MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • Extreme Wavefront Cleanliness Lab


    Joseph Long

    Extreme Wavefront Cleanliness Lab
    It’s back-to-school season, but it doesn’t look much like last year. It’s even hotter, for one thing. (Also, to be quite honest, I still feel like it’s March.) The State of Arizona has decided to contain the COVID-19 pandemic by topping national headlines for “worst COVID-19 outbreak” until we all stay indoors (from shame, one ...
  • A Purrrfect Birthday


    Lauren Schatz

    A Purrrfect Birthday
    I know what you all are thinking. We have hit triple digits in the number of days since this all began and Lauren still hasn’t made a blog post just about her cat. Don’t worry it is time to right this wrong, and what better time do to so than for Katniss’s 5th birthday! I’ve heard ...
  • Spooky MagAO-X action at a distance


    Joseph Long

    Spooky MagAO-X action at a distance
    The University of Arizona is resuming some in-person research lab activity, subject to restrictions to ensure safety and social distancing. We are to log our comings and goings, continue sanitizing surfaces, limit the number of occupants in the lab, and generally stay home as much as possible. Years ago, our P.I. articulated his vision for MagAO-X ...
  • On Central Texas and Breakfast Tacos


    Logan Pearce

    On Central Texas and Breakfast Tacos
    Central Texas, the region that encompasses Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding towns, did not invent the breakfast taco (well, at least Austin didn’t, more on that later). Breakfast tacos have been popular in the region since the 70s (source), but with the massive influx of hipsters and their penchant for brunch, niche trends, ...
  • Quarantine Crafting


    Lauren Schatz

    Quarantine Crafting
    Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Rona A little over a year ago now I was moving back from France to Tucson. I decided to move into a two bedroom apartment, with the expectation of turning one room into a home office/craft space. Throughout undergrad and graduate school I kept some crafting ...
  • I’m not any good at whole bean coffee.


    Logan Pearce

    I'm not any good at whole bean coffee.
    The year is 2001, I am a fresh faced young junior at Purdue University. I did the traditional college path, straight out of high school. I distinctly remember having the thought that I didn’t want to acquire the taste for either beer or coffee, because both seemed problematic. Then I joined the ...
  • Southwestern Cooking: Mesquite


    Jhen Lumbres

    Southwestern Cooking: Mesquite
    Since we’re back to the blogging business with Arizona’s second (albeit smaller) shutdown, I decided to revisit my first blog entry from the first shutdown. I attributed my dalgona coffee’s successes to having the appropriate kichen hardware available. For my first blog post in the second shutdown, I decided to go the opposite direction: how ...
  • The thrill of travel from the safety of home


    Joseph Long

    The thrill of travel from the safety of home
    While our last blog missive coincided with the “reopening” of Arizona, the global pandemic continues unabated. So, I thought it would be a good time to get into these “video games” I’ve heard so much about over the years. I quickly found out that one needs a “game controller” for the full experience, and that ...
  • MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 45: Telling Stories


    Jared Males

    This is, officially, the highest numbered “run” post achieved (so far) on this blog. Jhen’s post yesterday tied with the previous record holder, Day 44 from 2015A, what we fondly refer to as The Death Run. Arizona is opening back up. So, to some extent, is UofA research. Our lab, The XWCL, has ...
  • MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 44: Award-winning Video Game Music


    Jhen Lumbres

    This may surprise people, but did you know that a video game theme has won a Grammy award? In 2011, the main theme of Civilization IV, “Baba Yetu” (Swahili version of The Lord’s Prayer), won a grammy award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The composer is Christopher Tin and features the Soweto Gospel Choir ...