Good evening, Earthlings.
My Monday started like most Mondays do in the world of marathonsam.
I have to be honest: my run this morning was the highlight of my day. I spent several hours at work today grappling with a VERY large data set, and ended up more confused at the end than I was when I started. I’ve been playing around with next-generation DNA sequencing recently, which allows you to count millions of mutations at once.
Millions of mutations sounds awesome, until you realize that you are nipple-deep in nucleotide polymorphisms and none of them make any sense. The problem with big data is that sometimes it is too big to wrap your head around. Right now I have 12,789,352 trees to look at, but I’m having trouble finding the forest. What’s a plucky PhD candidate to do?
While beer is technically carbohydrate rich, I think that I can find some more nourishing carbo-loading and life-coping skills. I think I’ll share some empowering words from inspiring individuals. I hope you all enjoy them!
First up we have some encouragement to explore our limits, courtesy of T.S. Eliot:
Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us to be true to our weird and wonderful individuality:
Harvey Milk helps us remember to HOPE:
And finally, Tom Robbins (with an assist from the noble banana slug) encourages us to use what serves us and let the rest go.
Have a wicked-good week everybody!
Do you have any favorite sayings you’d like to share?