Lucid 3.3 available as a free download!!!

23/12/2009 Leave a comment

It looks like the folk over at Lucid have decided to go with the Freemium model by offering Lucid 3.3 as a free download, while their feature rich flagship 3.5 version is available as a fully supported paid download. I think this is a brilliant move on their part and will see much more widespread adoption of their software. For more information see their announcement.

Eclipse Galileo in Ubuntu Karmic

18/11/2009 6 comments

Whoohoo – upgraded to Karmic (ubuntu 9.10 (pronouced nine point ten not, one), and I can get the latest eclipse (3.51) by doing a:

sudo apt-get install eclipse

But what about all those eclipse plugins I hear you say – has anybody gone to the trouble of packaging them?

Thanks to Yogarine you can now do this:

Here’s the line to add to your software sources list:
deb karmic main

And then run the following on the terminal to add my gpg key:
wget -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

Update: Now according to Zoresvit in #1 below – it’s as easy as:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yogarine/eclipse/ubuntu

Now you can install the Eclipse plugins like you would any other application in Ubuntu, e.g.:
sudo apt-get install eclipse-pdt eclipse-subclipse

And hey presto you have an IDE that can develop drupal modules without too much hassle.

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Ubuntu Please Implement support for OpenCL API

24/12/2008 4 comments

Just heard that the next version of OS-X (Snow Leopard) is going to support using the GPU for number crunching tasks. It’d be absolutely awesome if ubuntu could do this too.

Now that OpenCL 1.0 is final, prioritising support would not only inspire developers to use linux, but also prove that we have the development toolkits, guts and motivation to compete against OSX Snow Leopard and Windows 7. If we don’t support it rapidly, we will only fall further behind OSX, especially since it will give their developers extra time to utilise it properly (we shouldn’t be waiting until its already popular). The faster we get this implemented, the quicker developers can use it, and the faster Ubuntu will be!

For those who don’t know, OpenCL is a royalty-free standard for developers to program general purpose highly parallelised applications over GPU and CPU (combining their power even). Its more advanced then CUDA in that it combines CPU and GPU power and is accessible outside of Nvidia’s video cards.

In summary, OpenCL is expected to become very popular with developers and users, and will make everything damned fast (especially considering we are already seeing video cards with 1600 processing threads, and Intel CPU’s with 16 virtual CPU’s will be out Q3 2009). If every program used OpenCL, processing power will seem almost infinite to end users.

Activision, Blizzard, AMD, Apple, ARM, Broadcom, Electronic Arts, IBM, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, Apple and Samsung are all on board. All major gaming companies, CPU and GPU manufacturers are on board. So yes, it will be a slaughter without support… ATI is dropping “close to metal”, and as Nvidia will support OpenCL, CUDA will probably be depreciated slowly too (at the moment they are recommending CUDA only as a higher-level development platform).

Iona in the passage

29/09/2008 3 comments

Oh oh she’s starting to move!!!

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Iona in the morning

29/09/2008 Leave a comment

She changes so much!!!

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my wordle

25/09/2008 Leave a comment

In response to Rod Page’s post I’ve created a Wordle too. It actually says a lot about somebody!

Kehan's Wordle

Kehan's Wordle

Image is Creative Commons License and provided by

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Our baby girl laughing

21/04/2008 Leave a comment
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Guinness Pot Noodle Spoof

15/04/2008 Leave a comment

Remember the Guinness domino ad?

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Testing Flock

14/11/2007 Leave a comment

Flock is an interesting browser. It is based on Firefox, but has been optimised for social networking, and by default has plugins for numerous web2.0 websites. It also has a built in  blog editor (see  screenshot), which automatically acquired my screendump from my windows clipboard, and uploaded it to my flickr account for me.

There’s apparently a zotero plugin for flock, and I think it’s compatible with firefox extensions. Certainly an interesting tool to keep track of  – would reduce the need for numerous memory hogging firefox extensions which try to keep track of these things for you.

Blogged with Flock

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Kew bulletin online!

13/11/2007 1 comment

Kew Bulletin’s in JSTORWayhey – Kew Bulletin is now available through JSTOR so long as your institution has a subscription. Certainly a step forward – we should be able to get some decent citation metrics now!

