Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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What's In A Name?

First, a lille levity - lawaz a goond thing:

Now, it's improtant to metnion taht the possible ages are 1, 6, 10, 16, and 45.
My inner child is sixteen years old today

My inner child is sixteen years old!

Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while adults might just accept that, I know something's gotta change. And it's gonna change, just as soon as I become an adult and get some power of my own.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
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Second, next weekend I'm going to drive my dad to Ames, Iowa. My uncle (a physics professor at Iowa State, and a member of Ames Lab) and his wife will be out of town for a couple of weeks, so my dad is going up to keep my grandma company. I thought this would be a good opportunity to visit her and to attend the Atanasoff Symposium (100th birthday of J. V. Atanasoff). I just sent in a poster abstract on DESCRIBER [1] and will be presenting it at the computational intelligence workshop there.

Third, wot do you all call your computers?

Wot's In A Name: I started naming my systems only around the time I worked at the UIUC Beckman Institute. We had a "Trojan War" theme acos our project was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. So, initially, it was Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Aeneas. Later we added most of the Greek pantheon, a few Titans (Prometheus was my Linux system, and let's just say the name was very apt in that militantly all-WinNT shop), a lot of heroes (Menelaus, Hector, Achilles) and heroines (Cassandra) on both the Greek and Trojan side.

At NCSA, my system was named Chapin after Mary-Chapin Carpenter. The rest of the lab consisted of:
Zeppelin, Kramden, Clapton, Hendrix, Zappafrank, Boltz, etc. [2]

When I was an undergrad volunteer in the Mac (later the Mac/PC) lab at Hopkins, the idea of naming the systems:
Dyrnwyn, Excalibur, Anduril, Glamdring, Orcrist, etc.[3] was floated.

The grad who ran the lab actually managed to name them:
Kirin, Tsingtao, Heineken, Michelob, Budweiser, etc.
for about 2 days before the associate department head came and rained on our parade.

[1] Data Entity, Service, and Component Repository Index for Bioinformatics Experimental Research, a recommender system for computational genomics experiments that I have started developing.
[2] Zappafrank (cf. the asteroid) was a Linux system, too - only this was an Irix/Mac shop. As I mentioned to vretallin and phawkwood when they visited, I tend to be the revolutionaryfroward/different-thinking user whereever I go.
[3] I hadn't read Vows and Honor yet and By The Sword wasn't out until a few years after I graduated, or Need would have been in that list.



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