Somewhat random thoughts

AGU Fall Meeting - second update

[EN] Tuesday wasn’t so productive for me. I went to the posters in the morning but in the afternoon, I went shopping some sports gear, so in the end of the day I was really tired and on top of that, I had to practice my presentation, so I went home early, without any beer consumed.

AGU Fall Meeting - first update

[EN] First updates on AGU 2010 Fall Meeting, in San Francisco, CA. This is for sure the biggest meeting I’ve been. A bazillion people, thousands of posters per day, tens of interesting talks. It’s hard to decide what to attend.

Some thoughts on a fresh install of gvSIG

I just did a fresh install of the just-released gvSIG 1.10. This is a nice Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) GIS that is written in java, so it runs pretty much anywhere, even from a flash drive. So I downloaded the installer, set up the execution permission (I’m on Linux) and run it. Te first thing the installer asks you is about the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). I only had two choices (the other two were unavailable): selecting a JRE already present in my machine or install a JRE ready to use in my home directory (this is the recommended option). Hey, gvSIG devs: I don’t want that JRE in my HOME directory. I’d like to have it somewhere else, in a place I can choose (not you guys). Turns out i only realized this after I completed the install, so I went and deleted the directory with the binaries (for this one I can choose the location…) and move the folder with the JRE to another place, and did a second install selecting a pre-existent JRE. OK, done. Yeah, right.  

Nature by numbers

[EN] - A beautiful video about how math and geometry relate to some aspects of nature. In the author’s site, there is also a nice page with the mathematical background of the concepts shown in the video, like the Fibonacci sequence and Voronoi tessellation.

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