Monday, May 30th, 2022

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As is tradition and simply part of my morning routine, this morning has been spent with a bit more coding.

Today's coding has been mostly cleaning up code. I moved every variable, or API key, etc. from their place in code and moved to a new file which is not stored in GIT. I should have done this a long time ago, but oh well.

Last night I fixed the code for publishing the blog. When I first wrote it, I used entirely relative server paths. It worked perfectly for normal publishing. But with my recent updates and changes, I was trying to publish from a different script and it was dumping all the files in the wrong location. Now, that is fixed.

If it works, this embed is going to not work:

Also this morning I'm attempting to update my twitter bot code. Primarily, the intent is to delete my previous automated tweet when I make a new one. It should be set up to do it. But we'll see when the cron runs in a little bit.

5/30/2022 6:32 am | | Tags: twitter, glowbug, programming

After millennia of agricultural expansion, the world has passed ‘peak agricultural land’

5/30/2022 6:33 am | | Tags: ecology, farming, agriculture

US Takes Supercomputer Top Spot With First True Exascale Machine

The world's fastest supercomputer resides at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and counts as the first true exascale machine with an HPL score of 1.102 exaflops/second.


5/30/2022 2:39 pm | | Tags: supercomputer

Top Gun: Maverick

Just got home from seeing Top Gun: Maverick, and in short - I enjoyed it!

As soon as the movie started, I was immediately transported back in time. To my adolescence, on a camping trip with my Boy Scout troop. One of the fathers in the troop was a big wig pilot with, I think, Delta airlines. He had started organizing a weekend every year where dozens of troops from across Florida gathered, along with pilots and their personal planes (mainly things like Cessna's) - it was a chance for the scouts to work on their aviation based merit badges.

I recall going to this event at least twice, if not three, times. The moment the movie today took me back to was a hot and sticky summer evening in Florida. The troops were gathered in an airplane hanger, sitting on folding chairs with our popcorn and sodas, as we watched Top Gun. At the time, I didn't really comprehend how cool that moment was. In retrospect, I wonder how many of the few hundred scouts there, ended up becoming pilots when they grew up.

That same father, I wish I could remember his name, also set up another outing for my troop to be able to go see the Orlando Airport's air traffic control tower. That was a very cool outing, and for at least a little while after, I wanted to do that when I grew up.

In any case, I was taken back to those nights at the start of the movie. And just as quickly, I was back in the theater to enjoy the new movie. The new movie was everything I went in expecting. Dramatic aerial shots, intense moments, and a slew of nostalgic references and throwbacks. It won't go down as a great movie, but for those going in expecting this sort of movie - it is exactly that.

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