These are a Few of My Favorite Things - The powerful awk command

I still remember with vivd clarity the day many years ago that a senior graduate student asked me the question "Do you know how to use awk?".  My embarrassed response, identical to what felt like a thousand previous questions concerning my knowledge of the scientific world during that first semester of graduate school, was a heavy-hearted "No". Luckily for me, I've managed to put several thousands of miles between myself and that naive, unknowing version of myself and can know happily shout from the rooftops - "Yes! And I LOVE it!".

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things - Mapping with GMT Part 1

So you want to make a map ... a pretty map, a useful map, a map that helps people understand your data.  Where do you go? Matlab? Python? ArcGIS?  All of these platforms have pros and cons (ok, Matlab's plotting pros are pretty slim but it'll get the job done) but for me there is no comparison with the hardcore, no frills utility aptly named "Generic Mapping Tools".  

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Go on and make that figure a video!

Inspired by the Art of Data Visualization workshop hosted by Columbia University I decided to take another stab at preparing videos of data rather than just stationary figures.  Previous attempts at making figures natively within Matlab had gotten nowhere (vague instructions can be found here and meandering forums on the topic here).  Nevertheless, rejuvenated by the first warm days of Spring in NYC and two large coffees before 9am I set out on another attempt.  And this time it worked!

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