A chat with Intel

Posted on Aug 28, 2012
A chat with Intel

In which I have a chat with Intel’s futurist, Brian David Johnson, in front of a Russian space capsule at the Chabot Space & Science Center. The shoot was for Intel’s Tomorrow Project: “The Tomorrow Project explores our possible futures through fact-based, science-based fiction and video conversations with scientists and science fiction authors, legends and […]

Designing weird science

Posted on Jul 10, 2012
Designing weird science

A few months ago, I gave a talk at Interaction12, an interaction design conference taking place in Ireland. I wanted to talk about the interaction design of exploring space and mashing up scientific data to create weird, sometimes whimsical things. I had so much fun giving this talk (you can probably tell it’s a bit […]

Democratized Science Instrumentation

Posted on May 29, 2012
Democratized Science Instrumentation

I wrote/curated a guidebook on democratized science instrumentation, documenting both hardware and software that significantly increase people’s opportunity to participate in scientific discovery. The paper was commissioned by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) to be presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). To download the PDF, visit: http://arielwaldman.com/wp-content/2014/06/OP-7-2012-DemocratizedScienceInstrumentation-v1.pdf

More from my work with SyFy

Posted on May 16, 2012
More from my work with SyFy

Here’s a few more videos from my work with the SyFy channel in addition to the TV commercial I blogged about previously. SyFy interviewed me about Spacehack.org, working for NASA and Science Hack Day. These are all part of SyFy’s Lets Imagine Greater campaign. Scroll down to watch all 3: On exploring space and Spacehack.org: […]

Let’s Imagine Greater

Posted on Mar 8, 2012
Let’s Imagine Greater

I’m totally over the moon about this: I’m featured in a TV spot airing on SyFy as part of their Let’s Imagine Greater campaign! You can catch it “live” on the SyFy channel this weekend: Saturday @ 6:13pm EST & Sunday @ 5:33pm EST. Or just check it out below: SyFy’s tagline is “Let’s Imagine Greater” and this […]

My recent travels

Posted on Mar 7, 2012
My recent travels

When I was first booking flights to go from San Francisco to London to Cape Town to Dublin and then later to New York before returning to San Francisco, I thought I would be completely exhausted. I packed vitamins being convinced that I would be absolutely demolished. It was exactly the opposite: I became full […]

Full spread in Linux Format

Posted on Dec 12, 2011
Full spread in Linux Format

Okay, I’m not precisely the hot centerfold spread (that was saved for a revealing penguin shot), but I was put on the cover of Linux Format! I tried to talk the interviewers into making the cover a picture of Tux in an astronaut suit (like GitHub’s octonaut) – sadly this didn’t come to fruition. Here’s […]

Mail delivery from NASA

Posted on Oct 7, 2011
Mail delivery from NASA

I just received the most awesome thing in the mail from NASA: a block of aerogel incased in one of the original boxes (see the inscribed number on the box) that held a block of aerogel for NASA’s Stardust spacecraft. Aerogel was used in the spacecraft to capture pieces of interstellar dust by impacting a […]

Hacking science: the intersection of web geeks and science geeks

Posted on Aug 31, 2011

I was honored to be an invited guest blogger on Scientific American – I’m reblogging my article here: Science should be something that is disruptively accessible – empowering people from a variety of different backgrounds to explore, participate in, and build new ways of interacting with and contributing to science. Unfortunately, the relationship most adults […]

5 years ago

Posted on Aug 16, 2011

(Thanks to @magnuson for the original tweet) #5yearsago This is actually something I think about fairly often. When I give talks, I often mention where I came from, not only to illustrate that anyone can actively contribute to space exploration and scientific discovery, but also in hopes of finding other stories like mine. Stories about […]