April 15, 2013

Sharding.

It looks like this close up:

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And like this from a distance. That's the shoreline of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin today:

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Though the temperature approached 60° and the lake water was melted, there were piles of distinctive looking ice in one place:

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It tinkled like like a pile of glass fragments. Check out the texture:

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It's called sharding.

52 comments:

Revenant said...

Interesting.

edutcher said...

You say shards, and I think glass.

Usually shattered.

ndspinelli said...

Not to be confused w/ "sharting," something we all do. "Never trust a fart."

m stone said...

We have ice shoves on Lake Winnebago, northeast of Madison that look like this.

Hagar said...

"NASA hopes to make water on the moon."

(NBC News)

bagoh20 said...

I never see ice in it's native habitat unless I go above 4000 ft on the coldest days in winter. I grew up in that icy shit, and I don't think I could make it through one winter now without resorting to self-murder.

Pettifogger said...

In San Antonio, we're needing to run the air conditioner.

St. George said...

Shrapnel got its name from Dr. Henry Shrapnel, who in 1783 invented the exploding projectile, otherwise known as spherical case ammunition.

rhhardin said...

Brandenburg Concerto One piano, four hands. (There are better cuts on the CD set)

I used those Max Reger transcriptions to put the Brandenburg Concertos on a PDP11/40 graphics card D/A converter, back in 1980, over several weekends of typing.

Interupt level code added a list of sums and increments each time it got called by the clock and wrote the sum to the converter; base level code moved increments in and out at the right note times.

If you put in too many voices, what was playing dropped in pitch (interrupt level code unable to finish and return) and froze (nothing but interrupt level code ran). I think it could take about eight voices before it ran out of time.

Anyway the Reger transcriptions are nice.

caplight45 said...

@ndspinelli: Trust but verify!

Dante said...


It tinkled like like a pile of glass fragments


I think the "like like" threw off my reading comprehension. For a moment I thought you tinkled on it and it cracked like a pile of glass.

St. George said...

Lumpy Rutherford, RIP.

First gold. Then Boston. Now this.

Paco Wové said...

I like this comment thread. Interesting, civilized, quiet. Unlike the idiot partisan screech-fest next door.

traditionalguy said...

Clear evidence that Madisonians are cold people. The whole place looks like a Margarita on the rocks.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

Ann, how can I get a licensed copy of the first image? Because I totally want that as my desktop.

Phil 3:14 said...

Will be in Madison next week for training at EPIC. Any recommendations for places to eat.

Meade said...

Michelle, click on it. Takes you through to flickr. Download. Creative Commons (CC). Enjoy.

Thanks for asking.

Meade said...

Phil, what kind of food do you like?

MadisonMan said...

Phil, where are you staying? If you're near the Square, Marigold Kitchen for Breakfast.

MadisonMan said...

Glad I'm coming back to ice-free lakes, by the way.

Chip Ahoy said...

The Brandenburg concertos were popular right up to the time of the great Brandenburg disaster involving a zeppelin.

I'm sorry. Wrong disaster. Got mixed up there a little. Meant to say the great Battenburg disaster.

Rabel said...

In the early 80's this Southern boy went to Chicago for an interview at the Northwestern B-school.

It was windy and frigid. Very frigid. The imposing stone buildings and the grounds were covered in snow.
I walked over to the lakefront and saw gigantic sheets of ice piled up near the shoreline. It was alien to me. I might as well have been on Mars. Or Pluto.

The interview seemed to go OK, but I didn't follow up.

bagoh20 said...

Last week I finished this book:
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Fantastic exploration of why we believe what we believe, and don't listen so well to opposing views. It has really helped me to understand my own views, and more importantly those who disagree. I think the author found a rare novel insight, and lays out a theory that's thorough, and as far as I know, very unique.

I'm currently in the middle of The Last Season (P.S.) About a very experienced Sierra Nevada backcountry park ranger who disappeared in the mountains in 1996 under mysterious circumstances. I just love it. I've hiked nearby, and have a long-time love affair with the California high country. An awesome writing and story so far. I'm already completely consumed with dreams of backpacking this summer right where much of it takes place, which is one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world. These rangers work every summer as soon as the snow clears in June for three months dropped in all alone in the most remote mountains, sleeping in a tent and hiking miles everyday just looking for people in trouble (or their bodies) to rescue. No phone, no radio, no TV, no internet, just books and nature - my dream job.

