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2020-01-30 10:30 #

To learn a new language or system you must choose a suitable problem and use the environment to implement, test, and debug the problem. — The Joy of Coding: Observable

On average, with a standard deck of cards, how many cards do we have to draw to get four of a kind? I believe this is basically the pigeonhole principle, right?

2020-01-28 10:15 #
2020-01-28 10:08 #

Org-mode features you may not know, by Bastien himself. #emacs

2020-01-28 10:05 #

A great (re)read: A CEO’s Guide to Emacs.

For those who haven’t used Emacs, it’s something you’ll likely hate, but may love. It’s sort of a Rube Goldberg machine the size of a house that, at first glance, performs all the functions of a toaster. That hardly sounds like an endorsement, but the key phrase is “at first glance.” Once you grok Emacs, you realize that it’s a thermonuclear toaster that can also serve as the engine for… well, just about anything you want to do with text. When you think about how much your computing life revolves around text, this is a rather bold statement. Bold, but true.

2020-01-28 09:57 #

When you think power-law, think skew: the vast majority of customers contribute negligible revenue, a small proportion of customers contribute almost all the revenue. — Beware the mean

2020-01-28 09:51 #

If you are in a nostalgic mood, go read Installing NextStep OS (OpenStep) in VirtualBox, at least to enjoy the screenshots.

2020-01-27 10:41 #

Although I’m quite happy with Biopython for processing (D|R)NA files, I’m interested to see if there’s something really interesting in the Julia ecosystem, e.g. BioSequences.jl.

2020-01-27 10:35 #

TIL there’s something like a plain text database called GNU Recutils.