The Boundary Value Problem of Genomics

This was supposed to be my research blog, but then became my anti-research blog, and now it is my inanity outlet. That's what I should change the name to, if I ever figure that out.




“Dr. Simons credits his employees. “A good atmosphere and smart people can accomplish a lot,” he said.”

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer - NYTimes.com

Fantastic article, and such a true statement.

Also, this made me love my job just a little bit more.

CRAN - Package HMP


HMP has an R package!

“It’s an extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at. I’m sending copies to several friends and hope to re-read it later this year. This is one of the most profound novels I’ve read in a long time.”

The Rosie Project: A Novel | Bill Gates

I follow Bill Gates blog where he mostly (and infrequently) posts about his travels with his foundation and books he reads. This is the first book that he’s posted about that I want to read. It’s a novel (he doesn’t read many) and, interestingly, it was recommended to him by his wife.

Frontiers | A biologist, a statistician, and a bioinformatician walk into a conference room… and walk out with a great metagenomics project plan | Plant Genetics and Genomics


Reviews of metagenomics analysis often emphasize the interdisciplinary and technical aspects of data analysis (Knief, 2014; Sharpton, 2014). How might these recommendations be implemented for future projects? In this opinion, I provide some areas to consider, especially in experimental design and full-data-cycle planning, and in expertise areas of value to metagenomics projects. This opinion is structured as a hypothetical conversation that reviews state-of-the art in these areas and brings out the various aspects of metagenomics project design.

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Gary Bartz, a set on Flickr.

last night of DC JazzFest at Bohemian Caverns

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  Now you can bring some of that style to your own R charts, by making use of these Wes Anderson inspired palettes.
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Now you can bring some of that style to your own R charts, by making use of these Wes Anderson inspired palettes.

Thanks, Polly


Your struggle—like mine—stems from your being unforgiving and unkind to yourself. You’re either SUCCEEDING (kicking ass academically, making friends and keeping them entertained and happy, doing all the stuff you’re supposed to do) or you’re FAILING (hiding out, haunting comments sections, watching three seasons of Battlestar Galactica in a row). You are way too hard on yourself, so you reward yourself excessively to make up for it. When someone says “Take care of yourself,” you associate that with drinking a bottle of wine alone, in bed, while watching Mad Men, even though it should mean dragging yourself out of your room to get a little sunlight, to be around people WITHOUT TRYING TO PLEASE THEM ALL OF THE TIME.

People with reasonably ok social skills who avoid socializing often do so because they’ve fallen into a habit of people pleasing in an inauthentic way. They assume that friends and lovers want a certain version of them, that they can’t be awkward and strange and still be loved.

Thanks, Polly, for writing like this every single week.

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