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On Lightning Talks

A lightning talk  or a flash talk is a short presentation, typically anywhere between 1 and 5 minutes. They have been around for over 10 years in programmers’ meetings, and are slowly making inroads into scientific meetings. The Good: lightning talks give more speakers a chance to present their material to an engaged audience; they […]

Music Monday: Whole Lotta Love

This excellent cover of “Whole Lotta Love” went viral last week. Michael Winslow of Police Academy fame gives his interpretation to the Led Zeppelin classic: And if that gave you a taste for the original, go here.

Music Monday: Killer Queen

Freddie Mercury’s Birthday was celebrated with great fanfare last week all over the interwebs. So a bit late, but here is Killer Queen. Because you can never have too much of Queen.

Music Monday: 4th of July Special

The obligatory Hendrix. Watch Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner in Music  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

Bio-Linux. Now available in the Cloud

For some time now, NERC has been providing us with Bio-Linux. If you don’t want to be bothered with installing all the essential bioinformatic software for your Ubuntu box, you can install Bio-Linux, either as a a Linux distro for installation from scratch, or as a set of packages for an already existing Debian or Ubuntu […]

Big Moon Rising

  Unless you have been living on the, um, moon, then you have heard about the large moon expected tonight. The moon will be almost at perigee (closest point to earth in its orbit), and full. Luna is expected to be bigger & brighter. Best viewed when it is on the horizon, seems even bigger […]

February: a Good Month for Music

Some good things happened in music this month. The Black Keys won Grammy awards for Best Alternative Album, (Brothers) Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, Best Recording Package and Producer of the Year, Non Classical. Arcade Fire won a Grammy for Album of the Year, The Suburbs. Here are The Black Keys […]

Humans draw the LINE at Gonorrhea. Not that it helps.

א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל-אַהֲרֹן לֵאמֹר.  ב דַּבְּרוּ אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וַאֲמַרְתֶּם אֲלֵהֶם:  אִישׁ אִישׁ, כִּי יִהְיֶה זָב מִבְּשָׂרוֹ–זוֹבוֹ, טָמֵא הוּא.  ג וְזֹאת תִּהְיֶה טֻמְאָתוֹ, בְּזוֹבוֹ:  רָר בְּשָׂרוֹ אֶת-זוֹבוֹ, אוֹ-הֶחְתִּים בְּשָׂרוֹ מִזּוֹבוֹ–טֻמְאָתוֹ, הִוא.  ד כָּל-הַמִּשְׁכָּב, אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁכַּב עָלָיו הַזָּב–יִטְמָא; וְכָל-הַכְּלִי אֲשֶׁר-יֵשֵׁב עָלָיו, יִטְמָא. , The day after Valentine’s Day. Ah! What better day in the year can we find […]

Sonny Moorman’s group at Oxford

This Cincinnati group played a concert today (Thursday) at the uptown park at Oxford Ohio. A trio with Sonny on guitar, Dennis “Willy D” Williams – bass & vocals, and Dave Fair- drums & vocals. They played powerful electric blues-rock, with great covers of Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson and many originals. Sonny played a […]

A non-post about Craig Venter’s new bug

In case you have been vacationing in a parallel universe in the past two days, you should have heard about the new synthetic bacterium created at the J Craig Venter Institute. In a nutshell, the scientific team synthesized an artificial chromosome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides and transferred it to another bacterium, Mycoplasma capricolum. The […]

Happy Birthday Elvis

Celebrate with a peanut butter and banana sandwich, while listening to The King.

Feliĉa Naskiĝtago Doktoro Esperanto

Google flew the green-starred flag of hope yesterday, in celebration of the 150th birthday of a man who constructed a whole language based upon hope. He called himself Doctor Hopeful, and he wanted that the language he created would help break down national barriers. He made it easy to learn, so that people would be […]

Music: Never Gonna Change / DBT

Drive by Truckers. My favorite flavor of Southern Rock.