Sunday, August 31, 2008


ideas + beer. Same process. They catalyze each other.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Danger Zone

The Danger Zone: Where the Buffalo Roam.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Merging postscripts

This is essential and really difficult to find answers to, but this guy gave it:

The keywords I would have liked to see:
"merge postscripts into multi-page document"
or "combine postscript multiple page"

gs -sDEVICE=pswrite -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH


gs -sDEVICE=pswrite -dNOPAUSE -dEPSFitPage -dBATCH `ls 05358_*.eps`

(the added option is to make sure the .eps isn't cropped)

NSF eligibility

Am I eligible for the NSF GRFP? Sam says yes, I thought no, but re-reading.... umm... isn't this yes?

Applicants must have completed no more than twelve (12) months of full-time graduate
study or its equivalent as of August 31, 2008. Full time graduate study is as defined by the
universities attended.

No more than 12 months means 12 months is OK?

What was I thinking!?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Back to site editing

I'm editing class web pages, php, cgi, etc. again. I don't think I ever really understood how to do this, but I'd like to know how to use PHP to fold text. That would be sweet.

I found it by googling this time.

This is really the right way to do things:

Of course, it's pretty disappointing that it doesn't work with the non-classic template for blogger.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Extracting figures from papers

I want to automatically extract figures from papers, but of course most papers come in .pdf, not .ps form...

This site has a great tool for extracting figures from .ps papers:

If anyone can tell me how to do the same thing for .pdfs (automatically extract figures from pdfs) I'd appreciate it.

Update 12/13/08: One solution is listed at use pdfimages, part of the xpdf package.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Movie Review: Dark Knight

Definitely the best movie in the past... 3 years? IMAX didn't add much to the experience though.

A little bit more: most people I've talked to about it (ummm... 2 grad students and 1 blog?) thought the movie was overhyped and didn't live up to the hype. I liked it a lot, and I never saw a single preview. Lesson? Don't see previews.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Since you're now subscribing (I'm assuming, at the moment and for the next... say... year, Kyle's the only one who will see this), here's a list of other blogs to check out:

I'd send you to some other ones too, but they're not complete. I have vague ambitions to write a genuine science blog for the international year of astronomy and public outreach.... but I don't really know if that will go anywhere.

Movie Review: Hancock

Saw Hancock on Tuesday. Basically, as hinted at by friends, didn't live up to expectations. The funny quit early, and they tried to insert some 'dark superhero movie' into it in the second half. From the ads, and the presence of Jason Bateman & his character, this was inappropriate. Not a great movie, stick to the Dark Knight.

More beer tastes

Stone Vertical Epic 8: described as an overhopped Belgian, and I think they hit the mark exactly. It was pleasant and drinkable, with a strong hop flavor but weak hop bitterness. 8.6% ABV

Fort Collins brewery double chocolate stout: a reasonable dessert beer. Not nearly as dry as Stone's Oatmeal Chocolate, but not as sweet as Young's double chocolate. Chocolate undertones stayed undertones, which is not what I expect from a double chocolate stout. 8.1% ABV

Avery / Liquor Mart 40th anniversary: Just a hoppy ale, nothing special. Had a stronger hop aftertaste than most, not up to Avery's standard. No ABV label.

Steamworks Kolsch: Very light kolsch. I think it may have had a crisp flavor to it, but it was the last in line and unremarkable enough that my comments on it are untrustworthy. 4.86% ABV.

Also, talked to Bobby again, he recommends St Bernard as a good Belgian. That's on the list.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Applescripting out that VIM error

I have a frequent problem where my VIM window is too large for my macbook screen but it fits on my external monitor, so when I unplug the external the VIM file bar gets stuck behind the Mac OS menu bar. It's a huge pain to fix this normally, but I wrote/stole an applescript to fix the problem:

tell application "Vim"
end tell
tell application "System Events"
tell process "Vim"
set size of the first window to {1000, 200}
set position of the first window to {50, 50}
end tell
end tell
end try

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Review: Fruition restaurant

I ate at Fruition restaurant last night with the family. They serve haute cuisine. I had the beef coulotte. It was pretty tasty, but overall a bit too creamy for my taste. The wine had a hint of cherry flavor to it. The dinner was pretty good, but overall a little disappointing for the price. The French press coffee was a bit much as I would have preferred a small cup of cappuccino. I wouldn't object to going back when they switch to a new seasonal menu, but I'm not going out of my way.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Photos featured in an article

My photos, article by Jeff Marlow:

Friday, August 1, 2008

Movie Review: The Namesake

The Namesake was pretty damned boring. The rich white girl might have been flaky and a touch rich-bitchy, but she was attractive, she loved him, and she did nothing wrong except perhaps out of ignorance. Coming of age stories like this one are dumb and take away my respect for ultraconservative, traditional cultures.

The one thing I can really say for the movie, though, is that it had awesome music. Federico Aubele's Postales showed up at one point, and there was another techno/ambient style song I couldn't pin down.