Sunday, November 26, 2006

Announcing the Carl Sagan memorial blog-a-thon

Next month, December 20, 2006 will mark the tenth anniversary Carl Sagan's passing. In his honor, I am organizing a special memorial "blog-a-thon" among Sagan's fans throughout the blogosphere. If you're a Sagan fan with a blog, you can participate by posting something related to him on or near that date. Read or reread a Sagan book and review it; discuss cool things that you've done that's been influenced by him; pontificate on one of the many topics he treated (SETI, astronomy, critical thinking, the history of science, human intelligence....), or post about something completely surprising. Contact me by email or by leaving a comment, and then when the date approaches, I will create a meta-post that links to all the stuff people are doing, providing a network of the participating bloggers.

A list of Sagan stuff online that may be a source of ideas.

Carl's son Nick Sagan on the blog-a-thon.

Publicity for the blog-a-thon includes Cornell University's Chronicle Online, The Ithaca Journal, digg, bOING bOING, and countless blogs. Welcome, everybody, and thanks to all who have publicized it!

See also another very cool new project, Celebrating Sagan; if you're not a blogger, you can contribute your memories and stuff via email.

Update: the meta-post is here!

128 comments:

Axinar said...

Well, it may be certainly impossible to properly reflect on the life and works of Dr. Carl Sagan in one day, but I have been doing my best to get down as much as I can as it comes up.

Best bet is to just check out the "Carl Sagan" label of my blog ...

Phil Smith said...

Joel,

Excellent idea. I have posted an entry on my blog honoring Dr. Sagan, and will leave it up through the holidays.

Great blog, BTW.

Hallq said...

The Demon Haunted World is one of my favorite books of all time. Watch my blog for a review of it around the appointed date.

Kellie said...

Count me in for a Dec 20th post about Contact.

http://khazell1.blogspot.com

Great idea!

Paul Riddell said...

I don't know about anywhere else, but a remembrance dinner in Dallas is already on order.

toomanytribbles said...

i remember carl sagan in my own way. i've got a

carl sagan label
on my blog and his contributions affect me on a daily basis.

thank you for organizing the blog-a-thon.

genexs said...

What a great idea this is. I have a quote from Carl (from Pale Blue Dot) up at my blog. I'm trying to to write something of the tribute flavor, but darn--there's just so much that comes to mind.

q80_demon said...

Thank you for this great idea and count me in. Recently I started a “monthly review” series of posts, and I chose Carl Sagans The Varieties of Scientific Experience (Ann Druyan, editor) as the book-of-the-month. I’ll post something on Sagan on the 20th.

Zac Bentz said...

This is an awesome idea. I suspect I'm not the only person who finds it difficult to put into words the profound effect that Sagan's work has had on our lives, but on the 20th I'll certainly give it a shot!

theatarithief.blogspot.com

I feel a marathon "Cosmos" viewing is in order...

Remo said...

Count me on this one, in spanish. Great Master, Sagan.

B.Ruhsam said...

I can't claim to have any inspiring thoughts about Carl or his work, but I do have an anecdote to relate concerning a talk he gave at RPI in 1996. Please count me in...

http://www.evileyebrow.com

Subspace said...

I have a occasionally science/science-fiction focused blog at http://beanmine.typepad.com where I will be writing my thoughts. Thank you for doing this.

-Subspace

Andy Fleming, UK said...

How can one comment on the work of a true genius? - an educator of a huge range of disciplines of half a billions citizens of the cosmos with supreme communications skills, seemingly infinite passion, dynamism, charisma, and knowledge. He was to science what Mozart was to music. Yet, despite such unique characteristics and standing he prioritised reaching out, and sharing such knowledge with "the man in the street" (including me!) Not only that - he conveyed it all (much of it complex scientific concepts) in such a way as to make it thoroughly understandable to anyone with an open mind, who was, and still is, willing to learn.

