Hi, my name is Kamal. I have been interested in science ever since I was young. Maybe because I like sci-fi movies. Also, because I like to know how things work.

I went to University of California at Santa Cruz where I got a Bachelor’s degree in Physics with minors in Education and Astronomy. After college, I taught at a high school for one year. After that I took some time off to finish writing the children’s science picturebook I had started in college. It is called “Why Can’t I Jump Very High? – A Book About Gravity.”

Currently, I am working for the NASA Education and Public Outreach Group at Sonoma State University where I help create education and outreach materials for NASA high-energy astrophyics space missions as well as manage the E/PO website for those missions. I am also the lead writer for a weekly space science web-comic that we produce, called Epo’s Chronicles.

I started this blog because, as you can tell by now, I have a great passion for science and education, and there are topics in science that I wanted to talk about that did not fit neatly in what I am doing for NASA. If there are topics you would like to ask me questions about or make comments on, please feel free to contact me.

If you would like to support me and this blog, please share this blog with people who you think might be interested in reading it, and consider buying my book. If it is not something you will find useful, maybe a child in your life will.

Plugins Used

Akismet 3.0.1  Akismet 3.0.1
» Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.

Amazon Showcase 2.2  Amazon Showcase 2.2
» Aaron Forgue (url)
A plugin for showcasing items from Amazon. Simply enter the ASIN/ISBN numbers of any products and optionally enter an Associate ID for earning commissions.

Contact Form 7 3.9.1  Contact Form 7 3.9.1
» Takayuki Miyoshi (url)
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Exclude Pages from Navigation 1.92  Exclude Pages from Navigation 1.92
» Simon Wheatley (url)
Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will remove the pages from any “consumer” side page listings, which may not be limited to your page navigation listings.

External Links 5.5.4  External Links 5.5.4
» Denis de Bernardy & Mike Koepke (url)
Marks outbound links as such, with various effects that are configurable under Settings / External Links.

Flash Video Player 5.0.4  Flash Video Player 5.0.4
» Joshua Eldridge (url)
Simplifies the process of adding video to a WordPress blog. Powered by Jeroen Wijering’s FLV Media Player and SWFObject by Geoff Stearns.

Google Analyticator 6.4.7.3  Google Analyticator 6.4.7.3
» Video User Manuals Pty Ltd (url)
Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics. After enabling this plugin you need to authenticate with Google, then select your domain and you’re set.

Jetpack by WordPress.com 3.1.1  Jetpack by WordPress.com 3.1.1
» Automattic (url)
Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

PHP Code Widget 2.2  PHP Code Widget 2.2
» Otto (url)
Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Heavily derived from the Text widget code in WordPress.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.8  Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.8
» Takayuki Miyoshi (url)
Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other plugins. It is originally created for my Contact Form 7 plugin.

SyntaxHighlighter Plus 1.0b2  SyntaxHighlighter Plus 1.0b2
» Fred Wu (url)
An advanced upload-and-activate WordPress implementation of Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter JavaScript code highlighting package. See WordPress.com’s “How do I post source code?” for details. Click here for options.

Tell-a-friend Widget Plugin 1.0  Tell-a-friend Widget Plugin 1.0
» socialtwist (url)
Tell-a-friend Widget Plugin for Wordpress

Visual Code Editor 1.2.5  Visual Code Editor 1.2.5
» Jules Gravinese (url)
Makes it possible (and trouble free) to post and edit syntax (programming code snippets) in wordpress’s visual editor. Requires WordPress 2.5 – 2.9.2 * Adds <pre> & <code> to block format menu. * Allows extra attributes for compatibility in some syntax highlighters (ie, <pre lang=”php” line=’5′>). * Allows iFrames. * Unescape WP’s double escaping of &amp;. * Removes extra <pre> tags around SyntaxHighllighter Plus’s [sourcecode] blocks. * Works in comments.

WP-PluginsUsed 1.50  WP-PluginsUsed 1.50
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Display WordPress plugins that you currently have (both active and inactive) onto a post/page.

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