Monthly Archives: April 2006

Wrong manatee

Manatee is a genome annotation tool developed at TIGR. It has an ultra-low volume mailing list, from which I received about the third post ever today.

From: <deleted>
To: <manatee-users@lists.sourceforge.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:00:23 -0400
Subject: [Manatee-users] manatee questions

i am doing a school report and i need to ask some questions about manatees
please. How can we help save these wonderful mammals. how do you like manatees.
do they react good with people. how many times a day do they need to eat. 
how long can the survive above the water.

I admire the enthusiasm, but there won’t be many replies.

Spam bots

I’ve started banning IPs due to persistent spam bots. I assume the current WordPress has better anti-spam facilities than this “WP in Joomla” hack that the site uses, but no time to switch over at the moment.

Upcoming anniversary

April 26 is the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. This post at the ever-entertaining and informative BoingBoing points you to Chernobyl.info, which looks like a great resource.

I remember this very vividly, coming on the heels of the Challenger accident in January. I always thought there was a certain poignancy in that both the USA and the then-Soviet Union were united by national grief at the height of Reagan’s personal cold war idiocy.