The aging but spritely Prankster rat has been in the wars. Last week she had to go undergo surgery to remove a very large tumour. A short clip of the surgery is available for those who have an interest in such things. Unfortunately she ended up with an infected abscess following the operation, and had to go under again. She has recovered but is spending a several days with her stomach thoroughly bandaged. This is of course not an inexpensive venture; having recently visited a tax agent to submit several years of returns a review of our financial statements made it fairly clear of the costs of keeping our extensive menagerie. On a contrary country-wide scale, it seems that the Agriculture Minister has decided that the suffering of animals is something that is worth sacrificing for profit, as live sheep and cattle exports will resume to countries previously noted for cruelty.
Apropos, have recently taken up readings in animal-based fiction, starting with the classics of course; The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Jungle Book, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. Fishing for other suggestions that are particularly good at taking an animal's perspective on the world. Part of this interest is planning for running an upcoming Werewolf: The Apocalypse story, set during the Yugoslav Wars (too soon, perhaps?), where the player-characters will start as Bosnian werewolves; one can guess where I'm going with this.
Very pleased to hear that the latest version of OpenMPI is MPI3 compliant; I have written some installation instructions, which also touches upon the importance of this change. On the management side of IT, have written a sample quality assurance document for software development, which is sufficiently generic to be useful for others. A further document on project management is in the works, which I should know something about. Out-of-hours, I have taken a recent interest in Inform7, a natural language declarative programming language which produces code for Z-machines, rather like the old text-based adventure games (e.g., Zork). Finally, it helps if you check your code before publishing - and if you're giving a C++ example, perhaps some classes and methods too.
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