Tesla Charger

Figured I could charge the ThunderCat at work, but it is really my wife’s car and it just wasn’t that convenient.  Was using the 110V adapter, but that got us like 5 miles of range per hour of charge.  Finally sprung for a Tesla charger in the garage.  About 45 miles of range per hour of charge.


Thai Dinner

Been a little light on the postings lately.  Was a bit under the weather for a while. Figured it was just the colds and other wintertime bugs going around  Ended up at the doc and they tested me for mono, strep, flu and probably other stuff I don’t want to know about.  All normal.  Sent my blood to the CDC in Atlanta and it came back positive for a well known childhood illness that is now considered “very rare”.  And yes, I was vaccinated, as is everyone in my family.  I blame the anti-vaxxer crowd.

Enough of that.  Here is some nice Thai food from dinner.  Yum.

Everything Is More Complicated in New Orleans

When the ‘blackface’ controversy started I immediately thought of Zulu, probably the only place a person my age would have been likely to see actual people in blackface.  I always understood it to be a parody of a parody.  I do have mixed feelings here.  If someone is offended, I don’t think it should be ignored.  Of course, ultimately people offended by this spectacle can just not go to Zulu.

From the New York Times:

A Black Group Says Mardi Gras Blackface Honors Tradition. Others Call It ‘Disgusting.’



Harvey Cragon (1928 – 2018)

Got word that one of my old committee members at UT, Harvey Cragon, had passed away recently (obit).  He was a tough old guy who built some of Texas Instruments supercomputers like the Advanced Scientific Computer back in the 1960s and 1970s.  It was a pleasure to know and work under someone with his background and understanding of computer architecture.  In particular, he made some recommendations for my work that I disagreed with and tried to ignore.  He eventually insisted I pursure some of these ideas, and it ended up being one of the strongest pieces of what I did (and yes, I did tell him he was right and I was wrong, but of course, he already knew that).


One of these guys has been hanging around our neighborhood for a long time.  Now there are two.  Snapped this with my phone while walking out to the car.  Had to zoom in a bit.  Maybe we will have some baby hawks soon.