|Ravi Pandya software | nanotechnology | economics||
Sun 06 May 2012
I'm posting mostly on Twitter now - follow @ravinpandya
Sat 08 Oct 2011
Our paper on Orleans was accepted to the ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing in Cascais, Portugal, October 26-28. If you're going to SOSP or SOCC, I'll see you there!
Thu 06 Oct 2011
Sadly, if Steve Jobs had listened more to his rational side in this case, he might well have lived many years longer:
"Most pancreatic cancers are aggressive and always terminal, but Steve was lucky (if you can call it that) and had a rare form called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which is actually quite treatable with excellent survival rates - if caught soon enough. The median survival is about a decade, but it depends on how soon it's removed surgically. Steve caught his very early, and should have expected to survive much longer than a decade. Unfortunately Steve relied on a naturopathic diet instead of early surgery. There is no evidence that diet has any effect on islet cell carcinoma. As he dieted for nine months, the tumor progressed, and took him from the high end to the low end of the survival rate."
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. *
Thank you, Steve, for everything you have created.
My first computer was an Apple ][+. I mowed lawns to buy it, and sold greeting cards door-to-door to expand it to 48k and buy a 140k disk drive. Adjusted for inflation, it is the most expensive computer I have ever owned. And worth every penny, for what I learned from it and created with it.
Sun 25 Sep 2011
This race doesn't start until 9:00, so it's easier to manage getting there in the morning than most races. I arrived at 6:45, and was early enough to get an onsite parking spot. It was shaping up to be a beautiful sunny day, like last year - pretty lucky for Seattle in late September. I had plenty of time to set up in transition, rest, eat, and do short warm-up run.
Wed 17 Aug 2011
This was my second triathlon, after Black Diamond last year. Overall, it was a good race, though I had a couple of problems. I had a flat on the bike course, which took me an unbelievably long time to fix. And I was short on salt & hydration, so I cramped up during the run.
Sun 13 Feb 2011
Slicing through water
Pedals spin like silk
Feet strike light and quick
Thu 02 Dec 2010
For the last year, I've been in the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG) in Microsoft Research, working on the Orleans project. Our goal is to make it much easier to write reliable, scalable, distributed cloud+client applications. I'm really enjoying it, and it's great to be working on something that I can talk about publicly.
We now have a video on Channel 9 with the whole development team
discussing the project:
We've also published a technical report describing the overall
design and architecture of the system:
There's also a brief summary of the project here:
Feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments. (Or if you're interested in working on this kind of thing - we've laid a great foundation so far, but there are plenty of interesting problems still to work on, like better programming language support, or large-scale data- and compute-intensive applications.)
Fri 15 Oct 2010
Sun 03 Oct 2010
I went to BrickCon at Seattle Center with Gavin today. It was a fun but intense total immersion in Legomania. Some interesting links:
Mon 27 Sep 2010
This was my first triathlon, so I had tried to prepare carefully. I had written up a race plan & checklist, packed my bike and gear into my car the night before... and realized in the middle of the night I had forgotten my bike shoes. I was up at 4:40, had a big mug of black tea and peanut butter & banana on toast, and headed out to Nolte State Park. I was there a little after 6:00, and was one of the earliest arrivals. I was the first through body marking, and set up my bike and gear in the transition area. I drove over to the parking area, took the shuttle back, and had a couple of hours to wait until the 9:00 start. I had OJ & some oatmeal with yogurt and applesauce (from our own trees), took my P3-SL over to the Enumclaw Sports booth to have the chain lubricated as it had gotten rusty after commuting in the rain, called my family, and gathered my thoughts for the day.
Sat 27 Feb 2010
Sun 24 Jan 2010
Wed 21 Oct 2009
© 2002-2004 Ravi Pandya | All Rights Reserved