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Golden Software Celebrates National Beer Day

As I sat thinking last night, having a beer on New Beer’s Eve, about what to write my next blog about; it struck me, April 7th is National Beer Day and would be a great oppurtunity to discuss beer. National Beer Day celebrates the modification of the Volstead Act, which raised the legal alcohol level of beverages that can be consumed from .05 percent to 3.2 percent. On April 7th, 1933, President FDR took the initial leap towards ending Prohibition where he signed the act which allowed beer champions to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. After modifying the act, Americans consumed over 1.5 million barrels of beer! National Beer day was founded by beer enthusiasts Justin Smith and Mike Connolly in 2009 and has taken the nation by storm.

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Gridding and Contouring Airborne Geophysical Survey Data

Golden Software recently hosted a training class on gridding and interpolating data in Surfer. Before the class was held, a user asked if we’d specifically cover the best options for gridding airborne geophysical data. At the time, it was not in the schedule, but as I looked at the data I thought this type of data could be very common and would make a great example. In this type of data, the data is taken in lines, where the data points along the lines are much closer together than the spacing between the lines.  Users generally want to interpolate the data to create a smooth color-filled image map while maintaining the data at sufficient resolution to show important anomalies.

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Kari Dickenson
You are correct that one degree of latitude is not the same as one degree of longitude. As you say, you could do the conversion ... Read More
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:22
Jennifer Woodson
Thanks for commenting, Pascual! You're absolutely correct that degrees of latitude and longitude are not equal, and Surfer does no... Read More
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MatchMapper: Map to the Geoscientist’s Heart

MatchMapper: Map to the Geoscientist’s Heart

The love game has changed over the past few years. Gone are the days of courting in the parlor room. With our go-go-go lives, there is no time to organically meet someone at a coffee shop, bar, church or recreational activity. Nowadays, the key to love is in the palm of your hand—your smart device! Niche dating sites exist for all sorts of interests, including farming, sea captains, cats, inmates, and even salad toppings. Now there’s a dating site for you too: MatchMapper, the newest offering from Golden Software!

Many of our users are geoscientists, and at Golden Software, we understand geoscientists. We’ve heard your stories of time spent in the field, isolated and lonely. Pine for companionship no longer! Whether you fancy yourself a rock jock or a hydrogeology hottie, MatchMapper can help you find your geo-darling.

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Graphing the Growing Season

Graphing the Growing Season

Spring bulbs are beginning to bloom, and with each reminder that spring is on the way I think more about starting my vegetable garden. Every gardener knows that the question of when to plant is always a struggle.  Maximizing the growing season while minimizing plant loss due to surprise cold snaps and frosts is always a balancing act. Living at high elevations can make this even more difficult, so I decided to do some research and see if I could get a better picture of what my garden and I are up against. 

The first thing I needed to find was information about the temperature tolerances for vegetables.  I found a great table at the Colorado State University Extension that provided acceptable germination temperatures as well as information on how temperature-hardy the young plants are.  I created a floating bar chart in Grapher 12 to depict this information.

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Grapher 12: A Look at March Madness 2016!

March brings one of most highly anticipated US sporting events of the year, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness! The term was coined in 1939 by H.V. Porter, but didn’t gain widespread popularity until the early 1980s. This year’s single-elimination tournament began with 68 teams on March 15, and we’re now down to the Sweet Sixteen! Let’s take a closer look at some tournament stats with graphs created in Grapher 12!

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