We discuss paper writing, figure making, debate the merits of our favorite software, and discuss a possible explanation of last week’s mysterious booms in Oklahoma. Shannon also discovers that John does strange things with his spare time and a police radar gun. We discuss the demise of clippy, the MS Word virtual assistant.
Paper and Report Writing
- John uses LaTeX, specifically MacTeX
- Shannon uses MS Word mostly
- There is value in features like track changes, scripting, distraction free environments, formatting, figure numbering, etc.
- John uses markdown initially to have a distraction free writing environment (in the atom editor)
- LaTeX help is easy to find!
Poster and Figure Making
- Many options, but some are better than others
- Powerpoint (please don’t use this for posters or figures)
- Adobe Illustrator (expensive, steep learning curve, but good)
- Inkscape (free clone of Illustrator at the slight expense of install/usability headache)
- IGOR Pro
Update on Oklahoma Booms
- There was talk that these could have been a result of a thermal inversion
- Demo of how sound bends in an inversion can be found on Dr. Dan Russell’s site and this YouTube video.
- Civil War may have been influenced by acoustic propagation. There is a summary article and book about it.
- We found a 1984 newspaper article from Oklahoma mentioning this phenomena.
#FunPaperFriday – Radio Bursts from Blitzars
- A real-time fast radio burst: polarization detection and multiwavelength follow-up (Petroff et al.)
- Related New Scientist Article
Shannon Dulin – @ShannonDulin
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