The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for November, 2009

Stuff to read while you wait around for finals and the Christmas holidays: Via alea one of the odder invocations of NP-completeness: Rowing and the Same-Sum Problem Have Their Moments An update on the status of US science funding for the next budget year at Computing Research Policy Blog An interesting paper is out on…

QIP 2010 Speakers

The list of talks accepted at QIP 2010 is now online. As a member of the PC I can tell you that there were way more good papers than available speaking slots and made some of the final decisions hard to make. One talk that I think will be a highlight is the invited talk…

Quantum Misc

Some notes for quantum computing people: IARPA will be hosting a Proposers’ Day Conference for the Quantum Computer Science (QCS) Program on December 17, 2009 in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the program. Details here Submissions for TQC 2010 in Leeds are now open at http://tqc2010.leeds.ac.uk. Digging through my…

The 1/6th People

@EricRWeinstein is at it again in twitterland, this time on the subject of the funding of science. For an intriguing read about the glut of Ph.D.s versus science funding, he links to his (circa 1998?) article titled: “How and Why Government, Universities, and Industry Create Domestic Labor Shortages of Scientists and High-Tech Workers.” An interesting…

D. Bacon Beard

One must wait until the end of the video, and no, that is not me:

Mmmvelopes. Tasty Tasty Mmmvelopes.

Too often in life I am sending out a check to some charitable organization, or to resubscribe to Bacon magazine, and I think “damn this would be a lot better with Bacon.” And now via the honest one, I find out that there is a solution to this vexing problem: Bacon flavored envelopes! From the…

Science Fiction Prototyping

Last Friday I went to at talk by Brian David Johnson from Intel. That sentence sounds like any other that an academic could write–always with the going to seminars we acahacks are. That is until you hear that Brian David Johnson is a “consumer experience architect” in the Digital Home – User Experience Group at…

Friday the 13th is, apparently, a day of must read articles. This time it’s Steven Pinker’s review of Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. Readers who have taken linear algebra will be amused: He provides misleading definitions of “homology,” “saggital plane” and “power law” and quotes an expert speaking about an “igon…

Cormac Interview in the WSJ

This interview with Cormac McCarthy by the Wall Street Journal is well worth reading (Coincidentally(?) I just started rereading the Border Trilogy.) This amused me [CM:] Instead, I get up and have a cup of coffee and wander around and read a little bit, sit down and type a few words and look out the…

Guess the Dow, Win Chow!

Last month a local restaurant group, Chow foods—among whose restaurants is one of our favorite Sunday breakfast spots, The Five Spot—ran a contest/charity event: “Chow Dow.” The game: guess the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the close of the market on October 29th, 2009. The closest bet under the closing value which…