My 100th post!

Just over two years ago I started this blog and now I'm up to my 100th post! I didn't have any particular aims or goals, I just wanted to document and share some of the things I was learning during my PhD and this still holds. Thanks to a flawed Google PageRank algorithm, my blog (and wiki site) receives several thousands of unique visitors each month. I don't monitor the traffic for monetary gain or have any plans to (what a feeble idea anyway), but just purely out of interest. Several colleagues (past and present) have told me that they have independently discovered my site and have found it useful, which helps justify the (limited) time I spend writing things up. I do receive emails, from time to time, from other researchers asking for advice but I usually reply that I'm not an authority in this area and suggest that they either email the Bioconductor mailing list or the appropriate authority. Some of the nicer stories is that I still remember a nice email I got from a reader who just emailed me to say hello and gave me a nice pat on the back 🙂 And I found out that I have at least one fan of my blog 🙂 They made me smile (hence the appropriate use of the emoticons).

I enjoy learning and sharing what I learn. I think it's quite obvious that in the years to come there will be an even greater demand for bioinformaticians and statisticans. So if you come from a biological background (like me), keep learning! I think the most important quality towards learning is patience, so keep at it!

To end I'd like to share something fun (your opinion of fun may differ from mine); it's a brainteaser I found last week. I don't need to post the answer because you'll know the correct answer once you work it out. Enjoy:

There are 5 houses of 5 different colours. Each house is occupied by a man of different nationality. The 5 owners each drink a different type of beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar, and keep a different pet. The question is “who owns the fish?”.

The clues are as follows:

  1. The Brit lives in the red house.
  2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
  3. The Dane drinks tea.
  4. The green house is on the left of the white house.
  5. The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
  6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
  7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
  8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
  9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
  11. The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
  12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
  13. The German smokes Prince.
  14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

Warning spoilers in the comments.

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