I’m on the Science Channel!

Posted on Jul 5, 2016
I’m on the Science Channel!

Geeky confession: I was excited to wake up & see @ScienceChannel RTed me: http://is.gd/7bQ1Jh . Geeky dream: Ideally, 1 day I’ll be on it. — Ariel Waldman (@arielwaldman) June 23, 2011 Five years ago I revealed on Twitter that one of my geek dreams was to appear on the Science Channel. Little did I know […]

Ariel’s indie report for Q1 2016

Posted on Apr 11, 2016
Ariel’s indie report for Q1 2016

Originally posted to my Patreon page, where you can directly support my work! Anyone who knows me knows I work on a ton of different projects at any given moment. This is why I am often tongue-tied whenever someone asks me what I do or what I’ve been up to lately. Over time I’ve come […]

2015

Posted on Jan 2, 2016
2015

From my interview with Offscreen Magazine in 2015 which included an awesome photoshoot at the space-communicating Stanford Dish. First and foremost, I’m looking forward to 2016! It’s the year that my book, What’s It Like in Space? comes out (available now for pre-order). It’s weird, funny and surprising. I’m quite proud of it. What I’m […]

A San Francisco wedding

Posted on Dec 13, 2015
A San Francisco wedding

Ariel Waldman and Matt Biddulph were married among the redwoods and eucalyptus trees surrounding the Trocadero Clubhouse in Stern Grove in San Francisco. One Love Photo were there to capture the day. Ariel wore a couture dress made by a local designer, Atelier des Modistes. The dress featured a sweet pea floral watercolor on silk […]

Photoshoot

Posted on Nov 22, 2015
Photoshoot

A few months ago I did a photoshoot with the lovely Helena Price for Offscreen Magazine. We walked around San Francisco a bit before deciding to head up to the space-communicating Stanford Dish. Not having visited it before, what we thought would be a quick run up a hill turned into a hike on one […]

The emergence of science hacking in Madagascar

Posted on Dec 11, 2014
The emergence of science hacking in Madagascar

This article was originally published on Boing Boing and has been reposted here. Descending into Madagascar at night is an experience. I was enveloped in and captivated by the darkness. The expected sight of bright lights, distinguishing cities, small towns or even an airport runway, slowly dissipated as I pressed my face against the plastic […]

Six fears that keep event organizers up at night

Posted on Dec 9, 2014
Six fears that keep event organizers up at night

Part of the Science Hack Day SF organizing team: Ariel Waldman, Rose Broome and Jun Axup (photo by Matt Biddulph) This thought was originally written for the Pastry Box Project and has been reposted here. When I first came across hackathons several years ago, the idea sounded awesome to me. A bunch of people get together, brainstorm […]

I’m helping NASA turn science fiction into science

Posted on Jul 29, 2014
I’m helping NASA turn science fiction into science

I’m both excited and humbled to announce that I’m joining the external council for NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program! NIAC nurtures visionary, sci-fi-esque ideas that could radically transform future NASA missions. Essentially, NIAC is one of the coolest of the many cool programs at NASA. Just recently, NIAC announced funding for 12 projects including a […]

On getting scammed in Shanghai

Posted on Jul 14, 2014
On getting scammed in Shanghai

I got scammed today in Shanghai and enjoyed it. I was admittedly nervous to travel to China on my own, despite being relatively well-traveled. Coming here crossed off the last inhabited continent that I had yet to travel to. The language barrier I knew would be more extreme than anything I had yet experienced. In […]

The future of humans in space

Posted on Jun 11, 2014
The future of humans in space

In 2012, I announced that I was appointed as a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee member of a congressionally-requested study on the future of human spaceflight. Just last week, we released our 286-page report to the public (thankfully, there is a great summary section at the front!). I highly recommend reading it (you can […]