I find that I take a lot of pictures of seasonal stuff, and I wondered how to find images taken at the same time of year but in different years. As it turns out, there’s no obvious way to do that. Computers keep time by counting the number of ticks or seconds since an arbitrary … Read more
I use TeamViewer to control the PC in the Hut, because it’s free, and it often works quite well. The thing that drives me most nuts about it is how to right-click remotely. I’m working from a Mac Book Pro with a trackpad. I suppose I could actually use a two button mouse, but I … Read more
I often collect PDFs off the web, and save far too many of them. But often they are tear sheets, product blurbs, or rocket science I don’t understand that I don’t want to have cluttering up the hard drive. When I have finished with a PDF that I want to trash, I use an … Read more
After being down for maintenance since Sept 17, GOES 13 is back in service. Which is good because my AppleScript more or less broke while it was down. “The trouble stemmed from a motor vibration, which caused a lubricant buildup that obstructed the spinning motion of the filter wheel in the sounder. A team of … Read more
I use an AppleScript to scrape files from the GOES archives at http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/goeseast/fulldisk/ir4/ The collected files are then processed a bit in Photoshop, named with sequence numbers and fed to QuickTime Player 7 as an image sequence to make a QuickTime movie. Today, the script broke, and upon investigation, I found that the GOES 13 … Read more
Using an AppleScript, the individual images were collected from NOAA’s archive site, and made into a movie with QuickTime Player 7. The coverage is from 8/05/2012 to 09/05/2012, showing the development of Hurricane Isaac. The images are from the IR (infra-red) band of the GOES, which permits 24 hour coverage.