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Journal Journal: Marshie Attacks - Halloween Project 3 3

If you came to my house for Halloween this year the first thing you noticed was 18 inch tall green vampire marshmallows moving around on a 8 foot tall screen hung from the garage door. The next thing you noticed was that a laser assault rifle was placed into your hands and you were commanded to kill Marshie for candy. Ok, by laser assault rifle I mean a laser pointer put into a bunch of PVC, but it looked pretty cool. When a dot appeared on the screen it was detected by my iSight camera and Marshie exploded. If you're interested there are more details including a movie posted here.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Cray Wins $52 Million Supercomputer Contract w/NERSC

Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science announced today that Cray has won the contract to install a next-generation supercomputer at the DOE's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The systems and multi-year services contract, valued at over $52 million, includes delivery of a Cray massively parallel processor supercomputer, code-named "Hood."

The contract also provides options for future upgrades that would quadruple the size of the system and eventually boost performance to one petaflops (1,000 trillion floating point operations per second) and beyond.

A successor to the massively parallel Cray XT3(TM) supercomputer, the Hood system installed at NERSC will be among the world's fastest general-purpose systems. It will deliver sustained performance of at least 16 trillion calculations per second -- with a theoretical peak speed of 100 trillion calculations per second -- when running a suite of diverse scientific applications at scale. The system uses thousands of AMD Opteron(TM) processors running tuned, light-weight operating system kernels and interfaced to Cray's unique SeaStar(TM) network.

Cray will begin shipping the new supercomputer to the NERSC facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory later this year, with completion of the installation anticipated in the first half of 2007 and acceptance in mid-2007.

Read about it here.

Democrats

Journal Journal: Pete Ashdown, geek candidate, needs your help

Senator Barbara Boxer is giving away free money to candidates that are challenging incumbents. The catch is that you have to vote for who you want the money to go to. Pete Ashdown is not only running to unseat Senator Hatch (enemy of geeks everywhere) but is tech savvy himself, given that he is the founder of Utah's oldest ISP. His positions on tech issues should be of interest to many a slashdotter. So if you have a moment, click on the link below and vote for him to get some free money.

Vote for Pete Ashdown.

Censorship

Journal Journal: CleanFlicks should be championed by /. 5 5

Books

Journal Journal: A quote from _Catastrophes and Lesser Calamities_

The sombre picture outlined above should dispel once and for all the romantic idea of the superior ecological wisdom of nonWestern and pre-colonial societies. The notion of the noble savage living in harmony with Nature should be despatched to the realm of mythology where it belongs. Human beings have never lived in harmony with nature.

From page 199.

Sci-Fi

Journal Journal: After the Floods

There's a guy with a really cool interactive map that allows you to set the depth of the sea rise from global warming. I selected California as the kick-off point for the link (since that's where I am) and a depth of 9m since that's what the climate folks keep talking about around where I work. I only wish that he'd put a depth of up to 35 m. That's the Pliocene depth and very close to what the coming temeprature regime would be after a century or two. It'd be helpful for writing.
User Journal

Journal Journal: The DEATH! Of poor Crazyphilman...

I have considered this at length. Having had this account for many years, and occasionally posted drunkenly, and sarcastically, and trollishly, I think it might be about time for me to move on to a new, clean account and sever all ties with this one. I shall bid my anonymous crazyphilman identity farewell, and let it fade into obscurity.

Consider this a sort of account suicide, while I move on to fresher pastures and start anew.

The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.

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