The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for July, 2009

arXiv.org Hacked?

Has the arXiv been hacked or is it offline? When I connect to arxiv.org it shoots me to mirror sites which haven’t been updated since Oct 08. Via @MartinQuantum. Also nanoscale views reports the arXiv down. Since this is a blog we can easily spread rumors by including a link to an article today about…

Happy 4th of July!

Never a bad time to take a look at Mr. Jefferson’s document (and also thank you Thomas, for serving tubers at Monticello at a time when people thought they would kill you.)

New DARPA Director

DARPA, you know the people who invented the internet (“100 geniuses connected by a travel agent”), has a new director: The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced the appointment of Regina E. Dugan as the 19th director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA is the principal agency within the DoD for research,…

ArXiview, my arXiv browsing iPhone app, has been updated for the new iPhone OS 3.0. New features include: Search fields now accept boolean queries and exact phrase queries. Touch the little (i) icon to get info on this feature from the search page. Search by identifier has been added. There is now an in application…

Bacon Bubble

Okay, I’m calling it. We have officially reached the top of the Bacon loving bubble. Why? The dress made of Bacon indicator has been tripped. This indicator has a 50 percent probability of beating the magic 8 ball in predicting the top of past Bacon bubbles. I predict a hard landing for Bacon lovers everywhere.…

Fido Left Behind

Over at my old blog one thread which keeps on giving is my missive about Dr. Wayne Dyer which now has over 2000 comments. I can always tell when it’s PBS pledge drive time by the bump in traffic on my old website and the increase in comments on this post. Today I got a…

Power Tool Races

This last weekend we made it out to artopia in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. One of the cool event at artopia was the power tool races. That’s right, power tool’s or other appliances propelling themselves down a long track! Here, for instance, is my favorite, the Piña Collider: Won the race, finishing perfectly at the end…