I was asked on a blog what my response to people who were wondering what Google Plus was for. I posted this:
I have two responses to questions about Google Plus:
Q1) I use Facebook.
Answer: G+ is not Facebook. Not even close.
Q2) It seems dead, none of my friends use it.
Answer: It is only dead if you do not follow people. Do searches and find interesting people who do what you want to read about, astronomy, pottery, making cartoons, painting clam shells, there will be a group of people doing it. And you don't want your friends in your groups. Keeping track of grandma is what Facebook is for. G+ is for meeting new interesting people. If they become uninteresting, stop following them. Their feelings will not be hurt. (Hint, it is not FB.)
I follow a little over 3,000 people sorted into groups. Science, molecular biology, genetics, skeptics, lichens,photography, fiberglass boats, GPS, tons more. When I want a jolt of genetics, I read my genetics stream.
Do not be afraid. I publicly post everything, mostly about biology focusing on molecular biology but I post photos of rubber ducks and other controversial issues. I have a little over 18,000 people who follow me.
Google Communities are just another way to find people of like interests in G+. Join 50 communities, delete them all the next day, join more.
Somehow the word obvious frightens me. I could have gone the rest of my days and not even thought of doing this.
Can we include The Walking Dead themes and have a knife, spear, rod, sword or club? That would be a million laughs.
Obviously, I'm jealous at this clever idea.
I love fresh food produced locally. What I don't like is it covered with bullshit and a lot of their bullshit is imported from China.
We are sending this out as a reminder that there is still time to register for the Pre-meeting Satellite Workshops at the annual Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) that will take place on March 22-25, 2014, at the Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM.
The Satellite Workshops are provided on Saturday, March 22nd. There are 4 exciting workshops provided this year that are taught by experts in their respective fields. These workshops provide a unique and powerful opportunity to learn new techniques and network with others in your field.
SW1: Epigenetics 3D: Techniques and Strategies for Next Generation Sequencing
The goals of the NGS Epigenetic Workshop is to provide user educational technical information to core laboratory-based staff (both director and technicians) that may not be familiar with each sample type, handling, and possible sequencing snags. Library preparation, technical design considerations, sequencing details, reagent types and suppliers, workflow, and troubleshooting will be discussed.
SW2: Quantitative Proteomics Analysis using Skyline and R Statistical Computing Software
This workshop is designed to provide a hands-on quantitative proteomics tutorial of both Skyline and R Statistical computing software packages. In the workshop, attendees will learn how to: 1) build spectral libraries, 2) calibrate retention times, 3) integrate peaks, 4) perform initial data quality assessment, 5) export results using custom reports, and 6) upload data to Panorama repository for data dissemination.
SW3: Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Data Analysis Flip Camp
The course is to teach and enhance the understanding of fundamental NGS concepts and the practical skills to deal with frequently encountered data issues associated with DNA sequencing experiments and down-stream data analysis. The first component of the workshop is a self-paced learning period of four weeks based on the online materials selected by the instructors. The students will have support from a mailing list and will be required to take short quizzes. The second component is a one-day onsite flip camp that consists of reviews and clarification talks, discussions, exercises and group activities. During the flip camp, participants will have plenty opportunities to interact with experts who have deep technical knowledge, peers who share the same concerns, and potential collaborators who are in different scientific and technical domains.
SW4: Introduction to Image Processing and Analysis
The workshop will be combination of lectures and hands-on training. Attendees are encouraged to submit/bring their own images and processing challenges.
Topics to include:
Noise reduction/filtering- Gaussian smooth, bilateral, median, etc
Adjusting image contrast – histogram stretching, gamma equalization, etc
Enhancement of image details - local equilization, derivatives, high pass, etc
Thresholding and object detection-automatic, color, seed-fill, etc
Morphological operators-classic and conditional, watershed, skeletonization, etc
Measurements- stereological, volume, surface area, length, etc.
Data analysis-classification, correlation, statistical summary/plots, etc.
Please visit the Satellite Workshop web page (https://conf.abrf.org/workshops) for more details about these exciting workshop opportunities.
Questions? Contact Conference Management, Phone: (202) 973-8670
30 bucks and you can carry your Frank N. Foode to class and talk to it instead reading your e-mail. It will assuredly attract Anti-GMO anti-science nutters to you like bees to honey and they might even throw Flavor-Savr tomatoes at you.
You always wanted to be in a minority. Now is your chance!
- ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesPrincipal Scientist, present
- ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteDirector, Molecular Biology Core Facilities, present
- ✔ Harvard Medical SchoolPrincipal Associate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, present
- ✔ Paul T Morrison Biotechnology ConsultantsPresident, present
- ✔ Harvard UniversityDirector, Molecular Biology and Genomics Core Facility, present
- ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteAssociate Director Blais Proteomics Center, present
- •Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole, •Grain Mill of Falmouth •Cap'n Kidd of Woods Hole,•Otis Air Force Base, Falmouth, •Sheraton Hotel of Falmouth, etc.•Dishwasher •freight car unloader •cashier •gopher •lab rat •nail puller •painter (of wood) •weed puller •catheter changer •electrode maker •electron microscopist •etc, 1972 - 1980
- ✔ = denotes a current verified position
Just Google "MBCF"
450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA
- ✔ University of Massachusetts AmherstBotany, 1974 - 1978
- ✔ University of Massachusetts BostonBiology
- ✔ Massachusetts College of ArtCeramics, pottery
- ✔ Massachusetts Horticultural SocietyLichenology
- Lawrence High SchoolFalmouth, MA
I just used The ABRF MarketPlace to find a core and it was Amazeballs!
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