15
Apr
2014

Database Frontiers

Posted by matt

They aren't really frontiers anymore, but I'm learning more about NoSQL databases and use cases--specifically, what the best way to create a better fossil specimen database is.  The use case would be a simple "what do we have and where is it" database for the University of North Dakota paleo collections.

Ideal features are

03
Apr
2014

Question: Do Charity Bicycle Rides Work?

Posted by matt

I'm not talking about mass gran fondo-style rides like MS150, but the smaller "a few of us are going to ride from X to Y and raise money along the way" type of rides.  I'm genuinely curious: do they raise money?  I can understand "awareness" as a goal (some of my friends are running across North Dakota this summer), but can riding from North Dakota to Florida really raise $500,000?

03
Apr
2014

In the Snow

Posted by matt

Life is like a field full of snow...or a campus quad.  The deeper the snow, the fewer paths there will be.  Most people are content to walk around the snow on paved paths.  Some people will follow paths trodden by others.  Only a few will create new paths across the field, either to go to new places or create quicker routes than those that have been established.  It's up to us how much snow we're willing to walk through, and who we're willing to follow.

18
Feb
2014

Site Update and Comments

Posted by matt

Quick note that I'm still in the process of re-opening comments for all previous posts.  This was turned off when I moved everything over from Blogspot.  Also, any posts labeled "Anonymous" are actually by me, and I am fixing that as well.  Editing every post takes a little bit of time, but it does give me the chance to read what I've written before and identify some themes and some areas I'd like to improve.

If you find a post that you absolutely MUST comment on immediately, please get in touch--I love comments!

This will be more gear setup than race recap, but you can't really have one without the other.  

While reading, keep in mind that the temperature was between -25F and -15F all day, and I had a tailwind from the WNW at around 10 mph.  I was generally comfortable, and went into the race with the aim of keeping my body comfortable and not losing body parts.

Total time to checkpoint 2 and my finish (including checkpoint 1) was 14:54.

03
Feb
2014

Update and Notes on Annotations

Posted by matt

The site is back up. It may or may not remain up, or it may change. Who knows?

The majority of older posts on this site were imported from my personal blog, Protichnoctem from when I was younger (college and after). I'm in the process of re-reading many of them to see if they align with my current thoughts and values, and will be annotating them as I see fit. I'll mark any annotations with [brackets and dates], but the original text will remain. Consider it an exercise in self-acceptance and growth.

29
Jul
2013

Systematics and Taxonomy Definitions

Posted by matt
Winston (1999, p. 9) describes taxonomy as a "subdivision of systematics (the study of biological diversity] consisting of [...] identication (referring a specimen to a previously classied and named group), classification (ordering organisms into groups based on perceived similarities or differences), and  nomenclature (naming groups of organisms according to rules developed for the process)."
 
Winston, J. E. (1999). Describing Species. Columbia Unversity Press.

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