Tikz stuff (LaTeX):
Well, one of the fun things I did over the break so far was to experiment with Tikz. There are a couple of things I can show you. One is my sketch of the Bender bouncer:
The source file is here, the original sized image is here. I heard about the Bender bouncer (named for Paul Bender) at a colloquium at WWU many years ago when I was an undergrad. I’ve always been interested it since then.
Another is some nicely rendered strain curves of the LIGO detectors during S5:
Tikz/PGF is much easier to use and more powerful than either picture (standard LaTeX drawing environment) or pstricks. I have used these recently (pstricks here). The learning curve is a little steeper, but the manual is also excellent, with many concrete examples. Also, the only editor that is needed to make these excellent figures is a text editor, something I approve of.
This USGS publication on Yellowstone is awesome.
I saw it in print when I visited there this summer, it was about $50. I guessed at the time that I could find it online for free. Sure enough you can, right here.