As promised, a big ole info-dump. I actually had more, but it’s bookmarked on one of those online bookmarked services, which appears to be having problems at the moment. Tomorrow, I guess.

<META> As I touched on yesterday, I recently volunteered to do some web monkey type work at www.xemacs.org. I use XEmacs, I dig XEmacs, and hopefully my small contribution will free up some developer time to do Real Work. However, the time to work on that site has to come from somewhere, and it’s probably going to come from ‘GeneHack time’ at least for the moment (until the lottery winnings come in…) I’m going to try to maintain a ‘business day’ update schedule, like in the past, but it might slip to a three day/week. We’ll see. Comments on the www.xemacs.org design or pleas to publish more frequently can both go to jacobs@azstarnet.com.

<META#2> One of the things on the Giant List of Things to Do That Never Gets Shorter is a re-working of the Daily Dose. Still in the planning stages; I need to steal some bits from Jorn, and integrate a bunch of stuff I’ve got bookmarked here and there. I’m going to add Book and CD shopping lists, a ‘Books in my Reading Queue’, and the ‘Things to Read In My Spare Time’ will get a section. So, if anybody other than me actually uses that page, and you’re concerned about some things going away (and some things are going away) : mail me soon.

Now, those links I keep talking about:

The latest issue of Ed’s Vacuum mailing list contains some advice I should probably take to heart:

Reality: Accepting that I can't do all the things I want allows me to not keep adding to my list and then feeling bad when I don't get something done.
Couple of other things in there hit a bit close to home, too. Worth reading if you're suffering from the 'Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time' syndrome.

I’m seriously behind the media buzz over this one, but the <TITLE> of this page cracks me up.

A plan to put all information on the web.

``Imagine what would happen if all the things that people know were recorded online and indexed for easy retrieval. Any question, any curiosity, any interest could be quickly and efficiently satisfied,'' Marsh, a library scientist, mused to The Dallas Morning News.
Key words: easy retrieval...

In related news, the fight over making bio-science publications publicly available on the Web rages on on Usenet. For those of you who didn’t know there was a fight, see this archived Slashdot item (large page).

All you kids heading back to school and hanging your boxen off that dorm Ethernet should give some thought to securing them. securityfocus might be a good place to start.

Another somewhat interesting ‘school is starting again’ link for a slightly different target audience: Who needs these headaches? Reflections on teaching first-year engineering students. Quote:

Principle 1: Entering first-semester college students were high school students three months earlier.

Computer algoritms based on biological models. Interesting, and likely to be more and more common: A decently-well characterized behavioral pattern is modeled with a neural net, and turns out to be (surprise!) pretty well optimized for what it does. Evolution has been working on this stuff for a bit, don’tcha know.

Somewhat tangentially related to the previous item, Salon had a introductory-level article on genetic programming recently. Basically involves the counter-intuitive practice of randomly shuffing bits and selecting for the combinations most able to do what you want (with lots of repeated cycles). Despite the ‘million monkeys on a million typewriters’ air to it, it works much better than expected.

<META type=“snide”> Are ‘Salon’ and ‘introductory level’ redundant?

<META type=“snide#2”> Anybody else dislike the new themes.org design?

GeneHack linking tip #269: If it’s about naked mole rats, it must be good!

I’ve linked to them before, but I recently read about Who Runs Molbio.Org? and found out that it’s apparently my Evil Twin.

The Information Society looks like an interesting place to add to your list of Stuff To Read Later (it’s on mine). The latest issue concerns ‘Anonymous Communication on the Internet’, which given the recent noise coming out of Washington, you really should be concerned with, if you’re not already.

3-D GUIs. What’s the attraction here? From the screen shots, I don’t see the value added by the third dimension…

I was recently toying with the idea of whacking together a small database to store information about the collection of papers that I’ve amassed (inevitably) in my academic career. I even went so far as to start reading about SQL, and installed (partially) an SQL database server on my home box, just to play around with. When, wham up pops not one, but two SQL-based publication database systems on freshmeat. Now there are only two remaining questions: (1) Which one to pick and (2) where to get the time to set it up and enter all the data? Seriously, anyone with info on either OBAS or pybliographer, please drop me a line.

Just for the Record: Changed the date on yesterday’s entry to the 23rd, which is when the entry was posted. A bit of clarification; I generally (read: >99%) only do one update a day, usually at night. However, the update gets sent to the web quite late (e.g., 11 PM MST), so it’s generally dated the following day, because that’s when most of you see it. Today’s entry, while dated the 24th, is actually being written late in the evening of the 23rd.