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Music: Joe Bonamassa / Bridge to Better Days

When was the last time you heard a song that completely blew you away? And on top of that introduced you to an artist you did not know before? That happened to me about a year ago with Joe Bonamassa’s “Bridge to Better Days”. You would be hard-pressed to find a better blues guitarist out […]

Tardy Reading and Scientific Breakthroughs

A friend of mine who is also a scientist once told me: “the only time I read, is when I write”. What he meant was, that the only time he reads scientific literature, is when he writes his own papers, and needs to do the proper research to place his research in the context of […]

Music: Supertheory of Supereverything

Their music is loud and lively, and their lyrics are always surprising. They also managed to solve some physics problems. Gogol Bordello, Supertheory of Supereverything.

On Microbial Sequencing

This is the 9th year the NSF & USDA  hold  a workshop for their microbial sequencing program awardees. (Full disclosure: I am not one of them).  Most of the talks are by the awardees themselves, and there were some great talks. For me an interesting angle was it to see how software is being developed […]

Just “teach”

The celebrations of Darwin’s 200th birthday and 150 years for the publication of The Origin of the Species are in full swing. We are apes equipped with 10 digits on our forelimbs, which we use in just about everything we do. We like numbers that are multiples of 10; even better if they are 10 […]

Hello, world!

Well, the default WordPress title for the first blog post is “Hello, world!” I should probably leave it at that. “Hello, world!” is a phrase that for decades has been associated with learning something new; at least in computer programing circles. Customarily, the first program you try to write when learning a new programming language […]