I write software. I am Fandor's Director of Engineering. Previously, I worked at NileGuide, a.k.a. The Nile Project, Radar Networks (now defunct), Healthline Networks, Grand Central Communications (which became Swivel, leaving the Grand Central name to an unrelated company), Applied Biosystems (now part of Life Technologies), Pangea Systems in Oakland, CA (later DoubleTwist, now defunct) and CuraGen in New Haven, CT (acquired by Celldex Theraputics). See also Dave Schweisguth on LinkedIn.
Before that I earned a Ph.D. in biophysics in Dr. Peter Moore's laboratory at Yale. For my dissertation, I used nuclear magnetic resonance to determine the solution structures of the anticodon loops of initiator and elongator methionine tRNA. They turn out to be exactly the same, which is surprising to tRNA aficionadi.
You can find my recent writing on programming and such on my blog, Dave Schweisguth in a Bottle. I'm also @daveschweisguth on Twitter, tweeting sometimes on programming and sometimes on exploring San Francisco.
Here are articles I wrote for JavaWorld on a quirk of Java exception handling and the second generation of aspect-oriented programming frameworks. Here's another Java language oddity which I'd have written up if I could think of a use for it.
While a graduate student, I helped out with the Silicon Graphics FAQs and the documentation for tcsh.
Here's my professional credo, which I found on the web several years ago. The Java part is not so much the point these days, but I still like the spirit.
I develop and host Guess Where Watcher, the scoring software for the Guess Where San Francisco Flickr group. For the source code, see Guess Where Watcher on github.
An extended group of friends and I have competed for years in the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt and other treasure hunts (very successfully) and the Bay Area Night Game and other puzzle hunts (we're getting better). I've also written and run several hunts myself, including "Trial By Juri" around Juri Commons and "Huxley Beagle's Union Square Scramble". My most recent hunt was Odd Man Out, which took place in SF's Tenderloin on October 23rd, 2010. If you have an occasion for a hunt, let me know (dave at schweisguth.org).
I've been systematically exploring San Francisco for years (more recently with the invaluable help of Huxley Beagle). Some results are on the web on sfgazetteer.com, and I've been tweeting interesting finds lately too.
I currently coordinate the Juri Commoners, the volunteer group for Juri Commons, the park on my block. Please join us in taking care of the park on the last Saturday of most months. See our Yahoo group for details.
I'm interested in my genealogy; maybe you are too. I'm particularly interested in the surnames Schweisguth (also Schweisgut, Schweißgut(h), Schweissgut(h), Schweiszgut(h) and Sweisguth), Burford, Burrows, Pilley, Couche, Beley, Alleg, Gasser, Raab, Kwasnikowa, Kundratis, Wilkelis, Yochman, Hart, Barina, Novotni, and Kapunek. Here's my RootsWeb Surname List entry, with more alternate spellings. If any of those names sound familiar, see my family tree (GEDCOM).
Speaking of family matters, here are
Also of historical interest is Do Not Question Me, the blog where our gang once chronicled pub quiz and other entertaining pursuits.
Finally, you might want to look at my hotlist.
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