The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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I feel like a Stranger in a Strange Land… the sexist world of the 1960s

November 8th, 2012 No Comments

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to finish ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ by Robert Heinlein (1961). so much history and influence, but so much sexist condescension… i need a dead tree regexp like ‘s/(little|young|pretty)? (girl|lady|child)+//g’. over the course of a 10 page dialogue, the following actions take place. the book is 500 […]

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Fighting with ARB

October 22nd, 2012 No Comments

Trying to make ARB do ones bidding is often a challenge in patience and sanity, especially if one is not a daily user of this beast of a program. 1) Update arb_phyml to use PhyML version 20120412 After replacing the phyml binary, changes to the interactive menu in the new version of PhyML required changes […]


Bonjour Montreal!

October 15th, 2012 No Comments

I’ve finished my tenure at McMaster and am now at McGill University working as a postdoc with Boz Wing (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and Lyle Whyte (Natural Resource Sciences). I’ll be doing genomics of sulfate reducing bacteria with Boz and styding permafrost bacteria genomes with Lyle. Adieu!

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Dakster now at

August 16th, 2012 1 Comment

I’ve migrated Dakster, my fragment binning program, to this webserver. You can now access Dakster here. Happy binning!

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Welcome to Mars!

August 9th, 2012 No Comments