Today I started gathering USArray seismic data from the IRIS database. I am basically aquiring data from every seismometer in my study region that has recorded an event, i.e. an earthquake, in the last 8 years. Needless to say, it is going to take a while to download all of these files. I am going to be manipulating this data with scripts that have already been written by Dr. Robert Herrmann from Saint Louis University or by my advisor Rob Porritt. I will write/use some of my own scripts, but they are going to be extremely simplistic in comparison and will basically just rename/redirect files or run other scripts. Nevertheless, I will definitely get some experience with reading and writing bash scripts. I will be running some of these scripts through a program call gsac which was also written by Dr. Robert Herrmann (apparently he is a really smart guy). Later on I will probably use GMT to create some figures and maps. I am going to be working with the raw data, so I am basically starting from the ground up. I am pretty happy about this because I think that it will enable me to get a pretty sound understanding of whats happening to the data during each step of the process.
Enough with the science, I made it to the beach! My sister's friend lives in Santa Monica so I went and visited her this past Saturday. Very long story short, it was really weird and too fun. I also visited my Dad's childhood friend and his family in Encino on Sunday, so not only did I get beach time, but I also got pool time(!) along with some delicious food, a crazy dog that will play fetch until she dies, and some diehard Nascar fans. I took the bus to get to both of my weekend destinations, so all in all I probably spent a solid 4 or 5 hours on the bus. As awful as that may sound, it was actually really nice to get familiar with LA's transportation system and get a bus card for future adventures. Speaking of which, I will be using my bus card to go to a Dodgers game... TONIGHT! Maybe I will start the wave...
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