Month: June 2017
The necessity of lab and research notebooks
A quote that describes basically my entire year thus far: There’s nothing quite as… disheartening? as coming across what you thought was a new approach or idea and realizing you had been there a year ago. from Keeping a lab notebook with org-mode, git, Papers, and Pandoc.
Why Synthetic Protein Research Needs More Funding
From David Baker on Nautilus: Even more remarkably, nature seems to have made use of only a tiny fraction of the potential protein structures available—and there are many. Therein lies an amazing set of opportunities to design novel proteins with unique structures: synthetic proteins that do not occur in nature, but are made from the […]
De Landa Destratified on Techgnosis. Some quotes I like: I don’t believe there is such a thing as postmodernism. It’s exhausted. We truly need a complete new thing, and [Deleuze and Guattari’s] A Thousand Plateaus is the direction. Those guys are fifty or sixty years ahead of everyone else. You read it at first and […]
How much the culture of learning has changed
The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), Bravo and the History Channel (the “History” stood for History) promised to add texture and information […]