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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cold Fusion
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Going back
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fun with Jackass
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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December (4)

The 12 days of (Lab) Christmas
Friday, December 24, 2010

I really hope there isn't a number 3
Thursday, December 9, 2010

So why don't you have more papers?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Picking a project
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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As promised: Geeka and A Cow
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Finishing something
Saturday, October 23, 2010

A cartwheeling Geeka
Monday, October 18, 2010

Some Classroom got funded, I get embarrassed.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bounty for Donor's Choose
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

If I couldn't be a scientist
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

That's not the shape of his head.
Friday, October 1, 2010
September (6)

Glutton for Punishment
Saturday, September 25, 2010

I talk to machines.
Friday, September 24, 2010

World's worst Journal Club.
Monday, September 20, 2010

The IACUC Chair
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hell, I did know then, I just didn't know it until it hit me.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stuff Geeka Likes: The Toys Edition
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
August (9)

How I ended up a scientist.
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monday morning crapped on my head.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Naming your equipment
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stuff Geeka Likes: Inaugural edition
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Silent Squee
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In which I come clean
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Having a bad day
Monday, August 9, 2010

My blogging philosophy
Friday, August 6, 2010

Balance? We don't need no stinking balance.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
July (5)
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Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.

My posts are presented as opinion and commentary and do not represent the views of LabSpaces Productions, LLC, my employer, or my educational institution.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The reason why I am starting this, is because my PI would routinely call out 'Wikipedia' in the lab and expect me to answer. I don't know if it's my mighty internet-fu, but give me 2 minutes and a broadband connection, and I can generally find it. So I thought that I would introduce you to 2 of my favorite websites today:

Flowing Data:

When I was a post-doc, I needed to find a free and easy way to make a heatmap for some data I was generating. There was no good program that I could find that would take my data and do what I wanted with it. After talking to a friend, he suggested looking into R, and I thought that might be a good idea. So, because I'm quick and dirty, I looked for a site to teach me what I needed to do right then. So through this tutorial, I was able to take my data and get it into a format that I wasn't embarrassed to show in the big lab meeting.

I subscribe to the RSS feed, and they (as long with GOOD) have some excellent infographics that are good for us Data JunkiesTM.

The second site that I love: IHOP (and so help me if I get any waffle house comments, I'm going to slap the taste out of someone's mouth)

I occasionally have to look for some human gene product (i.e. protein) that I know nothing about, but have to figure out interactions with other things. This site scours papers for keywords (i.e. your protein) and brings up the contexts. So it does the abstract skimming for you. I feel like it cut down significantly the time it took me to learn which papers I should be reading versus those that I can toss when I was looking at something new.

So if you have any suggestions about things that you would like to see covered (looking for a free flow cytometry program, something to read sequence data, a good database, etc) leave me a comment, and I'll put it out there for everyone.

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Jason Goldman
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Dude, IHOP is a house of pancakes, not waffles. Get your breakfast eats straight :-)

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Hmm.. reminds me of Maple.. What? It's math software!

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Check out GeneIndexer too. Super cool toys for searching for target genes.

You give it a gene, and it uses latent semantic indexing to search PubMed abstracts to compile a list of interactors.

Prabodh Kandala
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
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Dear Geeka,
The website that you quoted above are good.
Can you also suggest on that free flow cytometry program and sequencing stuff.

Thank you,
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