The Great To-Do List Experiment: Astrid Review

If you didn’t know, I’ve been trying out and reviewing some productivity tools. See the original post here. The first tool I tried out is Astrid. Astrid is a web-based list tool that let’s you manage tasks and fit them into many different categories.  Using HTML5 it updates in real time, and syncs with some mobile devices, though not all of them. Visual Appeal 7/10: Though I didn’t customize it, Astrid has some great built in themes, and some of them are downright cheery.  The tasks are colour coded by priority, and the lists are easy to see.  The system is...

A new Podcast and an Astronomy in Action Update

Long time no see internet.  I’ve survived a busy end of year performing my Astronomy shows for kids of all ages, and now the summer is here. I started by finishing up Part 2 of my supernova podcast.  The second part is more of the up to date stuff, and you can find it here.  I’m taking suggestions for my next podcast topic, so feel free to give suggestions. This summer is a bit of a revamp and leap for my companies.  I’m developing a new series of science shows called EPIC Science, consisting of high energy demos that are...

The Great To-Do List Experiment

I am a ‘list’ kinda guy.  I keep many chrome tabs open of articles and items I want to read, I have lists on sticky notes all around my room, and I have every little daily task I want to accomplish written down somewhere.  However that ‘somewhere’ is often ‘somewhere I can’t find it when I need it.’ So in order to keep my lists organized and by extension my life, I am going to propose a great list experiment, where I’ll be trying out some web and app based productivity tools for a week or so.  After I’m done...

Finding enjoyment in everyday life

I’m lazy….. Well sometimes. I like to spend time relaxing, watching a tv show or playing a video game, or even playing guitar, which I guess seems like a productive thing to do.  Generally, I procrastinate like a hero, achieving absolutely nothing.  With my recent lack of work due to the entrepreneurial lifestyle, I found myself with a lot of free time. i spent the last three months having fun, catching up on tv and video games, improving my guitar playing, and spending time with good friends.  This is all fine and good, but while my friends were working on...

An Explosive new Podcast

A Commander Chris Hadfield returns home tonight, the York Universe crew will be focusing on his voyage with a special show, featuring talk of the incredible and inspiring exploits of the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station.  Featured in this episode will be an interview with one of the newest Canadian Astronauts, Jeremy Hansen.  I was lucky enough to be a part of this interview, and am excited that it will finally reach air time tonight! Also debuting tonight after the York Universe episode, will be my second ‘What’s The Latest?’ podcast, entitled ‘Supernova part 1.’  Find it in...

Fairwell fair Herschel

The Hershel Observatory, an ESA telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations as it has finally run out of its liquid Helium coolant, as expected.  This is a good time to remember the multitude of data that a space based telescope can churn out, and the incredible scientific advancement that comes from such missions. On the heels of the NASA proposed budget, it reminds us how important scientific funding and advancement are, especially for countries that have a good standard of living.  The high end technology that comes from developing missions like this...

Post to promote blog + New Career Developments

Technocrati claim token VVY3PGW9WXGJ Okay to Actually make this a post sort-of worth viewing, I’ll quickly talk about a couple of new ideas and developments on my end. 1. In preparation for this blog and my usual astronomy related activities, I’ve been reading and paraphrasing one astronomy article every day, faithfully, since February. In the spirit of sharing and still getting practice, I’m going to blog about many of these articles with the goal of ‘making them accessible to the public.’ So I’ll take each article and talk about the concepts, to give me some practice in my ability to communicate...

Productivity, YorkUniverse 150, and Leftover comet water on Jupiter

Rather than post a bunch of simple tiny posts, I decided to go for the gusto and post something a bit more massive.  I realized recently that I blog barely once a week, which would be fine for an astronomy-only blog, but I also want to blog about interesting things in my life, which are slightly more common than ‘weekly.’ So to productivity, which for me has been lacking as of late.  I spend plenty of time doing valuable things, but not many of those things are valuable to me in the long term.  I get to work out a...

The first Podcast of ‘What’s the Latest?’

Over the past month I’ve been developing a new podcast entitled ‘What’s the Latest?’  Each show a particular topic in Astronomy is discussed from its discovery, through history, all the way up to the latest news and developments.  Also at the end some big questions are asked and future developments are discussed. The first podcast will air Monday, April 15th, on Astronomy FM after York Universe, but if you’d like to hear the show before then, it is live here on RyanMarciniak.com.  You can find it by clicking on ‘Podcasts.’ The podcast will air on a biweekly basis. If there...

Spring Workout or ‘My Pain’

Since I’m done Ultimate Frisbee for the next 6 weeks, during that magical time between winter indoor and the long summer outdoor league, I decided to do my annual spring conditioning.  It gives me a break from the usual workout, and lets me work all those muscles I ignore all year. Plus the weather starts to get nice and it gives me a great excuse to get outside. If you are looking for pictures of the exercises, let me know in the comments!! Here is the workout Schedule: Day 1: Stretching plan Hold each for 30 seconds minimum -Achilles tendon...