Thursday, December 7, 2006

IDL > MATLAB 7. . .Plus flowing liquid on Mars in Last 5 years!

Yesterday, Kayla and I went to another research meeting. Prof. Hester helped us create accounts and showed us some features with IDL. He also said that we could purchase the student version of IDL on their site. The version is $90 and he said that we could give him our receipts and that he could figure out a way to get us reimbursed.

Kayla and I also went to the SES 101 review for the final. It was very helpful. I also brought my laptop and found out just in time that their was a conference on the NASA channel about recent water flowing on Mars. I quickly found a link that provided streaming video of the NASA channel and Kayla and I watched it. It was very exciting and we saw our teacher, Dr. Christensen talk among others about the findings on Mars.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Research Meeting

Today I went with my astronomy teacher, Jeff Hester, to a research meeting. Kayla and I will be learning IDL (interactive data language). This is the same software that NASA uses. Today I listened to the grad students ask their questions. One student asked about her project which is on star formation and the magnetic polarity. The other asked about the visible part of the Crab Nebula. I was having a hard time wrapping my head around all this. Next week Kayla and I will get a chance to sit in front of a computer and create IDL accounts and start learning the basics. In the spring we will be setting up our space grants from NASA!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Superman Returns Video Game

My amazing girlfriend Kayla bought me Superman Returns for ps2. The game is amazing. The effects of Superman's superpowers are excellently done. I finished the game and still want more. I wish that games had the ability to load maps from something like Google Earth to play in environments that are real and I could fly as Superman from ASU to anywhere my mind can think of.

Saturday, November 11, 2006