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Whilst surfing GitHub, the new standard repository for all of the World’s cool repositories, I stumbled across gnuplot-textmate-bundle – another Gnuplot bundle for TextMate. So far I’ve only had time for a quick look, but my initial thoughts are that it is less complete than my bundle, but with better commands. Their run command uses a ruby helper script, which looks quite cool. There’s also some usefulness in the form of a Rake script.

IGARSS Buzzwords

It’s probably impossible to go to a conference without picking up some kind of idea of the current trends in the areas being discussed. IGARSS 2008 was certainly no exception. Here’s a list of what I think were probably the most trendy techniques in remote sensing. You can probably make a list like this just by graphing the frequency of word use: Classification Support Vector Machines Markov segmentation geostatistics - Last time I looked at wikipedia’s geostatistics entry it was very highly biased.

If you’ve ever wanted to automatically add a coloured border to an image, then this ruby script might come in handy. add_border.rb does exactly what you expect; it adds a border. You can specify the outer and inner sizes, and the colour of the inner border between. By default, this colour will be the average RBG value, giving you an awesome look by default. To use it, just run ruby .


snarfr is a ruby script designed for simply backing up your flickr photos. It requires a few gems, notably: flickraw progressbar (≥ 0.9 see: here) mini_exiftool facets/ostruct To run it, type ruby snarfr.rb, or chmod +x it, and then do ./snarfr.rb. It should then begin snarfing yours photos into ./output, unless you’ve specified an output directory (as the first argument), in which case things will go there. snarfr tries to be intelligent by saving it’s progress to the file ~/.

I’ve just added a new repository to GitHub, called octave-scattered-image, into which I’ve started cleaning up, and pushing my Octave functions for processing scattered image data. Have a look, and feel free to contribute. My current plan is to distribute it as an octave package, but that’s currently untested. Also, in other news, I’m off to Boston this week, for IGARSS 2008, the first conference of my PhD. The only disadvantage of this jaunt, is that I have to present a paper.