I was doing some next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis over the weekend, for the the first time. As such, I had to get some of the common software tools like PEAR and bowtie. Their official sites were hosted by SourceForge, but I didn’t want to download the binaries from SourceForge ’cause I’m paranoid about malware. So, I compiled them myself.

The process turned out to be super easy!

They all have git repos:

https://github.com/xflouris/PEAR

https://github.com/BenLangmead/bowtie

https://github.com/BenLangmead/bowtie2

For example, for bowtie, you can do:

git clone https://github.com/BenLangmead/bowtie.git
cd bowtie
make

For bowtie, you need libtbb, and for bowtie2, you need to compile with NO_TBB=1.

I’m pleasantly surprised because I remember the struggle of building open source projects when I was a young’un.

Just wanted to share!

Fire Emblem Heroes

Here’s a fanart of Anna from the new Fire Emblem iOS game.

I haven’t really drawn fanart like this since a time in my youth, when I was obsessed with Nintendo.

This doodle was inspired by a need to do something more productive/theraputic than iOS games.

Perhaps there’ll be more.

Earlier this week, I got to work a little bit in a professional kitchen.

It was so much fun!

The setting was every bit as magical as the kitchens on culinary shows.

The staff was exceptionally friendly, and welcomed me to their kitchen family.

kitchen

They taught me how to make pizza!

Even though I’d been exposed to kitchen workings through various media, I was still impressed by how hard everyone works to get everything ready and how smooth the whole operation was, from prepping to service.

I’m really glad to have gotten a glimpse of the real kitchen life.

Two days ago, Harry and I went to hang out with some local beekeepers.

We got to harvest honey off the frames!

It was super fun (and sticky)!

bees

I’d always wondered how to tell honey cells apart from the cells with bee larvae. Turns out, they’re colored super differently. The larvae cells also tended to cluster together away from the honey cells, with some empty cells in between. Neat!

I’d read Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley and was always kinda fascinated by bees in general. This was my first time up close to a hive. Unfortunately, there weren’t many actual bees around. The colonies seemed to have suffered colony collapse since their last hive check. Bummer. 😦

I learned a lot about beekeeping from this experience. The beekeepers will be getting more bees come Spring so Harry and I will get some more hands on practice.

Until next time!