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Introducing Coyote Graphics: The New Old Graphics System for IDL

by Guest March 22, 2011

This is a guest post by David “Coyote” Fanning. The Coyote is familiar to many of us since his web page, Coyote’s Guide to IDL Programming, is the most informative web page on IDL. He has been working with IDL software for nearly 25 years. He developed the first IDL training course and became the […]

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Add Symbols and Equations to IDL Figures with LaTeX and PSfrag

by saurav January 4, 2011

While IDL does support math equations and symbols—often made easier by routines like sunsymbol.pro and textoidl.pro—the results are not aesthetically pleasing. One particular instance that has annoyed many of us astronomers has been the sunsymbol (⦿). The available solutions are not ideal: the dot inside the circle is off-center in sunsymbol.pro, the vertical alignment is […]

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Links: Grad School Advice and Admissions, Plane Crash Survival Odds, Rule of 200, and More.

by Kelle August 24, 2010

An Open Letter to New Graduate Students | ProfHacker Excellent article that you should consider circulating to the incoming class at your institution. Physics: number of A-level entrants roars beyond 30K | The Institute of Physics blog “Although the number of entrants has increased much work is still required to reduce the gender divide in […]

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Links: Computing Upper Limits, Writing, Teaching, New Macs, IDL, and More.

by Kelle July 30, 2010

World’s Biggest Particle Physics Lab May Idle All Accelerators in 2012 | Science Insider On Computing Upper Limits to Source Intensities | IOP Science: ApJ Productivity, Writing, and Teaching Writing IS Thinking | Inside Higher Ed “If writing is thinking, then you don’t have to wait until you’re done reading, analyzing data, or figuring everything […]

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Links: Astronomer HR Diagram, IDL 8.0, 20-20-20 rule, and More.

by Kelle July 23, 2010

Fun Stuff Astronomer H-R diagram | Astronomy Blog Are you on the main sequence? Astronomer Gifts, T-shirts, Stickers and more | CafePress Shout Outs: Does Hubble Still Gotchu? | Late Night with Jimmy FallonHubble guy is back around the 2:50 mark. IDL IDL 8.0: Lists and hashes | michaelgalloy.com Ergonomics Reduce Computer-Caused Eye Strain with […]

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FITS images with catalog overlays

by Jessica Lu March 17, 2010

I have been using ds9 to display images primarily due to inertia. I like the catalog tool for existing catalogs available online; but I wish there were a way to use custom catalog files without RA and Dec (just pixel coordinates) as well. I commonly resort to making ds9 region files, but this requires knowing […]

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Links: SIMBAD Annotations, IDL 8.0, Mendeley Goes Social, and More.

by Kelle March 5, 2010

Annotations service released | CDS news Add comments to SIMBAD objects! “…not intended to supersede email support via question@simbad, but to improve the contents of SIMBAD contents and the level of interaction between CDS staff and SIMBAD users.” (via August Muench.) Blogging the IDL User's Group Meeting | comp.lang.idl-pvwave Discussion about the new features coming […]

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Links: Clear Distractions and Books, Google Buzz, Two Tales from the Trenches, and More.

by Kelle February 12, 2010

clear distractions | mnmlist.com Nothing we haven’t been told before, but sometimes it helps to be reminded. A minimalist approach to books | mnmlist.com Get rid of the books you never use! Get a library card. If you insist on buying books — I find the airport bookstore particularly tempting — give them away or […]

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Links: AAS Tweets Rundown, Screen Sharing, Wave FAQ, and more.

by Kelle January 15, 2010

MacBook Generations, alternate view, by Robert S. Donovan. via TUAW. Tweets from the 215th meeting of the AAS | Douglas Burke Word clouds from the tweets. Fine, just #aas next time. MIT Pledges to Improve Conditions for Minority Faculty Members | ScienceInsider Mac OS X’s application switcher does not go both ways | Finer Things […]

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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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