Someone here recommended it to me about a week ago, and I don't remember who, but thanks a million. I'm really enjoying it.

chickelit said...

It looks deliquescent, like sal ammoniac (known to alchemists) does. NH4Cl sublimes like ice does in Colorado.

kentuckyliz said...

Shard or get off the pot.

EDH said...

I'd start the investigation with the "friends" of this guy who graduated with a degree in physics from Northeaster University.

At 11 am, as Ferdaus walked into the US District Court courtroom, about a dozen family members and friends stood, waved at him and yelled, “We love you!” His mother, Anamaria, sitting in the front row, repeatedly instructed him “keep your head up.”

Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland sentenced to 17 years in terror plot; plotted to blow up Pentagon, Capitol

Nov 1, 2012

A 26-year-old Ashland man was sentenced this morning in federal court in Boston to 17 years in prison for planning to crash explosives-laden model airplanes into the Pentagon and US Capitol and rigging cellphones to detonate improvised explosive devices to kill American troops.

Rezwan Ferdaus, who grew up in Massachusetts and has a physics degree from Northeastern University, began planning a holy war against the United States in 2010 after becoming convinced by seeing jihadi websites and videos that America is evil. He later approached a federal informant and met with undercover agents to discuss a plot.

Undercover FBI agents supplied Ferdaus, a US citizen, with money to buy the planes, explosives, three grenades, and six AK-47 assault rifles. He was arrested after he locked the explosives and guns in a Framingham storage facility he had rented. Authorities have said the public was never in danger from the arms.

Ferdaus was facing a 35-year sentence, but under a plea agreement, federal prosecutors agreed to drop four of six charges and to jointly recommend with the defense a sentence of 17 years...

Ferdaus acknowledged his supporters, smiling widely and lifting his cuffed hands to wave back. The courtroom then fell silent, awaiting the entry of Judge Richard Stearns.

In an address to the court, Ferdaus made references to “inhumanity in other places’’ but he did not specify what he was referring to. He also did not make a direct mention of his Muslim faith or terrorism by Islamic fundamentalists.

Instead, he talked about his mindset as he faces 17 years behind bars.

“I can dream of a brighter future,’’ Ferdaus said at one point. “God willing, I will acclimate. I am in acceptance of my fate.’’

From the bench, Stearns seemed to have been moved by Ferdaus’s introspective statement...

The judge said the letter from Ferdaus’s parents was “a portrait of a much-loved son.’’ But the judge added, “I did notice there was a point in which his life turned darker.”

Ferdaus was charged in a six-count indictment with attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive, attempting to provide material support to terrorists, attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises, receipt of explosive materials, receipt of possession of non-registered firearms and attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda. He pleaded guilty to the first two charges.

Prosecutors said Ferdaus planned to kill American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan using improvised explosive devices detonated by the modified cellphones. He also planned to blow up the Pentagon and US Capitol using remote-controlled planes measuring up to 80 inches in length and capable of speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. The planes would be guided by GPS and contain 5 pounds each of plastic explosives. He also planned to enlist others for a ground assault on the federal buildings.

Authorities have said the planes would likely not have done any major damage.

Ferdaus traveled to Washington, D.C., to scout out his targets and later gave the undercover agents surveillance photos and maps, prosecutors said. He was arrested in September 2011.

EDH said...

BTW, Ferdaus's hometown of Ashland is one town over from the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton.

Northeastern is near the finish line.

Phil 3:14 said...

I like good food.

Foobarista said...

I always wondered what "sharding" meant in "real life" (although apparently not enough to check)...

In large-scale data management, it means segmenting one's data across different environments using some sort of "sharding parameter" or "shard key".

Foobarista said...

I always wondered what "sharding" meant in "real life" (although apparently not enough to check)...

In large-scale data management, it means segmenting one's data across different environments using some sort of "sharding parameter" or "shard key".

Dante said...

