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   Severe thunderstorm watch from the time I got up until late into the evening.  Looking at the radar I couldn't see any direct threat, but the swirl I was seeing indicated that bad weather could form wherever.  That and high winds made it not a good day for an extended bike ride.  My skating it the evening though went better.  I've found my performance is related to two factors: season and prior exertion.  Prior exertion clearly impacts my performance and that makes sense.  If I cycle a lot before a heavy skating session, I will not perform nearly as well as if I were well rested.  Nothing too difficult about that.  Season has a few of factors: temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.  I'm not sure which of these factors effect my heart rate the most, but I know some, if not all, do.  Why exactly this is case I am not sure.  When the season cooled off around October, I was impressed at how much my heart rate and calorie burn went up.  When the weather started to warm back up, I was rather depressed at how much my heart rate and calorie burn went down.  For now I think it is temperature related, but it could also be humidity.  It makes sense that when the body reaches a higher temperature, it limits the amount of exertion that can be produced in order to keep from overheating.  In higher temperatures, the bodies ability to keep cool is reduced.  The same is true of higher humidity, when sweating is not as effective at cooling the body.  However, I skate in a climate control environment where temperature and humidity are more controlled.  Humidity isn't controlled as much as temperature, but temperature is fairly consistent.  So perhaps barometric pressure is also related.  I'm not sure.
   Whatever the causes, tonight was a good night despite the lower seasonal handicap.  I burned 2,307 Calories in 3 hours, 5 minutes.  That isn't the 2,500 Calories I can burn during the winter months, but better than the 2,000 Calories I can expect from the summer months.
Steve

Steve

   Typically Fridays are when Steve, Pokie, and I do to breakfast.  I normally ride into work, but again the weather was threatening rain.  So I drove to breakfast.  I only allowed myself eggs and toast where as when I ride I can justify a stack of pancakes.  And this time I could stay significantly longer because there was no hurry to be to work.  Pokie educated me about an article I read the previous night about a possible 5th fundamental force.  It is awesome knowing a physics Ph.D. who can explain high level physics topics to me.  While I am below physics majors in the field, I am above most laypeople, and it is hard to get answers to physics questions.  But Dr. Pokie is able to dumb down complex topics to a level I can digest.  You are awesome Pokie!
Zach, Que, and Amber

Zach, Que, and Amber

   Today was an other day I felt sketchy about riding into work.  Although I wanted to ride, the weather again forecast rain.  It was likely I would have to go on a field trip in the afternoon so I decided to drive.  This time not riding was a good idea.  About 7:00 am it started a 10 minute heavy downpour.  If I ride into work, I typically arrive around 7:10 am.  Not only did I miss the rain, I also had to go on that anticipated field trip.
   After work, Amber, Zach and I biked downtown for a slice of pizza.  Zach has been improving his cycling endurance, and Amber has a fairly good pace.  So together we made a good team.
   No cycling today, but this time it did actually rain.  I did get an evening session of skating in, but between the humidity and just plain being lazy I didn't skate too hard.  Zach has been going with me on Wednesday nights in an effort to diversify his exercise diet.  However he twisted his ankle a few days ago and had to cut out early.  Most of the house had been doing pretty well on a healthier diet and exercise regime last year, but all but Zach and I seem to have quit.
Pokie

Pokie

   For forecast has called for rain all week.  I wanted to bike into work, but the forecast didn't look promising, so I didn't.  Turns out the day was wonderful.  Warm, sunny and perfect riding weather.  I feel cheated.
   Met up with Pokie for sushi.  Tonight she helped answer some questions I had about muons and tau particles.  Since I've been working on this project related to neutrinos, I've been wanting to understand more about them.  My boss told me that if I wanted to understand neutrinos, start with muons.  So I have.  What's better is that when I have a question about the information I have learned, I know a physics Ph.D. who is well versed in partial physics I can ask.  It is nerd heaven.  I had read that a muon was like a heavy electron, but short lived.  Pokie told me a tau particle was even heaver, and even more short lived.  So I asked what seemed the obvious question: anything heavier and even more short lived?  Excitedly she explained that there could be, but we have not found them and may not with the limited energy levels of existing particle accelerators, even with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN at it's impressive 13 TeV (13 trillion electron volts).
   One question I get when I talk excitedly about recent discoveries like the Higgs boson is why it is important.  In reading about the muon I have one answer.  The muon was discovered in 1936.  It wasn't until the 1950s a piratical use for them was discovered with the birth of muon tomography.  Recently, muon tomography was used at the remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to determine the location and quantity of the fuel in the melted reactor core which will aid in removing it.  It has also been used to look for hidden chambers in the Great Pyramids in Giza, and image magma chambers of to predict volcanic eruptions.  And most people have never even heard of a muon.  It is hard to say exactly what applications the neutrino research going on today will find in the future, but we won't know exactly what neutrinos are good for until we know how they work.  There is a significant time lag between time lag between discovery and application (more than 15 years for muons), but the investments made now will drive the technology of the future.  I like to try and imagine what it would have been like to see the arguments made in the early 1800s when scientists were working out the laws of electricity.  Back then electricity was a curious phenomena with no practical uses.  No one then would have predicted it would be the key to 20th century technology.  The strange world of particle physics today maybe the birth of technologies 100 years from now that only exist in science fiction.  And I find being a part of it is exciting.
   Did a strange ride today by north going through Waunakee, and then west to Springfield Corners.  From there I had planned on going to Martinsville, but missed my turn.  So I went south west until County K and then started working my way back to Middleton.  However, I was coming up short on calories, so once to Confluence Pond I turned north and then onto County M.  This wasn't what I wanted either.  So I turned north on Parmenter Street until I got to Graber Road.  From there I snaked my way to Pheasant Branch, and then back home for a total of 1,565 Calories.  That is just enough for to justify favorite post cycling game.  I call it playing fat boy, and it is a meal at the Indian restaurant across the street.  The ride was almost exactly 30 miles.  That's what it takes to play fat boy, and I have no problem with that.
Andrew Que, May 2016

Andrew Que, May 2016

Needed to bring some more hard drives online. The other day I found DataDump, my primary RAID array, was completely full. The other drives in my system are also near capacity. Considering I have 7 terabytes of storage, that is saying something. I have a bunch of old 500 GB drives from my old RAID array and this afternoon I put two of them online. However, it is time to look into upgrading the entire storage setup. There are only 3 TB of the now 8 TB that are under RAID backup, and that is not good enough.

A few days ago my phone started nagging me about doing a system update. I kept putting it off because when I noticed, I needed the phone (tracking rides, listening to music, listen to my book, etc.) On Monday I finally let it update. Then my huge SD card with my music suddenly stopped working. It would show up for about 5 minutes, then disappear. If you removed the SD card and put it back in, things worked for an other 5 minutes. Then the SD card would disappear again. I was not pleased. Search around the Internet I didn't find anyone else complaining about this problem.

Today my SD card started working normal again. I'm not sure why, have no idea what software changed, or what updates installed themselves, but now it works.

That is the success story. The crappy application I use to log my heart rate to a CSV file also stopped working. When this will be fixed I'm not sure. I hate updates.