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This is pretty cool: the authors attempted to prove the correctness of a common sorting implementation and discovered it was in fact flawed.  Seems an input has to be rather carefully crafted to trigger a failure, though.
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Earlier this week, Kate Pierson, the big-voiced redhead best known for co-founding new wave/alternative/rock group The B-52s, released a single from her upcoming solo debut due out in February. Pierson’s song, titled “Mister Sister,” features Fred Armisen of SNL and Portlandia fame, and is
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mmmm....All the fuss:  it's a bit Oscar Wilde "There is only one thing worse than being talked about, that is not being talked about"
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Coincidence!  I could be in trouble.  It had been months since I signed up for "Bioinformatics Algorithms (Part 1)" on Coursera and hadn't heard a thing since.  I'd all but given up hope the class would ever start so recently I took "Preparation for Introductory Biology: DNA to Organisms" just for something to do.  (I passed, yeah.)  Then when I saw "Bioinformatics: Introduction and Methods" offered from Peking University, I signed up, hoping the English subtitles would be adequate.  Now today I see the original class from UC San Diego actually has a start date -- and it totally overlaps with the one from Peking U!  Oh no, can I do both?  Will the work load be too much?  Or will they complement each other?  The Peking U class already sounded like quite a bit of work.  The UCSD class is a total unknown.  (The Bio Prep class, the first one I had tried on Coursera, was pretty trivial, but it was just that, a prep class for a real class.)  Of course I worry a little that I'll even be able to figure out all the material, this not being my field.  I had fun with Rosalind problems for a while, then I started getting bogged down.  (I just looked, and aw, I'm about to get pushed out of the top 100 list.)  I'll have to revisit my code for sure.  Maybe update it, maybe solve a few new problems, maybe even publish something...
https://www.coursera.org/course/bioinformatics
https://www.coursera.org/course/pkubioinfo
http://rosalind.info/about/
Bioinformatics Algorithms (Part 1) is a free online class taught by Pavel Pevzner, Phillip E. C. Compeau and Nikolay Vyahhi of University of California, San Diego
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Hah.  A recent +1.  Update:  I didn't finish either course last year.  I had excuses, I'm sure.  I really don't remember.

But I'm retaking the UCSD course this year and currently keeping very interested in it.  I've got all the programming points for the first three chapters so far.  Fun stuff is comming up.  I've never coded Hierholzer algorithm for Eulerian cycles for example.

Oh, and I posted a few more Rosalind solutions to stay in the top 100.  I think I'm 50-something currently.
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Beautiful lines!
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This is a rant about Douglas Crockford's DEC64 since I get so butthurt by it. I also realize that he is much older, much more popular, and has a lot longer history with computing than I do. He actually remembers a lot of the things I have only read about. Still, I think there are technical and ...
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Interesting to see this on a bioinformatics site.  Wish they would have actually cited some existing bioinformatics Go code.  I know there is some out there.
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Ah the carefree nature of the milkweed seed...
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The Chairman of the privately-owned company, Guido Barilla told an Italian radio show that Barilla is a company that “likes the traditional family.”  And if gays don’t like it, “they can always go eat someone else’s pasta.”

OK, anyone that thinks LGBT folks deserve human rights will boycott your pasta too jackass!

#BoycottBarilla  
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Stuff I like to read.
Coast of Greenland could provide understanding of Arctic sea ice to aid attempts to exploit the region as the planet warms
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UW has a cool program also
NOAA is out here in Seattle
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