October 2010

Professional Development Workshops at AAS 217 in Seattle

by Kelle October 29, 2010

In a continuing effort to expand the professional development offerings at the AAS Meetings, I have again put together some workshops and seminars at the upcoming Seattle Meeting in addition to the other workshops and special sessions. And this time, they are NSF sponsored! The three small, intensive workshops are on 1) Conveying Messages with […]

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Advice to job-seekers

by Jane October 28, 2010

This is the first Autumn in five years that I’m not job-hunting.  So here is some unsolicited advice from 30,000 feet.  Your mileage may vary. 1.  Seek out new mentors. It’s possible that your usual mentors aren’t prepared or willing to help much with a job search.  It may be a long time since they […]

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Is It Time You Were Reliably Unreliable?

by Kelle October 26, 2010

Is It Time You Were Reliably Unreliable? | ProfHacker I stopped being the person who tried to please everyone and instead became someone who kept my responsibilities but was not always everyone’s good boy. It actually took some effort on my part. There were times I would say out loud, “Wait. Not now. It’s not your responsibility.” Be a […]

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Java and Mac OS X

by Planck October 25, 2010

Apple Outsider has a good piece on Java on Mac OS X. If you haven’t heard, Apple has announced that the current version of Java has been deprecated. This means that Apple is not going to keep creating their own Java VM for OS X. Apple is relying on Oracle/Sun to make a VM for […]

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Making RGB images from FITS files with python/matplotlib.

by Jessica Lu October 22, 2010

Converting astronomical data taken in multiple filters into representative-color RGB images often provides one of the most visually appealing (and informative) views of a target. This can be done in ds9 very easily; however, if you want a little more control, then python/matplotlib can be used in a very similar fashion. I also note that […]

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Leopard is retired; long live the Spitzer Heritage Archive (SHA)!

by Guest October 20, 2010

Luisa Rebull is a Research Scientist at the Spitzer Science Center at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech. She is the Archive Scientist for Spitzer, and has been working on the development of the Spitzer Heritage Achive. Since early in the Spitzer mission, the Spitzer software Leopard has been how most people […]

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Command-` to switch between windows of current application

by Kelle October 19, 2010

For awhile, I’ve been looking for a keyboard shortcut to switch between multiple windows of one application. I’d even been trying out Switché, but really couldn’t get used to it. I prefer the native Application Switcher. The one thing I liked about it was command-‘ to switch between windows of the current application. Suddenly, I […]

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Do you Homebrew? Does it outdo MacPorts and Fink?

by Eli October 18, 2010

An open source social network program called Diaspora has been posted on Github for the public to try out and I decided to give it a whirl. Diaspora has many UNIX application dependencies since it’s currently in development/alpha mode. Not wanting to spend much time on installing the dependencies I looked at several howtos and […]

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Publish your computer code: it is good enough

by Kelle October 15, 2010

Publish your computer code: it is good enough | Nature NewsCompelling call for cultural change regarding releasing the scripts used to arrive at published results. What would be the best tool for us (astronomers) to use to for a code repository for static code? Ideally, the tool should allow the code to be tagged with […]

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Keyboard Shortcut for “Save as PDF…”

by Kelle October 15, 2010

Keyboard Shortcut for “Save as PDF…” in OS X | MacSparkyWalk through for setting up pressing cmd-P twice to print to a PDF. (via Michael Cushing.)

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