Organising references with citeulike

October 6, 2009 / 0 comments

This post, whilst a bit geeky, might be useful to anyone who’s got to write documents with references in them… I’ve recently discovered Citeulike, a website that organises your references and bibliographies for you in a nice shiny web2.0 kinda way. A colleague pointed me at it a while ago and I was sceptical –…

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COSIT 2009, L’Aber Wrac’h

September 29, 2009 / 1 comment

L’Aber Wrac’h is on the north coast of Brittany. It’s rather beautiful. On the first night, outside the pub, we found a bucket of fish. A large group of barefoot heavily suntanned and weatherbeaten young men were very amused at me taking a photo… I presume it was their fish. But you never can be…

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A long way…

September 15, 2009 / 2 comments

This is a big week travel wise. On Friday we have a project meeting near Nice (we’re going there and back in a day, taking the lab car – this means I have to be at the polygone scientifique at 5.15am Friday morning, and we’re not due back till 10). And on Sunday I go…

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Video->images, images->video

September 14, 2009 / 1 comment

Another geeky interlude with mplayer and mencoder… See this earlier post on streaming video for video download assistance. You can get the software from here and it’s free. Taking a video file and splitting it into a load of numbered jpeg files is a useful thing to be able to do (particularly if you can’t…

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September 12, 2009 / 1 comment

This view takes about an hour to get to from my front door, on foot all the way. Click on it to see a bigger version, if you want. This one’s about half an hour further – the sticky out bit of grassy building & mountain you can see about half way across is where…

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Downloading streaming video using mplayer

September 3, 2009 / 2 comments

General geeky interlude… From time to time I need to download, grab from a webcam, convert, cut, and generally manipulate video files, and every time I do it I have to look up the settings for mplayer, mencoder or ffmpeg again from scratch. So I thought I’d put some recipes for common tasks up here…

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Le junk mail

August 29, 2009 / 1 comment

Junk mail is plentiful here. Mostly it consists of the current special offers at Carrefour, or flyers for Speed Rabbit Pizza… but this one stood out from the crowd of colourful pamphlets. Here’s my attempt at a translation: Professor NABA Great international seeing1 medium! Payment after results, in the following 4 days. If you no…

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Latex abstract problem (IEEEtrans class)

August 10, 2009 / 0 comments

Short Geeky Interlude: If you find your paper abstract appearing on a page on it’s own, using the IEEEtrans class, check you do not have a line break between the opening and closing abstract tags, and the abstract text.

OOoh, I wouldn’t call it that…

July 23, 2009 / 0 comments

Number 4 in a series of N…. I can only assume that Albatross doesn’t have the same connotations in French…

Bastille day

July 23, 2009 / 0 comments

I wandered into town on the 14th of July to see what was what, and it was a fairly impressive experience. TANKS!! GENDARMES!! POMPIERS!! SWING DANCE!! FIREWORKS!! Actually I think the swing is not a traditional component of the Bastille day experience, but it was rather fun to watch anyway. I walked up to the…

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