October 2009

Links: PGPLOT, Quicksilver, 1Password, and more…

by Kelle October 31, 2009

Don’t Forget To Use the Phone | Gina Trapani When an exchange involves several back-and-forths, days’ worth of email could be avoided with a five-minute call. 1Password 3 Beta brings a sweet new interface and Snow Leopard support | The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) Password management done right. The Science of Persuasion | Scientific American […]

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Let Snow Leopard Roar

by Eli October 29, 2009

For those who use Snow Leopard you have probably noticed how much snappier the OS is than its predecessor. Much of the optimizations in Snow Leopard is thanks to several new and emerging tools called LLVM, Clang, and OpenCL. What’s more is that we can use these tools to speed up some of our basic […]

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Why I use BibDesk instead of Papers

by Kelle October 29, 2009

Folks have been clamoring for a Papers vs. BibDesk post and here it is, finally. Since I don’t actually use Papers, this post is more of a listing of my reasons for sticking with BibDesk for the time being. This topic has been discussed elsewhere and is sure to be visited many times in the […]

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Links: Sexist Rec Letters, ExoPlanet Names, Meeting Times, and more…

by Kelle October 23, 2009
  • How Not to Write a Recommendation Letter | Cosmic Variance
  • Naming the extrasolar planets | astro-ph
  • Burned Out? Take a Creative Sabbatical | Gina Trapani
  • Tuesday at 3pm Is the Most Agreeable Meeting Time | Lifehacker
  • Apple Unveils the Magic Mouse | TheAppleBlog

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Better ways to make large image mosaics?

by Kelle October 21, 2009

Given the useful responses to Jane’s question about spectral line analysis, here’s another query for the community. This one is about making large image mosaics and it comes from Adam Ginsburg, a grad student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I want to make a large-scale mosaic of the Galactic Plane covering 90-180 degrees x […]

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The Integral Field Spectroscopy Wiki

by Guest October 19, 2009

Here’s a guest post from Mark Westmoquette at the University College London. Do you currently work with, or are you thinking about applying for integral field unit (IFU) observations? If so, then the Integral Field Spectroscopy wiki is for you. With IFS instruments installed on all the main optical telescope facilities around the world, it […]

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Links: Things+Dropbox, Brief Emails, Airline Upgrades, and more…

by Kelle October 18, 2009

I really need to post these more often… You can see these links as I share them on Google Reader: http://www.google.com/reader/shared/kellecruz Also, follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kellecruz

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Preventing the AAS Ick

by Jane October 2, 2009

I’ve been to 4 winter AAS meetings.  Twice, I came back with the “AAS Ick”, a nasty cold that lingered and certainly did NOT make my Astro Better. It’s understandable: the big meeting is right after the holidays — children are home from daycare & school, relatives have traveled from afar, and germs are zinging […]

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Spectral line analysis tools

by Jane October 2, 2009

This is an embarrassing post, but I’m going to forge ahead.  Time was, we used IRAF and we hated it, but what else was there?  Now, there are many choices, lots of them buggy and badly documented, some of them superb. Say I have a one-dimensional, flux-calibrated, wavelength-calibrated spectrum.  (So, all the hard work of […]

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