Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

The 6th man

(Author's note: It was recommended by a loyal reader that I bring more sports into my blog. Since the name of the blog is PolITiGenomics and not AthlITigenomics, this is as close as you are going to get.) This week the NBA finals tip off. The match up is a throwback: Celtics and Lakers. The last time these two teams played each other in the finals was in the 1980's. Then all the talk was... Full Post

Campaign seeking LAMP developer

If you are a politically active free software developer, this just might be the perfect job for you: the Obama campaign is looking for an experienced LAMP developer to work on their collaborative web site, my.barackobama.com. According to the job posting, you can "Write Software, Change Washington". Sen. Obama's campaign has been cited many times for its use of the internet in organizing and fundraising. Who knows, if you do a good enough job maybe... Full Post

Short Read Archive

While at Cold Spring Harbor, I attended a presentation by Valex about their format for storing data in the NCBI Short Read Archive (SRA) (I mentioned the SRA in a previous post). Rather than storing the data in the current standard for transferring massively-parallel sequencing data, SRF, they have designed a new format that builds on their learnings from the current trace archive, but tailors it to the unprecedented amount of data associated with massively-parallel... Full Post

Clean bill of health?

Last Friday, the Friday before the the three day Memorial Day weekend, Sen. McCain made his health records for the last eight years (over 1,200 pages!) available for just three hours to journalists who were not allowed to use the internet or cell phones, make copies, or leave the room while they reviewed them. Despite finding quite a few ailments, he has been declared "fit as a fiddle" by the press. The Daily Show has... Full Post

Remove the plank in your own eye...

There was an interesting quote during the dust up around Sen. Obama's recent comments about his uncle helping to liberate the Auschwitz concentration camp (actually it was his great uncle that helped to liberate one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald). Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant said Obama's comments "raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief." This from a party who is fielding a candidate who can't... Full Post