22/10/2007 Leave a comment

Americans are NOT stupid – WITH SUBTITLES

Just watch it. Almost beats miss Teen South Carolina


GrassBase User map thanks to Google Analytics

19/07/2007 2 comments

Grass Website HitsHow anybody can even think about running a website without using something like Google Analytics is beyond me. I’ve just done an update (last friday) of our species descriptions and am now tracking views of all pages thanks to this amazing facility. It’s really gratifying to see that we’re being usedby all sorts of people, all over the place.

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iptc |

16/07/2007 Leave a comment

This is very encouraging – this means that pictures that I have classified within Picasa, F-spot, G-Thumb, etc.

iptc |
iptc is a module that will extract iptc caption and keyword tags from images added to drupal.
It depends on the image module.

It uses a plugin system to allow different libraries to be utilised to extract the data from
an image.

Currently it’s supporting the standard php functions, the exiftool binary, the exiv2 binary.

This module is sponsored by

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BPH-2: Periodicals with Botanical Content – Please make them electronic!!!

13/07/2007 1 comment

I’ve been using the famous BPH-2: Periodicals with Botanical Content to standardise journal names in GrassBase, and I have endless frustration with the fact that this work is a standard for TDWG but it is not available electronically. If the standard hopes to be useful towards projects like the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Encyclopaedia of Life, then it should also be freely available to all the peoples of the world, not just the relatively few specialist botanical libraries that have the money to pay for it. It’s published in 2004, so the text must have been electronic at some point in its lifetime, so even if you didn’t use a database when writing it, it would be a lot easier to search if it were electronic (even a PDF would be great). And please use a Creative Commons licence Creative Commons Licence Plus if you do it you’ll get lots of Kudos. And a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Oh and you may well get cited a lot more.


Compiled by Gavin D. R. Bridson. 2004. 2 volumes. v–xx, 1,470 pp.; 8 1/2 x 11″; 10 lbs. Cloth bound, $130 plus insurance ($3.20 domestic; $3.40 international) and shipping and handling. ISBN 0-913196-78-9.

BPH-2, a second edition of Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum (1968), is an alphabetical title list of periodicals with botanical content. Spanning 1665 to 2002, BPH-2 includes more than 33,000 titles from around the


HOW TO: Drupal as database: A one to many scenario for displaying the data |

12/07/2007 Leave a comment

HOW TO: Drupal as database: A one to many scenario for displaying the data
Drupal 5.x
The Scenario:

This scenario works from a point of view that a drupal node-type is equivalent to a database table. This scenario uses CCK, Views and Contemplate and optionally prepoulute to achieve its results. There are other scenarios and other modules that can relate and group nodes and node-types, which are not addressed within.

A good way to work a relational database with CCK

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He’s got a job

10/07/2007 Leave a comment

A very moving video – really makes you think


uBrowser |

05/07/2007 Leave a comment

uBrowser looks pretty cool – allows the user to drill down quite quickly – pretty good for a taxonomic classification.

Has a demo on:

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Geo Module

27/06/2007 Leave a comment

The Geo Module looks like a great way to have full GIS support within drupal.

The geo module is the next generation geo-spatial module for Drupal. Like location, it provides storage for points, but it also supports the full range of OpenGIS Simple Features, such as lines and polygons. Geo takes advantage of spatially enabled databases (PostGIS and MySQL Spatial) for native storage, which leads to faster, more informational queries.

Geo is currently is early development, but much of the power of the system is very apparent. Feel free to download the code from CVS, but beware that support will be very limited.

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21/06/2007 Leave a comment

Here’s a test post from my phone at glastonbury. So far the pain has stayed away and not too much mud, but i’m sure this will all change.

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iPhylo: Google Earth phylogenies

06/06/2007 3 comments

Rod Page has extended some cool work and made a nice tree viewable in GoogleEarth. Take a look at the picture below. And he may well add this as a facility in his amazing TreeViewX – bump. Rod, where’s the KML file (or am I missing something?) – I wanted to see if this would work in Google maps as they now support loading KML files.

iPhylo: Google Earth phylogenies
Now, for something completely different. I’ve been playing with Google Earth as a phylogeny viewer, inspired by Bill Piel’s efforts, the cool avian flu visualisation Janies et al. published in Systematic Biology (doi:10.1080/10635150701266848), and David Kidd’s work.

Google Earth Phylogeny screenshot