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  1. Things I'm Glad I Learned

    Skills, concepts, techniques, and models

    WARNING: This post was written with haste and therefore contains all kinds of typos, spelling errors, grammatical issues, and delusions of grandeur, wisdom, and writing ability.

    This post is intended as a living document—a gratitude journal of sorts—of some things that I'm glad I learned. I expect many of the items on this list will be relevant to computation biology, but that may change in the future.

    The big idea is that for every item on this list I am (A) glad that someone introduced me to it, and (B) think more people should know about it. This post is my chance to "pay it backwards", as it were; maybe someone else will be grateful for something they find for the first time on this list.

    It may also double as an inspiration list for future posts.

    My goal is to write a small blurb for each item …

  2. You, too, can host this website

    Loyal readers of this blog (of which I am sure there are exactly zero) might have noticed that things are looking a little different since yesterday. That's because I've finally developed my own Pelican theme to the point that it's functional, and not too embaressing to look at.

    It doesn't appear too different—it's certainly still inspired by the sample theme—but now I understand 95% of the code, instead of 5%. My goal was to simplify the template files and css to the point that I could customize just about anything with a minimum of work. I also attempted to maintain compatability with all of the configuration options supported by the default theme.

    Not that I know why you would want to, but you can read and copy the content and configuration files on Github. The theme source code is there as well.

    By putting everything up on Github …

  3. Hello World!


    This is mostly a test post and a chance to get some real content on my brand-new blog.

    Inspired by C. Titus Brown's tireless pressure to make more graduate student clones of himself—and the fact that a pretty damn good domain name was still available—I started this website/blog over the weekend.

    I hope that it will turn into a place for me to share my excitement and views on microbiology, microbial ecology, mathematical ecology, bioinformatics, python, (very) amateur software development, etc. But I will be satisfied if it turns out to just be writing practice. Heaven knows I need that.

    In case you're curious, setup took me about 3 hours (plus some waiting for DNS updates). Largely, this is because I'm shamelessly mirroring Titus's well trafficked blog by using a nifty python application called Pelican. And at $15/year for the domain (using Hover1 …

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