Things I Have Learned
- Nothing works. Ever.
- In the event that things do work, you just haven’t discovered what didn’t work yet.
- I’ll never finish everything.
- There is no consensus on anything.
- We like to pretend quality control isn’t a problem.
- Backups are hard.
- My life will forever be plagued with off by one errors arising from interfacing with different bioinformatics tools.
- People will sooner like a picture of your breakfast than an interesting picture of what you are working on.
- A PhD from Aberystwyth comes with a well honed skill in the detection and prevention of seagull based food theft.
- Conferences tend to remind me I am not a biologist, statistician or a computer scientist but a horrible chimera of the three
- You should have a healthy paranoia in an analysis being wrong, doubly so if it is yours
- Public engagement is surprisingly rewarding
- Just don’t edit the headers of a BAM file yourself, ever
- If you say something is simple, you’ve just found this week’s most difficult task
- Software is not obliged to adhere to any or all of a format specification
gzip all of your stupidly large text files
- You could always do with a bigger computer
- You will never win a drinking contest with your system administrator