Software and real carpentry

I like Software Carpentry, a non-profit organization teaching basic computing skills to researchers. But if I had one little criticism it would be that there wasn’t enough carpentry, with tenon saws, and mortising chisels, and rabbet planes. I like actual carpentry, I can’t tell you why, its a bit like asking why somebody likes cheese,…

Printing out GenBank- Nucleotide Sequences 1984

¬†I have in front of me a copy of the book “Nucleotide sequences 1984 Part 1 A compilation from the GenBankTM¬†and EMBL data libraries” published by IRL Press. Wow, what a surreal book for anyone used to dealing with sequence databases today. The idea that DNA sequences would be printed out, in an actual book…

Resolutions and Predictions

Last January I made a list of (science) new year resolutions and made some predictions for the coming year. Thought I’d have a look back… 2009 Resolutions * Read more. I used to read at least a paper a day during my PhD. Some PDF counting last year showed me I had averaged 3 per…

Paperless Office

I’ve moved out of my office while falling plaster and cracks in the wall (last years earthquake damage!) are repaired. While packing up I made a decision to see if I could get rid of most of the paper in my office (and not replace it). This is both for environmental reasons and also because…

New Year Resolutions

Just got back from a trip visiting family in Spain. Relying on my iPod touch for net access but I was unable to blog in any sensible way at all. Couldn’t create posts on Blogger for some reason I’m not quite sure of. I have a few posts I wrote anyway…My new year resolutions include……