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A new wiki for geophysics

If you know Agile*, you know we like wikis, so this is big news. Very quietly, the SEG recently launched a new wiki, seeded with thousands of pages of content from Bob Sheriff's famous Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics. So far, it is not publicly editable, but the society is seeking contributors and editors, so if you're keen, get involved. 

On the subject of wikis, others are on the horizon: SPE and AAPG also have plans. Indeed members of SEG and AAPG were invited to take a survey on 'joint activities' this week. There's a clear opportunity for unity here — which was the original reason for starting our own The good news is that these systems are fully compatible, so whatever we build separately today can easily be integrated tomorrow. 

The DISC is coming

The SEG's Distinguished Instructor Short Course is in its 15th year and kicks off in 10 days in Brisbane. People rave about these courses, though I admit I felt like I'd been beaten about the head with the wave equation for seven hours after one of them (see if you can guess which one!). This year, the great Chris Liner (University of Houston prof and ex-editor of Geophysics) goes on the road with Elements of Seismic Dispersion: A somewhat practical guide to frequency-dependent phenomena. I'm desperate to attend, as frequency is one of my favourite subjects. You can view the latest schedule on Chris's awesome blog about geophysics, which you should bookmark immediately.

Broadband bionic eyes

Finally, a quirky story about human perception and bandwidth, both subjects close to Agile's core. Ex-US Air Force officer Alek Komar, suffering from a particularly deleterious cataract, had a $23k operation to replace the lens in one eye with a synthetic lens. One side-effect, apart from greater acuity of vision: he can now see into the ultraviolet.

If only it was that easy to get more high frequencies out of seismic data; the near-surface 'cataract' is not as easily excised.

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