ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I have an appetite for knowledge and a desire to share it! I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Mass Communication. However, I soon found that this path did not provide the stimulation I craved. I became more and more interested in the changing technologies around me, so I went back to school to study computer programming for a short time before making my way in the tech industry. I provide technical support for all six Golden Software products. I enjoy hearing how our customers use our software in their professional and personal lives. Working at Golden Software provides me the opportunity to learn new things every day while also satisfying my desire to help others. The best part of my day is answering users' questions and helping them solve their problems and display their data in an engaging and informative manner! When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, making my own health and beauty products, seeing live music, and getting outdoors!


S.O.S. Someone Help! An Overview of Golden Software's Support Resources

We've all been there. You have a project due and know exactly what you need to do to complete it. However, you're not sure just how to do it. You need some help, but it's after-hours for customer support. You're on on your own. What do you do?

If you're using Surfer or another Golden Software product, you have hope. Our knowledgeable support team is happy to help and answer questions while we're around, but occasionally, you may need help after hours, on a holiday, or on a weekend. Or, perhaps, you live in a time zone that doesn't quite match up with us here in the U.S. Maybe you just prefer to work on your own. No matter the reason, you can still find help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Golden Software has many resources for you to use to help yourself. 

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Laying Out the New Lunar Year

Laying Out the New Lunar Year

The internet is slow. Focus has been hard to come by, and it seems like all is on the fritz! It’s a full moon tonight for us here in Colorado, there is a comet streaking across the sky, and a lunar eclipse is also visible. Could this be coincidence or the influence of something greater??

 

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Using Surfer to Create Custom Trail Maps

Using Surfer to Create Custom Trail Maps

I love to hike, backpack, and camp. To me, there is nothing more refreshing than a couple days out in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Recently, I spent my Labor Day weekend hiking in an area new to me. My husband and I did some research and decided on Crater Lakes Trail, near Nederland, CO. According to AllTrails.com, the out-and-back trail is approximately 2.7 miles one way, and it climbs in elevation the entire time, giving it a rating of hard. We were up for the challenge!

AllTrails provides nice contour maps for planning your hike, but as someone who was unfamiliar with the area, I wanted to see just a bit more about my upcoming trek. I downloaded the GPX data for the trail we were going to hike and the surrounding trails. In Surfer 13, I used the Grid | Mosaic command to extract my area of interest from the Surfer sample file Colorado.grd. Using the methods outlined in this article, I converted my paths and grid file from latitude and longitude to feet. I created a profile from the grid file and the path and assembled my maps. I overlaid base maps, a post map, and a contour map for a 2D view, and I also created a 3D surface map to get a better idea of the topography. You can see the results below.

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Gotta Plot 'em All!

Gotta Plot 'em All!

A wild Zubat appeared!

Last month was the launch of Pokemon GO, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game from Niantic, the makers of the popular AR game Ingress. I must confess I've caught the fever, but I haven't caught them all! I am admittedly not a 'gamer,' and this is my first experience with Pokemon. I'm no Pokemaster, but I have fun catching new Pokemon while walking around downtown Golden on my lunch breaks, around the park, or around Denver. I haven't tried my luck battling at any Gyms yet, so I guess you could call me a casual player.

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UK Votes to Leave EU

UK Votes to Leave EU

The United Kingdom (UK) voted on the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, commonly referred to as the Brexit vote, on June 23, 2016. This referendum was to gauge citizen support for whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU), an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. Overall, the UK voted 51.9% to leave the EU, with 71.8% turnout. The world reacted when the news was announced on June 24. I've spent the last two weeks reading about this historic vote and what it means for the people of the UK, the EU, and the rest of the globe. It has already had some effects on international economic markets. It remains to be determined how it will affect the future, but I find this to be a fascinating time for trade, politics, economics, and international relations.

The first thing that interested me was the demographic breakdown of the vote. Various exit and other polls were done with information about how different demographics voted. I sifted through the information available at Lord Ashcroft Polls, and noticed some clear correlations between education level and age and how an individual in the poll voted. Older voters, less educated voters, and less employed voters were more likely to vote to leave the EU. I wondered if those in less-than-ideal socioeconomic situations were looking for anything different that may help provide a higher quality of life. Another issue that caught my attention was when voters made their decisions. Nearly 25% of those polled made their decision within the week before casting their votes! Just over 1/3 always knew how they would vote. The remaining ~40% made their minds up in the last 6+ months. To me, this shows some uncertainty about how to vote or perhaps uncertainty about what the effects of the vote would be on the individual and UK.

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