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John Wayne's Holster: January 2005
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Just Published

Finally got some of my research published!

I submitted the manuscript over a year ago. The paper was published just before Christmas in Plant Cell Reports. The goal of our research here is to find out how cocoa trees respond to and defend themselves against pathogenic diseases. The work described in the paper uses cutting-edge technology to discover genes that are expressed in cocoa leaves after they have been infected by a pathogen.

Follow the link below to check the paper out. If nothing else, the paper can come in handy as a good bird cage liner! Let me know if there are any problems with the link and I will fix it.You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the document.

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac is by far my favorite play. I just finished reading it for the nth time. What it was about the play that I like so much? I must admit, I don’t care much for the whole romance thing with Roxanne. To me, its just a side line in the story. Besides, I never fancied the whole “shagging my cousin” scene. No, really, I haven't!

For me, it all boils down to those qualities in Cyrano that I would like to see in myself. In particular, it is his individualism. The part of the play that sums up Cyrano for me, and perhaps the part that strikes me the most, is Cyrano’s soliloquy following the scene where De Guiche asks him to join his following. Here is part of that soliloquy:

To sing, to laugh, to dream,

To walk in my own way and be alone,

Free, with an eye to see things as they are.

A voice that means manhood.

To cock my hat where I choose –

At a word, a yes, a no.

To fight – or write.

To travel any road under the sun or under the stars,

Nor doubt if fame or fortune lies beyond the bourne.

Never to make a line that I have not heard in my own heart;

Yet, with all honesty to say:

“My soul be satisfied with flowers,

With fruit, with weeds even,

But gather them in the one garden you my call your own.”

So when I win some triumph, by some chance,

Render no share to Caeser.

In a word, I am too proud to be a parasite.

And if my nature wants the germ that grows

Towering to heaven like a mountain pine,

Or like the oak sheltering multitudes.

I stand not high it may be – but alone!

Joshua Tree

I visited the San Diego area last week for a genomics conference. I presented some of my cocoa research there. The conference was OK, but I have been to better ones. Took some time off to visit Joshua Tree. It was a great experience. We drove around for quite awhile but we couldn't find Bono. Anyway, the Joshua Trees and Cholla cacti and rocky landscape are incredible. If you are ever in the LA or SD area, make it a point to stop by. You can even stop by the Joshua Tree Inn and visit the room where Gram Parsons died.


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Welcome to Joe's Blog

Welcome to Joe's Blog.

I set this up as a portal for communicating ideas, sharing news and encouraging conversations about things that may be of interest to people.

Thanks Robert ( for the idea.