May 15

CompTIA Network+ Passed!

I got out of bed at 12:30 AM to study because I knew I wasn’t prepared. I studied from that point in the morning until I absolutely had to leave for my 8:30 AM exam. The proctor at the testing center could not connect with the Pearson VUE system. It took 30-45 minutes for them to get me ready. While taking the test I did not feel confident about my performance. I was certain I had failed my first exam. But I didn’t! Those early morning hours of cramming definitely made the difference between passing and failing. I have no doubt about it. I need to learn to stop procrastinating.

Bonus Achievement – UNLOCKED!

I never understood what Stackable Certifications from CompTIA or other vendors were. It surprised me to see that, after completing both A+ and Network+, I am now granted one – the status of CompTIA IT Operations Specialist. I don’t know what to think about that except that it probably can’t hurt on the résumé. Behold:

Sep 13

My Genographic 2.0 vs. 23andMe DNA Reports

I notice that my two reports from competing DNA reports, Genographic 2.0 and 23andMe seemed to disagree with one another. Genographic 2.0 indicates 17% Southwest Asian, but 23andMe makes no mention whatsoever of any Asian. I assumed this confusion was due to a lack of understanding on my part, so I tweeted to the head of both projects to see if they could help clarify the results for me.

Luckily, Spencer Wells at (formerly at?) Genographic 2.0 replied almost immediately, referring me to a colleague of his, Razib Khan, who replied over three tweets.

using different methods and reference populations to make the judgment. way 2 think about is algorithm is asked question and returns result algorithms are being asked diff questions. basically depending on how you configure it northern europeans can have affinities with w asians or they do not. the underlying genetic patterns are the same, but the way u collapse variation for human presentation differs

It’s probably frustrating to understand a complex topic so thoroughly and not have a super simple way of conveying an idea to a layperson!

Genographic 2.0