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SC 2005, a forklift pallat of raman, fried stuff, and beer

Lotsa random quickies:

  • SC 05 was this past week in Seattle. It was crazyfranticbusy, but good. Much was accomplished, and, literally at the last second, we released Open MPI v1.0 (see prior entry). Woo hoo!
  • Brian was on the phone with someone talking about the release. The best quote from the conversation was, “I’m not sure what we’re going to do now, but it’s going to involve fried stuff and beer.”
  • Kathryn likes to walk with you holding her hand; Kaitlyn rarely wants you to hold her hand.
  • My Aunt was mentioned in the same paragraph as Slashdot. I don’t know what the rest of the paragraph means — it’s all doublespeak that means nothing — but that’s still remarkable. It’s remarkable because she consistently says “Slapshot” instead of “Slashdot.”
  • I think my cell phone is dying; a bunch of the voice memos I recorded had lots of static and some were unintelligible. [Update: it died. I got a new one, after waiting 1.5 hours in the Verizon store (you have to sign in when you get into the store, and wait for them to call on you). Sigh. Luckily, I qualified for the “new every 2” program so the phone was free.]
  • Another funny moment at SC: I took a red-eye home, meaning that I got to the airport around 8pm Seattle time (2-3 hours after we released Open MPI). As I was zombie-walking to my gate (I was exhausted after a week of SC), I literally got flagged down in the middle of the terminal by some Mellanox employees holding their blackberries saying, “Hey, you just released Open MPI v1.0 — we got the announcement mail! Congratulations!”
  • Kathryn likes her milk cold; Kaitlyn likes her milk warm.
  • DirectTV has changed all of its music channels to be a subset of the XM satellite radio channels. The only thing we’ll miss is that the previous DirectTV “soundscapes” channel (i.e., the one with white noise / nature sounds / water music) was better than the XM equivalent. Meaning — there is no XM equivalent. The soundscapes channel was good at calming down the banshees when thet were upset and fussing. Bonk.
  • Tracy and I are going to see Drew Cary and the Improv All Stars tomorrow night; should be a hoot and a half.


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