I have tried my hardest to provide tributes to do Carl justice. You can read them here to see whether I've succeeded!:

http://www.neforum2.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,10855.0.html

http://www.teessideonline.net/ftopic2332.php

http://www.thisishartlepool.co.uk/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=909

and also at AOL Winamp/Shoutcast - hopefully some web stations will pick the story up:

http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=262082

and from my sites at:

http://northeastradio.co.uk/index.html

http://northeastradio.co.uk/North_East_Radio_Revisited_Miscellaneous_Links_Page.html

Illaq said...

A very good idea.
I remember Carl Sagan in Spanish in my blog.
Please, count me in for a 20th December post about him.

http://www.zooglea.com

Lorne Ipsum said...

Thanks for organizing this! I'll be posting an entry on my blog tomorrow in his honor.

chad said...

I am not a cosmologist, an astronomer, or even a scientist, but I am a human being. Though I am (so far) bound to this Earth, I am ever thankful to be a tiny part of the majesty that he helped reveal to us all.

Thanks to you as well, Joel. My thoughts may be found .

chad said...

I am not a cosmologist, an astronomer, or even a scientist, but I am a human being. Though I am (so far) bound to this Earth, I am ever thankful to be a tiny part of the majesty that he helped reveal to us all.

Thanks to you as well, Joel. My thoughts may be found .

[http://chadsblog.wordpress.com/2006/12/19/look-again-at-that-dot/]

Anonymous said...

Let the Saganlution begin!

Brianna said...

Great idea! just finished my addition

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Alan said...

I'm still collecting my thoughts - and the thoughts of others - but have posted an introductory item and will have more on the Big Day. As a bonus, I'll be giving away a copy of Sagan's recently published lectures, "The Varieties of Scientific Experience."

(Now with the right URL!)

Anonymous said...

Does Cornell have a Carl Sagan Scholarship? If not, should we all turn this blog-a-thon into a fund raising to establish one NOW? -A Cornell Ph.D. '95

Darwin's Dagger said...

Here is my contribution: The Dragon In My Garage

chad said...

I am not a cosmologist, an astronomer, or even a scientist, but I am a human being. Though I am (so far) bound to this Earth, I am ever thankful to be a tiny part of the majesty that he helped reveal to us all.

Thanks to you as well, Joel. My thoughts may be found here.

[I'd appreciate it if you could delete my comments above, as I'm unable to clean them up. I've created a blogger account so that I might edit my posts in the future]

Lara said...

Wonderful idea for a tribute Joel!

I have a blog that I post all sorts of misc. stuff on, although I've been on a science kick lately and I will put up a Sagan-related post tonight or tomorrow.

It will be up at http://larae.net

Carol said...

"Cosmos" aired at just the right time for me. I recall "having" to be home to see the series. I already had an interest in science, but the "Cosmos" series helped me decide where my interests were and led me to a career in a science field. I have a copy of "Cosmos" that I have let my kids (8 and 10) watch and even though they don't understand some of it, they do enjoy the program. It still seems timely today.

James said...

Great idea for a tribute.

Mine will be up tomorrow morning at Coyote Mercury

Reverend Robbie said...

I've got an alternate history blog, and Dr. Sagan will have an entry all his own tomorrow - in an alternate reality where the world paid attention to the idea that science is the most human endeavor of all...

c griffiin said...

Carl Sagan... helped my inner child remain alive and inquisitive... and remaining in awe of the cosmos. His legacy lives on.. in all of us that can count the influence of his being.
Constance Griffin
Fountain Hills Az.

Goddam Liberal said...

Great idea - I don't know if I can do it justice, but here is my contribution, which tries to explain the impact Carl Sagan had on me:

Candle in the Dark

Emily Lakdawalla said...

Thank you for this idea. There is now a post up at The Planetary Society Weblog, written by Society cofounder Lou Friedman. (Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray were the other two cofounders.)

Mike said...

Thanks for organizing this. My contribution is live at Morrow Planet.

toomanytribbles said...

my contribution is here:

lessons i've learned

Phil Plait, aka The Bad Astronomer said...

