Self: Meet Center. Center: Meet Self.

The Quantum Pontiff

Category archives for Self: Meet Center. Center: Meet Self.

Talk at UBC Monday

Late notice, but I’m giving the theory seminar at UBC tomorrow, January 4, 2010 at noon: Title: Adiabatic Cluster State Quantum Computing Location: Hennings 318 Abstract: Models of quantum computation are important because they change the physical requirements for achieving universal quantum computation. For example, one-way quantum computing requires the preparation of an entangled state…

Happy New Year!

May the teens be even better than the naughties!

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…

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…

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…

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…

Living the Relativistic Life

Over the summer I started running a not so insignificant amount: 6 miles in the morning on the weekdays and 10 to 15 miles on the weekends (insert commenter telling me why this is wrong.) So, one or two or more hours out running around beautiful Seattle (My favorite route is Queen Anne to Fremont…

Grape Crush Time

The grapes have been picked up and the fermenting has (hopefully!) begun. This year I’m trying two types of grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

Update 10/13/09: corrected for ice cream flavor and location, thus merging two related universes. There is a story about Richard Feynman that while he was at Princeton MIT he had a hard time with dessert. Apparently they always served either chocolate or vanilla ice cream and Feynman would agonize over which he wanted that night.…

UW 16, USC 13

Note from the weekend: nothing feels better than beating USC