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The WSH Crew goes Slack – 2018 Edition
15. November 2018

For some time now, we have been trying out a new way of communication behind the scenes of the WSH Crew with Slack, a very powerful messaging and collaboration tool in the style of an IRC chat. Because a moderated Slack channel will be shown on screen in the Weekly Space Hangout and Astronomy Cast from now on, we would now like to invite all community members to the WSH Slack.

Joining the Slack is easy! Just write an email to slack@wsh-crew.net to receive an invitation with all further details. We will vet each applicant to avoid spammers and trolls and for this reason we would like to ask everyone to include the Google+ profile you have joined the community with or your Youtube or Twitch handle in your request. Once you have joined, you will have access to the WSH Slack, which not only has the live chat channels for the WSH and Astronomy Cast, but also a general area, a guest suggestion corner, an off-topic channel just for chatting and much more. The same house rules as in the community also apply in the Slack chat. 

The WSH Slack is not meant to replace our Google+ Community – but with the coming closure of Google+ in 2019 the Slack may become our primary home for a while to continue  supporting the hangouts and projects the WSH Crew is affiliated with. We have not yet made any firm plans how to replace the Google+ Community, but we will build a new place for us in some shape or form over the next year!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the community or via email.

The AC500 Weekend is coming on Sept 15-16, 2018
5. June 2018

In case you missed it, the 500th episode of Astronomy Cast is fast approaching and we at the WSH Crew are planning a weekend-long event to help celebrate this milestone with Fraser, Pamela, members of the Crew, and, of course, our loyal viewers.

All fans of Astronomy Cast are invited to join us in Edwardsville, IL, on September 15 & 16 to participate in a special weekend full of science and astronomy-related festivities, culminating in the live recording of the 500th episode of Astronomy Cast.

You’ll meet both Pamela and Fraser, along with folks from the WSH Crew and the CosmoQuest families. As an added bonus, Fraser is planning a special live Q&A episode of one of Universe Today‘s shows.

Show Livestreams for the AC500 Weekend:
» Weekly Space Hangout: Saturday, September 15 – 19:00 UTC
» Astronomy Cast Episode 500 Live Celebration: Sunday, September 16, 18:00 UTC

Other weekend activities are being discussed and planned, such as fluid painting of tiny planets with Pamela (small additional fee for supplies will apply), and outings to local attractions (guests are responsible for their own admission charges). Weather permitting, there will be stargazing Saturday evening. And who knows, maybe Eddie will make an appearance or two throughout the weekend!

For more information including pre-registration for the event, please go to the following page on the Astronomy Cast site:

» AC500 Weekend on AstronomyCast.com [Registration closed!]

Learning Space is Back!
3. May 2018

CosmoQuest is bringing back the Learning Space online show!

We’d love for you to be a part of it. Starting May 3, we’ll be producing weekly episodes that  go over the news, and both highlight a special guest and introduce an astronomy-related product that we think our audience of astronomy lovers will like.

Our first episode back is Thursday, May 3 at 16:00 UTC, Noon Boston, 5pm London, 9am Vancouver! Our guest will be Fraser Cain, and I’ll be talking to him about how he moved from the world of startups to the world of space.

Episodes will be recorded live on Twitch.tv/CosmoQuestX each Thursday at either Noon Eastern / 16:00 UTC (odd dates) or 9pm Eastern / 01:00 UTC Friday (even dates). They will also be archived on YouTube on our CosmoQuest channel. Our goal is to create a show where people can catch up on the news, be part of an in-depth conversation, and learn about the best products out there for learning and doing astronomy.

The Learning Space Patreon Page is also becoming active again and will start billing pledges monthly starting on June 1st. If you no longer want to support the show with Patreon, we totally understand! Please cancel your account by May 28 so that you don’t accidentally get charged.

We really hope that you will be part of this new show.

Server Migration has been successfully completed!
21. April 2018

UPDATE: The migration to our new host is complete and appears to have happened seamlessly! As you poke your way around, if you find anything amiss, please let us know. If you have a wshcrew.space email, we will get you the information to access your account through the webmail interface as well as the settings to update your email client via Slack direct message.

We are in the process of changing host server companies, and the process is going to be starting any day now. As a result, if you visit this website, you may experience outages due to the migration. This cannot be helped because it takes time for settings to propagate through to all the various servers out there.

