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Month: June 2011

NASA Open Source Summit Proceedings

NASA’s approach to open source software is, as it with many things at NASA, disjointed. The meandering approaches didn’t find their common ground to the point that all issues were solved at the NASA Open Source Summit this past Spring, but they all were put on the table.

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In reading the official NASA Open Source Summit Proceedings, two things dawned on me.  First, every tech conference should produce and distribute such a document.  Second, what would such a document look like for SXSW?

So was the event useful?  The best use for any NASA I.T. conference is that it creates a gathering of all interested parties in one place.  NASA is incredibly decentralized and silo’d across states, nations, and, if there’s a NASA astronaut orbiting the Earth at the time, across the cosmos.  Any opportunity to gather people in place has its benefits for NASA.

While I had the flu

The first sign of the flu came to me in the form of lower body aches last Thursday morning.  Bu that afternoon, it had become a full body ache and I was done for.  I would be completely bedridden for the next four days.  Then mostly bedridden for another one.  Only this morning did I start feeling close to 100%.  Here’s a random list from my time with the flu.

  • Took 2,456 doses of ibuprofen1
  • In addition to ibuprofen, my body took on plenty acetominophen, Pepto Bismol, Thera-Flu, NyQuil, DayQuil, and some Advil Cold & Sinus for good measure.  If Hunter S. Thompson had shown up and let me choose from the trunk of his car, it would have been a no brainer to add a half dozen or so amyls to that list.2
  • Thought about 2 dozen blog post ideas that I didn’t write down anywhere and I’m sure I’ll never write
  • Ate 1 bowl of soup, a few bananas, a couple slices of toast, and 2 fried eggs.  That was pretty much it over the duration of the flu
  • Drank 9 32 oz bottles of Gatorade
  • Missed a few hundred work emails
  • I’d tell you how many rolls of toilet paper I went through, but that would be gross.
  • Watched all 13 episodes of Rubicon – which was great until the last episode.
  • Read Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead by Neil Strauss from cover to cover.  Not a bad read. Recommended if you like reading about rock stars.

Yes.  This was a pointless blog post.  But I needed to write a pointless, get-myself-back-to-blogging post so here it is.  You may now go back to regular programming.


  1. Not really. It only seemed like 2,456 doses. 

  2. If you haven’t read Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, you’ll have no idea what that means. 

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