Archives for June 14, 2009

How to grep a PDF file (Linux)

OK, I’m going to do this without looking. It will be something like pdftotext foo | grep whatever, right? Let’s watch and see…. Well, close enough. Note that that was not being done on a Debian system. For Debian (like Ubuntu) you would use apt to install the tools. apt-get install poppler-utils

Republicans in congress bought and paid for by Big Pharma and the other nefarious elements of the health care industry are going to kill any attempts at reform. Unless….

This just in from NASA: PASADENA, Calif. — Astronomers have at last uncovered newborn stars at the frenzied center of our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery was made using the infrared vision of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

The Science of Birdwatching

Birdwatching might be a casual activity, a hobby, an avocation, or even a profession (often, perhaps, an obsession) depending on the bird watcher, but there is always a science to it, in at least two ways. First, there is the science of how to do it. In this sense, the term “science” means something vernacular.…