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Setting rates

This is a post about money – specifically about how to set consulting rates. It builds on two prior posts about the legal mechanics and some business development practices of my one person consulting shop. People tend not to talk about the specifics of compensation.…

Go Around

When I was working with the NY Genome Center from late 2011 through early 2014, I took the opportunity to drop in and train at Oishi Judo Club in southern Manhattan. It’s a great school filled with strong, friendly, skilled judoka of all ages and…

Be Humble

Full disclosure, I’m really quite interested in unconscious bias, understanding the impacts of diversity, and also on being as impactful as I possibly can. I would like to be aware of the context, and to do a good job within it. I have opinions on…

Shifting genomic data to the cloud

I had the opportunity to write a white paper for Elastifile about the challenges and opportunities as we shift large quantities of genomic data from traditional on-premise NAS systems to the cloud. If that’s the sort of thing that interests you, check it out here:…

Putting data beyond ownership

Some blockchain implementations – public, non-permissioned ones in particular – have a really interesting property: Nobody owns them. As a sentence, it’s a simple statement. There is no owner. As I’ve considered it, however, this is far more subtle and powerful than merely having a…

Nobody cares about the cloud

Nobody cares about the cloud. It’s a statement that requires a bit of explanation – since “the cloud” is so ubiquitous. I see it advertised on highway billboards, in airport concourses, and everywhere in between. I believe that my current resume and LinkedIn profile may…

Bioinformatics vs Computational Biology

In the past, I used the terms “bioinformatics” and “computational biology” somewhat interchangeably. I don’t do that anymore. Bioinformatics is about reusable tools and information resources for biology. Computational Biology is about biological insight. It’s not necessarily a distinction between two different types of person.…

Less Rage

I find myself wondering, this morning, how we can begin to reduce the amount of anger in the world. The snap responses and rage seem to appear and re-escalate every attempt to defuse and begin to heal our cultural divides. And I realize as I…

Genetics, Genomics, and the GI Doctor

Genome Fanboy I’m a personalized medicine and genomics nerd and fanboy. Have been for years. Back in 2008, I did 23andme. I immediately downloaded my raw data and began to tinker (as one does). I poked and prodded at the text files they provided –…

First steps in a data strategy for science

I had the opportunity to write a guest blog post for Elastifile. It’s about the fact that a lot of the data in the life sciences is housed on big NFS fileservers. It has been challenging to shift our workflows, which rely both on the…