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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.

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So. That was my morning. The next two should be considerably more interesting. We'll see.
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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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Hippo Birdie!

Happy 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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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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The ritual of Afternoon Tea

I took a long weekend last week and went to Boston to visit 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.

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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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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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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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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."

(beat)

(much laughter)

I heart my coworkers.
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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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