Surely, anyone who is not deeply disturbed by the reports of mass deaths of Palestinian civilians, particularly children, lacks a moral conscience. As someone who supports Israel’s basic existential right to defend itself, I struggle to reason through all the reports of civilian bloodshed. I am speaking specifically about Palestinian civilians. Regardless of how many […]
This process of Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism. — Joseph Schumpeter Yesterday, Julia, my 18-month-old, was playing with Megablocks®. She just reached a phase where she builds — as opposed to destroying — simple structures with her toys. I wanted to play with her, giving her minimal guidance and help so she […]
After 12 years, today is my last day as a professional bioinformatician1. I’m not leaving because I’m fed up. I’ve just been lured away by an amazing new engineering opportunity in the financial sector. Over my bioinformatics career, I’ve been involved in various large-scale projects, small studies, and everything in between. I’ve taken on more […]
(Older version of this post on CarboLog) For the last five months I’ve been experimenting with variations of slow-carb dieting, having read several books on the subject. But if coffee were restricted from such a diet, I would not could not do it. One of the key principles of the Slow Carb Diet is no […]
On my return this morning from a nice weekend autumn ride, I had a strange incident. Less than 3 miles from my home, riding north on Broadway, I caught up to a cyclist. Without sprinting, I passed by him. After about 10 seconds he zoomed right past me and yelled something.
Sunday morning a male stranger came up to me and gave me a butt pat. My natural reaction might have been to punch him in the face. But instead, I, an unambiguously heterosexual male, accepted it. No, I appreciated it.
I came up with a new title for my rarely-updated blog. I decided to rename it for two reasons. The first is that the previous title, Gingi, Interrupted, inspired by the memoir, Girl, Interrupted, was misleading. Unlike some of the characters in the story, I am not suicidal and I don’t have borderline personality disorder […]
I’ve already had two hard disk failures on my work Mac. The first time was on a PowerBook, but my home directory was recovered after about 2 weeks. The second time was on a new MacBook Pro that replaced the PowerBook as a result of the first failure. It contained much of the data from […]
The Cross-Bronx never looked this AJAXy. I’ve been waiting for this a long time. Now I’ll be able to tell what a nightmare I’m about to drive into.
Headline from the NYTimes: “Tuesday’s Wall St. Slide Adds to Concerns About Economies.” Shouldn’t a headline read, “Concerns About Economies Add to Wall St. Slide?” Ah, the psychology of crowds. Geoff Gannon, as always, has an insightful comment on yesterday’s tumble.