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The cloud goes “cloudless”

In Portfolio, Uncategorized on June 18, 2019 at 9:22 pm

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Cloudless Computing is the next step in the computing journey. Workloads, computing, and data are free to roam and run where they need to, when they need to. Experts discuss what that might look like.

One of the ways we can trace the development of computing is by charting the movement from bare metal to the Internet, to the web, to virtual machines, and finally to containers. In other words, we have moved from individual machines to networks to virtualization.

The next step in this journey: Cloudless Computing.

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Impossible Problems

In Portfolio, Uncategorized on June 18, 2019 at 9:18 pm

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For the last half-century or more, our computers have had pretty much the same classical computing process of zeroes and ones and pretty much the same structure, the von Neumann architecture. For most of this time, that has not just worked well, it has worked better and better. But that era is coming to an end, along with the observation underlying much of that improvement, Moore’s Law.

Practically since the first transistor-based computer, the number of transistors on a chip has doubled every couple of years. That meant the speed and capacity of the computers we use have doubled along with it. But the price of that doubling has grown increasingly dear. It takes more energy and produces more heat to increase computing speed. So alternatives have proliferated as well.

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AI: promises and perils

In Portfolio, Uncategorized on May 7, 2019 at 1:34 am

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A Q&A with HPE’s Dr. Eng Lim Goh on AI, ethics, and the future

Dr. Eng Lim Goh, vice president and chief technology officer for high-performance computing and artificial intelligence at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has spent his career considering what machines can do, what they might do, and what they shouldn’t do. As AI has become more prominent, he has been asked to play the role of futurist by the customers and partners he deals with daily.

Goh, like most scientists, is unwilling to roll out any sort of crystal ball. But given his long familiarity with computer graphics, machine learning, analytics, and data, he is in a good position to talk about the different viewpoints on the subject. In this Q&A, he outlines the promises and concerns introduced by the ongoing uptick in AI adoption.

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What’s Left of the Night — a review of sorts

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2018 at 11:33 pm

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The ladies and gentlemen of New Vessel Press, having seen my previous writing on the Greek Alexandrian poet Constantine Cavafy, offered me a copy of Ersi Sotiropoulos’s novel about the poet, What’s Left of the Night. I agreed to post my impressions on this blog.

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Ties and knots

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2018 at 7:57 pm

Ediety, or Merovingian

Merovingian

Eldredge

Eldredge

Trinity

Trinity

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How growing up in the Navy made certain truths self-evident

In Diversity, Navy, Uncategorized on February 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence

Diversity provides a competitive and creative edge, no matter your ethnicity.

I’m a straight, white son of the American working classes. They don’t come much more “cis” than me. Big, hairy, white guy from the rural west. Married. Can tie a tie. I hike, I’ve owned trucks, and I like country music (well, to a point). On the surface of things, it might not make sense to too many that I’m a ferocious proponent of “diversity.”

I want to explain why I am and why it makes me a better writer and why I would not willingly work in a monoculture.

GO NAVY!

I grew up in the United States Navy. I was born into it to a father who was a career sailor, who retired as a Senior Chief during my teenage years. For those of you who have not enlisted or grown up in the military, you need to understand that I until I was 14 I never spent two minutes in a room where everyone was white. Read the rest of this entry »

Digitizing Shakespeare

In Shakespeare, Theatre, Uncategorized on January 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm

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Our world is currently characterized by digitization. On a daily basis we interact with digital tools and properties. However, if we think about digitization in general, we probably think about the big things first: communications (who writes letters these days?), transportation (how many times have we cursed at the computers that make our new cars unfixable with a wrench and a willingness to bark our knuckles), and of course, weapons (drones, anyone?).

But the success of this technology on a large scale has given birth to an almost pathological willingness to experiment on a personal scale. Things we never would have thought needed digital versions – cabs, meals, maps, books, cigarettes, wine – we now can’t imagine in solely analog forms.

Part of this trend is commercial. Entrepreneurs and investors are looking for the proverbial next big thing and who’s to say that isn’t digital underpants that track your menses? Surveys only get you so far. After that you have to take the risk of producing and trying to sell the beeping networked panties of your dreams.

But an arguably more dignified reason for experimenting is the human desire to answer the question “What if?” Read the rest of this entry »

Genealogy!

In Superintelligent sea cucumbers, Uncategorized on October 27, 2016 at 5:17 am

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Rob Delaney‘s progeny.

SONS

Alex
Bavin
Belp Shaganzo
Belth
Beston
Bramber
Bryntallion
Branson
Bryam
Caleb
Cevin
Chavin
Chendy
Chesney
Chunce
Cussler
David
Devon
Frenley
Gennder
Geoff
Gibraltar
Glanley
Glanson
Glem
Grove
Jadden
Jalbravean
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Comic: An oral history of failure, and (partial) redemption

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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I have published my profile of comedian Dave Anthony on Medium.

Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.

What?

“We had a practice run at Largo,” he said, referring to the LA comedy and music club. “A couple of his jokes didn’t fly and he he just kind of started attacking the crowd. His portion was kind of deadly, you know?”

Oswalt pulled Anthony aside afterward and said, ‘You going to not do that on the road, are you?’ I didn’t want him attacking every crowd. He exploded at me. ‘You’re a tiny dictator! You get a little bit of power and you turn into an asshole!’

Photo by Angelo

Happy Saint David’s Day, You Mutants!

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant, you monsters, Cymry and non alike.

St. David, Wales’s patron saint, was famous for inventing the scooter, the daffodil, rounding up all the snakes and sending them over to Ireland and tricking the Scottish into playing the bagpipes. So give thanks unto him.

By today, the daffodils are usually blooming and this year is no exception. So for me St. David’s Day always marks the start of that wonderful part of the year between pistol-kissing weather and the blooming of Satanic lung-weed.

In honor and imitation of Dewi Sant, may you ram a wad of leeks in your trousers. As was the custom at the time.

Photo by Bill Frazzetto