The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for December, 2009

Bacon or Beer Can? Merry Chistmas Eve!

In Defense of D-wave

The Optimizer has gotten tired of everyone asking him about D-wave and gone and written a tirade about the subject. Like all of the optimizer’s stuff it’s a fun read. But, and of course I’m about to get tomatoes thrown on me for saying this, I have to say that I disagree with Scott’s assessment…

Deck the Halls with Bacon

Yep, Bacon Christmas tree ornaments at etsy. Better not show this one to the Mrs. Pontiff.

What To Read?

Lately I feel like my reading material has gotten stuck in a rut. The feel is that everything I’m reading is a rehash of something I’ve read before. Okay, maybe it is just that the rain has returned to Seattle Since I’m a subscriber to the belief that books that show you something outside of…

We Belong Together, Adiabatically

A paper dance today! Yes, indeed, it’s another slow dance (scirate, arXiv:0912.2098): Adiabatic Cluster State Quantum Computing Authors: Dave Bacon, Steven T. Flammia Abstract: Models of quantum computation are important because they change the physical requirements for achieving universal quantum computation (QC). For example, one-way QC requires the preparation of an entangled “cluster” state followed…

Ha, well, not nearly the soap opera that is the “University of East Anglia” emails, but fun to watch, nonetheless. A letter from American Physical Society president Cherry Murray: Dear APS Member: Recently, you may have received an unsolicited email from Hal Lewis, Bob Austin, Will Happer, Larry Gould and Roger Cohen regarding the APS…

I’m in D.C, attending the sorters meeting for the APS March meeting. Traveling in early December is always nice as the planes seem to be empty (*stretch*) and sheesh, it’s downright balmy here in D.C. Now I’ve absconded to a second rate hotel in the middle of what I can only guess is somewhere near…