December 2009

Twitter at AAS next week #aas215

by Kelle December 30, 2009

In advance of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC next week, we need to talk about Twitter. Twitter is a great platform for sharing and navigating the craziness that will be this huge meeting. As far as I can tell, many astro outreach folks are on twitter, but not many scientists (except those […]

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Google Wave Notifiers

by Eli December 28, 2009

Google Wave is a promising platform for online collaborations. It’s currently in a alpha/beta state and its growing pains are evident: slow and lack of notifications. I have been using Wave for two months and think it’s a great tool despite the drawbacks. It has proven to be incredibly useful for large scale collaborations where […]

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Links: Multiple Monitors, Public Speaking, Laptop Posture, and more

by Kelle December 25, 2009

Win a copy of Things for Mac and iPhone | The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) Become the master of many monitors with NewerTech's USB 2.0 Display Adapter | The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) Maybe this is finally an easy way to get two external monitors to work with a laptop! Free Wi-Fi Guide for Holiday […]

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Use DropBox to keep Multiple Computers in Sync

by Kelle December 23, 2009

In my current work setup, I have two offices and, like many astronomers, multiple computers. While ideally, my MacBook Air is my primary machine, DropBox has enabled me to get my most vital data and applications (1Password, Things, and BibDesk) synced up between my laptop and home and office desktop computers. This is Part 1 […]

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Links: Live Blogging, UK Budget Crisis, and more…

by Kelle December 18, 2009
  • Dark Matter Detected, or Not? Live Blogging the Seminar | Cosmic Variance
  • 2012: The apocalypse for UK optical astronomy | Supernova Condensate
  • The axeman cometh | The e-Astronomer
  • Dark days ahead? | SarahAskew
  • Blogging, Big meetings, and Bias | Women In Astronomy
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Fitting surface brightness profiles

by Jane December 14, 2009

It’s time for another session of, “Which tool do you use to accomplish a given astro-task, and why that tool?”  The topic:  fitting surface brightness profiles.  Two likely suspects:  the Archangel package, and iraf’s stsdas.analysis.isophote.  OK, go.

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Links: DropBox on the iPhone, 3D Plots in LaTeX, Scheduling, and more…

by Kelle December 13, 2009

Apologies for the hiccups with these Links posts recently. The links have disappeared from all of the older posts and I’m in the process of putting them back in by hand, but it’s not high on my priority list. I’ve switched to a new plugin which I’m hoping will result in more permanent and customizable […]

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Tips for a Successful Writing Retreat

by Kelle December 7, 2009

I recently spent four days on a writing retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii with three of my closest friends/collaborators. A writing retreat is basically where you abscond from your office to some resort-like place for a several days (or weeks) to concentrate on a specific task, ideally a paper. I think it’s particularly […]

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Links: new IDL routines, Quicksilver updated, figure placement in LaTeX, and more…

by Kelle December 4, 2009
  • New Programming Books for Scientists
  • New Coyote Program: SetDifference
  • New Coyote Program: SetUnion
  • Write or Rest During Your break? Here’s a Plan!
  • Quicksilver releases new beta 57
  • Who is advising our female astronomy students?
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