The undocumented years

Back in the day, I had a Livejournal blog where I kept in touch with a few dozen friends and acquaintances. I used it to push out updates that I thought people might find interesting, when they had the time to read. I used to post about once a day. Reading back through those posts . . . → Read More: The undocumented years

Tools I Use

I work with computers for a living. Here are some of the tools that I use all the time:

Macbook Pro: I’ve used a Macbook Pro as my primary workstation since they were introduced, and I haven’t looked back. I’ve had one significant hardware issue in all that time, and Apple fixed it for me . . . → Read More: Tools I Use

Of PAX and the Greater Internet

This weekend I spent three days at PAX East. PAX stands for the Penny Arcade Expo. PAX is a convention / exhibition of games and gamers. It’s also something of a movable-feast nerd mecca. This year, like last year, it was at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) – the biggest venue in town . . . → Read More: Of PAX and the Greater Internet

Decent Charities

I find it difficult to select charitable organizations to support with either my dollars or my time. Everybody has a hand out. Federal “not for profit” status is no indicator of good intent, much less effective action in the world. Neither is appearing in the news any kind of a clue about whether or not . . . → Read More: Decent Charities


So, contrary to all good opinion and intention, I find myself back in the guts of the 10 year old C / C++ monstrosity that is BLAST. For those who aren’t bioinformatics geeks, BLAST is the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool. It’s the very most popular piece of software ever created for analyzing genetic sequence . . . → Read More: Bowels

Phrases I’ve heard enough this week

“Space”: Our application is poised to become market dominant in this space “Grid”: Our application is grid compliant, grid aware, and grid integrated to compete in this space “Best of Breed”: Our best of breed grid services application will control the P2P space “Web Services”: The web services / grid convergence represents a best of . . . → Read More: Phrases I’ve heard enough this week

Public policy

I heard a conversation on the radio this morning which was a classic example of how to lose (win) a political debate. The topic was transportation policy. The occasion was an ongoing strike of the bus drivers (which sucks all around). The participants were the president of the “taxpayers league” (or some such activist/advocacy group) . . . → Read More: Public policy