Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Catalog that Backup of my MP3 Library:MediaLibrary


I've got quite a few CDs I've made to backup my MP3 collection over time, but I don't know specifically what's on any CD unless it's written on the label. I know if I want to go back and restore only a portion of my collection I'll have quite a task.

If I was able to organize a catalog of where the song are and what each disc is labelled I think I'd be a lot better off. Looks like there is an open source project designed to approach that: MediaLibrary.

Anyway, I'm probably going to give it a try, see what I think.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Cannabinoids and Osteoporosis \

Entrez PubMed

Anyone with concerned about osteoporesis may have some interesting drugs coming down the pipe. The link goes to a paper on the value of cannabinoid antagonists in increasing bone mass in mice. What's interesting to me is there is a cannabinoid antagoinst coming to market soon that is a weight loss aid (rimonabant). It should be interesting to see if the clinical populations that took rimonabant had any difference in bone mass compared with placebo.

Out With the Old Phone, in With the Cash - New York Times

Out With the Old Phone, in With the Cash - New York Times

I've got two old cellular phones sitting in a drawer that I wanted to send to a recycling center. Now it seems I might be able to get some cash for them if I send them in. Sounds like a win-win situation for me. I'll have to dig a bit deeper...

Back in Town

It seems like the last week or so has been pretty fast. For the extended July 4th holiday our little family drove up to Evart to stay with Ellie's parents and hang out around the lake. It was really nice up there, did some golfing, swimming, reading, and generally ate very well.

I returned home Monday evening, but Ellie and Simone stayed up north. When I got back the next Friday it like my baby had grown noticeably, her teeth poked through a little more, and she was nearly crawling! Then over the weekend she used her first sign! We've been trying to teach her a few signs, like "more", "milk", and "eat." Apparently children and learn sign language and use it before developing verbal communication skills. I'd never known that, but Ellie introduced the idea and I thought it was worth a try.

Sunday morning Ellie's Mom was holding the baby and I was sitting on the couch talking with them, when Simone reached out her little hand and signed "milk", then signed "eat." I was about to cry I was so proud of here. She's not even 6 months old yet! We woke up Ellie to try to reinforce the sign.

Now it seems a new wrinkle has been added though. Now that Simone can communicate she wants milk, there are times when we have to tell her no. Perhaps it's only been an hour since her last feeding, or she is trying to get the lady at the deli counter of Meijer to give her milk, but sometimes we have to sign to her "no." I don't think she understands that one though.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Statistics of Sequence Similarity Scores

The Statistics of Sequence Similarity Scores

An online course for the use of BLAST for comparison of nucleotide and protein sequences.