I was interviewed by a Chinese reporter who is writing about Sagan for his newspaper. My entry for the blogathon is my answer to his questions.

Martin Wisse said...

My entry can be found here.

Thank you for this idea.

ALINA said...

My post

Recordando a Carl Sagan...Remembering Carl Sagan

Hemant said...

My post is here.

Thank you for doing this!

Clinky said...

Here you go.

Sam Harrelson said...

I'm crying like a baby after writing this post about my hero...

http://samharrelson.com/2006/12/20/in-memory-of-carl-sagan/

Dean W. Armstrong said...

Hi Joel--
I have a post about his time at the University of Chicago and Ryerson Observatory here

Shaun said...

A post from .

Matt D said...

My post is up

i75mara said...

T"hat it will never come again is what makes life so sweet"
--EMILY DICKINSON Poem Number 1741.

Unrepeatable Sagan !!

Dave Pearson said...

My small attempt at a contribution can be found here.

Dave Pearson said...

My small attempt at a contribution can be found here.

Dave Pearson said...

My small attempt at a contribution can be found here.

Davidvet said...

Job done!

Anonymous said...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=i2Z2aNp9P0s

A little video i made, a bit old but still there for the viewing.

Karin said...

though I've never been a fan of Carl Sagan (he always seemed to me a mediatic A.C.Clarke), I still have to admit his contribution in the making of more sceptics, something humanity badly needs.

meatbrain said...

My contribution has been posted.

Steve said...

www.hahaha.com.au/weblog/index.php?thought=1307

Virdi said...

Another Spanish post to add to the tribute:

http://www.culodemalasiento.com/?p=156

A few personal words ans a recreation of that funny horoscope comparison he once did for the cosmos series.

Jessica said...

Hi there. I've posted an entry from the point of view of an artist and teacher today who, as a child, was first exposed to Sagan's work. The link is at http://jessicabeagan.blogspot.com/2006/12/cosmos.html.

This is a great project. Thanks for hosting it!

Brett said...

My own contribution:

http://airminded.org/2006/12/20/still-at-the-edge-of-forever-for-carl/

Thank you!

Denise said...

I joined! http://fasttimes.clubmom.com/fast_times/2006/12/celebrating_sag.html

Kevin said...

Here is my post for the blog-a-thon. 10 years later, he is still missed, maybe more than ever.

The Public Me: Remembering the "People's Astronomer"

Mariel said...

My small and sincere tribute to Carl Sagan:my stars guide in these darknesses

amedeo said...

HI Joel,
I am a cosmologist from Rome, Italy. My contribution was to post a translation in italian of Carl's Pale Blue Dot reflections:
Quel puntino blu chiaro

Ciao!

Neil McDonnell said...

Great idea Joel. I've done as requested on my blob: http://sften.blogspot.com/2006/12/carl-sagan-blog-thon.html
I'm looking forward to the compiled work.
Neil McDonnell

Anonymous said...

Carl Sagan introduced a generation to the universe.

Roberto said...

Hello! It is a sad day, but with great memories from a great man.

I have just posted some memories from watching COSMOS in Brazilian television in 1982-1983

http://rtietz.blogspot.com/2006/12/ave-carl-sagan.html

Dick Stafford said...

I stumbled on this via Bad Astronomy and thought I'd participate:
http://rocketdungeon.blogspot.com/2006/12/one-in-billion.html

Andrew said...

Great idea - thanks for setting it up! My contribution.

Tomaso said...

This is my contribution (in Dutch).

http://www.volkskrantblog.nl/bericht/94565

Some memories from the Cosmos series, which was broadcasted in Holland beginning of the '80s, and of course his books. It really influenced my choise of carreer.

And, oh coincidence, I was living in the US at the time of his last television appearance (beginning of December 2006), which was quite a shock because he was really looking very frail and ill at that time. But the twinkle in his eyes and his smile were still there.

