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What Would Otherwise Be a Beautiful Spring Day

2021 April 9

Leaf blowers are a scourge. No philosophy – no ponerology – can be complete without providing an account of leaf blowers.

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Charlemagne's Monograph

2020 October 20

Say what you will about Charlemagne, but he had a fabulous sense of design. Here’s how he signed his name: Source: Wikipedia

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May 2020 Listening

2020 May 31

A few people asked: “What are you listening to while sheltering in place?” Here’s my response (in reverse chron). In case you’re wondering, for most selections I’m using an album shuffle program with Volumio. Sometimes I’ll ask the computer for another selection. Occasionally I’ll hand pick something. Mostly random. This is the result. ... Read more …

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Some Julia Sets

2020 May 31

Having taught CS 021 at UVM (Introduction to Programming), I thought that creating model project would be appropriate as an example. All students spend the last two weeks of the semester working on an individual or team project of their choosing. It also happens that I’ve been doing a little self-study in complex analysis. So as a model – to demonstrate a project of suitable complexity and scope – I created a little Julia set rendering program. ... Read more …

Tags: mathematics

Dijkstra Scores Again

2019 December 12

“As a slow-witted human being I have a very small head and I had better learn to live with it and to respect my limitations and give them full credit, rather than try to ignore them, for the latter vain effort will be punished by failure.”  — Edsger W. Dijkstra, in Structured Programming (1972)

Tags: computer science

Upon reading 'The economy needs agent-based modelling'

2019 November 11

A haiku, written after reading Farmer & Foley, The economy needs agent-based modelling (Nature, 460, 6 August 2009) as assigned by Laurent Hébert-Dufresne for CS/CSYS 302 Modeling Complex Systems.  Decision, choice, whim — Who was it who decided We are rational?  — For J.

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Installing the Conjecturing package for Sage on MacOS Mojave

2019 November 10

Alas, the instructions for installing the Conjecturing package for Sage posted on Nico Van Cleemput’s Conjecturing website did not work for me right out of the box. So, in hopes of saving others a little time (or misery) here are instructions to perform a local installation of the Conjecturing package for Sage on macOS Mojave, as of 10 November 2019. Only use these if you strike out using Van Cleemput’s instructions. ... Read more …

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Identifying Conserved Human RNA Structures Using RNAz-LocARNA-RNAz Analysis Pipeline

2019 May 22

I’ve just submitted my first conference paper to 10th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB 2019): Identifying Conserved Human RNA Structures Using RNAz-LocARNA-RNAz Analysis Pipeline, co-authored with Hosna Jabbari. Keep your fingers crossed for us. Abstract: Identification of conserved RNA structures is of great importance in establishing causes of and potential therapeutic targets for genetic diseases. It has been estimated that over half of human genetic disease is due to alternative or disrupted RNA splicing, possibly caused by interrupted/damaged common structural functional motifs. ... Read more …

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Bioinformatics Pipeline Presentation

2019 April 26

This coming Wednesday, I’ll be giving this presentation to Prof Jabbari’s bioinformatics algorithms class.

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Just Kidding. Gone to Wal-Mart

2018 May 6

Not the best thing to see on a day with two final exams… But just half a block away, the world was redeemed with this… …and to all at Groovy-UV: GOOD LUCK on your finals!

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