The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for January, 2009

Brains, Brains, Brains, Brains

Like many an arrogant kid before me, when I graduate from high school in my podunk hometown (no, it wasn’t marshy, and I say podunk with all the warm feelings of a idyllic childhood), I was filled with confidence that I was one of the smartest people I knew. Oh, I’d never say it, and…

If Only It Were This Easy

Via Alea: the CME trading simulation game. If only it were this easy: I suspect that in the real world, doing the opposite of what I did would be required to actually make money


Part three in my continuing pedantic slow-as-molasses walk through Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. List of posts here: introduction, ch 1, ch 2. SPOILER ALERT: Dude, I can’t talk about the book without giving away what the book is about, so if you don’t want the book’s main ideas to be spoiled,…

My favorite line from today’s inauguration speech: In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work,…

Fixed Point Structure

From a crazy model to a concrete question: is there a nice mathematical structure hidden here?

Ecto and LaTeXiT

Method for using Ecto and LaTeXiT.

Perimeter Scholars Institute

The Perimeter Scholars Institute is a Masters level course designed to prepare students for cutting-edge research in theoretical physics. It looks pretty cool with some outstanding lecturers. The application deadline is February 1. All accepted students will be fully supported. Details below the fold.

QIP 2009 Day 5 Liveblogging

The last day of QIP in Santa Fe. Also note that Joe has posted some nice notes on additivity on his blog: part I and part II. Oh, and QIP next year will be in Zurich, and QIP the year after next will be in Singapore. computing, conference, quantum

QIP 2009 Extras

Stuff learned while at QIP.