Subsurface science in oil and gas: geology, geophysics, petrophysics, reservoir engineering. Occasionally off-topic.
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At EuroSciPy recently, I gave a poster-ized version of the talk I did at SciPy. Unlike most of the other presentations at EuroSciPy, my poster didn't cover a lot of the science (which is well understood), or the code (which is esoteric). Instead it focused on the advantages of spreading software via web applications, rather than only via source code, and on the challenges that we overcame — well, that we're still overcoming — to get our Modelr tool out there. I wanted other […]
Julia is the most talked-about language in the scientific Python community. Well, OK, maybe second to Python... but only just. I noticed this at SciPy in July, and again at EuroSciPy last weekend. As promised, here's my attempt to explain why scientists are so excited about it. Why is everyone so interested in Julia? At some high level, Julia seems to solve what Steven Johnson (MIT) described at EuroSciPy on Friday as 'the two-language problem'. It's also known as Outerhout's dichotomy. […]
In July, Agile reported from SciPy in Austin, Texas, one of several annual conferences for people writing scientific software in the Python programming language. I liked it so much I was hungry for more, so at the end of my recent trip to Europe I traveled to the city of Cambridge, UK, to participate in EuroSciPy. The conference was quite a bit smaller than its US parent, but still offered 2 days of tutorials, 2 days of tech talks, and a day of sprints. It all took place in the impressive […]
Most kind of mining are low-yield games. For example, the world's annual gold production would fit in a 55 m2 room. But few mining operations I'm aware of are as low yield as the one that ran in Melle, France, from about 500 till 950 CE, producing silver for the Carolingian empire and Charlemagne's coins. I visited the site on Saturday. The tour made it clear just how hard humans had to work to bring about commerce and industry in the Middle Ages. For a start, of course they had no […]
We're organizing another hackathon! It's free, and it's for everyone — not just programmers. So mark your calendar for the weekend of 25 and 26 October, sign up with a frie, and come to Denver for the most creative 48 hours you'll spend this year. Then stay for the annual geophysics fest that is the SEG Annual Meeting! First things first: what is a hackathon? Don't worry, it's not illegal, and it has nothing to do with security. It has to do with ideas and collaborative tool […]
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