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Old 04-11-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Greetings from Worcester Mass

So, just thought I'd add a quick intro here. As mentioned, I'm in Worcester Mass. Currently I am a grad student in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at WPI. I also work as a Bioinformaticist/Research Assistant on a large exome sequencing project at UMass Med School. While I'm not involved in the experimental aspects of sequencing, I know that we use the Illumina platform. Personally I work with BWA, SamTools, Picard, VCFTools, FastQC, and GATK. That list will likely expand rather significantly as time goes on.

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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Anyone else a little wary about greetings coming from someone named SkinFlayer? Is it just me?
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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Anyone else a little wary about greetings coming from someone named SkinFlayer? Is it just me?
Okay, now I realize that this is not a forum for sociological issues or experiments, but this just bugs the crap out of me. To be honest, when I was creating my account I contemplated not using my usual screen name, this being a reasonably professional community. But then I figured, hey, these people are all reasonable scientists, and besides, what difference does a display name make anyway? Apparently I was mistaken in that assumption, and some people are simply unable to look beyond such trivialities as the name I use in forums or the fact that I have long hair, earrings, tattoos, or that I dress in all black. To the best of my knowledge, the actual content of my greeting contained nothing outlandish.

And again, while I had hoped that such things would not be an issue in a forum of this nature, there is a degree of method to my madness. It serves as something of a filter for me, because frankly, I have no interest in interacting with anyone unable to look beyond all of the superficial facets of my existence to the actual content underneath. Regardless of context; whether personally or professionally. My work speaks for itself, and that's always been enough for anyone.

Anywho, I apologize for the ridiculous tangent.

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Old 04-12-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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Not that bad of a tangent, just wondering what's the weather like in Worcester?
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:09 AM   #5
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Okay, now I realize that this is not a forum for sociological issues or experiments, but this just bugs the crap out of me. To be honest, when I was creating my account I contemplated not using my usual screen name, this being a reasonably professional community. But then I figured, hey, these people are all reasonable scientists, and besides, what difference does a display name make anyway? Apparently I was mistaken in that assumption, and some people are simply unable to look beyond such trivialities as the name I use in forums or the fact that I have long hair, earrings, tattoos, or that I dress in all black. To the best of my knowledge, the actual content of my greeting contained nothing outlandish.

And again, while I had hoped that such things would not be an issue in a forum of this nature, there is a degree of method to my madness. It serves as something of a filter for me, because frankly, I have no interest in interacting with anyone unable to look beyond all of the superficial facets of my existence to the actual content underneath. Regardless of context; whether personally or professionally. My work speaks for itself, and that's always been enough for anyone.

Anywho, I apologize for the ridiculous tangent.

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Apparently I touched a nerve, and I apologize.
I honestly do not care what you call yourself and I drew no conclusions about you from your name. Do you think I'm a cloning plasmid?
I don't care if you listen to Cannibal Corpse or Justin Bieber. I don't care if you have a tiny butterfly tattoo on your ankle or a full sleeve of demons. I don't care if you read Twilight or the Necronomicon.
I was just making a joke contrasting the joviality of your post and your screen name.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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Apparently I touched a nerve, and I apologize.
I honestly do not care what you call yourself and I drew no conclusions about you from your name. Do you think I'm a cloning plasmid?
I don't care if you listen to Cannibal Corpse or Justin Bieber. I don't care if you have a tiny butterfly tattoo on your ankle or a full sleeve of demons. I don't care if you read Twilight or the Necronomicon.
I was just making a joke contrasting the joviality of your post and your screen name.
Yeah, sorry about that. I definitely overreacted a bit there. One of those instances of a crappy day in the real world (the city of Worcester apparently decided to raise some money by scheduling street sweeping during classes and ticketing every car parked within about a 3 block radius of WPI) bleeding over into my internet presence.

After I wrote that I figured there was also a good chance that what you originally posted was meant sarcastically/tongue in cheekishly.

Anyway, sorry for the confusion

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:13 AM   #7
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Not that bad of a tangent, just wondering what's the weather like in Worcester?
It was kinda gray and rainy here yesterday, but it appears to be a beautiful day here today. Not that I ever get to experience the nice weather as I'm in a lab 45 hours a week now

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:26 AM   #8
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Yeah, sorry about that. I definitely overreacted a bit there. One of those instances of a crappy day in the real world (the city of Worcester apparently decided to raise some money by scheduling street sweeping during classes and ticketing every car parked within about a 3 block radius of WPI) bleeding over into my internet presence.

After I wrote that I figured there was also a good chance that what you originally posted was meant sarcastically/tongue in cheekishly.

Anyway, sorry for the confusion

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No problem. So... how about that sequencing? Crazy stuff huh...
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:46 AM   #9
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No problem. So... how about that sequencing? Crazy stuff huh...
It sure is. I can't think of a more incredible interplay between Biology/Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science than that which is involved in going from blood sample all the way through a fully aligned and annotated exome (or genome). Though I have to say that there's a ridiculous amount of information to absorb in order to fully understand the process from beginning to end. It's seriously overwhelming at times...

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Old 04-13-2012, 12:06 PM   #10
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It sure is. I can't think of a more incredible interplay between Biology/Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science than that which is involved in going from blood sample all the way through a fully aligned and annotated exome (or genome). Though I have to say that there's a ridiculous amount of information to absorb in order to fully understand the process from beginning to end. It's seriously overwhelming at times...

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It is. I've been working at it for a year and a half and I still learn things almost daily.
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