Any seasoned field worker will amass a list of equipment to bring along on scientific expeditions and a lot of random knowledge of and strong opinions on wool sock brands, for instance. I’ve collected what I know into a Fieldwork Packing List, augmented with the help of Kenny Chiou. Pointing out any missing bits, whether via email or via a pull request, would be welcome, especially since I leave for Uganda in a week.
A surprisingly important hunk of my bioinformatic skill set consists of Googling for error messages and implementing whatever fix the, say, StackOverflow posters suggested. I’ve collected the wisdom gleaned from such forums, man pages, and other programmers into this (newly relocated and expanded) document on GitHub: Stuff I Routinely Forget How to Do. I’m sure I’ll refer to it often and hopefully someone else will find it useful.
(Elephant photo by Flickr user guido da rozze.)