Of the many things that the Zooniverse produced this year (2010 was a busy one!) a highlight for me were the Zooniverse limericks over on the Galaxy Zoo forum. For Day 17 of the advent calendar I have picked out a few of my favourites. Crowd-sourced and often puntastic.
From DJJ on the influx of spammers in October:
]When spammers invade our vicinity,
Two zooites, the one called Infinity,
The other called Alice
(I won’t say with malice)
Despatch them, and earn zoo divinity.
From Budgieye on an infrared quasar in the SDSS:
From the edge of our space-time, it shrieks
“I’m a quasar”, then Expansion tweaks
its Lyman UV,
redshifted, to be
a whisper of infrared peaks.
From DJJ on Pluto’s demise:
When Tombaugh had managed to scan it,
They christened it Pluto — a planet,
But in twenty-o-six
With their ‘dwarf planet’ fix,
The IAU voted to can it.
From DJJ (again! There a lot of great DJJ limericks) on Galaxy Zoo Hubble vs Zoo 2:
I don’t half miss the SDSS,
Where the edge-ons were sexy, no less;
Here it’s clusters of clumps,
Or hoops with the mumps —
And some edge-ons are simply a mess!
Finally a defence from Zooite Jules, who is often taken for a man thanks to her forum name:
So many have thought me a bloke
In fact it’s become quite a joke
But those who I’ve met
Will vouch for me yet
I’m a LADY. Tis true! Ask these folk!!
There are plenty more on the enormous limericks thread!
The Galaxy Zoo forum is a hub of activity in the Zooniverse. they talk about everything from merging galaxies, to supernovae and even tea and biscuits. Compared to these tea-drinking stalwarts of the Zooniverse community, I am a relative newcomer. I often wonder what they talk about for ages amongst those many forum sections and threads. For the Zooniverse Advent Calendar I thought I would find out – in the process I made a Christmas card for the forum!
I have taken every word from every forum posting of 2010 (over 100,000 posts) and given it to the Tagxedo website. The result is this lovely Christmas tree made up of all the most popular words used in the Galaxy Zoo forum. The size of the words shows their popularity, and only the 600 most popular words are shown in the image.
You’ll not surprised to see words like ‘galaxy’, ‘hubble’ and ‘universe’ in there. You might be more amused by the inordinate number of smilies that decorate the tree. I enjoyed the random alignment of the words ‘think different’ – which seemed very appropriate. You can also see the names of many of the forum’s more active members as well as words such as ‘friendship’, ‘welcome’ and ‘love’.