ADDITIONALLY – if you have and use a wshcrew.space email address, you will have to either update your email client’s settings with new information, or go use the new host’s webmail interface. Once we have that information it will be available in out Slack, where you can also ask or direct message us if any questions should occur.

Your WSH Crew Admin Team

The Weekly Space Hangout 2017-2018 Season
30. November 2017

It’s September already and that means the Weekly Space Hangout is coming back from the summer hiatus – but this year there will be a few changes to make the show even better!

• The show will now be broadcast live on Wednesdays at 5pm PT / 8pm ET / 12am UTC

• The season premiere will be on Wednesday, September 13 at the new broadcast time

Morgan Rhenberg, Kimberly Cartier and Paul Matt Sutter will all return as permanent co-hosts

Guest interviews will sometimes be recorded in advance, but there will still be live guests

We realize that the changed broadcast time will be difficult for Europeans to watch the show since it will be in the middle of the night, but this was the only way to bring everyone together and it will give the North American audience a chance to watch the show live. The Weekly Space Hangout will, of course,still be available as a recording afterwards and the WSH Crew is working on a system to allow viewers to submit questions before the broadcast or a guest interview recording.

Stay tuned and watch this space for announcements! The WSH Crew Calendar and Schedule will be updated regularly and we will keep everyone informed in the Community and our Slack too.

The WSH Crew goes Slack
11. May 2017

In the last couple of months, we have been trying out a new way of communication behind the scenes of the WSH Crew with Slack, a very powerful messaging and collaboration tool in the style of an IRC chat. Because a moderated Slack channel will be shown on screen in the Weekly Space Hangout and Astronomy Cast from now on, we would now like to invite all community members to the WSH Slack.

Joining the Slack is easy! Just write an email to slack@wsh-crew.net to receive an invitation with all further details. We will vet each applicant to avoid spammers and trolls and for this reason we would like to ask everyone to include the Google+ profile you have joined the community with in your request. Once you have joined, you will have access to the WSH Slack, which not only has the live chat channels for the WSH and Astronomy Cast, but also a general area, a guest suggestion corner, an off-topic channel just for chatting and we may even create more channels as we go along. The same house rules as in the community also apply in the Slack chat. 

The WSH Slack is not meant to replace our Google+ Community – it is simply an alternate, faster way to communicate with each other and to support the hangouts and projects the WSH Crew is affiliated with. So don’t worry, we will not close down our primary home and will continue to post all the space news, information about the hangouts and more in the Google+ Community!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the community or via email.

New Journalist & Guest Lists and other Updates
4. April 2016

It’s Spring and we’ve done a minor overhaul of the website with some changes and additions:

• Completely new Journalist and Guest index pages, with lots of links and other information.

• The old Journalist overview from the Links page is superseded by the new Journalist Index.

• There’s a new Hangout Central page which now has the links to all Hangout-related subpages.

• The HANGOUTS button in the main menu now goes to Hangout Central, where all links are available. The legacy address www.wsh-crew.net/hangouts will still point to the current schedule index.

• The CALENDAR link has been replaced by a COMMUNITY link in the main menu. The calendar page is still accessible over Hangout Central and the  legacy short addresses www.wsh-crew.net/calendar and bit.ly/wshcalendar.

• The Beginner’s Guide to Watching G+ Hangouts on Air has been taken offline because things have changed so much with the switch to the Youtube Livestream format that it was not relevant anymore.

• The main page subtitle now reads WEB PORTAL instead of SUPPORT PAGE.

That’s all – we hope everybody likes the improvements and we always welcome comments, suggestions and even bug reports over in our community! Please note that some of the internal files of the website has changed and if you see something weird, reload the webpace and/or clear your cache because there might be an outdated CSS file in your browser.

Help us select the Stories for the WSH!
1. December 2015

We have been performing an experiment in the last weeks. As +Fraser Cain had suggested in his earlier post we’re going to work together to pick the stories that get covered on the Weekly Space Hangout. (This is an expanded and updated version of the original blog article and Jim Meeker’s original Google+ post from October 20.)

To keep track of all of this we’re using a web application called Trello. If you want to help us out by adding stories to the list and also by voting you’ll need to create a Trello account and send us your username so that we can give you access. To do this, please contact +Guido Bibra on Google+ either with a privately shared post or a hangouts message. Note that you have the option to sign up on Trello with your Google credentials, so you don’t need to create a separate login.

