Happy New Year

At the start of every trip around the sun, I like to spend some time getting my bearings. This quote from Unweaving the Rainbow sure did it for me this year:

“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.”

May all of the ordinary ones have an extraordinary year. Happy New Year!

P.S. In an interview last year, Richard Dawkins mentioned that he has set aside this passage and asked for it to be read at his funeral.

Redirects for the rest of us

I recently migrated my blog from typepad to wordpress, following these directions and employing the help of a friend. This post is for others who make the switch (worth it!) and are looking for a solution to the “trailing .html” permalink redirect issues.

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Welcome Genome Technology Readers

If you’re arriving from Genome Technology Online, welcome! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should visit the Genome Technology Online page and consider signing up for daily updates.

My day wouldn’t be complete without reading their daily collection of links. Seriously, I’m not just saying this (and they definitely aren’t paying me). In fact, their links are so reliably good, I would love to know how they filter the information flow with such success. Hey GTO, if it is not top-secret you should tell us how. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

You can sign-up for my updates by clicking on the orange button over on the far right column, or put your email address in box just above to receive updates in your inbox as they occur.

Genomics Theme Music

I put the song over in the far right column for easy access. I ultimately hope to have a whole playlist with rotating songs inspired by DNA in some way, although they’ll need to be written and performed by musicians hip enough to provide lenient licenses, like Jonathan Coultan did with “That Spells DNA.” Thanks John!

In all seriousness, with the blog redesign mostly complete I’m inches away from producing actual content worthy of consumption. There still are some kinks to work out with the transfer from typepad to wordpress, but the effort was totally worth it. Wordpress rocks.

Pardon the dust during the makeover

Long overdue site overhaul is currently in overdrive now that personal genomics has obtained a relevance that is over and above my original expectations.  Overall I think you’ll be overjoyed by the changes.  I’ll be turning over a new blogging leaf very soon.  Over and out, for the moment.

Feed share beyond the blogroll

I realized yesterday that I haven’t updated my blogroll in ages. The whole concept of blogrolls is slowly being erased from my brain because I rarely think about them — largely because blogrolls live on blogs and I rarely visit blogs anymore. Instead I do most of my blog browsing in my RSS reader. Out of sight, out of mind, goodbye blogrolls.

But the blogroll of a well-liked blogger or a trusted information source (regardless of how well-liked) can be an extremely useful filter for finding more good content.

If you’re curious about what feeds are in my feed reader, you should check out my list of feeds at my OPML shared feeds page. This is just a webpage with a list of URLed blog titles and their associated feeds. (This actually reminds me that I was in attendance at the Hillside Club in Berkeley when Dave Winer unveiled OPML to the CyberSalon crowd. This is of absolutely no import, just a memory.)

Here are a few ways to track my informational activities online:

Rss_icon The Personal Genome Feed
…for blog posts I write and choose to share

Rss_icon_2My shared items from Google Reader
…for online feeds I read and choose to share

Rss_icon_3My genomics del.icio.us feed
…for online information I read and choose to share

Rss_icon_3My connotea feed (I now use CiteULike, see below)
…for published papers I read and choose to share

Rss_icon_3My CiteULike feed
…for published papers I read and choose to share


I’ve got a new URL:


Update your bookmarks!