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November 9, 2003

WOPR lives!... umm... again...

I'm finally moving more and more services over to WOPR. The [lame] web site moved a while ago; DNS hosting moved a while ago; mailing lists moved yesterday, and now I've finally moved my blog. Woo hoo!

Haven't you guys ever heard the story of the dog and the dancing duck?

Some (ok, a lot) quickies from the last few weeks... * Gretchen stopped by in her periodic visits to Looieville. We couldn't meet for dinner, so I had lunch with her in the airport before she flew home. * Darrell complained that I hadn't written anything in my blog for a while. Now I have. So shut up. * As indicated by my previous entry, the blog has finally moved to WOPR. Yay! It's a significantly faster machine. Here's what I wrote closing the "install MT Blog on WOPR" ticket: bq. Finally done. Couldn't take my slow-ass old 100MHz P1 with 32MB anymore (and it keeps getting hit by search engines, making its speed similar to that of a constipated sloth struggling to re-surface after falling in a Ukranian frozen vat of 7-11 super-slushes). bq. What, you ask, was a constipated sloth doing in a Ukranian 7-11? God only knows (because the sloth is dead). * As a side effect, I'm finally making progress on my WOPR tickets. Yay for me. * We finally won a football game yesterday against Navy. Woo hoo for not breaking the longest winning streak against a single team in college football! Both teams actually played well, but we looked pretty good. Yay for us. And yay for meaningless stats that are only collected on odd-numbered years by personnel with more than three vowles in their first name on nights with lunar eclipses. * Speaking of lunar eclipses, last night's eclipse was cool. * I could have gone to see _Revolutions_ last night, but no, we went to see _Love Actually_ instead. A loosely connected film of about 17 different stories (making the mean actiing time for each actor about 7.3 minutes -- a fairly profitable deal all around) that was somewhat enjoyable. 6.2 minutes. * I went to the LACSI Symposium and sat on a panel for High Availability and High Performance and presented Sriram's paper on the checkpoint/restart framework in LAM/MPI. It was a damn good talk, if I do say so myself. The conference was actually surprisingly productive -- I got a lot done and met some interesting people that we may actually have productive collaborations with in the future. * I submitted a paper to IPDS recently (at literally the last minute) about the collective SSI framework in LAM/MPI. It's basically a chapter in my dissertation. Woo hoo! (let's hope the paper gets accepted...) * Amey has been doing some great work in collective algorithms in LAM/MPI -- comparing what has already been done and implementing new stuff. It's going to rock. * Nihar is working on a tree-based booting algorithm for LAM/MPI. It's gonna significantly cut down on lamboot time for large clusters. It's also going to rock. * Shashwat fixed a long-standing lamd UDP packet flood bug (turns out it wasn't too hard, but Brian and I just hadn't had the time to look into it). That also rocks. * Other smaller projects are also ongoing in LAM/MPI, but they all rock. * I read Dave Barry's book _Tricky Business_ while on a trip recently. Ehhh. I give it 0 minutes. I like his columns better. * I finally submitted my final travel voucher from when I was deployed in Arizona last year. I never procrastinate today what I can put off until tomorrow. * We got a total of about 10 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Very disappointing. I was in my army uniform (BDUs, web gear, kevlar, etc.). "WHAT?!? YOU WANT SOME CANDY OR SUMPIN'?!?" The parents throught it was hilarious. The kids... hmm... maybe that's why we had so few visitors... Tracy took all the extra candy to work and her cow-orkers "hoovered" it in less than a day (5 bags worth).

November 10, 2003

Wisdom

Push ups are a lot harder when you're wearing slippery socks.

Reiteration of repetition

Because of an egregious error this past weekend from someone who should have known better (... _cough cough_ *Rich* _cough cough_ ...), I feel compelled *again* to repeat the standing rule: NO ONE SHALL SPEAK OF THE NOTRE DAME GAME UNTIL YOU ARE SURE THAT I HAVE SEEN THE WHOLE DAMN THING! If you don't know if I've seen the whole thing, ask. Grrr....

November 12, 2003

In a world of compromises, I'll give you 17%

This just seems wrong: bq. LAM_CONFIGURE_HOST="`hostname | head -n 1`"

November 13, 2003

Bugs bugs bugs

* Infiniband doesn't like ptmalloc. * My house is infested with ladybugs. * LAM/MPI gm checkpointing works!

Arrrgggghhh!

I just got porn-spammed in AOL IM. Totally unannounced.

November 14, 2003

I'm now an author

The website for the new magazine that I'm writing a monthly column for is now live:
"http://www.clusterworld.com/":http://www.clusterworld.com
Visit the web site; win a 4 node opteron cluster. First issue to be released at SC next week. Woo hoo!

November 22, 2003

Ted Nudget called; he wants his shirt back

I was at the SC conference in Phoenix, AZ, this entire past week. It was a good week -- lots of discussion, lots of collaboration, lots of setup for future work. We had an OSCAR meeting, we all pimped LAM/MPI heavily, and saw lots of old friends. As I said above, a good week.

I am now so spoiled by my Tivo that it's hard to watch live TV.

On the last night in Phoenix, Brian and I went to see the Matrix: Revolutions. It's not getting the greatest review and some people are openly bashing it. I certainly enjoyed it -- it was well worth seeing it in a theater. I don't think it was quite as good as the second one, but I still enjoyed it a lot. 17.5 minutes.

November 30, 2003

It's funny because it's a non-traditional power source

Notre Dame wholloped Stanford this past weekend in football -- rock on! The only questionable thing was the ND's choice for a fake punt in the 4th quarter when we were already up by 50 points (literally). That doesn't really show a lot of class -- I know that we'd be pissed if someone did that to us. :-( There's speculation that Willingham didn't actually call for a fake punt and the players did it themselves because the wide outs were not covered. To me, it doesn't matter -- we shouldn't have done it. Luckily, we didn't make it, and Stanford took over on downs.

Tracy and I went to Philadelphia and Allentown (where my family is) for Thanksgiving. Although it started off with a comical episode of my parents not being able to find Tracy and me at the Philadelphia airport, all turned out well. We ate, played football, ate, saw the movie _Elf_ (eh.... 2 minutes), ate, and watched the ND game that I mentioned above. Then we ate. It was generally a good time -- good to see the whole family again. And Chris and Pat: no matter what anyone says -- you have been, are now, and always will be *freaks.*

"Perk just finished his 6 month experiment of being homeless.":http://theabsurd.org/log/index.php?logarg=viewentry.php?id=715 Yes, that's right; being homeless by choice -- to see what it was like.

Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

I recently submitted "a bug":https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=100235&aid=849022&group_id=235 to the Gaim instant messenger program (the one that I use). it's a minor detail that has annoyed me for several releases now. I just got an e-mail that it's been fixed and will be included in the next release. I actually submitted "a second bug":https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&aid=849031&group_id=235&atid=100235 at the same time (it's a bit more significant bug than the first one), and although it's not fixed yet, it was assigned to one of the developers within 24 hours, so that's promising. Yay for open source projects! :-)

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