Archive for June, 2011

Date: June 21st, 2011
Cate: Geekism

Top 10 most surprising domain names that actually work

I was shocked today to find out that http://ac/ actually works. I found some other working two letter domain names, here is the whole list:

http://ac/
http://ai/
http://bi/ (looks like whoever put this up is as surprised as me)
http://dk/
http://hk/
http://io/
http://tm/
http://uz/

And as if that wasn’t enough, here is the grand prize winning crazy domain name that actually works:

http://xn--o3cw4h/

Of course you can’t publish a top 9 list, nobody wants to read a top 9 list, so to make it an even ten I add this gem:

http://nyan.cat/

Date: June 10th, 2011
Cate: Geekism

Decompiling E. coli

This post by bunnie gets my vote for blog post of the year. First he shows you where to download the genetic code for the super-resitant form of E. coli found on German bean sprouts. Then he shows you where to download a database of genes known to code for drug resistance. And then:

Now that we have this list, we can answer some interesting questions, such as “How many of the known drug resistance genes are inside O141:H4?” I find it fascinating that this question is answered with a shell script:

cat uniprot_search_m9 | awk '{if ($3 > 99) { print;}}' | cut -f2 |grep -v ^# | cut -f1 -d"_" | cut -f3 -d"|" | sort | uniq | wc -l

Date: June 9th, 2011
Cate: Regular
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Hail!

Hail! by minutillo
Hail!, a photo by minutillo on Flickr.

Decent sized hail in Nate’s back yard yesterday.