2016 marked the completion of my Master’s through Georgia Tech’s OMSCS Program. One of the biggest reasons I chose to attend this program was that I wanted to see how well this “online education thing” could work. So with that I sent in my acceptance to GT and told Carnegie Melon I wasn’t coming. After 2 years, I had just one class remaining “Educational Technology.” In a way, this course is both the culmination and anthesis of the program.
I was lucky enough this fall to find 4 days to sneak away to blue skies and a deserted river. A few years ago, my dad and I floated a section of the Missouri known for it’s spectacular white cliffs. This year we floated the next 60 miles from Judith Landing to Jame Kipp Recreation Area. We floated the section over 4 days, averaging about 5 mph and usually paddled for around 4 hours each day.
Recently, I’ve been examining different data streaming options as part of my work for GA4GH. The mission of this group to provide a standard API for accessing genomic data. One of the challenges of bioinformatics is that it is currently file based. There are various file formats (which somewhat adhere to standard specifications) and to do any type of analysis you need compose multiple files into a useful data structure that you can analyze.
I’ve been wanting this app for years. Basically, it’s a dashboard that shows what my core portfolio should look like at any point. In the past, I’ve just used a spreadsheet that calls out to Yahoo! Finance to get quotes and compute performance. I can then construct the allocation manually. This works fine but it’s a pain in the neck each month. And in trading, these annoyances usually turn into mistakes.
This surgery had been a long time in the making. I developed a pretty good sized bone spur on my heel over the last ten years. A bone spur in this location are referred to as a Haglund’s Deformity or a “Pump bump” because they are often the result of wearing high heels. Mine, however, can be attributed to jamming my feet into climbing shoes that were too small, ski boots that didn’t quite fit, and being incessantly pounded in mountaineering boots.
This summer I took a trip that I’ve wanted to take for a while. I don’t think Lithuania is on most people’s top travel destinations, but it’s a really fascinating place to visit. I’m Lithuanian, but had never actually visited the “homeland”. So this summer my dad and I packed our bags and set out for Lietuva. We decided to bookend the trip with a few days in Stockholm and a visit to see my sister Switzerland.
Over the weekend, I put together a quick app using React.js. I’ve gotta say I was really impressed. It’s the first front-end framework I’ve used that has seemed to hit the sweet spot in terms of complexity and clarity. The app is utterly simple so I hesitate to even label this a “project”, but nonetheless it had enough complexity that it produced a couple challenges along the way. You can check it out over here.
In late 2013, Golden Helix started development on a new desktop tool called VarSeq. It aimed to solve many of the difficulties both researchers and clinicians experience when analyzing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. It is intended to be used to analyze the output of a bioinformatics pipeline and relies on VCF files as its input. I took on a broad leadership role in the project. I worked both as a Product Manager and as a Developer.
“Ugghhh. Why won’t this work,” I disgustedly say as I push myself away from may desk and walk back to my kitchen to make another cup of tea. It’s 10 pm on a Sunday night and I’m working on an assignment due in my Computer Vision class tomorrow. The plan was to have had it all wrapped up by 3 pm, but the clock swiftly rolled past that milestone as I struggled to morph one image into another.