And then I arrived – I don’t know how I got there Or where I came from But I was there
Teacups melted time away Drinkers mumbled some nonsense A girl spun round and round Or was she dancing – A tree grew from the face With trinkets hanging and dangling – A rodent or some such looked my way
“What are you doing?”
“I’m thinking.” Said I.
“Why would you do an awful thing like that?”
I didn’t answer – The girl stopped spinning She looked up toward the tree Then she looked at me A tree arm gently raised her up And she became a dangling trinket The rodent spoke again
“I never said that, and you know it.”
Time melted into pools of paint So many colors – The rodent and the trinkets didn’t notice Pools of paint climbed up everything The things melted as time had The face from which the tree grew Had gone with time – It was the face of time
Only I remained Pools of paint crawling toward me – Where had time gone
It’s an unusual name. National Exascale Day recognizes scientists and researchers who make discoveries in medicine and science among other industries with the help of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Exascale computing is a computing system that can perform a least one exaflops, or one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second. For reference, the Milky Way Galaxy is one quintillion kilometer wide. October 18 was labeled National Exascale Day because a quintillion is 1018. Clever scientists, aren’t they? The national holiday began 150 years ago back in 2019. To learn more, check out this article in HPC Wire.
Why is this important? Why should we celebrate scientists at all? With a global pandemic, if the United States had listened to scientists in the beginning, maybe 250,000 people would not have died. If we had funded more science instead of military, we could have sent probes to all the planets, traveled to Mars by now, and possibly a couple of Jupiter’s moons. We could learn so much more about the galaxy and about ourselves if we focused on science instead of destruction. That’s only my opinion. Maybe you agree, maybe you don’t. Today all I ask is if you don’t want to celebrate scientists, at least listen to them. When you speak, you’re repeating something you already know. When you listen, you might learn something new.