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Friday, November 13, 2009

News Roundup - Nov 11-13, 2009

Take two at an article Roundup. Doing this project doesn't take a lot of work, but the tools I'm using for it are somewhat inconvenient, which makes it an interesting (challenging?) project. Categorization isn't difficult, but I can see how it'll be time consuming in the end. I think the only way to really do this is to use a micro-database with a small gui to do the work and generate the HTML at the end of the day.... but hey, I'm a programmer, so you'd think I could write one if I wanted. (And yes, I could try to use Go to do it...) Unfortunately, it'll have to wait a few more days. (Yes, I have a committee meeting on tuesday, and I'm still blogging - what's wrong with this picture?)

You'll notice some overlap in the days covered, mainly because I'm posting midway through the day. I could even go a step further and automate this, but somehow, I think I should take it one step at a time.

What I really wonder is if I'm casting my net wide enough, as in "what fraction of the cool genomics/bioinformatics/personalized medicine articles am I actually reading?" At least, based on the theory that I'm subscribed to the best of the cool twitterers who do a lot of the pre-filtering for me, if you believe in community filtering, maybe this really is the best of the best. (-:

Well, without any more delay, here's the best of the past 48 hours.


  • Cheap DIY Microfluidics using Shrinking Plastic - Link
Popular Health:
  • To immunize or not immunize - Link
  • Imagining Personalized Medicine - Link
  • Larry David finds out he's not who he thinks he is - Video
Sequencing Technology:
  • Nanopores with single base resolution - Link
  • Amazon offers various forms of computing resource, enumerated here - Link
  • Opening up the courts to allow anyone to challenge a patent - Link



Anonymous Oliver Hofmann said...

Wouldn't a friendfeed post via a bookmarklet do in the meantime? Pretty sure you could easily stream in that feed in the sidebar if needed.

November 13, 2009 3:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger Anthony Fejes said...

I'm sure that there are many ways to do it - the trick is looking for a good way to manually curate the links. Ideally, I'll probably end up writing something that parses the XML of the twitter link into a database on request. Sort of a plugin for my twitter client. That would allow me to wrap the classifications around the link and pull in stuff like "who did I get the link from", etc. At the end, I can just get it to generate the simple HTML, and dump that into blogger.

November 13, 2009 3:13:00 PM PST  

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