Yesterday was the second day of the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society here in Austin, Texas. During the day, I went to talks on 10,000 mile-per-second winds streaming away from giant black holes (the stuff in the wind was never inside the black hole, so it can escape), stars in the outer parts of nearby galaxies, what giant stars can tell us about how elements are made, and even a debate on the future of astronomy research.
I spend lunch and parts of the afternoon discussing projects I'm working on with co-workers from across the country. Although we talk by email and telephone fairly often, it is nice to have everyone in the same room to help solve some problems, put faces to people I've only spoken to over the phone, and to start some new ideas.
You'll note I haven't talked much about new news coming out of the meeting yet; that's due to a lack of time to digest the information and blog about it. But that will give me material to talk about for the next week. :)