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Omar Bickell
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This 4+ hour video of scientists mulling over the minutia of their data gathering, analysis and reporting processes isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea, but I found it rather fascinating.

Reproducibility is fundamental to the scientific doctrine and yet it is surprisingly rarely achieved or even achievable. Enhancing reproducibility inevitably requires increasing transparency, establishing common standards and building tools that allow disparate data and processes to be compared, combined and interoperable. 

The life sciences have become dominated by computation and make heavy use of open source software and version control systems such a Git to enable decentralized and yet coordinated management and curation of code and data. However, they often lack such "versioning" systems for tracking experimental protocols, data, metadata and methodology reporting.

I can't help but see many overlaps with modern web development where reproducibility and portability are crucial, and yet are rarely perfectly achieved, and where much of the design, decision-making and production process still falls outside the reach of version control and automated build systems.
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This is both interesting and beautiful. 
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Here's one from a recent series. It is hard to pick which one to show since they are all their own special snowflakes. But I also don't want to flood G+ with too much goodness. ;-)

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This is a strange one in that it looks quite different at various zoom levers and shimmers when moved across the screen.
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Fancy some mind-bending fractal growths? Which version do you prefer? 

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Neat..  Well, keep using it then.   They are cool..
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Here's an image I just threw together. The circle ended up a little left-of-center... kinda like me ;-)

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It is pretty cool that the global Drupal Association meetings feature public/open segments that are posted online. It has come a long way since its ragtag beginnings.
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This course is a great start for any wannabe "big data" scientist out there. I completed the first instance of it a some time ago and while it was fairly demanding (5-10 hours per week), it stands out as one of the best courses I have ever taken in any context. They cover a very good range of topics and provide hands lots of hands-on experience.  

The second instance of this course starts today and I highly recommend it. If you're not up to the time commitment, you can just watch the videos and still get something out of it.
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Did I mention that I liked playing around with layer effects? Here's a collection that proves the point. ;-)
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Some more playing around with fractal growths and layers effects. As usual, I marvel at the details when zoomed in.
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C'est très beau qu'est-ce que tu fais
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Here's another iteration of the tree theme.

I came up with a dozen or so variations in about 30 minutes, but appreciate the beauty and discovery of playing around with layer interactions so much that I could do it for hours on end.
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The closing quote: "Don't control them. Don't protect them too much. They need to tumble sometimes. They need to get some injury, and that makes them learn how to live in this world. I think architecture is capable of changing this world... the lives of people, and this is an attempt to change the lives of children."
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A geek, activist, motivator, entrepreneur and long-time Drupal evangelist. 

I'm proud of what I accomplished over the last decade and am excited by the challenges that lay ahead for the next one. 
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I built my first website in 1995 and have been using Drupal since fall 2001. Co-Founded Koumbit.org in 2004.
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  • McGill University
    Masters in Urban Planning, 1995 - 1997
  • Concordia University
    Bachelor of Science in Geography, 1990 - 1993
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