Yesterday, the weather was nice. So we loaded up our bikes on the car and headed to the Big Creek Greenway.
Michelle and I rode our bikes for about an hour. Here’s the trail map.
The trail was crowded and it was a lot of fun.
Four years ago, I built my desktop computer. Now it was getting a bit long in the tooth, so I decided to upgrade some of its parts.
The computer’s now fast and powerful. My Harappa Ancestry Project analyses run much faster than before.
Ubuntu had no trouble running after the change. However, Windows XP refused to boot and I have to do a reinstall.
Fall is the best season to go camping and hiking. And I love the fall colors you can see in the mountains. So once again we headed to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a couple of weeks ago for some camping, riding, hiking and driving.
We had three black bear sightings in the smokies this time.
Here’s the trail to Laurel Falls.
Here’s the trail to the observation tower at the top of Clingman’s Dome which gives a nice view around.
The hike from Clingman’s Dome to Andrews Bald was great and the views from a bald are always the best.
I thought I would never become a soccer dad. And so I never enrolled Michelle in any league sports.
But she liked one thing, then another and they accumulated until now I spend most evenings driving my seven year old around town for:
I am also helping her learn how to ride a bike. And competing against her on who does more nighttime reading.
It’s all fun as a parent and there’s also pride Michelle mastering different activities.
But it does reduce the time I can spend on things like the Harappa Ancestry Project. While the data submissions there have slowed down, I still have a number of ideas I am working on that I need to analyze and then post the results. When I can find the time of course!
Amber had been driving a Corolla for a while, which was unacceptable. So we decided to get a new car for her.
One of the major requirements was that its gas consumption be better than the Corolla (city 26mpg, Hwy 36mpg, combined 30mpg).
We did not like the Honda Insight. It looked and drove like a small, underpowered car with no coolness factor. It was also smaller than the Prius and had worse gas mileage.
The Lexus CT200h was nice. In terms of the engine and platform, it seemed very similar to the Prius with the Lexus touch of higher end comfort and a little bit more sportiness. It was a little more expensive than the Prius with compatible features. The bottom line was us was the size. My G35 coupe has very little trunk space and a tall adult cannot sit in the back seat. So we wanted a family car that could fit us.
The Prius is a nice car. It does feel a little different driving than a regular gasoline engine car. Also the higher end trims feel and look nicer than what one expects of Toyota cars.
We considered waiting for the 2012 model but since there are going to be no changes to the regular model and we weren’t interested in the upcoming plugin hybrid or the wagon, we decided to get the 2011 model.
We got the Prius Four with the solar sunroof option. The solar sunroof basically keeps the car at outdoor temperature when it is parked out in the sun so that the inside of the car doesn’t turn into an oven, important here in HOTlanta! It also contains the navigation system and my daughter is fascinated by the speech recognition of the system.
We got a 1.85% APR for a 5 year loan and got the car last week.
Of course, we are crazy, so as soon as we got the Prius, we headed to North Georgia on a long drive.
You can basically use my wife as a sort of reference for Punjabi ancestry here (which is 3/4th of our ancestry too). Also, my wife and I are unrelated.
As you can see, while our results are close, my mom and sister have more African and I have the least.
And here are the similarity numbers for us with different reference populations.
|Central & South Asians||67.13||67.09||67.05||67.12||67.12|
As compared to my wife, we are closer to Africans and farther from Eastern Asians, Native Americans (who are really a branch of East Asians) and Oceanians.That’s expected because of the 25% Egyptian ancestry we have.
Finally, here are our Dodecad Project results.
Similar results but interesting differences.
Now I am releasing my personal genome in the public domain.
To the extent possible under law, Zack Ajmal has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Zack Ajmal 23andme v3 Genome. This work is published from: United States.
You can download my genome data in zipped files:
When Blaine Bettinger released his genome into the public domain, he issued a challenge:
So, I’m challenging everyone who reads this to download my data and analyze it to find the most interesting or surprising results. For example, you could use my most recent 23andMe V3 data.
I’ve already done a fair amount of analysis myself, including the Promethease reports above (and see here), and a recent blog post about my vastly increased Type 2 Diabetes risk. However, perhaps there’s a recent but relatively study that applies, or perhaps there’s a story you can weave with a handful of SNPs. Or, even better, what can you tell me about my ancestry other than mtDNA and Y-DNA haplogroups? Don’t worry about the strength of the study, reproducibility, etc. – I’m aware of the uncertainties associated with this type of research, and my goal here is to make people aware of possibilities.
Please post your findings in the comments below, and in two weeks I’ll pick the most surprising or interesting findings and make them the focus of a new blog post.
Can you surprise me with my own genome?
My challenge for you would be to find interesting information about my chromosome 9 which is 93% homozygous.
If you analyze my genome, it would be great if you could let me know about what you found as I am always hungry for more information.
Dodecad has come up with a new version (v3) of its admixture results. Here are my results:
Dodecad also has a fun tool to check one’s results against different population averages. My closest populations are:
|2||Bene Israel Jews||8.6822|
If I make use of mixed mode, the tool tries to find a combination of two ethnic groups with differing percentages that fits my results best.
|Two Population Mix||Distance|
|1||17.3% Palestinian + 82.7% Sindhi||3.0122|
|2||17% Morocco Jews + 83% Sindhi||3.1181|
|3||17.3% Palestinian + 82.7% Punjabi Arain||3.1228|
|4||17.2% Egypt + 82.8% Punjabi Arain||3.1846|
|5||82.9% Sindhi + 17.1% Egypt||3.288|
|6||17% Lebanese + 83% Sindhi||3.4994|
|7||16.7% Jordanians + 83.3% Sindhi||3.5238|
|8||16.7% Jordanians + 83.3% Punjabi Arain||3.5608|
|9||15.8% Samaritians + 84.2% Sindhi||3.6356|
|10||16.9% Ashkenazi + 83.1% Sindhi||3.7077|
This actually fits reasonably well with my actual ancestry (75% Punjabi + 25% Egyptian).