Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

Recent posts

Our Indiana U Workshop Went Well

Our two-day bootcamp at Indiana U. on March 7 and 8 went well—while less than half of the people who registered actually showed up (more on that in a m...
March 09, 2012

I Resemble That Remark

Titus Brown's recent post "Top 12 Reasons You Know You are a Big Data Biologist" may resonate with some readers of this blog. I particularly like the idea (i...
March 07, 2012

Programs as Experimental Apparatus

Suppose you have two photographs of a patch of the night sky: and you want to know how different they are. The simplest way would be to see if any of the pi...
March 05, 2012

Help Us Write Assessment Questions

We have been asking people the questions below before the start of a bootcamp in order to get a handle on how much they already know. As part of evaluating t...
March 05, 2012

Happy People

Our workshop at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste has ended, and judging from the participants' smiles, it went well: Thanks once ...
March 05, 2012