I Landed a Caballerial

I’m a few days shy of 35.5 years old and I just landed my first Caballerial.

I was just rolling around and happened to be going fakie. I thought, “I wonder if I could do a frontside cab?” I crouched down. I popped the tail … and I landed it as smooth as butter. I looked at Lily and she just said, “Wow, Dad!”

“You saw it?!” That’s all I could say. Being of Instagram age, Lily pulled out her phone and goaded me to do it again. I eventually landed it again, but nowhere near as clean as that first one.

The video above shows my attempts and one sketchy land … but my old self will take a sketchy land any day!

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All the FLOPs

19 TFLOPs
19 TFLOPs

When I get asked what I do (well, I should really say I’m a musician or a father or something like that) I say I’m in computers … then the questions start. Then I have to explain I don’t work with computers like your laptop, I work on high performance computing (HPC) clusters. HPC clusters are what scientists use to run HUGE problems on.

The image above is the output of some monitoring and testing of a system I just installed and the performance that it’s achieving. This particular system has 94 distinct servers that contain a total of 5,888 GB of RAM and 1128 processors all connected with a network running at 40 Gbps (that would be like 40 connections from Google Fiber all at once). The performance is measure in floating point operations per second (FLOPs). This system is running at 19 TFLOPs or 19,000 GFLOPs or 19,000,000,000,000 distinct operations on a floating point number PER SECOND. For comparison, my new MacBook Air will do around .0020 TFLOPs.

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Every so often …

Looks like a wet commute
Looks like a wet commute

… a motorcycle ride in the rain is a great feeling.

I was with Dad the first time I rode in the rain. We’d been around Nevada, MO visiting Uncle Dan and the rain started pelting us as we were going 75 MPH north on 71. This was before I cared to wear much gear and I can still feel the rain drops hitting my skin like little needles. Once my skin was accustomed to being bombarded, the cooling effect of the rain soaked T-shirt was welcome on a warm day. But, that day was just warm, not hot. The refreshing coolness ceded to bitter cold bringing goosebumps and clenched jaws and shivers. We pulled off the highway to the nearest fast food place and ate some fries while we watched the rain pass.

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