Category Archives: Computing

Python Magic

Have I mentioned that I’m teaching myself Python? These are my two favorite Python comics, from Abstruse Goose and xkcd.  

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The Weasel Program

Iddo Friedberg at Byte Size Biology observed Shakespeare’s birthday a few days ago by writing a Python version of the Weasel program. The Weasel program is a simplified computer simulation of random variation and natural selection invented by Richard Dawkins in his … Continue reading

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Can You Read Your Own Perl?

John Siracusa sets Dan Benjamin straight in Hypercritical #14, during a discussion about the evolution of programming languages (32:42): John: Lots of people now are working in dynamic languages—Ruby, JavaScript, Python, stuff like that. Dan: What do you work in, … Continue reading

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Retina Displays in Additional Apple Devices?

I have commented in this space that I am waiting for an iPad with a higher resolution display. What is the chance that this will happen at any time soon? Via John Gruber’s Daring Fireball, I learned that Tim Ricchuiti at the … Continue reading

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NetNewsWire

Today on carpeaqua, Justin Williams waxes nostalgic about NetNewsWire, the RSS and Atom reader for the Macintosh computer and iOS devices. Brent Simmons, the author of NetNewsWire, has responded on his own blog, inessential.com. I use NetNewsWire (paid user, only … Continue reading

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Information Is Beautiful

I love it when I stumble across a fascinating website that I haven’t seen before. Yesterday’s discovery was David McCandless’s Information Is Beautiful site. There is plenty to explore here. I especially like “Books Everyone Should Read: A Consensus Cloud,” created … Continue reading

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Visualizing Biological Data

On March 16–19, 2011, the Workshop on Visualizing Biological Data was held at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, less than a mile from where I work. I am deeply interested in this topic, and I would have loved to … Continue reading

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