The musings of a grad student.<br />Stranger in a strange land.

The Cloud Crier Project: Technical Notes

Introduction This posts builds onto, and complements the introduction to the Cloud Crier project. In this post, I want to discuss and document the technical details of the project. Particularly, I want to lay down the architecture of the project as well as the tools and technologies that I plan to use. Finally, I also want to list the principles that I hold dear and the ones I mean to follow as this project develops.

The Cloud Crier Project: Introduction

Introduction Today, I would like to introduce all of you to a project that I have been thinking about for a long time now 1. This project has been living rent-free in my head for more than a decade at this point and really want to get it out of my head and into being. The Background When I was a little kid, we had exactly one TV channel in our country.

Kenny Rogers and the Gambler: A Lesson in Negotiation

Article Note A few years ago, I took a class on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. The assignments for the class included writing a negotiation journal. In addition to reflection on the negotiation exercises in class, we were also asked to write two essays: One describing what we hoped to learn from the class, and one describing what we had learned. This is the second essay. Nothing has been changed apart from minor spelling corrections and the addition of a YouTube link to the song.

The Zen of Washing Dishes

Washing dishes: What is it good for? I have been sitting on this essay1 for almost a week. What I want to write about is how I have found washing dishes to be a therapeutic experience, and how much I’ve missed it. However, at face value, this idea may not make a lot of sense, so I’ll start with a bit of Background. Two (plus one) Pakistanis Fly Into Toledo I was born in Pakistan, and I was raised there.

The Galaxy Platform: Bioinformatics for the Masses

Introduction If there is one thing Bioinformatics scientists are good at, it’s tool development. Of particular note are the scientists of the Computers Science and Biostatistics persuasion. This would be a great thing, if it were not for the fact that we are notoriously militant about our work styles, tool design and language choice. On top of this, we have the issue of the already fragmented state of the language ecosystems, particularly the two most popular languages in Bioinformatics: Python and R.

The Weeping Angels

It’s no secret for the people around me that I am a big fan of the BBC show Doctor Who. How I got into it and how it slowly took over my life is something left for a different time. Today though, I want to talk about a stray thought that I had that I could only really see by drawing a contrast with a monster1 from the show. The monster in question here are the Weeping Angels.