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2009-11-17 09:18 pm

What was he thinking?

I'm at Supercomputing 2009 this week. The conference this year has three thrust areas: sustainability/energy efficiency, bio-computing, and "3D Internet", whatever that is. (I do graphics and visualization research. You'd think I would have heard of it.) Each day we have a different keynote speaker. Tomorrow morning is Leroy Hood, a computational biologist. Friday is Al Gore. Today was Justin Rattner, the current CTO of Intel.

Worst. Keynote. Ever. )

So. That was my morning. The next two should be considerably more interesting. We'll see.
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2009-05-03 06:40 pm

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?

From an article about a clampdown on women's gyms in Saudia Arabia:

"Football and basketball are sports that require a lot of movement and jumping," Sheikh Abdullah al-Maneea, member of the official Supreme Council of Religious Scholars, said in a religious opinion published in Okaz newspaper Thursday.

He said such excessive movement may harm girls who are still virgins, possibly causing them to lose their virginity.

My brain is flatly refusing to process this. It's syntactically correct. All the pronouns and such agree. However, I cannot get my head around the distortion necessary for it to make sense.
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2009-04-20 09:38 am

Hippo Birdie!

Happy [ profile] denyses day!

It was great to see you again over the weekend. Sir is no doubt plotting world domination as we speak. Hopefully, now that we've been introduced, he'll consider me for a ministry of something interesting.

Have fun on your vacation!
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2009-04-12 07:30 pm

The things my brain comes up with...

I've had various songs from Cats running through my head all afternoon. I started thinking about the stage show. From somewhere in the back of my mind comes the following:
You really ought to cast David Bowie as the Rum Tum Tugger, especially if you could get him in his Goblin King costume.

Um... right. If I could figure out where this comes from, bottle it and store it away I could probably get rich. Or I'd go mad. Or both.
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2009-03-22 07:28 pm

The ritual of Afternoon Tea

I took a long weekend last week and went to Boston to visit [ profile] dawntreader42 and another old friend from college. It was one of the best trips I've taken in recent years despite the insane decision to take it two weeks before a major paper deadline. Maybe because of it.

Among other happy occurrences, we had some of the best food I can remember.

This post is about Afternoon Tea. )

That was just one of the weekend's adventures. Many are fit for posting and will probably make it here sooner or later. Stay tuned.
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2009-03-10 10:32 pm

Longing for Z

I am heartily sick of laying awake for hours every night no matter how tired I may be in mind or body.
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2009-02-28 06:38 pm
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I've been busy

There's a stretch of about two years recently during which I didn't fold very much: a couple of mobiles for distant friends, one tessellation and a few cranes, that's it. Then there's this past month. Don't ask me what changed; I have no idea. One way or another, I offer the latest fruits of my obsession.

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2009-02-23 10:40 am
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Show and tell

It's been a long time since I've made one of these. However, for the two of you who haven't yet heard me babbling about it:

As usual, this is one piece of paper: no drawing, no cutting, just folding. The finished piece is a little over 50cm x 35cm. I didn't keep track of how long it took to make. Just... a long time.
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2009-02-12 11:08 am
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Overheard in today's meetings

"I'd like to find out what the mechanics and the politics are of including ${library1} in ${library2}'s source distribution."

"Have you filled out a 27-b-stroke-6?"

Then, later...

"Okay, it seems that the issue of time support in ${library} is more complicated than I had first guessed. Would someone volunteer to be time czar and take charge of it?"

"No, not time czar. Time lord."


(much laughter)

I heart my coworkers.
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2009-02-04 09:33 pm

A long overdue vacation

I'm in the hills to the east of Santa Fe at a Japanese spa called Ten Thousand Waves. Maybe it sounds slightly incongruous to have a Japanese spa in the high mountains of New Mexico but I find that the two aesthetics mesh very well together, especially given the wooded hills (mountains?) and the clear, dark sky. This is one of the places where I go when I'm badly burned out and need to get away to someplace where the rest of the world (i.e. work) can't bother me. I need it a lot more often than I can afford it but every time I come here it's sheer heaven. We're staying overnight to get the full effect of being insulated from it all.

This afternoon I was lounging in a hot pool watching the sunlight on some aspens (or maybe birches? I couldn't tell) turn gradually from white to gold as sunset came closer. I don't even remember when I could last sit for an hour and watch something like that without doing three other things at the same time. It's wonderful.

I will try to get a few pictures while I'm here but please bear with me if I say it's not my first priority.
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2008-09-28 03:13 pm

Attention Gauntletites

I have discovered that the Dragon (the very first boss) drops 5000 gold and is soloable by any of our characters. I intend to get them all to full health for the very first time in their ENTIRE LIVES HAHAHAHAHA.

Yes, it will be eight months before we can take advantage of it, but you may begin sharpening your swords now.
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2008-09-12 11:21 am
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Disk problems

The main disk for crashed last night. We have backups of everything so we won't lose any data but it's safe to expect a day or two of downtime.

