November 2009

Snow Leopard and Cisco VPNs

by Tom November 30, 2009

One of the subtle but very useful additions to MacOS 10.6 (a.k.a. Snow Leopard) is the built-in ability to connect to Cisco Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which many organizations have adopted. In MacOS 10.5 and earlier, one had to download the Cisco VPN client, which doesn’t quite fit in to the ‘sleek mac app’ category […]

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.astronomy

by Eli November 29, 2009

The .astronomy (dot astronomy) conference will begin tomorrow in Leiden at the Lorentz Center. There are fifty attendants and we’ll be covering outreach, web-based research, citizen science, and visualization in astronomy. Tonight about twenty of the attendees got together and went out for dinner at a delectable pizza restaurant. Throughout the evening we introduced ourselves […]

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Links: Ergonomic Upgrades, Unfriending, Google, Twitter, and more…

by Kelle November 27, 2009
  • Astronomy Portraits | www.maxalexander.com
  • Establish a Permanent Toiletries Bag for Easy and Speedy Packing | Lifehacker
  • Top 10 Ergonomic Upgrades for Your Workspace | Lifehacker
  • How to Shut Off the Overly Busy Mind | academiblog
  • Unfriending: One key to a minimalist social experience | mnmlist.com
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Read IDL ‘save’ files into Python

by Tom November 24, 2009

One of the most popular posts on this blog is Kelle’s reposting of Greenfield and Jedrzejewski’s IDL vs Python earlier this year. I am an avid Python user and have never installed IDL on my computer. Recently, I developed IDLSave, a package to read IDL ‘save’ files into Python, after being sent a few such […]

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Joining the AstroBetter team

by Tom November 23, 2009

I’m very happy to be joining the AstroBetter contributor team! I have been a postdoctoral fellow at the CfA for a little over a year, and I work on studying Galactic star formation, mostly through mid-infrared to mm wavelengths. I work both on modeling multi-wavelength observations of young stars, and on studying the global properties […]

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Beautiful illustration of risk analysis

by Jane November 18, 2009

I’m always on the lookout for beautiful illustrations of scientific data.  This one weights the tremendous benefits of the vaccine for HPV (the virus that causes cervical cancer), against the tiny risk. This chart of flu death rates isn’t as pretty, but makes its point.  More at the CDC’s FluView.  Via the blog Science-Based Medicine.

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Join PDF files

by Jane November 18, 2009

This is a tip that sounds stupid, until you really need it. Say you’re applying for a job, and have several PDF files:  a CV, a research statement, a cover letter.   Files are supposed to be emailed to an office assistant.   You can send separate files, but they may get confused, lost, only some get […]

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Your friend Convert

by Jane November 18, 2009

Do you use the tool “convert” to manipulate plots and images?  It’s simple, powerful and downright great!  Quick examples: Modify a plot for presentation use, by swapping to a black background with white lines, so it’s easier to read on a screen: > convert  -negate frompaper.ps  forscreen.jpg Make a thumbnail: > convert -geometry 50×50 big.jpg […]

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Links: Python’s Many Uses, Daily Sabbaticals, Travel Tips, and more…

by Kelle November 6, 2009

Python in the Scientific World | Neopythonic A More Practical Creative Sabbatical | Gina Trapani How to choose carry on luggage | 3-Minute Vacation I love my Eagle Creek SwitchBack 22″. I’d buy another one in a heartbeat. The Beginner’s Guide To Minimalist Travel | Zen Habits Handcrafted and Free Floating: The Wraparound Workspace | […]

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