The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for May, 2009

Double Double Bacon Style

Via torque: In-N-Out…Now with Bacon. No, unfortunately In-N-Out is not adding Bacon to it’s secret menu. But dude: Bacon and a Double Double. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that.

Moore Calculation

If only there had been open access, maybe it wouldn’t be called Moore’s law: I didn’t go to Midland after all, but went instead to the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, which has roughly the same relationship to Johns Hopkins that JPL has to Caltech, and where I could continue to do basic…

Videoabstracts

Martin Plenio writes in with a link to a new site he created with Daniel Burgarth Videoabstracts (Joe got an email too): I am writing to you to bring to your attention some new tool that we (Daniel Burgarth and myself) have developed that has the aim of making science papers just a little more…

Over at TechFlash there is an article about some words Ed Lazowska, professor extraordinaire here in the computer science & engineering department at UW, had for the Seattle tech scene (see also xconomy): “It seems to me that the issue with this state is that we are one big happy family in which everybody is…

The Equilibrium Theory of Games

The other day I ran into a good friend from Tlön, who told me the most fascinating story about his discovery of a new theory of games.

This weekend was bottling weekend. Bottled up nine gallons of cab, Il Monstro Viola (this was the year that the purple monster in our front yard died) yielding 55 bottles of wine. Interestingly the two carboys I used had distinctively different tastes, one had a much stronger oak taste than the other. But both batches,…

Physics is an new APS initiative to highlight select articles for Physical Review journals, very much in the model of the commentaries that appear on articles in journals like Science. Many (all?) of the articles are written by researchers in the field, and are meant to be readable by a wide audience of physicists and…

Open That Science, Damnit!

A nice read for the weekend: Michael Nielsen on Doing science in the open in Physics World.

Adiabatic Paper Dance

Yes, it’s a slow dance: Through the hourglass I saw you, in time you slipped away When the mirror crashed I called you, and turned to hear you say If only for today I am adiabatic Take my pulsed gates away arXiv:0905.0901, “Adiabatic Gate Teleportation” by Dave Bacon and Steve Flammia (As seen on arXiview)

Too Few Wrong Papers?

After watching Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk* it occurred to me to go back and look at my own scientific papers and try to assess them for how creative they were. Some things you should just never do, I guess, but it did lead me to an interesting question. * The first 2/3 of the…