So did I mention the part where it's going to be a crazy month and I won't be able to post very often? Yes? Good, 'cause it's true in spades.
I'll be in New York from the 14th to the 19th, but the vast majority of that time will be taken up by the collaboration meeting I'm in town for. I should have that Friday and some evenings here and there. I'll be in Texas after that, and back in Minneapolis just before the new year begins.
In the meanwhile, here's some interesting reading material to tide you over: The Astrobiology Primer, compiled by a host of actual astrobiologists.