Derek’s first time in a tuxedo

Last night was the first music conservatory performance of the year at BTWHSPVA (Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts…phew) or Booker for short. While expectations at JL Long MS had been “dress in black”, Booker does the full-on tux and dresses. What a great performance! 2 sections of wind symphony, then classical guitar solos and an ensemble. String orchestra finished with 2 sections and then joined together for 1 song. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 9 double-bases and 9 cellos on the stage at the same time before. Tonight is choir and piano, looking forward to going back.

Of Storm Chasers, Tim Samaris, El Reno tornado, Blue Waters, AWS

Every now and then, you read something that just pushes all your buttons. At breakfast this morning, I was reading an article in Nov 17 Wired magazine (because Marla cut the daily newspaper delivery which used to be my morning staple, but I digress). The article is “Into the Vortex”, sorry I couldn’t find an online link. It talks about the May 2013 tornado that killed storm chasers Tim Samaris, his son Paul, and Carl Young.  Tornado nut that I am, I remember it vividly like it was yesterday.

The article went on to talk about how a researcher had been trying to simulate tornado formation on computers for years and finally got a chance to work with the supercomputer Blue Waters at the University of Illinois. It takes that kind of power to do the computations necessary. Using soundings from a similar EF-5 tornado from 2011, he was finally able to simulate a tornado.

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