Archive for 2006

The Annotator

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Fake ad for an “annotation robot” that could be used to replace human database curators. Shown at the Christmas dinner of the Swiss-Prot group.

Yahoo! Search Talk

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Here are some interesting points from a talk given by Daniel E. Rose (Yahoo!).

UniProt Logo

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

The search is on for a new UniProt logo. Here are some ideas…

Blast Google Gadget

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

The Google Gadgets API can be used to create small applications that people can add to their personalized Google home page. Here is a simple “gadget” for blasting protein sequences.

Google Life Sciences Search Engine

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Google now allows you to create custom search engines. I used this to set up a search engine that searches in well know life sciences sites.


Friday, September 1st, 2006

Got back this week from Brazil where I had spent all of August. Here are some pictures and notes from the trip.

dog – better than cat

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

How do you concatenate two huge XML files efficiently without writing any code?

Google "Subscribed Links" for Enzyme Database

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Google Subscribed Links provide a mechanism for adding information at the top of a Google search results page. I set up an example that can be used to see information from the Enzyme Nomenclature Database when searching for something like EC


Friday, April 14th, 2006

Just discovered AutoStitch. AutoStitch is an amazing piece of software that assembles a set of images into a single panorama image. This is of course not the first software of this kind. But AutoStitch may be the first that just works (no manual editing of the image overlaps is required) and produces good output even if the source images weren’t shot very carefully and differ in brightness and coloring. Perfect for lazy people like me who use a point-and-shoot camera and couldn’t be bothered to spend a lot of time patching up images.


Saturday, April 1st, 2006

We’ve been looking for a decent ontology editor for a while now. The problem is that most editors are either to technical or too cumbersome to use for entering a lot of data. But it looks like we have finally found something suitable!