Sunday 10 October 2010

Why do I have a blog?

Is it because I'm putting off more important things; is it because everyone else has one now; is it because Samuel Brown has one and I copy everything he does; or is it because it's a handy record of stuff I would otherwise forget? Well, all of the above really, but mostly because they're a jolly helpful resource for other people. I'm always googling various questions, and it's so useful when people have taken the time to post up their solutions. Imagine I spend a day investigating a problem, it's nonsensical that others should waste their time repeating the same process when the answer should be just a couple of clicks away.
And the name? Well, I had really wanted "The Blogfish" in reference to my mascot the charismatic blobfish, but predictably that domain had been snapped up ages ago. Instead, I plumped for possibly the most amusingly named of all fishes, Boops boops. Unfortunately it's a relatively unremarkable looking sparid, but I like the name nonetheless.
Boops boops [image:]
What'll be on this blog? I dunno, mostly boring science stuff. Sorry. If you are still reading, however, what better place to start than with a relatively simple method of dealing with negative branch lengths in neighbour-joining analyses. Enjoy ...


  1. I thought it was me that inspired this!

  2. Digging that Samuel Brown blog; bug botherer that I be (bee?).
    Nice blog, badger. Check mine:
    it's almost as geeky as yours :)

  3. There is a question to be asked here Pert as to whether knowledge is retained as thoroughly if it is unearthed with a single click rather than a systematic process of research and learning, although I admit not a very interesting one.

    You used "solution" in your introduction.

  4. I am less concerned with individuals retaining knowledge, and more interested in society as a whole retaining that knowledge.

    Web publishing solutions as part of globalised information technology paradigm are an appropriate vehicle for this skill-base knowledge transfer in the digital age, I believe.