Once we have given you access to the WSH Voting Board you’ll be able to add stories to the board, view all of the stories we’re tracking and vote on them. We’re going to send out a notice in the community on Thursdays asking everyone to go vote and Friday Fraser and his band of space journalists will pick the top stories based upon our voting.

Once You’re on the Trello Board you’ll see several lists. The far left one is the current list of stories that we’re voting on for the upcoming episode. Fading Stories contains topics that have not yet been covered in the WSH and Previously Covered is an archive of the main list. There is also a list for special guest suggestions and one with helpful instructions and hints. In the Android and iOS apps, just swipe to the left to scroll horizontally to the other lists.

Submit and Vote Wisely. Obviously, if someone submits “Khardashian Wedding/Divorce” stories and they win, we’re going to have to do something else (i.e. deleting stories or banning people – but this has not happened yet). We ask you to give only three votes each week so the votes will be more evenly distributed. If you submit a story, you can, of course, also share it in the community but only stories on the Trello board will be considered for the show.

If you want to vote for a story click on the headline and a box will pop up that shows you more information about the story and allows you to vote for it. In the Android app, tap on the card with the story you want to vote for to open it and look in the top right menu with the three vertical dots for the vote feature.

Some useful Google Chrome add-ons that you might want to try:

» Add to Trello submits stories to the Trello list similarly to how the “Add to Amazon Wishlist” button does. It makes submitting stories to the list much easier.

» Ultimello allows you to sort the lists by number of votes received (and other criteria too).

Please remember this is still an experiment at this point. We may change (and have already changed) things around a bit once we’ve tried this and learned more about everything.

Quick Link to the WSH Voting board: bit.ly/WSHVote

The Weekly Space Hangout Viewer Map is Online!
1. November 2015

The Weekly Space Hangout and the other Universe Today and CosmoQuest hangouts have viewers from all over the world and it has become somewhat of a tradition to say hello in the Q&As during the live broadcasts mentioning the location you are watching from. We thought it would be a great idea to make a map of all the countries and cities the hangout viewers hail from and we already started the map with a few locations from the WSH Crew Team. But we are counting on more contributions from the whole WSH Crew Community, so here’s how it’s going to work:

To be included, post a comment in the G+ Community thread with your location and we will add it.
If you are concerned with privacy, pick a public location somewhere approximately near you.
The map will, of course, be anonymous – only the city name will be listed as a description.
The map will not be static, but regularly updated as long as new contributions come in!

»» Go to the Map Page (or click on the picture on the right)

Help Us Select the Stories Covered on the WSH!
20. October 2015

Note: this is a copy of the original Google+ post from +Jim Meeker.

We’re performing an experiment this week. As +Fraser Cain suggested in his earlier post we’re going to work together to pick the stories that get covered on the Weekly Space Hangout.

To keep track of all of this we’re using a web application called Trello. If you want to help us out by adding stories to the list and also by voting you’ll need to create a Trello account and send me your username so that I can give you access (Probably via Google Hangouts would be best/safest).

Once I’ve given you access you’ll be able to view all of the stories we’re tracking and vote on them. We’re going to send out a notice on Thursday asking everyone to go vote and Friday Fraser and his band of space journalists will pick the top stories based upon our voting.

Submit and Vote Wisely. Obviously, if someone submits “Khardashian Wedding/Divorce” stories and they win, we’re going to have to do something else (i.e. deleting stories or banning people).

Once You’re on the Trello Board you’ll see three lists. The far left one is the stories that we’re voting on for the upcoming episode. The middle one is stories that have already been covered on the WSH. The right one is full of helpful instructions and hints. In the Android and iOS apps, just swipe to the left to scroll horizontally to the other lists.

If you want to vote for a story click on the headline and a box will popup that shows you more information about the story and allows you to vote for it.

Some Google Chrome add-ons that you might want to try…

Add to Trello Submits stories to the Trello list similarly to how the “Add to Amazon Wishlist” button does. It makes submitting stories to the list much easier.

Ultimello allows you to sort the lists by number of votes received (and other criteria too).

Please remember this is an experiment at this point. We may change things around a bit once we’ve tried this and learned more about everything.

Quick Link to the WSH Voting board: bit.ly/WSHVote

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