The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for May, 2009

Google Wave

Catch the wave. Long but worth watching:I suspect that collaboration will never be the same after the wave. Another observation is about gadgets and iphone apps. One beauty of iphone apps is how easy it is to write one. This has always been true of many gadgets (like gadgets for google’s homepage.) But the later…

Information Causality

Recently I finally got a chance to read the new preprint arXiv:0905.2292 “A new physical principle: Information Causality” by M. Pawlowski, T. Paterek, D. Kaszlikowski, V. Scarani, A. Winter, and M. Zukowski. It’s been a long time since I spent more than a few spare hours thinking about foundational issues in quantum theory. Personally I…

When Tomorrow Was Yesterday

Ditch day 2009 was May 27, 2009. A classic from the past. Our stack involved a multi-storied wooden puzzle and the strong chance we would be taped to a tree upside down.

Astrometry Finds Planet

It seems that astrometry has finally succeeded at detecting a planet. A star and its planets perform a complex dance as they move through space. In astrometry planet hunting one looks for a planet by looking for the “wobble” of a star as it moves across the sky. This is contrast with the two other…

Online Weekly Colloquia?

Recently I’ve been thinking it might be fun to set up some sort online weekly colloquia in quantum computing. Fun? Well, okay maybe that’s not quite the right word. But it would be an interesting experiment. So I went out looking for good live webinar/videoconferencing software and well…I was a bit disappointed. Sure there are…

Life Sized Katamari Controller

Katamari Damacy is a very cool game, if for no other reason than it is a game in which “scale” changes. The basic idea is that you roll a ball around which picks up objects that aren’t too big for the ball and then the ball grows. Usually you are racing a clock to make…

The Weird Pope

Via his squidiness, a test on which pope you are. Me? Seek help now! You are a giddy combo of the weirder Popes, Stephen VI, Benedict XVI and St Peter But we knew that already, no?

One of the more interesting “problems” in Science 2.0 is the lack of commenting on online articles. In particular some journals now allow one to post comments about papers published in the journal. As this friendfeed conversation asks: Why people do not comment online articles? What is wrong with the online commenting system[s]? I think…

As an alumnus of the California Institute of Technology (thats “Caltech” not “CalTech” peoples!) and a member of the Caltech alumni association, I get a quarterly copy of Engineering and Science (E&S). In this month’s issue there is a letter from the editor concerning the future of the print version of Engineering and Science. It…

Strip Malicious Mischief

Ah, the games people play: A 23-year-old Tacoma man and an 18-year-old Lakewood woman are suspected of throwing rocks from a railroad trestle onto at least 14 vehicles traveling southbound on Interstate 5 early Monday. … Investigators told KOMO-TV that the couple was playing a stripping game that involved each of them shedding a layer…