FeedJournal: silly but fun

Via LifeHacker:

Web application FeedJournal turns your RSS feed(s) of choice into a newspaper-formatted PDF.

A little clunky and buggy when I tried it out, but I eventually generated this PDF from a few of my Google shared items. I’m not keen on the way articles are headed “by neilfws” – I didn’t write any of them!

What use is it? Not much – perhaps a nice way to generate a PDF for the next edition of Bio::Blogs.

Post-vacation random picks

RSS feeds are very much “here and now” sources of information, aren’t they? Monitoring them as they come in is no problem at all but if you’re away for a week or two, they lose their immediacy, leading to much “marking as read”.

Anyway – a few that caught my eye on this first day back at work:

It’s taken me a while, but I finally figured out the difference between starring (mark as important for later) and sharing (mark as important for others) in Google Reader! Both one-click operations too. I’m quite dense sometimes. Anyway, here are my shared items – also available as a right-sidebar widget at this blog.

That’s several thousand feed items and 150 emails dealt with – back to work I guess. New Zealand, by the way, is impossibly scenic, spectacular and beautiful. Do go there if you can.

But just before I go…

…I have to mention Carl Zimmer’s post on the quest to find English words in human protein sequences.

This game has been around as long as sequence databases have existed. I have a vague memory of a letter from the early 1990s (possibly in Trends in Biochemical Sciences Nature) in which the authors reported the results of comparing SwissProt with the Oxford English Dictionary. As I recall, the longest word that they found was ENSILISTS – meaning people who practice the art of making silage.

Anyway – here’s a quick and easy way to tackle the problem using EMBOSS and some Linux command line trickery.
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