World Oil Consumption

For those of who haven’t seen it yet, or if you haven’t seen some of the things you can do with [Google Earth][ge], one terrific example of the applications capabilities and also a way of letting people “see” data in compelling illustrations is the one the shows [world oil consumption by nation][wo]. *Note bene*: the link is to a Google Earth (KMZ) file which will either download to your computer or will download and open in Google Earth. You have to have the Google Earth app installed to see this. (The application is free.)

[ge]: http://earth.google.com/
[wo]: http://services.google.com/earth/kmz/world_oil_consumption_n.kmz

Learning SketchUp

First of all, many thanks to the folks at AtLast Software and at Google for making SketchUp Pro available to educators at such an unbelievable price — it’s now free for instructors!

As I re-acquaint myself with the application and begin to gear up for making illustrations of the crawfish boats, I am finding that there is an amazing variety of educational materials. One is [Google’s own collection of videos](http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos.html), which are divided into sections for [new users](http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos/new_to_gsu.html), intermediate users, advanced users, et cetera. There’s even a video on [modeling a tractor](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Daz4N-WLA&feature=channel).

There is also something called [The SketchUp Show](http://atotheo.libsyn.com/), which has a variety of lessons — they are up to Show 56 at this writing.

There is also a [SketchUp Cookbook](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0596155115?ie=UTF8&tag=johnlaudun-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0596155115) published O’Reilly — link is to Amazon. If you have O’Reilly’s Safari Online Book service, then you can find the cookbook [here](http://my.safaribooksonline.com/9780596157784).

MacPorts requires Xcode

It’s right there in the installation instructions, but somehow I managed to miss it. And that explains why I couldn’t get `git` properly installed and setup. Bit I do wish that `port` would tell you that at some point. After all, I can’t be the only idiot?

*Phew* A Google search for the *Error 77* code reveals that there are other idiots out there. One of my main goals in life has thus been achieved: I have learned that I am not alone.

Open Access Bibliography

[Digital Scholarship][ds] maintains an [*open access bibliography*][oab] which includes not only a list of journals but also guides to setting up open access materials:

> The Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals (ISBN 1-59407-670-7) provides an overview of open access concepts, and it presents over 1,300 selected English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles, news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding the open access movement’s efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. Most sources have been published between 1999 and August 31, 2004; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet (approximately 78 percent of the bibliography’s references have such links).

[ds]: http://digital-scholarship.org/
[oab]: http://digital-scholarship.org/oab/oab.htm

Definition of Life

Found this great definition of life:

> life is a member of the class of phenomena which are open or continuous systems able to decrease their internal entropy at the expense of substances or free energy taken in from the environment and subsequently rejected in a degraded form.

Pragmatic Programmers now have “Pragmatic Life”

I own several of the *[Pragmatic Programmers](http://pragprog.com/)* books: _TextMate_, _How to Program_, and _Version Control with Git_ among them. I like that I can purchase paired print and PDF copies of the books and that the PDF copies are always getting refreshed. I also like that I can keep e-versions of the books not only on my Macs but also on my iPhone. Well, the prag progs now have a new series, *The Pragmatic Life*. The blog for the series is [here](http://praglife.com/).