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I decided to upgrade my primary remote work from home system. It is definitely time.

Let’s see. I went with the AMD Ryzen 5 processor. It has been a long time since I’ve used an AMD. Time to see how they compare to the Intel chips.

I then went with a motherboard based on the X370 chipset. This will help future proof the build.

Throw on a 500gb m.2 ssd drive for smoking fast boot and gaming plus a 4tb spinning disk for storage. Add on an Nvidia GTX 1070 video card and I’ll be good to go.

On our way back from Seattle we hit torrential rains, flooded roads, wildfires, and a downdraft strong enough to rip the roof off the hotel across the street. No one was hurt thankfully. 

Made us wonder if heading back home was what we should be doing.

Took a little road trip this last week. New Mexico to Montana to Washington and back to New Mexico.  About 3k miles or so. Putting miles on the car.

We bought the car with 35k miles on it 3 years ago. Just crossed 135k miles. It has been a good car.

This here be the Mystery Soda Machine in Seattle. No one knows who fills it. It’s a mystery as to what soda comes out. It has been a fixture on Capital hill for decades.

Just this trip alone the twins hit 7 states and Nora Canada.  We went through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon. Plus Nora is now chilling up in Vancouver Canada with a friend.

After 2 1/2 years in New Mexico we finally added a swamp cooler. The first year we melted, second summer I installed 2 window AC units,  and paid the utility bill. This year a buddy switched his house out to full AC. So I grabbed his old swamp cooler. New paint, belt, pads, and misc and it was good to go. I still need to sand and paint the vented sides, but I got impatient and put it all together.

Hooked it up over the weekend. It blows like a hurricane on high. It’ll be nice not to sweat at night.  I’ve plumbed it on through the window for now.

The heaviest snowfall of the year was today. April 29th. Go figure. I must admit it is very pretty. Only lost power for a bit over two hours so far.

It’s currently sunny and in the mid 70’s. Spring is here. The best time of year. 

After fighting pneumonia for the last few weeks I finally snuck down to Molly’s bar to hear some music. Molly’s has live music 5 days a week. Sunday and Mondays  are the only days without. Cowboy Scott was supposed to be playing this afternoon. Instead it’s Jake on the back patio. Jake is a Texas boy that can play a mean guitar. 

I like just relaxing with a beer on the back patio listening to good music. Glad I’m finally well enough again. FYI. Pneumonia is a pain. 

Rainy and stormy when we went to bed. Woke up to stormy and snowing. The snow elves arrived in the middle of the night to give us a white Christmas. 

I’m sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Salt Lake City waiting for the first full day of Supercomputing to start. Morgen and Nora are still sleeping in the hotel room.

It is so hard to believe that I have been coming to this conference for 12 years. I’ve only missed one. 2008 in Portland. Megan came to 3 I believe,  and now Morgen and Nora are at their 4th Full attendance .  

I find it fascinating to meet and shake hands with so many interesting people in the world of High Performance Computing. To know these folks on a first name basis. folks from all over the country and world.

Some times it’s nice to sit in a small bookshop, in a new town, drink some coffee, and realize how lucky I’ve been in my career. 

Well. it is time to head for the show. 

Juse a beautiful sunrise in the Sandia Mountains . 

It’ll be in the mid 40’s for a low all this week and raining both Saturday and Sunday. So much for getting the lawn mowed again. Oh well, looks like a lazy weekend reading and drinking coffee.

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