The Quantum Pontiff

Dave Bacon

Holy Cow!

Chris sends me arXiv:1005.1381: A Mathematical Model for the Dynamics and Synchronization of Cows Authors: Jie Sun, Erik M. Bollt, Mason A. Porter, Marian S. Dawkins Abstract: We formulate a mathematical model for daily activities of a cow (eating, lying down, and standing) in terms of a piecewise affine dynamical system. We analyze the properties…

Liquid Mountaineering

Lidar Interview

Here’s an interview with Daniel Lidar whose was the postdoc who first taught me quantum error correction (and more.) No, not that LIDAR! Note to all you job seekers, even in your darkest hours know that you have friends out there who are working to change the abysmal state of quantum computing hiring: I would…

What prefix do you use for 1027? If Austin Sendak has his way, it will be hella (also Time article here.) The diameter of the observable universe is about one hellameter. As a fellow member of the club “people from Yreka, CA who do physics,” I strongly support Austin’s idea. Indeed it now tops my…

Cat Meets iPad

Quantum Hustles

Over at masteroftheuniverse, the master has posted a great list of prop bets. Among his bets is one that probably won’t work on many computer scientists (or it shouldn’t if they’ve had even a decent theory course) based upon the birthday problem. Sometimes the birthday problem is called the birthday paradox, but the problem is…

Items sharing a similar topic, meandered onto in the depths of a major outpouring of procrastination… The path less traveled by Andrea Schweitzer (via @mattleifer) on a different way to have a career as a scientist. And for a description of one of the most successful scientists from quantum computing, an interview with Ignacio Cirac…

My First Bacon

A bunch of you sent me Like my father used to say when we’d cook Bacon: “Check your toes!” Also, someone is addicted…to bacon salt. I tried it on popcorn and I have to say that I wasn’t hooked. But then again I like “Spike” on my popcorn. And, on a not so safe for…

A Real Turing Machine

Round We Go

Lest you think I’m not working: