Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

It Ain’t What You Do (But The Way That You Do It)

Chairing a session at a scientific meeting has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the major disadvantages is that you miss out on a half day’s worth of talks (at least, you do at GSA, where the sessions last a half day; they’re shorter at AGU). Although I got to see some cool stuff this [...]

Upgrade your WordPress!

FYI – it you are running a version of WordPress prior to 2.8.4 (as I was until last week), consider upgrading to the most recent version. A worm has been infecting WordPress blogs. Version 2.8.4 and the previous version are immune, but the previous versions may experience broken links and, according to WordPress, being removed [...]

“KML Geology” at SDSU

The San Diego State Geo Department has changed their KML page to include (among some other stuff) a geologic map symbol generator that should be useful to geologists distributing info in Google Earth.

The iPhone Rocket

As a follow-up to my post on the next-generation iPhone with a magnetometer… here’s the story of a this-generation iPhone used as an accelerometer in a model rocket. Way cool. The iPhone Rocket: The Story and Data Of How An iPhone Hit 1300ft.


From Wired (boldface is mine): Various blogs claim receiving tips from informed sources about features in the highly anticipated handset, such as a magnetometer (digital compass), a video camera and a speedier processor. Sweet! I can’t wait for paleomagnetism to get in on the citizen science action (à la Quake Catcher Network).

GSA Sessions on Virtual Globes, Web 2.0, and More!

[This is an announcement I'll be sending out shortly to a number of sites. I believe Kyle has posted it to his blog. I'm not sure whether Ron (blogs here and here and here) has done so yet. Pass it on!] We are pleased to announce a pair of sessions at the 2009 GSA meeting [...]

Tracker, Meet AudioXPlorer

I’ve been noticing more and more people using the awesome free program Tracker for video analysis. But what about audio analysis? I’m teaching the third quarter of physics soon (waves, optics, and thermodynamics), and have been looking for ways to get students to do some basic acoustical measurements and processing. Clearly they’ll need some software. [...]

Google Ocean is Here!

Google Ocean is here. Sure enough, you can dive down and see bathymetry! I’m still getting used to it, so these are just first impressions from tooling around for 10 minutes: It sure is spooky down here. The lighting is obviously unrealistic, which is good (you wouldn’t be able to see this at all if [...]

Google Ocean: Really?

Reports circulating in the blogosphere (summarized at Ogle Earth) indicate that Google will make a big Earth-related announcement on February 2 at the Cal Academy in San Francisco. These reports say that oceanographer Sylvia Earle will top a list of luminaries including Al Gore and some of the bigwigs from Google. Earle’s presence may mean [...]