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#1 Alan Friedman

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I am in the midst of solar hibernation, waiting for the sun to rise up again from behind the rooftops in my backyard and enjoying the vacation... sort of.

I gave a TEDx talk in Buffalo last fall - the video was finally uploaded to YouTube last week. Apologies to those of you who are friends on Facebook and might have seen this already, but I thought some might enjoy seeing it. Takes 18 minutes, so brew a cup of tea first.

http://www.youtube.c...irbqLlsu6ORu...

best wishes for a happy and sunny 2013,
Alan

#2 la200o

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

Wow, great talk!

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#3 Tamiji Homma

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

Indeed, great presentation.

I enjoyed it with a cup of coffee :)

Thanks, Alan.

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#4 Andy Devey

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

Hi Alan

I really enjoyed the talk

Best wishes for the new year

Andy

#5 Driven1

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Great talk Alan and some amazing shots. As you said, looking at Saturn was a mistake. After seeing it through a relatively cheap scope, I was hooked. I also enjoy the DIY aspect of AP and have modified my own webcams and equipment to suit my needs. This weekend, I Set up an old 60mm scope to do projection video for solar work. It never ceases to amaze me how much detail and beauty can be drawn out of seemingly poor video with a couple of pieces of software and a little knowledge. Lucky Astronomy indeed! Originally from Lockport and now living near Cherry Springs State Park in PA, it's nice to see a fellow WNYer doing so well in AP. Thanks for the video!

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

Alan that was great. Thanks for sharing.

#7 Alan Friedman

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

Thank you all for taking the time to watch!

Driven1, I've driven to CSSP many times. The quality of the wonderful dark sky there and the distance are two of the things that have driven me to solar work in my backyard! ;^)

cheers,
Alan

#8 astrovale

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

Great citizen astronomer and great style in presenting! Cool as I would never be able to be speaking in public.
It is a true honor to have such a speaker for our category!

Luca
PS Happy new year, my friend ;)

#9 Alan Friedman

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

Thank you for your kind words Luca... and all the best to you as well!

#10 raylal

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

WOW Alan you never cease to amaze us. Such a great and inspiring presentation. Congratulations. Love the term "citizen astronomer".

Ray

#11 Alan Friedman

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

Greetings Ray, and thanks. I've been hunting around for a little sexier way of saying that we don't get paid but sometimes know what we're doing. ;^)

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:16 AM

Hi Alan,

cool presentation!

Best wishes for the new year and cs
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#13 Alan Friedman

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

And to you Harald... thank you!

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

Alan, a wonderful talk and way to to spend with a morning coffee. Alas, I am also similarly in hibernation across the lake as I haven't seen a decent clear night since October.

Jim

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

I enjoyed the talk, thank you for posting and sharing your passion!

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:28 PM

Very well put and inspiring Alan! Thanks for sharing this.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

What were your audiences responds to your talk? What kind of questions did you get from people?

#18 Alan Friedman

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

Thanks so much for taking the time to watch and comment.

Tuawcxs, the TEDx talks are presented to an audience of 100. It is a day long event with some breaks and opportunities for small group discussion, but there is no question/answer component to the talks, which are constrained to a maximum of 18 minutes. My sense was that the audience was into it. I was the first talk of the day, so I got them when they were still fresh. ;^)

#19 Aquarist

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

Excellent presentation! Your knowledge of the subject matter was clear but I think that the reason your audience was so "into" your talk was that your presentation skills are exceptional. Nice images for sure, but the way you drew the audience in with your comfort in front of them was, in my opinion, at least 60% responsible for your obvious success. Now I am off to check out your website. Thanks for sharing!!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

Great job!!! You da man!!! Thanks for sharing.
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#21 Alan Friedman

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

Thank you Dale and Steve!

Steve, it's always a little nerve-wracking to get up and talk in front of a group. I find that if I imagine them without their hats on, it helps.

;^)

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

Thank you Dale and Steve!

Steve, it's always a little nerve-wracking to get up and talk in front of a group. I find that if I imagine them without their hats on, it helps.

;^)


ROTFLMAO. That solution is unique to your particular "style". In my real life, the greater the number of folks, the easier it became. Two or three was much more nerve wracking than 100. Knowing your subject matter as well as you do, I doubt that you ever have a problem.

#23 Perigny270

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Thanks for posting such a great talk. It touches on many important aspects of science and society as well as the sun stuff. And tahanks for doing the talk itself! :goodjob:






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