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Choanoflagellate Illustrations

October 7th, 2010

Here are some 3D illustrations of choanoflagellates I made to show the lifecycle of the choanoflagellate I’m studying. My goal was to show the shapes of the cells in cartoon-like form for clarity, but with enough detail to show all the important bits, and also convey the 3D relation of the cells in colonies. I […]

Quicktime Movie thumbnailer for Mediawiki

September 27th, 2010

Here’s a basic mediawiki extension to render thumbnails for quicktime (.mov) files. Mediawiki (the engine that powers Wikipedia) doesn’t understand Quicktime files by default, so doesn’t produce thumbnails for them.  I hacked together this extension to create thumbnails for the movies so you can browse through snapshots of the movies in the search results, media […]

A side view of cells with Galena

September 22nd, 2009

Putting small, cubic, crystals of galena on the surface of a culture dish provides flat surfaces that are ideal for good side-views of attached cells for light microscopy.

Valap brush

September 21st, 2009

I made a valap brush—essentially a modified soldering iron, with a metal brush at the end. It heats up just enough to melt the valap—so you dip it into solid valap, which it melts, then you paint the liquid valap on at leisure.

Comet tutorials

September 7th, 2009

In my first attempt at making screencasts, I’ve posted two tutorials on how to get the comet program working on OS X.

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Installing VTK on Mac OS X

September 6th, 2009

Download Universal Binaries of the VTK libraries for OS X here (also how to build them yourself). The comet program uses VTK for all its 3D rendering—if you want to compile comet with 3D output, you’ll need to link against the VTK libraries.

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Comet paper accepted

September 6th, 2009

The comet paper (or ‘In silico reconstitution of actin based symmetry-breaking and motility’) has been accepted to PLoS biology!

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