Rabel:

In the early 80's this Southern boy went to Chicago for an interview at the Northwestern B-school.

You are a dude? Thanks for the warning! =)

garage mahal said...

@Phil
Try Sardine, to the right of the Capitol in the pic. The arctic char is to die for. [Or at least the char was on the menu a few months ago last time I was there]. There is also good pub food around the Square. Old Fashioned is always good. Best cheese curds in town.

bagoh20 said...

"You are a dude? Thanks for the warning! =)"

I know. I thought all along Rabel was a chick. No wonder she seemed so cool. What a let down.

Meade said...

http://www.letoile-restaurant.com/#!menu/cm65

MadisonMan said...

I also like Lombardinos, near west side. It's near the Blue Moon, which has good bar food, if that's what you want. The Village Bar also has good bar food.

Rabel said...

Dante, Bagoh,

I must reject the sexism inherent in your gender normative assessments. Sex, like race is a regressive societal construct unworthy of the Althouse blog.

And when I saw that I got a few positive comments recently and felt the warm glow of the soft bigotry of low expectations, I just rolled with it.

But I can understand the confusion caused by the avatar. I was sure that Lem was a dog for the longest time.

Rabel said...

But I'm still positive that Ritmo is an iguana.

Phil 3:14 said...

I like good bar food but can I assume there are some "non-bar" restaurants too?

chickelit said...

I also like Lombardinos, near west side. It's near the Blue Moon, which has good bar food

Is it still on the corner on University Ave? I remember eating there as kid in the late 60s, before they built Campus Drive and it was the main street east west. I also went there on dates in the 1980s.

Dante said...

But I'm still positive that Ritmo is an iguana.

Well, Rabel, I have to admit will view your posts differently now.

I thought your posts were interesting, and insightful, but now I find out they really weren't. Just another run of the mill guy. Lots of those.

Regards. And naturally, understood the sexism in that, but on the other hand, I can't imagine actually liking something growing inside of me. cf. Alien.

chickelit said...

@Rabel: Isn't your avatar one of the Manson girls? That photo looks familiar.

Dante said...

P.S. you still post like an insightful woman, like XXX is an iguana. I can't imagine a guy doing that.

Phil 3:14 said...

Thanks Meade. I assume that's the "take the wife out for the special date place"

bagoh20 said...

I never liked "Shard key and Hutch".
~~~
If we're plugging restaurants, I suggest my sister's new place for anyone in the Melbourne, FL area, who wants good, reasonably priced food, in a casual atmosphere for breakfast or lunch only. Always new things added to the menu from the kitchens of my mom and sister. It's not fancy, but we could never pull that off in my family anyway. We were hillbillies before Althouse made it fashionable.

Aloha Eatery

Rabel said...

Chicklit,

I saw that picture when Manson was in the news for something last year. That's Susan Atkins.

The head down, eyes up pose and the facial structure reminded me a bit of Althouse. Nor the everyday Althouse, but the Bizarro World Althouse that pops out from time to time. Plus, Obama had won and I felt the need for a darker, more sinister look.

My Hazel avatar (from the 60's sitcom) was just too happy.

And let me add that it is the visual effect only that reminded me of Althouse. I'm almost certain that she is not a serial killer.

Now as for Meade?

NotquiteunBuckley said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37-yFGJngPs

Very super etc.

Shana said...

"kentuckyliz said... Shard or get off the pot."

Now that gave me a good chuckle.

CEO-MMP said...

Paco Wové said...

I like this comment thread. Interesting, civilized, quiet. Unlike the idiot partisan screech-fest next door."


So why even mention it in this thread?

MadisonMan said...

Is it still on the corner on University Ave?

Yup, University and Highland. The Korean restaurant across the street is usually full of Asians, but I've not eaten there since the '90s. It was good then, though.

Phil 3:14 said...

Thank you all for the dining tips. Sorry Bags, not heading to Fl. anytime soon.

mrs. e said...

We've got a med school, year-end event scheduled at the far end of Picnic Point, in two weeks. Knowing there's still ice out there, is a bit disconcerting.

Patrick said...

I thought Rabel was Steve Buscemi's sister.