Contact: If you know me and want to get in touch, look at the email address below. NB it has a few extra characters to defeat spam bots. That or you can use "Effing Facebook" as I like to call it.
Quantum Computing: D-Wave has given a public demonstration of their quantum computer. This is big because nobody has ever disclosed a quantum computing capability and offered the technology to the public. After years of D-Wave publishing peer reviewed articles, applying for and getting patents this is welcome change. The computer is an adiabatic quantum computer. Read, wikipedia, good blog post , paper 1, paper 2, and related patent for details. Related humor is Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 at User Friendly. They demonstrated use of the computer for remote quantum computing services. They made fantastic but realistic claims as to the value of the service and welcomed partners from any applicable vertical. This is real quantum computing with a practical and enthusiastic approach. Anyone interested in the topic should see the Economist from Feb. 15, 2007 and Nature from Feb. 12, 2007. Also see Geordie Rose's blog. The CBC posted a slightly flawed vis a vis peer review but otherwise excellent background piece on quantum computing. Although I left D-Wave I still have many friends there. I also am a shareholder and a supporter of business development in B.C. I am really proud of them. (Feb. 2007)
General Interest Content: After about a 3 year of hiatus I have decided to restart posting content on this website. Eventually I will make a sub-page but until then the content goes here. Here is comment on single transferable vote (STV). I would appreciate any feedback that you might have. (Aug. 2006)
Photography Content: Here are reviews of two of my favourite Leica lenses. The Summarit and the Tele-Elmarit (Thin). Here is a list of cameras and lenses that I am interested in purchasing. My first article for the Western Canada Photographic Historical Association was republished, without proper attribution, in issue 6-11 at page 8 of the Newsletter of the Photographic Historical Society of Canada. The editor of the PHSC Newsletter promised a correction and invited me to submit more content in the future. And he did. Here is an article on the much maligned Chaika II camera. I really need a subpage. (Aug. 2006, last updated Nov. 2008)
Work: I have left D-Wave Systems, Inc. I miss being involved and thanked in their papers. I now work at Business Objects in Vancouver. BTW the cool way to abbreviate the company name is BOBJ and not BO. BOBJ is the largest Business Intelligence company in the world. They are the 5th largest software company in B.C. – after Accenture, Telus, EA, and MDA. I really enjoy it here and highly recommend it. Especially to sales, general management and software people. Also it is a great place to do a work term or two.
Grad School Lament: Some days I wish I went to grad school so I could procrastinate and write articles like this. Actually, it a well thought out paper on a ridicules topic. Kudos to my friend Ben Tippett. (Apr. 2007)
Trends: Here are some interesting results from google trends. 1) Wikipedia v. Citizendium 2) Myspace v. Facebook 3) Facebook v. OpenSocial 4) Mortgage Insurance v. Housing Bubble 5) Sushi v. Mercury. 6) Soup Nazi v. Drug Nazi 7) Barry Lyndon v. Forrest Gump 8) English Patient v. Out of Africa (April 2007)
Interesting set of Street Pictures: The CBC's website has an interesting piece of the Fred Herzog exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Interesting pictures of a city I never saw despite being born and raised here. One quibble, are street photographers flâneurs? Traveling to take pictures is almost too purposeful for a flâneur. A point of interest is these images are all 35mm Kodachromes.
Butterfly Effect So I and some people went to a conceptual music show on Saturday, April something in 2007. It was not our thing. It did however feature really cool graphics courtesy of Ted Tedford's fluid research. He worked hard on the images and they were the best part. I also like 5 minutes worth of the refined noise that was the opening set and a recording of crickets from here in Japan. The rest was conceptual music lacking concept other than the intersection of music and science. At my old work a guy used to walk arround saying "Science!" at top of his lungs in a baritone voice. Tongue firmly in cheek he was suggesting that bringing drama to science made it more interesting. That was annoying; this was painful. The highlight of the event for me were the notes passed between us during the show. Here Amy and James announce the plan. Here I express my opinion of the piece. Heather drops a bon mot or two. Here it is clear that the cool kids left and the rest of us were chumps. Heather was super embarrassed that text she wrote using the word fart appears on the internet. (April 2007)
Flag waving: I have always seen the act of pasting paper American flags into a store front window as the equivalent as Vaclav Havel's greengrocer displaying "Workers of the World, Unite". The grocer is not a passionate socialist but says "what is wrong with workers uniting?". However, the only reason he does is the party gave him the sign. It is a symbol for "I am afraid and therefore unquestioningly obedient" but of course he would never display such a sign. The one-sided paper flags -- and not the more perminant or personalized displays -- of late 2001 are much the same symbol. I am pleased to learn that others (bloggers, students, and scholars) see the same thing I do. (Even if some of them are nuts and use it as part of conspiratorial argument.) That said I usually find the more perminant, proper and personal displays very touching. More real flags please. (May 2007)
Humour or stupidity:Further evidence that those involved public discourse has slipped below any acceptable level of intelligence. See this letter published April 16, 2007 complete with typos. Either the author is a comic genius and the editor is a moron or both of them are geniuses. (May 2007)
Games: My favourite game these days is "cat, tin foil, microwave". It is a variant of "rock, paper, scissors" only much better. (May 2007)
Swimmable Lake Club I am so into SLC.
Lux Visual Effects: Lux just relocated and threw a great shindig in their new digs. I hope the new space works well for them. See, Lux Visual Effects. (July 2007)
Motorcycles: Im into bikes these days. Especially, the Kawasaki KZ750 B and Honda CB-1 (400cc). Of note is apparently horseback riding is more dangerous than motorcycle riding and skiing. For that matter football and rugby too.
Cape Scott: Cape Scott may be one of my favourite places. Here are my photos from a hiking trip I took there with Sooze and Jasmine. Album A. Album B. Album C. Trip description to follow. (Sep. 2007)
Camera mounted on a bicycle: I recently had a discussion about mounting a camera on a bicycle. I did some research and it appears this is a really old idea. (Nov. 2007)
Passion is important. Former Canadian Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Lamer died last week. I wish not to opine on his mark on the law in Canada or on Canada. He did, however, affect me in a very curious way. In 1999 he surprised many by retiring from his post as Chief Justice. In rebroadcast speech that August he gave a clear and poignant reason. He had lost le feu sacre -- the holy fire. It made me -- a young student temporarily resident in Jasper -- realize how important passion was to a career. Of course, passion held the chief justice. Such a simple concept but it took a retiring man's comments for me to realize this. It would be only 2 years before I began my own career. Over the years I have struggled to keep the passion in my work. It is present but not always foremost. I hope to change this. (Nov. 25, 2007)
Making HTML from PDF: I am dumping documents into this page so that Google with convert them into HTML for me. Here are the links. Why am I doing this?