We were in the middle of a server migration anyway. When the system comes back up we'll be using Gmail to host email service. You will not lose any of your mail and you'll still be able to access it the way you were before but you will have to get a temporary password from me for the first time you log in.

If I'm not already in touch with you about this, please write to me at andy dot origami at gmail dot com and tell me what the best way is to contact you.
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2008-06-22 09:38 pm

Warning! Random musing ahead!

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about ways to live one's life -- how to pace yourself, when to speed up, when to slow down, and when to get the hell out of town and take a long vacation. It so happened that this took place not long after the Indianapolis 500. As often happens in my head, the two subjects ran squarely into each other and made a horrible noise. When the dust cleared... it made an odd sort of sense. I wrote it down and sent it to the friend in question. She wrote back to me and said that I really ought to post it -- it might even be useful!

I hope it is.

Life as Indy car racing )

Now if only it were as easy for me to put it into practice as it is to describe it.
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2008-06-04 11:53 am

Well, there's your problem!

I'm at a workshop in a hotel that's set up chiefly as a conference center. They provide refreshments, snacks, and all meals, presumably at some exorbitant cost.

There are about 8 varieties of cold drinks available during the day. All but 2 are some variant on water+sugar+coloring. Most of the breakfast foods are pastries and sugary cereals. All of the snacks are things like ice cream bars (mmm), potato chips, cookies, popcorn and miniature candy bars. Well, almost all -- there are a few granola bars. There are a couple of trail mixes... made mostly of chocolate, nuts, and dried candied fruit. Lunch is heavy on X-in-sauce, starches and fried stuff. The dessert table is itself as big as the buffet line containing the entrees.

I find that I resent it when my only realistic options for eating well are either to go way out of my way or to skip food entirely.

At the next break I intend to go up to the front desk and raid the bowl of apples. That may be my only hope.
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2008-06-03 11:20 am

The end of the world as we know it

For the first time since I've been into graphics, I find myself thinking of not going to SIGGRAPH.

How on earth can this be?
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2008-05-25 11:19 am
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Drug Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Chipmunk

I did not sleep well last night. One's entire body itching will do that. Luckily, the surgeon who worked on me happens to be the doctor on call today, so when I called I didn't have to spend too much time explaining.

His hypothesis is that this is just coincidence. The hydrocodone caused so much histamine to be dumped into my body that I'm reacting to stuff that I normally wouldn't even notice. Apparently ibuprofen can interact with this somehow, so I'm off that, too. I'll substitute tylenol as a painkiller, benadryl for the rash, and hydrocortisone for topical matters. I also have the standard instructions to watch out for anaphylactic shock, which I knew about already, but the reminder never hurts.

So today I'm going to be doped to the gills on benadryl. I've found an HD broadcast of the Indy 500. It looks really nice. Maybe Danica Patrick will win this year. Maybe Marco Andretti. Maybe somebody else entirely.

I remember the mini-controversry over the words that would start the race when the first woman drove in the field. That seems so silly now. "Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!" works just fine.
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2008-05-24 11:03 am
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Return of the Human Chipmunk

The good news is that my mouth is healing just fine. It's still a little swollen and aches a fair amount but it's quite manageable.

The bad news... )
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2008-05-19 09:54 pm
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Return of the Human Chipmunk

It's been 4 days and a few hours since my teeth were taken out. Life since then has been interesting.

Potentially excessive detail )
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2008-05-17 11:49 am
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I am the Human Chipmunk!

I had my wisdom teeth taken out on Thursday. I can't report all that much about the experience itself because I missed it. I thought that the dentist was going to use conscious sedation. Then he put something in the IV and told me "I've just given you some medicine that's going to make you a little sleepy." 30 seconds later -- give or take -- a nurse was waking me up and helping me wobble over to the recovery room. It's probably just as well. I imagine I was a much more cooperative patient than I would have otherwise been when they went after the more strangely positioned teeth.

The lower half of my face feels like it is swollen to the dimensions of a beach ball. I am coming to despise the 90 minutes between when one dose of painkillers wears off and when I am allowed to take the next one. I have something stronger if I need it but I'm trying not to resort to that unless absolutely necessary. My diet consists mainly of Gatorade and sunshine floats. I am wearing an icepack that wraps around the top of my head and the bottom of my jaw. For an accurate picture of what it looks like, imagine a production of "A Christmas Carol" with Marley hovering over Ebenezer's bed moaning "Scrooooooooooooge!" in his best dead miser voice. See the thing wrapped around his head? That's me, but with Velcro holding it together at the top instead of a knot.

Really, though, I'm doing fine. All of that is completely par for the course and I have the tools I need to deal with it. Best of all, I have [ profile] willowisp looking after me. She's been absolutely amazing. I almost feel embarrassed, like I should tell her "No, really, let me get this one. You've done more than enough already."

I'll be glad when this one's over.
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2008-04-28 12:33 pm


Not the waterfowl or the activity; the city. Work travel has brought me to Duck, North Carolina for a few days. I'm staying at a hotel called the Sanderling Inn and discovering that I really should do this vacation thing more often.

Semi-work trivialities )