Archive for the 'Humor' Category

API Prayer

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your OAuth tokens.
Your data come,
your quota will be increased,
in the sandbox, as well as in production.
Give us this day out daily stats,
and forgive us our outdated docs,
as we have also forgiven those whose timestamps lack time zone offsets.
And lead us not into premature standardization,
but deliver us from expired SSL certificates.

Amos Bairoch Action Figure

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

While looking for a birthday and farewell (I was just leaving the Swiss-Prot group) present for Amos Bairoch, I came across a company that creates custom action figures. Here’s the result!


Friday, September 7th, 2007

It’s not uncommon for organizations to have strict policies regarding the use of GPLed code, due to the somewhat viral nature of this license.

New UniProt Theme

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Here’s the new “Powerpuff Girls”–inspired theme for the new UniProt website.

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.

UniProt Logo

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

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


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!


Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

It looks like our initiative to port all of our code to a more compact and efficient language didn’t get very far. So what next?

Predictions 2006

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Here’s a short movie with some predictions about what I think is going to happen at Swiss-Prot next year. Shown at our Christmas dinner. Warning: May contain insider jokes…


Sunday, June 19th, 2005

For years people have been misspelling Swiss-Prot