# 2015

Dec 19 2014 Published by under Day in the life of DrugMonkey

My plan is to stir up some trouble.

What do you have on tap for 2015?

• I-75 scientist says:

Trouble be damned. Time for a job, so my kids can stop asking if I have a real one

• odyssey says:

I plan on winning.

Or at least surviving.

• Dave says:

R01 and R03 applications.

World conquest.

If that doesn't work out, remaining funded would be nice.

• Grumble says:

I plan to drink more beer.

• Zen Faulkes says:

On tap?

I got a book with my name on the cover.

NewKawai T, Faulkes Z, Scholz G (eds.). Freshwater Crayfish: A Global Overview. CRC Press: Boca Raton.

I got me a book chapter.

Faulkes Z. The deal with blog networks: ronin blogging. In: Wilcox C, Brookshire B, Goldman J (eds.), The Complete Guide to Science Blogging. Yale University Press.

And I got a paper lined up ready to go.

Faulkes Z. A bomb set to drop: parthenogenetic Marmorkrebs for sale in Ireland, a European location without non-indigenous crayfish. Management of Biological Invasions 6(1): in press.

So that's a start.

• jmcin9 says:

Nothing to big. Just, as my kids call it, finally getting a "real" job.

• The Other Dave says:

Those are a lot of colons, Zen!

• Gideon says:

Wrap shit up.

• WH says:

Looking for a postdoc. Time to put to use all the advice I've read about here from DM and commenters (and others).

• Alex says:

Crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and hear the lamentations of their lovers.

And publish. More.

• dsks says:

I'm putting a barb in the a$$of this White Whale I've been chasing for the last 18 mo and reeling him in, that's what. Aye, his tasking and heaping days are done, I tell ye. • bacillus says: Looking at my retirement portfolio and hanging up the 5 year countdown clock. • Kevin. says: Steve Martin's Holiday Wish(es): • E rook says: Updating my 5 year plan. • toto says: Odyssey: given the current context, not sure there's much of a difference between the two. I plan on finally publishing again! • attheslac says: 1) R15 app 2) begin helping clean up Greek life at SLAC 3) write a 5-year plan • Philapodia says: Perform some vertically ascending science. • qaz says: Commenting on DrugMonkey's blog. Wait, was there something else I was supposed to be doing? • Susan says: Plotting and executing evil. And then trying to publish it, of course! • mytchondria says: Grants and stay out of prison. Although I would be acquitted because seriously, if you only knew..... • jmz4 says: Showing them. Finally showing them all. • drugmonkey says: Bwaahaaaa...... ha? • DJMH says: 1. Beating out qaz as top commenter, based on the DM Index. 2. Developing the DM Index. • imager says: Get an upgrade on my position someway or the other. Otherwise I am with jmz4! Finally.... • Ola says: Four (maybe 5) manuscripts on the boiler that were supposed to be out the door by year's end, I suppose now they'll be sent out in Jan, reviewed in March, revised or submitted elsewhere over the summer, and eventually in press about this time next year. So long as things are deep in the pipe come progress report time in July, all will be right with the world. Oh, and I guess I should learn to code, since I've been thinking about it for years. I knew some Unix scripting and rudimentary Perl about 2 decades ago but have forgotten it all since. Mostly I need this for handling the 'omics data we're now swimming in. For the coders out there - would "be proficient in R or Python (or both) by Dec' 2015" be a reasonable goal? • AcademicLurker says: @Ola: Python is eminently learnable and super useful (I recommend Zed Shaw's book if you're a beginner). R is ugly, imo, but has so many useful pre-written packages that it's kind of hard to avoid. Learning just enough to use the packages isn't too hard. • Comradde PhysioProffe says: Perl is much better than Python for bioinformatics, and easier to learn. • neuromusic says: defend • rxnm says: Not sure yet. I vanquished all enemies in 2014. So.... find some new enemies? • Dr Becca says:$$\$

That is all.

@PhysioProffe: I'm in the structural biology/biophysics end of things, and here python is definitely the big kid on the block (of scripting languages, that is). Perl does seem to be more popular among the sequence jockeys.

Easier to learn???

• jmz4 says:

Perl supposedly handles vector objects (like sequence reads) more efficiently and so is more efficient for most omics projects. I know plenty of omics people that use both, but prefer Python for its simplicity. If you don't need to do anything too computationally intensive, its not going to make much difference. If you do need to do something computationally, intensive, you're probably better off getting a pro to design the program for you.
I've been learning off an on for a year now and its amazing how many eminently practical skills can be learned in a couple afternoons.

@Ola, Code Academy is a nice way to brush up on the basics and familiarize yourself with Python.

Yes, Perl is much better for high-throughput sequence analysis.

• drugmonkey says:

Dude stop trying to troll up some fucking script geek fight. It's the Holidays ffs!

Mind your own fucken business, fuckebagge. If we want to discuss the pluses and minuses of different scripting platforms, what's it to you, anyway?

• drugmonkey says:

Script geekery is even lower than font nerdery

• In 2015, I will be doing all of the science. No problem, right?

• Davis Sharp says:

So Basic is out then? Maybe I can re-gift this TRS-80

• Kate says:

2 more 1st-author manuscripts and a second baby

• imager says:

Kate is the clear winner.

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