The endgame

I generally try to steer clear of politics on this blog, other than to criticize those who deserve it.  I am not associated with either major US party, I've voted for, and given money to, candidates from both parties.  I am an independent. That's the background. OverviewWhat's playing out in…

Moving to zfs, a journey

The background.  I've maintained a server for my home systems for more than 15 years.  Originally built as a Frankenstein system, with random available parts during my time running Scalable Informatics (RIP). Rebuilt a number of times since with parts procured from ebay.  This server runs a number of my…

10 years ...

A few days ago, on my daughters birthday, my wife turned to me and noted that that day, was 10 years after her surgery.  And she is still here.  Teaching math and science. There's an XKCD for this as it turns out.  It starts with 2 years.  Then 7 years.…

Scientific illiteracy and innumeracy are literally killing people

The omicron wave of SARS-COV2 continues, growing at a fantastic rate.  The growth rate of this variant is staggering.  Doubling the number of cases in 48 hours, or less.   Meanwhile, on social media, you get stuff like this So much to unpack in a short post.  I could start with…

Length scales and perspective in the universe

This is something I've thought about quite a bit recently, as I've been using high resolution images of galaxies as desktop background images.  The idea in short is, when you look at images of a galaxy Scaled Andromeda galaxy image. Original (https://esahubble.org/images/heic1502a/) 40000x12788 such as…

deleting IT departments?

Thus wrote a MIT Sloan school professor in a Wall Street Journal opinion bit, about the concept of removing a department he felt to be unaligned with the business it is serving.  His basis for making this assertion of non-alignment, is sadly, a strawman argument about metrics being "different". Put…

On this day 10 years ago my wife called me at SC11

... and told me the results of a biopsy, that began this journey.  I was ready to pack up our booth and come home, but she said "stay".  We had an appointment scheduled with the oncologist a few weeks out (first available). The (current) epilog.  She is teaching AP Statistics, and…

Beowulf Bash at #SC21 !

Ill be there.  Virtually.   For those who don't know about the bash, have a gander at the website.  Kudos to Doug, Lara, and the rest of the team to make something that works for both virtual attendees, as well as in-person. The virtual event will start at 8pm CT/9pm…