Dick Stafford said...

I stumbled on this via Bad Astronomy and thought I'd participate:
http://rocketdungeon.blogspot.com/2006/12/one-in-billion.html

dr. dave said...

My contribution (which was a pleasure to sit down and write) can be found on my blog, "Second Order Approximation" today.

Lauren McLaughlin said...

My favorite Sagan quote is: "I don't want to believe. I want to know." You can find my blog on Carl Sagan here.

Paul Vallee said...

I posted mine, on baloney detection in an enterprise IT context, here: http://www.pythian.com/blogs/341/the-fine-art-of-baloney-detection-in-honour-of-dr-carl-sagan.

Paul

jason said...

Fantastic idea, Joel. Thanks for leading the charge to honor a man to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid.

You can find my humble offering here: For Carl Sagan.

Anonymous said...

Carl changed my life. I found Cosmos at a very young age, about 8, at the moment in my life when my family and friends tried to turn me toward religion. He showed me something more mysterious, more wonderful, and more profound than I had ever considered, and it was a place that existed in the real world, rather than a wishful fantasy. I will forever be in his debt for helping to set my mind free.
-ChrissyOne

Jussi K. Niemelä said...

Hello from Helsinki, Finland! I just wanted to drop by to say that Carl Sagan was an inspiration to me ever since childhood, since they showed his TV series Cosmos on Finnish TV when I was a kid. Later, in 1996, I purchased Carl's book The Demon-Haunted World and it made me a skeptic. I've read this book many times and I still find it excellent, and what is quite disturbing, TIMELY. In a world like this, we would surely need gentle and rational people like Carl Sagan. His legacy remains - and that spells REASON.

Blake Stacey said...

I don't have a blog of my own, even though I spend an awful lot of time posting comments on other people's sites. This keeps me civil, I think, and makes it easier to walk away from the Web when I need a break. This is the first occasion when I actually wondered if I should start a blog of my own — just create a blogspot page, post a few quick essays and then leave it behind for the historical record.

I haven't done that, but I did write up my thoughts. After checking out Rebecca's contribution to the blog-a-thon at Memoirs of a Skepchick, you can read my remarks in the comment thread.

I am very impressed with the writings people have contributed so far. Many thanks to you all.

Freyburg said...

I put up my thoughts on http://www.freyburg.com/archives/2006/12/carl_sagan_blog.html. Nothing that hasn't been said already...great influence, piqued my interest in science and history. Contact..awesome movie.

Nik said...

He taught me that science can be more interesting than science fiction.

Many layers of news

Anonymous said...

Hi There! I hope that some of you might listen to my radio tribute to Carl on my show "The Blue Dot Report" broadcast on NPR out of Chico, CA. The show airs Thursday Dec. 21 at 6:44 pm (four minutes long) and repeats at 6:35 am Friday. Listen online at www.kcho.org

Peace and love to Annie and the kids.
Dave Schlom

Chiva Congelado said...

Found through this in Technorati. Great idea! I've made a small post now, to remember a great man.

Laurel said...

Saw this on the Bad Astronomy site - What a great idea. My entry is here.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea. My blog is in Danish, so my post is also in Danish. I realize that it means that most people can't read it... but I think it will add an extra dimension to the blogathon to have posts written in as many languages as possible.

Barbara Mink said...

Carl was a personal friend; Nick and my husband's son Dan grew up together in Ithaca. 20 years later, Carl's quote "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known" is our tag line for a festival we founded here four years ago, a synergy of science and the arts. Carl's passion for his work and eagerness to share that passion with non-scientists is the force behind the Light in Winter Festival as well. We are proud to be a reflection of his humanity and generosity of spirit.

Swank Chambers said...

This is a wonderful idea. Dr. Sagan quite literally changed my life, and I am honored and humbled to be able to participate.


http://swankchambers.blogspot.com

Mary said...

My personal reflection can be found here.

J Erwine said...

