I got back this morning at about 11:30 following a fantastic LOPSA-East conference. I entertained such subjects as Tom Limoncelli’s Evil Genius 101, Kyle Fulton’s Automation in the Cloud with Puppet, Shumon Huque’s Using and Migrating to IPv6, and Matt Simmons’s Intro to SSDs. The Friday night keynote was delivered by Marcus Ranum of varied and interesting fame – his talk was funny, accurate, and depressing as hell. Just sayin’.
The New Brunswick Hyatt is venue for the conference, and it was excellent. The food was superb (in general, not just in the context of a tech conference), and the training rooms were well equipped. The LOPSA organizers are all awesome. #HighFives, y’all.
The 325i was a fine place to spend a few hours in driving up on Thursday afternoon, and back this morning. Four hundred miles round trip, and I got over 37 MPG. Wow!
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Our condolences to the families, friends, and units of these fallen warriors:
- Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, of San Antonio, Texas, died May 1 in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit on April 27, with an improvised explosive device in Arian, Afghanistan.
- Spc. Trinidad Santiago Jr., 25, of San Diego, California, died May 2, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.
- Pfc. Charles P. McClure, 21, of Stratford, Oklahoma, died May 2, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.
- Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft.
- Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, California, died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft.
- Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, California, died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft.