Category Archives: People

“We’ve found that a lot of network users either have unrealistically high or unrealistically low expectations.” —Chris Rapier, PSC network applications engineer Chris probably didn’t notice the slight pause as I took that in, composed myself for the next interview … Continue reading

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I come neither to bury the Google search engine nor to praise it — it needs neither, and to shift from misquoting the Bard to misquoting the Emancipator, my words can have little effect on it either way. It’s a … Continue reading

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Gathering dust on what I imagine to be a dimly lit shelf in Widener Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a biochemistry dissertation I’m sure nobody has ever taken off the shelf and read. It’s a shame. After all these years, I’m … Continue reading

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There’s a flurry of activity right now on the normally quiet 4th floor where my office is.  Curious to find out what’s going on, I asked Pallavi Ishwad, in charge of outreach activities for PSC, whose office is a couple … Continue reading

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I’m just gonna fess up and admit that the story I’ve been telling the PSC VECNet Cyber-Infrastructure crew is probably a myth. Director John Huston and Humphrey Bogart probably didn’t stave off malaria while filming “The African Queen” on location … Continue reading

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I’ve been working with Nathan Stone for almost ten years, and over the past few months there has been a question nagging at me.  How in the world does a guy who has a Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics wind … Continue reading

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“The July 12, 1973 fire at the St. Louis National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) destroyed approximately 80% of Army personnel records from 1 Nov 1912 to 1 Jan 1960; and, 75% of the Air Force records from 25 Sep 1947 … Continue reading

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We haven’t talked about any of our fabulous staffers in a while and since we did two posts on the XSEDE XRAC process a few weeks back, here and here, we thought this would be the perfect time hear about … Continue reading

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I’m not a big fan of second-guessing the ancients’ perception of natural events. People in earlier times didn’t have incorrect ideas of what the world was like because they were ignorant — let alone stupid. Generally, their ideas were pretty … Continue reading

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Yahoo News recently had an amazing graph analytics page (see our page on Sherlock, and this iSGTW article, for more on PSC’s recent activities in the field) concentrating on the voting records of U.S. senators. Specifically, how often they voted … Continue reading

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