I've posted a brief remembrance of Carl on my blog as well...

http://jalanerwine.blogspot.com

Depresed F*cked up person said...

Sadly i am not familiar with your dads work, but i am sure he was an outstanding writer, as you are.

J Erwine said...

I've posted a brief remembrance of Carl on my blog as well...

http://jalanerwine.blogspot.com

Robert Shearrer said...

Dr. Sagan was one of the greatest scientists ever in my opinion. He was greatly influential to me, as well as many other of course. If you'd like to read more from me, check out my blog on myspace under the username: "more rum, savvy?".

Anonymous said...

I have only learned about Dr.Sagan, Through watching the series COSMOS.on the Discovery sience channel.Throuh Dr,Sagan i have sparked such an intrest in sience. he makes everything illogical...logical. and to that ill say thank you Carl Sagan.. Bobby Gareau

P.M.Bryant said...

I have a post to contribute to the Sagan blog-a-thon at my blog B and B: http://pmbryant.typepad.com/b_and_b/2006/12/carl_sagan_10_y.html

coturnix said...

My contribution:
http://scienceblogs.com/clock/2006/12/sagan_blogathon_let_there_be_l.php

Anonymous said...

My contribution...

http://joelschlosberg.blogspot.com/2006/11/announcing-carl-sagan-memorial-blog.html

Stuart Atkinson, UK

Stuart Atkinson said...

Sorry everyone, pasted in the wrong link... idiot...!

http://journals.aol.com/stuartatk/Cumbrian-Sky/entries/2006/12/20/remembering-sagan.../2254

Stuart Atkinson, UK

Laura Woodmansee said...

Wow! Great idea Joel.

I'm writing up a post right now about Carl Sagan for my blog.

Thanks for being a great Cosmic citizen!

Laura Woodmansee
Author of Sex in Space
http://laurawoodmansee.blogspot.com/

Mer Haskell said...

It brought me great pleasure to write this. Thanks for giving us something positive to focus on!

http://www.merriehaskell.com/journal/archives/2006_12.html#000824

Dr. Lisa said...

My contribution is here:

Remembering Carl Sagan

genexs said...

This was fun, and well worth the effort. Thanx Joel. Here's my blog entry:

http://witchesandscientists.blogspot.com/2006/12/carl-sagan-blog-thon.html

Scott Spiegelberg said...

This is a wonderful idea. I have my own musical perspective here.

D.B. Echo said...

Joel, here is my contribution. Thank you for organizing this.
http://anothermonkey.blogspot.com/2006/12/carl-sagan.html

stephanie said...

Hi. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to remember how much I appreciated Sagan. My blog entry is here: http://nooksack.blogs.com/steph/2006/12/somewhere_somet.html

Juvenal said...

This is a great idea. My blog entry is here:

http://bread-and-circuses.net/?p=42

DJ

Javier said...

Hi. My post in spanish about Carl Sagan. 'Cosmos' was a great influence for a generation of adolescent people.
Carl Sagan, un pastor de la ciencia
Hugs!

The Lone Raver said...

Mine's gonna be cheesy as hell, but his work leave a huge impact on my personal life.

Humanity is damn lucky to had him.

Thanks, Joel.

DeafScribe said...

We were fortunate to have him, and his passing definitely deserves commemoration. Thanks for the fine suggestion - I followed through here.

Thomma Lyn said...

Oops - I missed this by a day -- just discovered it today, but I still want to participate in the blog-a-thon. Carl Sagan tremendously influenced the way I look at the world, and humanity is poorer for his passing.

Here's a link to my tribute. Thank you, Joel, for organizing this.

JSLang said...

When I am asked to reflect on my time spent and education "earned" at Cornell in the late '70s my first remembrance is almost always of time spent absorbing the always interesting teachings of Dr. Sagan. It made no difference which topic was at hand for the day - the method presentation, the offerings of analogs and example always captured both attention and imagination.
Mixed in the lesson in fact was always the advice to make intelligent observation with a healthy dose of skepticism. That advice has stayed with me throughout the succeeding (and successful) decades of my professional life. The lesson learned was not to always seek truth with a VERY open mind. That the avenue yet to be explored may in fact hold the truth even if contrary to then accepted "belief".

