Not Very Humerus

Open-source bioinformatics blog

Not Very Humerus is a non-Loblaw blog about science, technology, school, and industry life as a millenial. It does not cover my personal life or reflect perspectives of acquaintances or organizations I have formal and informal associations with (see the Disclaimer). It is intended to be a fun (YMMV) discussion of science, technology, and millenial life.
Kmer Database Format (Part 1.)
Kmer Database Format (Part 1.)

The goal of this blog post is to introduce the concepts of k-mer subsequences and blocked GNU-zip file (.bgzf) and suggest that they be used together to form a new file specification for younger bioinformaticians. If I'm successful, the reader should have a basic understanding of common k-mer packages, my opinion on the algorithms and APIs, and the challenge of understanding advanced computer science and benchmarking concepts utilized by those packages/algorithms from the eyes of novice, beginner, and even intermediate bioinformatics students.

Views of the 'Second Shift' Phenomenon in Children - Domestic Egalitarianism
Views of the 'Second Shift' Phenomenon in Children - Domestic Egalitarianism

Review notes

These are some notes I jotted down while reading a study from Psychological Science linked by /r/science Reddit at 2.3k updoots. This article had a somewhat clearer design and premise than a more popular post (8.8k currently) this morning in the same subreddit. PDF to the former article and the Springer link to the latter. I am reviewing the article to talk with a new acquaintance on the phone about feminism and gender equality.

Magika - A Sword Art Online fanfiction
Magika - A Sword Art Online fanfiction

Officially, magic was a forbidden component of Sword Art. Magical skills, item stats, criticals, and ability leveling may have elements beyond the typical diagnostic expertise of the players. Yet, enchanted items, durability, and other components of the material realm of Sword Art have mechanics of randomness, high-level crafting, beyond the scope the typical player will invest into the game. Additionally, defensive and offensive techniques also have randomness and executional nuance beyond the scope of most players’ level of interest. The code of the game actively encourages this obfuscation to provide a simple experience for the players, and even goes so far as to encode a level of instinct that Kirito granted Cline in the West Field. The user interface and neurological link was indeed part of harnessing full potential in the battlefield, involving physical, mental, and psychological nuances. The West Field had reminded him of other MMO’s he had played online; a pointless grind for experience and loot, almost deliberately trivial in comparison to the dungeons and party mechanics. Sure the social components of the game were important, but you never know who’s going to fail to support your flank and ensure survival. Since Kirito was a solo player, it had always seemed easier to grind in the fields so he had something to bring to the table when he actually joined a party.

How to build a scientific calculator in Python - Part 1.
Top 10 - Productivity Tricks I Learned From Grad School
Top 10 - Productivity Tricks I Learned From Grad School

Things that made me faster in grad school