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Doubleplusgood compbio databank crosslink!
(Somehow, bioinformatics abbreviations, while lighter on the alphabet soup than CS and military acronyms, remind me a lont of Orwellian newspeak.)

Today, I gave the last of four lectures in the training workshop for our NSF Bioinformatics REU. The topic was search and online databases for computational biology. I went over several resources linked from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI, an acronym lost in antiquity): a tutorial walkthrough on BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool), GenBank, GDB, SwissProt/ExPASy, and PubMed.

I also pointed everybuddy to the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) tutorial on proteomics and genomics, by Brazma et al. (ooh, and he's gont a gnu boonk on microarrays oot with John Q). Finally, I had a brief discussion with the REU project leader about the relative merits of ORACLE 9i vs. mySQL (I have one Linux postgresql server and three Oracle servers - two Linux and one Windows).

Honestly, I will be satisfied if I've convinced the students that sometimes it's important to use a database (e.g., MS Access, mySQL, postgresql) rather than a spreadsheet (e.g., MS Excel, GNUmeric).

Hey, liberrians: You ever wonder wot lal those research dollars go towards? Now yew know.

Oh, BTW, Andrew: I haven't forgotten aboat your entangled state, I'm just too busy this weenk to comment propellery xxet.

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Jun. 12th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
Your Elvish puters are posting to TEUNC instead of you, I know now! See siliconshaman's LJ entry for 10:12am 02/06/2003. That's why I never get them posts. Dear Zeus, I'm not mad! What a relief. >;D

Jun. 12th, 2003 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: Ahaaaaaa!
But... but... that would mean I'm a MegaHAL! A Terryhanian MegaHAL!

Aye am knot a virus! (No matter wot Agent Smith says.)

If I psotted something coherent and connected cf. Stephen Byerley punching a hmunsa (kindasorta) in I, Robot... would yew bereave it was rilly me then?

(aslo, i wasn't aware that Elves pioneered AI * sinteresting)
Jun. 13th, 2003 04:00 am (UTC)
Aw, then I _have_ skrenula - ask Groffo for translation if his Splendid Old Dictionary is still around. :)

(But I thought you gave your puters Elvesishes names?)

Jun. 13th, 2003 11:14 am (UTC)
Re: Elvses
I dknot think you have skrenula (though aye yam knot 100% sure wot ittis xxet).

My puters have Elvish, Dwarvish, and Mannish names, along with artifact names:

  • Hobbit group (P6-180) - Frodo, Samwise, Merry, Pippin, Trotter (shortly to be retired)

  • Dwarf group (PIII-550) - Durin, Azaghâl, Telchar, Narvi, Gimli, Thorin, Balin, Fili, Kili

  • Old Elf group (AMD Duron-800) - Earwen, Nerdanel (yes, wreally), Finarfin, Anaire

  • New Elf group (AMD Athlon-1GHz) - Idril, Galadriel, Finrod, Ecthelion

  • Ent group (Pentium IV-1.4GHz) - Treebeard, Fingolfin

  • Valar group (mixed PowerMac G4, SGI) - Manwe, Varda, Nienna, Yavanna

  • Home group (iMac, P5, P6, PII) - Este, Anduril, Vaire, Tulkas (formerly Eonwë)

  • Noteboonks - Numerramar, Vingilot, Ringil, Alcarondas

Criminy, that's a lont of puters now that aye think aboat it. It'd be sad, if I didn't trask them fro a living.

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