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Decompression [Sep. 10th, 2009|09:50 pm]
Hello world!

I gave my presentation today and I feel better than I have in weeks. Quite possibly months, even.

The big workshop started today, and so far it has all gone quite well. I gave my presentation just after lunch and basically brain-dumped at a room full of people for an hour. (I didn't have slides, I just had browser tabs for various bits of the project website.) I was worried that people would be either bored or overwhelmed, but I've received a lot of enthusiastic compliments, so I guess it worked. And most importantly, IT'S DONE! HOORAY!

Yesterday we had the PIs meeting, and although it was a bit stressful (admittedly, that could be in part because I was also multitasking three other threads for some of it), I think we made some good decisions, including a choice to restructure the 3-D data in a way that means I don't have to develop an entire new set of tools to deal with it!

Man. I really did not realize how much low-level background stress I've been living with until it went away.

It's probably just the fact that I've had two very full twelve-hour days in a row, but I feel like I've been away on a trip, and have now returned home. Hi! How are all of you? What have you been up to?

I wore my orange shirt today. I think it looked distinctive, but professional. Tomorrow, I'm not even going to care what I wear. The impression has been made.

[User Picture]From: lovecarnievan
2009-09-11 04:13 am (UTC)
YAY for you! Don't you love that feeling of relief? I wondered about that feeling a while ago. I wondered if it was an actual feeling in of itself, or if it was simply the absence of stress. Either way, it's nature's way of saying, WTG! You rock!
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2009-09-11 04:59 am (UTC)
Hey, speaking of which, have I actually mentioned Hadoop to you?

It's a way of taking lots and lots of low-powered machines to process enormous amounts of data. It's all about map-reduce. Mapping is taking data and grouping it. Reduce is about filtering those groups based on rules. The trick is to string map and reduce steps together to create useful sets of data.

This is done in a virtual file system, which is actually managing lots of pieces of the data across many different hard disks.

Anyway, when I heard about it I thought of your work and the potential application there. Or, you know, not, because I really don't know if this would be actually useful to you. But there it is.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-09-22 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm interested in hearing more about this at some point. Sounds like something where conversation would explain faster than writing.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2009-09-11 11:36 am (UTC)
My low level background stress has gone way up since the interview. I had a very interesting encounter at work this week, which appears to be the one thing I'm NOT posting about in favor of lighter topics I perceive to be of more general interest.

However, the good thing about this stress is that my brain is definitely pinging away, again. I can't think deep thoughts, but the short, shallow, ones are quite interesting.
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[User Picture]From: musikub
2009-09-11 02:02 pm (UTC)
Elimination of background stress. I can't wait to find out for myself what that feels like.
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From: detailbear
2009-09-11 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yay for non-explosive decompression!
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