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Sorry for no image [yet] today - An NPR discussion

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#1 markseibold


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Posted 27 March 2009 - 03:48 PM


Well I did it again (11th time on NPR TOTN; 2nd on Sci-Fri, but first to Ira Flatow); but finally on Science Friday for the first time as the last call-in as they discussed the science realism with the creators of the images in the movie Watchmen. I even admitted that I was honored to finally speak to Ira Flatow after so many times to Neal Conan. I cannot remember exactly what I said but it will be archived in a while to review. (6PM EDT; 3PM PDT.) My artists friends have tried to drive me toward sci-fi for years, so I finally admitted on National Public Radio that while reading my Dr Solar Man of the Atom in the early 1960's, I saw real science facts in the intermission middle of the books.

This today has possibly saved my science technical art and kept me in a humorous and more abstract, impressionistic style. I hope I stated it right on national radio. I think they had to cut me as time ran out as I rambled for . . . you know . . . I did say something about contributing to astronomy technical forums and that the art is to be scientifically accurate from real observation according to the posting protocols. I should have mentioned the name Cloudy Nights but forgot to drop the name. ??

*I hope to soon work up something impressive... possibly the new crescent moon and crescent venus as a technical comparison as weather allows. There's a suggestion for others perhaps?


#2 JayinUT


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Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:06 AM


I love Science Friday and was wondering if that was you. I was able to understand that when you use an impressionistic style that more people are drawn to it.

For me it really depends on the purpose of the art piece and the artist, and who the audience is that determines which style I prefer. I'm glad to hear your working on some new stuff and look forward to it. I know I had one night a week ago but haven't had time since to do anything with the sketches and the clouds seem to just be lingering. I'm hoping as I am off for the month of April that April ends up being really good. Thanks again.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:48 PM


Thanks for the compliments. I wonder how many do or do not listen to NPR's daily Talk of the Nation or the Science Friday version of TOTN. They interviewed Carl Sagan some years ago, Timothy Ferris more recently. Many untold astrophysicists, astronomers, etc. I have called in many times. I have also failed to get through the busy lines other times as time ran out. For those not aware, it is not like the AM talk shows; as NPR carefully screens you before speaking and this draws a more intellectual and respectful listening crowd. They get famous artists, politicians, writers, etc. calling in at times. That also repels some people as I have friends that do no like the intellect; they prefer the ranting and raving of AM talk radio only where these topics of college-lecture-like discussions of art and science are rarely heard. Possibly George Noory on Coast to Coast is an exception as his webmaster has posted my art several times to their front page but I have not spoke on his show [yet.]

Unfortunately, they were out of time on NPR’s Sci-Fri yesterday and I was shocked that Ira Flatow took my call so late; I had wanted to say more about the world of art and astronomy. I have said much about it in past calls (all archived for review in the NPR archives) >

but I was commenting recently on the discussion of job loss and the arts career world failing due to this- Anyone can back log to it in their site: NPR Talk of the Nation upper right front page "previous shows" back arrow on calendar block > You might enjoy many of these discussions. *The Power of Art on Dec 20th 2006. I was first to speak to Simon Schama about his Power of Art, BBC and PBS historical shows and accompanying book about great artists. You'll hear me reflect on my childhood art influence of Dali. >

*The 16th Minute of Fame, was the first time I called in on March 14th 2005. This is a fascinating discussion that anyone would find intriguing as they discuss the Andy Warhol line that everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
What happens at the 16th minute when the fame is over? I spoke of my 10,000 mile solo road trip to do sidewalk astronomy in 2000, to return home and be persecuted by my astronomy club. The good and the bad and the learning about people in it. >

I don’t always get through the busy signal but usually try to call in when something is to be said about culture, the importance of art, astronomy, the need for science teaching, promoting people for a better community. Here are a few other shows that you can access in their archives. Do not just listen for me, but many others who are artists, astronomers, teachers, etc. It is like a free lecture about subjects that you might be interested to learn from! (Each discussion topic runs about 20 ~ 35 min. over a two hour period, live daily from Washington DC > Here are a few others of the dozen or so times I have called in >

February 29th 2008
Why Do We Have Leap Years - Mark Speaks as an astronomer from Portland to Joe Palca and guest astronomer while he is driving a route in downtown Portland (mid way in discussion and my statement as an astronomy teacher concerned about lack of teaching this today in our education systems is fast and out of breath until my cell phone dies) >

June 12th 2008
Productive Procrastination - Mark speaks as a procrastinating artist as opening caller at the beginning before the guest and he sets the tone for the discussion!

July 17th, 2008

Mark Speaks on Cutting Through the Green Fog About his Solar Astronomy road trip to film maker Randy Olsen, former ivy league physicist professor at 18 minutes into the discussion- Olsen commends Mark for story telling to teach others >


There may be other times I spoke on related astronomy or art but I won’t ramble here too much. On the 4th of July in 2008 the host asked summer vacationers what they might do for a learning vacation. I spoke again of my 10,000 mile road trip to do sidewalk astronomy >
July 4th 2007
Mark speaks again about his road trip to do sidewalk astronomy - What Makes A Great Vacation? >

My CN SKetch Gallery with some awarded published astro-photography

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