Anonymous said...

flawed ,human , teacher , Husband , Icon ! Miss Him....

Zeolite said...

My contribution Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Here's the link to my tribute. http://randall.livejournal.com/

Anonymous said...

Carl Sagan has been the greatest inspiration in my life. His books are the pride of my book-shelf.

teacher dude said...

I thought I'd add my own two cents worth. Learned so much from the man. Check out my blog entry.

Anonymous said...

Here's my entry. Thank you for doing this.

http://bodhisattvamama.com/?p=105

-mama

A Carl Sagan Fan said...

Carl Sagan never said he was an atheist which is an unscientific dogmatic belief that logically cannot be gotten to through rational enquiry.

Lang Kasranov said...

I haven't 'blogged' a tribute, but I did create a video. Please take a look. Click on my name above, to view it.

q80_demon said...

I posted a brief note and some pictures on my new blog.

Paul Levinson said...

Glad I stumbled across this! I just wrote Carl Sagan and the Stuff of the Cosmos in my blog.

rocketaholic said...

I remember when I was in 8th grade (1981) our science teacher had us watch the COSMOS series on PBS each week. We had to do a weekly report after viewing them. I have the dvd collection now and I still enjoy watching them. I also read The Pale Blue Dot and The Deamon Haunted World often. Also I read his book Contact back in 1998 when I was on a military deployment. Carl was a visionary and was a good teacher.

His vision lives on to this day.

Anonymous said...

Greatest teacher for many of us. He will be remembered with love through time and space

Anonymous said...

Brilliant Man!

http://www.ne-forum.co.uk

Anonymous said...

carl sagan sucks

BRUCE WOODS said...

Dear Nick Sagan,
I have been a longtime admirer of the late, great, American astronomer, space scientist, polymath, internationalist, universal man and 'man of the Universe' Professor Carl Sagan!.
In fact, he has now become as much of a hero to me as our own great veteran astromomer Sir Patrick Moore in Britain, even though they are such different personalities!.
You may like to know that I have set up a tribute page to him on my website: www.astrospaceweb.com
(just click on 'MESSAGE' on the navigation bar).
All astro and space enthusiasts are welcome to visit my site and contribute their comments on Carl Sagan in it's discussion forum!. Best Wishes, Bruce Woods

annerose said...

These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.

SK said...

vlog? http://youtube.com/watch?v=2pfwY2TNehw

www.tolive4ever.com said...

Is there an online memorial or online obituary published!?Since i can not see it in
http://www.tolive4ever.com

www.tolive4ever.com said...

still cant see online memorial or obituary in
http://www.tolive4ever.com

Car Roughly said...

Carl Sagan memorial blog-a-thon... Finally found really useful information on the topic, thank you.

Jose M Prieto said...

I am a Lecturer in the University of London. Sagan's Cosmos was on the origin of my passion for science, history and education. I think many scientists around the world own their careers to his great work an so we must declare it.
Thanks, Carl for being such an inspirational scientist.

Neil said...

Carl Sagan has always fueled my hunger for knowledge of the cosmos. Even today when I watch Cosmos religiously on the science channel I am amazed at our very existence

Remember Natasha said...

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right
up to Heaven
And bring you back again.....
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone
before we knew it
And only God knows why......
Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No on will ever know.....

Memorial Items and Jewelry

Anonymous said...

This is great... I just had a tree planted in his Memory on http://www.treesinstead.com

Online Memorial said...

In one of his book reviews it is said that "encourages efforts to make science and critical thinking widely accessible and describes the intellectual factors that determine the nature of a true democracy." It is so true! When you read his books the critical thinking mind of this man. He was truly a legend and I am feeling truly satisfied to pay tribute online memorial forum.