Archive for March, 2008

OpenDMAP paper

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

For the few who might be interested: OpenDMAP: An open source, ontology-driven concept analysis engine, with applications to capturing knowledge regarding protein transport, protein interactions and cell-type-specific gene expression (PDF). OpenDMAP advances the performance standards for extracting protein-protein interaction predications from the full texts of biomedical research articles. Furthermore, this ...

And so friends …

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

So, friends, every day do something that won't compute. Love the Lord. Love the world.

expression of the day: ‘go off piste’

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

From 'In pursuit of the G-d shot': Millions of people probably get great coffee every morning with a standard home machine and ground coffee from a supermarket. I was starting to worry that, with a process that has as many variables as pulling an espresso, once you're daft enough to go ...

Cost of the Iraq War and the Economy

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

More stuff worth reading: Joseph Stiglitz's testimony before Congress on the cost of the Iraqi War (pdf): I have, so far, emphasized the direct economic costs as well as the opportunity costs—the diversion of funds that could have been used in so many other and better ways. I would be ...

Barack Obama on Race and Politics

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Obama's speech is well worth watching. For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle – as we did in the OJ trial – or in the wake of tragedy, as ...

UAVs at Wired Science

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

A nice Wired Science video on UAVs (unmanned autonomous vehicles), including some video of the UAV helicopter I worked on at NASA. I miss doing that cool stuff. Of course, I like doing the cool stuff I'm working on now. Autonomous flying search engines! Yes, that's the ticket! (via lemondor, who's ...

McCain on torture restrictions, just to be clear

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Update: Good comments by Fred Clark at slacktivist. From the New York Times: Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been an outspoken opponent of torture, often referring to his own experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In this case he supported the administration’s position, arguing as Mr. ...

Michigan’s primary

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Should Michigan redo its Democratic primary for president? I think it was shameful, scandalous and grossly stupid that our Governor Granholm, Senator Levin, and the state Democratic and Republican committees disenfranchised Michigan voters. Millions of dollars were spent holding a sham election in which the only Democratic front-runner on the ticket ...

Powerset in Ruby

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I actually needed to use a powerset function (set of all subsets of a set) today in some Ruby testing code I was writing. So I share it with you: class Array def powerset if empty? [[]] else ...