Power

Dec. 18th, 2007 09:51 am
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Got into work yesterday planning to start the calculations whose results I want to put in my LPSC Abstract. It's due in about 3 weeks and the calculation takes on order 1. Then I get a message that our cluster is going down for two days for an upgrade starting on Wednesday. Oh, brilliant. That will still work assuming a) it doesn't take much longer than that and b) it doesn't frak things up to the point where my code won't run on it. Neither is a terribly valid assumption. Why did I wait so long, you ask? Because AGU is in mid-December, and LPSC abstracts are due early January. There's just not much time in between. In a pinch, I suppose I can use my preliminary results. The parameters are not quite right, but the end result ought to be the same. We really want to get something out on this because we'll probably get scooped otherwise.

Then about noon we get a message from the university saying power's going down in two hours for an emergency repair. Now we get similar notices all the time. I think the power grid on campus was installed in the Middle Ages and is maintained by Emperor Cartagia. However, they usually manage to switch to a backup system and the power only truly goes down sometimes. And even then, not for long. And they usually give several days if not weeks notice. This is the first time they've had to shut down completely. Why they couldn't wait until next week when everyone's gone, I don't know. The admin for the cluster decided to move up his upgrade work to coincide with the power outage. I think his building has a backup generator.

The power was to go down at 2 pm. I was frantically trying to get my job application polished and printed before that happened, because it had to go in by Express Mail anyway to get there by the deadline. Printed the last page at 1:53, and shut down my computer. 2:00. Nothing happens. I work on putting together my expense form for AGU. 2:30 nothing happens. Do some other stuff that can be done without a computer (there's little of that to be had). 3:00. Nothing happens. Go to the post office and mail my application (this does not happen quickly), and go home. 5:00 Check email. "The power will go down at 4:30". Oh, so you make everyone go home early because you're so hungover that it takes you two and a half hours to turn off the power?

I decided not to bloody well go in today. I can telecommute. AGU is over and I can't do any real computing right now, so there's nothing that requires me to be in my office. So why wast the gallon and a half of gas? I'm mostly going to be preparing for my class next quarter. And it's raining, which is unusual in itself.

AGU was interesting last week, but will have to wait for its own post. And we went to Hakone Gardens with [livejournal.com profile] cblack and [livejournal.com profile] jlfranklin Saturday. Pictures will be posted eventually.
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Man, I go away for a few days and it takes quite some time to catch up on LJ.

I went back east (as always) for the Thanksgiving holiday. There's a lot to discuss, so I shall do so behind the cut. )

It was a good trip, but I do hate flying. Our copy of Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess arrived today, but too tired to play it tonight. How sad is that?
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Despite the best efforts of the California DMV, I'm to understand Kate finally got the plates for the Prius this morning. We got this vehicle early in August. We had to get an extension to the temporary tags. It's already got 5k miles on it and had an oil change. The bureaucratic incompetence was staggering. My advice: don't buy a car and then move to another state. A Tip of the Hat to David Kroge, our dealer at Boulder Toyota who bent over backwards to make sure we got this thing. A Wag of the Finger to the California DMV who kept sending our paperwork about. Kate may provide additional details.

To take the edge off, here's the SciFi Meme folks have been doing lately.

You scored as Babylon 5 (Babylon 5). The universe is erupting into war and your government picks the wrong side. How much worse could things get? It doesn�t matter, because no matter what you have your friends and you�ll do the right thing. In the end that will be all that matters. Now if only the Psi Cops would leave you alone.

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Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

75%

Moya (Farscape)

75%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

69%

SG-1 (Stargate)

56%

Serenity (Firefly)

56%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

50%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

50%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

44%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

44%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

44%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

31%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

31%

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Bagels

Aug. 31st, 2006 10:35 pm
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As a Jew, I was eating bagels *before* they were cool. I remember when you could get plain, pumpernickel, onion, and poppy or sesame seed. That was it. Now, there are too damn many "specialty" bagels available. Pesto? I consider this an offense unto God. Some things just shouldn't be "gourmeted up".
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Is it a requirement for the position, or does the act of being the head of NASA turn a person totally batshit insane. I thought Griffin was the man when we first got him, but now he's on his way to being worse than O'Keefe.

Read an excerpt )

I got that a week ago, but forgot to post it. The short version: Griffin's science advisors advised him not to pour everything into the President's Moon-Mars program at the expense of science. They were asked to resign? WTF? If you're going to run an agency autocratically, at least don't pretend you want input from others.

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