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Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva website is up. Project Tuva is a collection of seven searchable Feynman lectures aimed at a popular audience (with extras coming online in the future.) The rights to these lectures were obtained by Bill Gates after he was entranced by them over twenty years ago. Well worth watching, especially if you’re…

Like Space Camp, But Quantized

A friend sent me a link to QuantumCamp: Have you ever wondered how the microscopic Universe works? QuantumCamp is a one week journey through this strange but beautiful world – seeing nothing less than how every atom in our universe is working! We begin with Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table of the elements. We move from…

Humor as a Guide to Research

Over at the optimizer’s blog, quantum computing’s younger clown discusses some pointers for giving funny talks. I can still vividly remember the joke I told in my very first scientific talk. I spent the summer of 1995 in Boston at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (photo of us interns) working on disproving a theory about the…

Slow Science

The “slow movement” is a vast beast: there’s Slow Food, Slow Travel, Slow Money, and even, I kid you not, Slow Reading. These movements all begin with the premise that modern culture emphasizes ever increasing speed and convenience (cue the Eagle’s: “Listen, baby. You can hear the engine ring. We’ve been up and down this…

This Is Not a Crack in the Road

Ant 1: Protect the queen! Ant 2: Which one’s the queen? Ant 3: I’m the queen! Ant 1: No you’re not! Homer: Nooo! [his head smashed the colony, and the ants float free] Ant 1: Freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom! Buzz: You fool! Now we may never know if ants can be trained to sort tiny…

Don’t Mess With Dabacon

Notice the evil smile: Circa a long time ago.

Blogroll Rearrangement

I’ve moved my blogroll from the sidebar, to a page accessible from the tab at the top of the page. I’ve also updated the list a bit, cutting out dead links and such. A few of the new blogs I’ve put on include One Honest Man (finance, humor), Physics and Cake (physics and, um, cake),…

Make Em Laugh, Make Em Cry

Scenes from today’s CSE 322 (introduction to formal methods in computer science) final:

Nobacon

A former student sent me what appears to be my doppelganger: Danbert Nobacon. Life with no bacon, well that’s just crazy. In other Bacon related news: Jorge sends me Bacon Vodka…from Seattle. This will surely save me time because frying up bacon to mix in my wodka for my bacon vodka martini was always a…

My Most Used iPhone Apps

The iPhone is a great gadget (as a phone, it’s okay. Personally I wish it could be made a bit louder as my ears, they ain’t so good at that hearing thing.) Here are the apps I’ve found that I use the most. (Excluding google maps, the built in email and browser, and the phone…