Hello world, and no, I have never been to anger management -- yet. But I love sarcasm and the amazing ability it has lighten your mood when frustration gets you down. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a recent piece of work from the right side of my brain. I believe it reflects something that I have truly come to acknowledge this past week.
Perhaps all scientists should be required to go through computer science boot camp. This would help prepare them for battle in the war against the machines. (By the way, I hope you like my artwork. I'm thinking of making this a weekly thing.)
In all seriousness, a computer is one of the best friends a scientist can have…if you speak its language. Having problems with your real friends? Talk to a computer! A computer will do whatever you tell it to do. Literally, no strings attached. You really couldn’t ask for a better friend. In fact, once you get to know you’re computer, you’ll learn that it can be quite a character. And, if you’re relationship with the computer doesn’t enter the fail state, it will continue to return zero complaints while running in loops to process your data. Else…………….
Ctrl + C
Well I’m glad I ended that mess -- that input stream wasn’t going anywhere. I may have already stated this in a previous post, but much of my work this summer will be processing and analyzing data. Therefore, getting to know my computer and all of its problems is of utmost importance in order for me get the most out of this research project. Some of the earlier processing and picking of seismic wave arrivals will be done with SAC, which (thankfully) has a much smaller learning curve than ANTELOPE. Additionally, some data conversion will be done using MATLAB scripts (I have to say I like MATLAB the best out of all the programs I will be using this summer; it understands humans the best). The traveltime and ray path calculations will be done with TauP, and SPLIT cluster analysis code will be implemented by MFAST to do the actual shear wave splitting measurements. Lastly, I’m sure any pretty maps or figures I make this summer will be done with GMT. I’m really going to be counting on fellow interns to help me get a GMT script that works, as I was very unsuccessful during orientation in writing my own. Otherwise, I may have to substitute my very sophisticated artwork (as seen above) in place of GMT, and be the only presenter at AGU this December with stick figure maps and diagrams -- that would be AWKward.
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