October 2010

How and Why to use TextMate for LaTeX

by Kelle October 11, 2010

In a previous post, we talked about how to install latex. (It would be really great if someone could synthesize and transfer the information in that post to the LaTeX wiki page.) Tom also recently gave us a rundown the various text editors for OS X. Here, I’m going to go through the details of […]

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Dropbox Doubles Referral Credit if You’ve Got a .edu Email Address

by Kelle October 10, 2010

Dropbox – Students I just doubled my Dropbox storage by associating a .edu email address with my current account. They are giving retroactive credit for all previous referrals at the new higher rate (500MB/referral instead of 250MB). (via Lifehacker.) In case your not familiar with DropBox, here’s a post from the archive: Use DropBox to […]

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LaTeX and iWork on Mac OS X

by Kelle October 9, 2010

Keynote and LaTeX on Mac OS X Great tips on getting LaTeX equations into Keynote presentations and Pages documents. I’m impressed with the simplicity of both the Grapher and LaTeXIt Service solutions.

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Tweets from #DPS2010 Planetary Science Conference

by Kelle October 5, 2010

Great tweeting going on from the planetary science conference in Pasadena. Check out #DPS2010.

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What’s the Point of the AAS Meeting?

by Kelle October 5, 2010

Nic posted this comment on the “What’s your status?” post and I think it’s controversial enough to be its own post: “IMHO”, simply put, the AAS is the most energy (flight) intensive, least scientifically productive meeting in the the Astronomy community by, I would suggest, at least a couple of orders of magnitude. Do you, […]

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Quicksilver, Quick Search Box, and now Alfred!

by Kelle October 4, 2010

Quick Search Box or Quicksilver? | The Apple Blog Now today, we have access to a community-supported version of Quicksilver that runs smoothly on OS X 10.6, as well as the Google-backed Quick Search Box which also works well enough. So which is the better choice for daily use? Whether you’re a current user of […]

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Some drawbacks to Python: Python Provocation | The e-Astronomer

by Kelle October 2, 2010

Python Provocation | The e-Astronomer Python occupies a strange territory between the easy peasy world of “download this app and start clicking” and the stern world of “if you don’t know what a makefile is, you’d better look somewhere else mate”. At first I thought this was precisely its strength : grown up stuff for […]

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Scientists’ 10 Commandments

by Kelle October 1, 2010

Scientist 10 Commandments (arXiv:1009.4891) These sound pretty good. But I think there should be something in here about keeping a good lab notebook or record keeping. (via Supernova Condensate.) SCIENTIST 10 COMMANDMENTS Go to your laboratory or your instrument without any pre-conceived ideas. Just register what you saw faithfully. Report promptly and scientifically. Check your […]

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Research funding: Making the cut : Nature News

by Kelle October 1, 2010

Research funding: Making the cut | Nature News Submitting a grant proposal but never been on a committee? Here’s an inside look at how it actually goes down. Even though this article is about a committee for the American Cancer Society, it sounds basically the same as an NSF review panel to me. (via Jackie […]

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