BB1815 : MapMan and Robin

Thursday 17th May 2018

MAPMAN..... displays large data sets onto diagrams of metabolic pathways or other processes. Scavenger modules assign the measured parameters to hierarchical categories ...... A first build of Transcriptscavenger groups genes on the Arabidopsis Affymetrix 22K array into >200 hierarchical categories.................

Hello!  Are you still there?  If you want to know more about this "user-driven tool", "Metabolitescavengers" and "Imageannotators", you can read all about them at MAPMAN.

On the other hand - duh duh dedduh dedduh, duh duh dedduh dedduh - "MapMan!" was the nomenclature accorded to our new recruit, Mike T, partly because he was talking to Robin at the time and partly because he likes to carry a map in a plastic case dangling from his neck.  A very wise precaution and I speak as one who likes to carry three maps with me.  One, in my pocket, being a paper copy printed from my computer, the second being live on my phone and the third on my gps. However, having experienced various failures in one or more of these safety measures including one outing where I forgot the paper, ran out of juice on my gps and couldn't get a signal on my phone, it was a comfort to have someone with us who does the job properly.

Not that we needed a map today.  It was a straightforward route out of Ambleside up the aptly named Struggle, passing Thirlmere aqueduct gates and highland cows then out on to the fell, following the wall most of the way to the top of Red Screes. The easy way up.  I still haven't plucked up the courage to tackle the direct ascent from the Kirkstone Inn though having looked down on that path today, it didn't seem quite as bad as feared.  Maybe, Bryan, one day I will let you lead me astray.

Robin had brought Holly, his Labrador, with him.  John, on the other hand, had brought our antipodean comrade, James.  Holly bounded around incessantly in all directions all day long.  James didn't.  But then he isn't yet fully match fit; this was his first serious outing since last November.

We did worry a bit about Mike joining us.  He's so young!  He's not yet 60! However he was kind and restrained himself to our geriatric pace.

There is not much else to report really.  A cuckoo could be heard.  It was a very nice day.  Views were good.

Rydal Water




Kirkstone Inn


Middle Dodd and Ullswater


Scandale Valley


Rather than delay matters by extending the route to Middle Dodd, we elected to have an early descent to the Golden Rule where, unlike Stan & Harvey on BB0513, Robin & Holly behaved themselves.  

And that's about it.  Hope you enjoyed being part of the Comitibus, Mike.  It was good to have you with us.

Don, Thursday 17th May 2018

PS   Widespread changes in the expression of genes encoding receptor kinases, transcription factors, components of signalling pathways, proteins involved in post-translational modification and turnover, and proteins involved in the synthesis and sensing of cytokinins, abscisic acid (ABA) and ethylene revealing large-scale rewiring of the regulatory network is an early response to sugar depletion.

        MAPMAN tells us this so it must be so.

PPS  Numberplate spotted on a very slow moving car in Ambleside:  SNA1L !



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Numberplate SNA1L lives in Bowness - a slow, slippery journey to Ambleside by all accounts this week. 

Mike B:

The SNA1L used to be on a little Porsche and lived down from Linthwaite on the way to Bowness. Last time I saw it it was on a Honda.


MAPMAN sounds almost as complicated (and incomprehensible) as Kurt Godel’s Incompleteness theorem of 1931:

For every w-consistent recursive class k of FORMULAE there are recursive CLASS SIGNS r such that neither v Gen r nor Neg (v Gen r) belongs to Flg (k) [where v is the FREE VARIABLE of r] !!


Thanks Tim.  I prefer the Apache application of Pythagoras to Game Theory:  

The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws on the other two hides.

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Mike, John, James, Holly, Robin, Don

Map : OS 1:50k


BB1815 : MapMan and Robin


Thursday 17th May 2018


Red Screes

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Don, James, John, Mike T, Robin ( & Holly)

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