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This was a successful conference. Found a way to reduce (ntuple) ATLAS dataset size by an average of 20% (for disk savings O(PB)), and managed to successfully communicate it to the critical team - despite how unlikely this sounds they agreed that the effect is real, it is a common use case and that something could be done about it. Our other crazy ideas also got some traction, so I am very happy :)

Amsterdam is also a great city and coming here was a good chance to catch up with old friends in physics before leaving the field.

Life is good. Now I need to rest.
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Viva passed! Woo!
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You've just #alienated me, Google. Dropping interoperability with Jabber whilst Larry complains that other unscrupulous companies in your field are playing silly zero-sum games is the final straw. :/
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Hey Gordon, what things are you moving to? I'm currently trying out feedly.com. I'm on Jabber as pwaller@die-informatiker.eu. I have no idea what to replace Google calendar with.

I'm also planning to find non-google alternatives to gmail, calendar and google play on my phone, when I've finished my thesis..
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"if those concerns were genuinely grounded in the evidence, especially in an age of the rapid propagation of information, you would expect the concerns to be expressed by journalists everywhere. They’re not."
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The infuriating thing about this recent outbreak, is the resurgence of idiots reviving the same old "Zombie" arguments that were already debunked long ago... These dangerous wackos are STILL pedalling this horseshit and the cycle of harm continues.
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"To the nearest nanometer"
 
LOL. Google Now has some trouble with my habits.

It gave me a card this morning saying "1:35 to Work" in normal traffic. Which is kind of odd, since I work upstairs above the garage, and usually in my ratty bathrobe. Definitely not an hour and a half away, and the "traffic" mostly involves the cat wanting to be fed.

So I looked at the card just to see what the @%$! Google was talking about.

This is what the big G has decided is my work commute destination:

  45.33011245727539, -121.70976257324219(work)

(I also like how it gives my office location with 14 decimals of precision, which is approximating it to the nearest nanometer or so).

Apparently the fact that I've gone skiing on Mondays while the kids are in school and at other times don't move out of my office much seems to have convinced Google that I should exercise more. 

I can't fault the logic.
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this explains why it is so hard to spend the required time actually at work... (heads up +Andrew Lewis ) 
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The writing in this article is poetic.
ONE OLD ADAGE defines the business of flying planes as long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Moments of sheer ridiculousness, maybe, are equally as harrowing. One young pilo...
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Had a beer with Robert Llewellyn (Kryten from Red Dwarf, among many other cool things) last night in Liverpool! Great guy. Bought his book, "News from Gardenia".
 
A little bit more explanation of 'News from Gardenia.'
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Oooh lucky you! It was an interesting read, the only big gripe is Robert, that's not how orbiting works! Interested to see how our hero copes in a matriarchal society in the next one.
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tapir/glfw3 joins the go-gl organization. Thanks Tapir for putting this together, and welcome!
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Awesome! 25km/s impact of 40kg meteoroid on the moon would have been visible with the naked eye!
NASA researchers who monitor the Moon for meteoroid impacts have detected the brightest explosion in the history of their program. It was caused by a small boulder-sized meteoroid hitting the Moon with as much energy as 5 tons of TNT.
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"home-schooling"... <facepalm>
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There goes .. another billion or so?

From the article:

"But Clark," you protest, "you may not trust the government to decide what's risky and what's not, but I do. If it saves even one life, then shutting down a major city is the right move. That's obvious!"

But the Boston police didn't shut down an entire city. They shut down an entire city except for the donut shops.
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Also, didn't they shut down US airspace for a week after the WTC attacks?
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Great question, great answer.
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He he, space is hard.
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