The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for April, 2009

Flaming Bacon

Matt points me to Bacon: the Other White Heat: I recently committed myself to the goal, before the weekend was out, of creating a device entirely from bacon and using it to cut a steel pan in half. My initial attempts were failures, but I knew success was within reach when I was able to…

Dynamical Decoupling Workshop

Michael Biercuk sends me a note about an upcoming workshop on dynamic decoupling. He’s trying to get a gauge of the interest in such a workshop: Upcoming International Workshop on Dynamical Decoupling (IWODD) Expected Date: October, 2009 Location: Boulder, CO By Invitation Only Interested participants please contact Michael J. Biercuk, biercuk at boulder.nist.gov Those interested…

Two Years

Happy Tax Day! Happier anniversary to me and Mrs. Pontiff!

Over 9 months ago I decided to apply for teaching tenure track jobs. Then the economy took what can best be described as a massive, ill-aimed, swan dive. Thus creating an incredible amount of stress in my life. So what does a CS/physics research professor do when he’s stress? The answer to that question is…

Where To Move?

I am always greatly amused by the display of frustration in which one threatens to leave a country if things don’t change. During the end of the first term of Bush the Second, it was common in the United States to hear liberals express their anger as: “If he wins a second term, I’m going…

Sunday Questions

Can quantum computers efficiently compute factorials? BaconCamp? Day Took Er Silicon Valley Jrbs? I wonder how I’d do on a RQ test?

Through The Eye of the Beholder

Scott the optimizer asks a question on a wim: Come up with a catchy name for growth rates of the form 2^(n^&alpha) , 0

Climbing Mt. Scalable

The survey of abused words in quantum computing shows the word “exponential” as having an, um, exponential, lead over its competitors. My own personal choice for the most abused word was “scalable,” a word that is, in my opinion, the least debated, but most important, concept in quantum computing today. A word which everyone uses…

John Preskill writes to me about workshop being quickly organized in response to the release of a report by US National Science and Technology Council calling for a national initiative in quantum information science. I saw this report a while back and have some half written blog posts about it that I need to finish…

UW: We’re Number 1!

Over at Xconomy Ed Lazowska writes about the proposed cuts in higher education here in the state of Washington. There I find that the Washington higher eduction is number one! Number one in terms of the percentage being cut by the (proposed) state budget: 23 to 31 percent among global challenge peer states. But are…