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Well, it’s been a busy time lately. In the last month and a half I’ve spent 3 days at the DellXL consortium, a week in Vegas enjoying the SEMA conference, three days down at Los Alamos National Labs, and then a week in Salt Lake City at the Supercomputing 2012 conference. I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home. Thankfully I got home in time for Thanksgiving.

In that time I’ve given 2 talks about FNMOC to various HPC groups. One at DellXL and one at Supercomputing. I enjoy talking about FNMOC because not many people know what we do. Sure, we do weather modeling for the Navy. We also do SAR, Search And Rescue models, submarine weather, flight and ship routing for fuel and safety, etc etc. A lot of pointy end of the stick  stuff.

What was fun was that Megan went to Supercomputing with me. This is her second SC conference. I told her she had to dress conservatively, so she did, with blue hair (it’s a wig). She got a lot of comments about it. A lot of folks thought it was pretty cool. In the picture she’s sporting BSD horns that someone at the conference gave her.



I just heard through the grapevine that one of the contracts that was let out last year ended up with a company “owned” by a woman, minority, disabled vet. All the boxes tick’t for a government contract.

So, where’s the downside?

When this new contracting company sent out a welcoming committee to the team (about 10 people on the team) the first point they made was “Everyone here is replaceable.” Then proceeded to tell them there would be a 10% pay cut across the board and benefits would cost 4x as much. Seriously.

Needless to say the first thing everyone said, en mass, was bugger off. Turns out they backed off of the 10% pay cut and made it a bit better on the benefits. Not a great deal better, but a bit. Then this company proceeded to screw up by the numbers for a year. The way the contracts with the Navy are let is a 1 year contract with 1 year extensions. So, everyone was breathing a sigh of relief when the year came up and they could get a new contractor on board. Ya, not.

Seems that not enough documents were kept on how poorly this company was doing. Said company filed a complaint that they were being replaced, and since all the documents weren’t in place, they won. So, the poor bastards on site are now stuck with this company for another year.

What a bloody nightmare.

FYI. My contract is up in February and it sounds like they are going out for “open” competition. Oh joy. Oh resume time.

I had the opportunity to visit the Los Alamos National Labs this last few days. Talk about an interesting place. Home of the atom bomb.


The local science museum has a replica of Fat Man and also Little boy.


Just got home fromt he SEMA conference in Las Vegas. Had a blast and am exhausted. Will try to update with a few gems from the conference tomorrow.

Lots and lots of beautiful cars and more parts than you can imagine. So many ideas about what we can do to the bug and the cars.

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