Monthly Archives: March 2012

Python and the STFT

I’ve been going through biosonar data and while the SciPy specgram method is serviceable, I was interested in a short-time Fourier transform (STFT) implementation. There are a couple of ad hoc routines on Stack Overflow and the like, but I’ve started off with the Google Code PyTFD module. There are others out there as well,… Read More »

The Cattleman’s Sage Grouse Rant

An op-ed piece by Mike Deering, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Director of Communications, lays out an argument to let ranchers handle conservation of the sage grouse without involving the protection of the Endangered Species Act: The wackos – as I still prefer to call them – have successfully weaseled their way to the front… Read More »

Time Article on Coppedge v. JPL

Time’s web page has an article up by Jeffrey Kluger. Kluger is a lawyer and relates his reaction to the briefs filed in the case of David Coppedge v. Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech. Groups like the intelligent design community are not always free to pick their poster children, and it’s unfortunate for them that… Read More »

Raspberry Pi: The Shopping List

I ordered a Raspberry Pi Model B computer from Newark, so now I’m waiting for stock to catch up with the truly phenomenal initial demand. If you are wondering what the Raspberry Pi is, it is a small computer board based on a Broadcom System On Chip (SoC). The SoC is ARM-based, so the operating… Read More »

Updating the Modular CV

Some time ago, I wrote about making a modular curriculum vitae in . Since that time, I’ve had to update the contents. Things change. Colleagues request current CVs to include in grant proposals, and given the current state of public sector employment it is no bad thing to have the CV ready to go. But… Read More »

ID and Science in the Dover Decision

I ran across a link to a blog post from 2007 by Jeff Shallit. One of the commenters there took exception to Jeff’s statement that the KvD case was primarily about religion, noting that a lot of the decision in the case discusses science. I was five years late to the party, but I felt… Read More »

A Brief Monty Hall Problem Digression

At lunch at the Spoonbill Bowl on Saturday, I was privileged to volunteer with a group of students, faculty, and researchers. It was a long day. Lunch was provided, and I got to sit down with a colleague and a couple of faculty members from USF St. Petersburg. One of them posed a brain-teaser question.… Read More »