random thoughts on science and tech... yeah, it used to be about electronic lab notebooks but that was a decade ago

Qualification Round Google Code Jam 2015 – Cartesian Panca...

Qualification Round Google Code Jam 2015 – Cartesian Pancakes

I managed to find time to qualify again this year, even with taking the kids to a Lowe’s Build & Grow and later to the Fiske planetarium. They always get me wasting my time by placing one of the harder questions second. I finished the first ‘Standing Ovation’ problem both the small and large sets […]

Another Peer Review R...

Another Peer Review Rant

This is why the better science today is actually being done in industry, rather than Academia. This is my reaction to a recent review of a paper that I saw – my tangential rant was at the end, but I’ll put it first here… Tangential rant: ‘Peer review’ is so broken and silly. Interestingly I’m […]

Project Euler Soluti...

Project Euler Solutions

For some reason, after finishing all the Project Euler problems (projecteuler.net) – my account was locked. When I asked about why, the admin who locked the account said I answered too many questions in too short of time. I would get the questions and do them offline, and then I would input multiple solutions at […]

Perfect Project Euler Ag...

Perfect Project Euler Again

Thanks to the summer hiatus on Project Euler problem creation, I was able to catch back up! Still lacking a ‘Gold medal’, but I’ve never even started a problem before at least one person had already solved it. Maybe I will try to be ready right when a problem is posted some time.   I […]

Our (short sale) Home Buying Timel...

Our (short sale) Home Buying Timeline

Just thought I’d post this up, since I was always wondering/searching the internet for timelines and things that were/weren’t normal. Who knows if our experiences were actually normal, but here is what it was: OUR FIRST HOME ~10/19/2012 – Decided to start actually going to look at houses, so that we could get a feel […]

gpodder Error Fix/Workaround: Runtime error R6034 when launch...

gpodder Error Fix/Workaround: Runtime error R6034 when launching

This error has vexed me for awhile now.   Bug 1489 on their site. https://bugs.gpodder.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1489  One fix I was using for awhile was to reboot in safe mode and run gpodder to update my podcasts Luckily someone came up with a way to get gpodder to run from the command line after resetting the PATH. I’m lazy, […]

Google Code Jam 2012 Round 1A – Password probl...

Google Code Jam 2012 Round 1A – Password problems

Have you ever been part way through typing your password and thought that maybe you messed up? Is it better to delete and start over or just finish out and hope you didn’t mess up? Are you pretty sure, if you did mess up, it was in the last letter you typed – so maybe […]

Google code jam 2...

Google code jam 2012

Well, now that I am a ‘real’ programmer, I thought this would be easy. The qualifying rounds usually are anyway. Unfortunately I just moved and started a new job and have three little boys keeping me busy. Well I only had a little bit of time to put in and I had very little sleep, […]

Annals of Neurology Cov...

Annals of Neurology Cover!

Yeah, we got the cover! Granted this particular journal doesn’t have very large images on the cover and they only have a very miniature version of the cover online (so I had to scan it and and put it on my blog for anyone to see it). BUT still, my pretty pictures made the cover […]

My #WPAppItUp Prototype – ST...

My #WPAppItUp Prototype – STuMP

Here’s my sketchflow quick mock up for a windows phone app (game).  Click here. The idea being direct competition between people for these brain teaser type games and quizzes. Fun and good brain exercise. I’ll develop it if I win a developer phone http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/07/29/mango-device-love-for-wpappitup-prototypes.aspx