Archive for February, 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

NSF announces 2009 visualization challenge winners

The NSF announced the 2009 winners of the Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. There are definitely some awesome visualizations in the group. Surprisingly (to me), a web comic I read regularly, Piled Higher and Deeper, took the prize for “Information Posters and Graphics”.

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Friday, February 26th, 2010

IDL User Group Meeting: IDL 8.0

ITT VIS had several presentations about IDL 8.0 at this week’s IDL User Group Meeting. David Fanning says: Just one word: Wow! It appears that the promise of IDL 5 has finally been realized. :-) David also posted a longer description of the new features, so I won’t go through the laundry list (but I […]

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

GPULib with IDL 8.0 slides

Here are the slides for my “GPULib with IDL 8.0” presentation from the IDL User Group Meeting. More thoughts about the meeting to come…

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Monday, February 22nd, 2010

mgunit 1.1

mgunit 1.1 is available for download. The release notes for 1.1 are: Added an extra argument to ASSERT which can be inserted into the message via C-style format codes. Added XML and JUnit output formats (and corresponding XML and JUNIT keywords to MGUNIT to turn them on). Added ability for a test to determine if […]

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Friday, February 19th, 2010

VISualize 2010

VISualize 2010 will be May 19-20 (the first day is for IDL and the second for ENVI) at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC: This event is designed to bring together IDL and ENVI users to provide opportunities for networking, sharing ideas, and working on strategies that advance our scientific data analysis and visualization […]

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Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Maps and augmented reality at Microsoft

Blaise Aguera y Arcas of Microsoft gave a fascinating TED talk about where Bing is going with their mapping services. Looks like they are integrating Photosynth into their 3-dimensional maps. Of course, 3-dimensional viewing available on Bing was not supported for any of the browsers on my Mac (Firefox and Safari)…

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Matplotlib for Python Developers

Matplotlib is a popular 2-dimensional plotting library used with Python. While Matplotlib is fairly powerful, I have always had trouble figuring out how to do what I needed from the documentation. I have found the online Matplotlib documentation adequate as a reference, but not very good for getting started (especially since Matplotlib uses some terms […]

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Why Russians see a different kind of blue

I found this article fascinating. Basically, there are differences in color perception due to culture/language. Do I have to take into account the native language of the viewers of a visualization when choosing colors for it? Two colors that are easily distinguishable for me, may not be for someone else from a different culture (not […]

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