James and the Giant Corn Genetics: Studying the Source Code of Nature

January 15, 2010

It’s Been Two Years!

Filed under: Site Business — James @ 9:44 am

…since my first entry. I wish I could call it a lengthy piece of insightful writing, but sadly, it is not.

With two years of data I can say that there’s a hint of an annual pattern to my writting with greatest number of entries being written in the final months of the calandar year and the least during the summer months. But two 1-year datasets isn’t nearly enough to prove a trend, simply suggest one.

It’s been a lot of fun to become more engaged in the online community the past couple of years,particularly the last six months or so as this site slowly transitioned from a cool new computational toy to mess around with, to a way of communicating with friends and family, to (what I now like to imagine is) a place that’s telling interesting stories about plant genetics to people, some of whom I’ve never met, who might not have come across it otherwise.

When considering what ancient quotes to dig up from the archieves for this entry, there really wasn’t much contest. From Another Day of 10,000 Interviews (talking about part of my visit to Berkeley to interview for the graduate program I later joined):

This time I have seven[interviews]. Three with faculty, and four with the labs of absent professors. And I can honestly say that I walked out of each interview very excited about the science in that lab. … the grad students here at Berkelely seem happy.

And from Wrap up in Berkeley (the same visit):

I still can’t get used to palm trees. I’ve seen them in movies, but then again, I’ve seen velociraptors in movies too, and in my mind they both have about equal business showing up in the real world where people go about their daily business.


  1. Congratulations! I know I have enjoyed it.

    Comment by Noah Fahlgren — January 15, 2010 @ 10:24 am

  2. Thank you Noah. It really has been a lot of fun so far.

    Comment by James — January 15, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  3. Happy blogiversary!

    For your celebration, may I offer a gift? I need a search box for your site. I wanted to look for an item this evening for another bloggy battle I’m having out there, but I didn’t have time to go through chronologically. I’ll pay for it 🙂

    Or do I just not see the search box….?

    Comment by Mary — January 15, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  4. Thank you Mary. What a useful idea. A couple of moments checking reveals that there by site has had a search bar widget all along, I just hadn’t set it to display anywhere, and oversight I’ve now corrected (it should show up between the “recent posts” and archives on the right hand columns.

    Comment by James — January 15, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

  5. Bingo!

    Thanks so much.

    Comment by Mary — January 16, 2010 @ 8:05 am

  6. Congrats, James! I really enjoy your posts, and I hope you continue to keep up the good work for years to come!

    Comment by Liza — January 18, 2010 @ 7:02 am

  7. Thank you Liza! I’m really enjoying following your posts as well.

    Comment by James — January 18, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

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