Dutch Lock Down One Year In T Minus Five Days

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Fifty One]

What will you do to celebrate / commemorate / commiserate this miserable occassion?

But first the news:

Another night of sleep difficulties for Boy Twin means another night of sleep deprivation for P and I. Plus First Minion started calling for his water at 0620 this morning.

This is not a thing, First Minion.

We do not call for our water at 0620 in the morning, Sir.

When we are thirsty at ANY TIME IN THE NIGHT we get our own happy butts out of bed and get our own water, especially when we are SIX YEARS OLD.


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I Call It An Extrovert Hangover

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Fifty]

Yesterday it was my absolute pleasure to co-host Equinix Proximity.

“And, boy, are my arms tired.”

I was only on screen for about ninety minutes or so and then helped with hallway track for another couple of hours – by 1900 local, put a fork in me, I was done.

But first the news:

ASIDE: According to that Dutch vaccination calculator, based on my profile, there are between 4.861.743 and 9.745.743 people in front of you in the queue for a COVID vaccine across the Netherlands. Given a vaccination rate of 354.088 a week and an uptake of 75%, I should expect to receive my first dose of vaccine between 12-9-2021 and 24-3-2022. I should then get my second dose by between 3-10-2021 and 14-4-2022.

But back to the kickass technical user conference, Proximity.

Rather, the after effects, of kicking ass and co-hosting a virtual conference.

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Today! PRXMTY! Get Closer!

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Forty Nine]

Starting this afternoon and running across the globe, Equinix Metal is running its first ever Online Technical User Conference, PRXMTY streaming LIVE on Twitch.tv/EquinixMetal.

And for the EMEA time zones, I’m totally one of the co-hosts along with the dazzling Mark Coleman and the exceptional David McKay.


But first the news:

The entire schedule is at https://proximity.sched.com/ but I’m particularly chuffed about quite a few talks and activities.

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The Carrot or The Stick

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Forty Eight]

When I was nine, the teacher wanted to teach her class a lesson.

She left, closed the door, and watched us from the window in the back of the room.

Chaos ensued.

But first the news:

Kids were talking to one another, laughing uproariously, throwing things at one another and getting up from their seats to walk about the room.

We were supposed to be quietly coloring at our desks.

At one point, I was finished with the crayon I was using and wanted a different color, I looked up at all the chaos and figured I wasn’t doing too bad, comparatively speaking, so I got up, grabbed another color, and sat back down to resume coloring.

And I was caught.

All of us were, actually. She took notes while watching us for the five minutes she was away, then came back and scolded the entire class with specific transgressions.

I was humiliated.

And my absolute fear of breaking rules was born.

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The Dancing Engineer who loves #BareMetal and #Butoh

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Forty Seven]

Welcome to March 2021!

And when we start a new month, we dive into a new theme that combines dance with a technical focus – and March is for #BareMetal and #Butoh

But first the news:

bare-metal server is a computer server that hosts one tenant, or consumer, only.[1] The term is used for distinguishing between servers that can host multiple tenants and which utilize virtualisation and cloud hosting.[2] Such servers are used by a single consumer and are not shared between consumers. Each server may run any amount of work for a user, or have multiple simultaneous users, but they are dedicated entirely to the entity who is renting them. Unlike servers in a data center, they are not being shared between multiple customers.

Bare-metal servers are physical servers. Each server offered for rental is a distinct physical piece of hardware that is a functional server on its own. They are not virtual servers running in multiple pieces of shared hardware.

Butoh (舞踏Butō) is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. The art form is known to “resist fixity”[1] and be difficult to define; notably, founder Hijikata Tatsumi viewed the formalisation of butoh with “distress”.[2] Common features of the art form include playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and it is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion. However, with time butoh groups are increasingly being formed around the world, with their various aesthetic ideals and intentions.

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