbell is my favorite horror author, I somehow manage to always be “late to the party” when it comes to his newest releases.  In the most recent case, however, it was entirely my fault: I ordered a signed, … Continue reading

Dr. SkySkull in Finland: Koli National Park

Whew! I just got back from a long two-week trip to Europe, in order to attend a pair of optics meetings. The first of these was in Joensuu, Finland, and the second was on the island of Spetses in Greece.  The trips were both amazingly productive, and I am hopeful that I’ll get a lot of beneficial outcomes from them.

I also took a lot of photographs!  Over the next few posts, while I finish my cat physics book draft which is due soon, I’ll share some of those photos.

My first...

Dr. SkySkull in Mexico: The Great Pyramid of Cholula

A couple of weeks ago, as a part of the SPIE Visiting Lecturer program, I went and gave three talks at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in Cholula, Mexico. I had a great time, the Institute is lovely, and my hosts were wonderfully hospitable (if you’re reading this: thanks again!).

Life has been rather hectic and stressful lately, and I didn’t have time to research my destination before I got there. Imagine my surprise, then,...

Archaeologists uncover remains of man crushed while fleeing Pompeii

Archaeologists uncover remains of man crushed while fleeing Pompeii:

My apologies for the long silence here at the Chamber of Horrors! It’s been an incredibly rough – even horrific – year for me in many ways, and my blogging fell off dramatically because of it.  But I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things, and as a return, let me share this image which has gone viral in the past couple of days – a man from the ancient city of Pompeii who was crushed by a falling rock during...

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