| Andrew Cooke | Contents | Latest | RSS | Twitter | Previous | Next

C[omp]ute

Welcome to my blog, which was once a mailing list of the same name and is still generated by mail. Please reply via the "comment" links.

Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

Personal Projects

Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

C-ORM: docs, API.

Last 100 entries

Payroll Service Quotes for Cat Soft LLC; (Beating Dead Horse) StackOverflow; Current State of Justice in China; Now Is Cat Soft LLC's Chance To Save Up To 32% On Mail; Axiom of Determinacy; Ewww; Fee Chaos Book; Course on Differential Geometry; Increase Efficiency with GPS Vehicle Tracking for Cat Soft LLC; Okay, but...; Sparse Matrices, Deep Learning; Sounds Bad; Applebaum Rape; Tomato Chutney v4; Have to add...; Culturally Liberal and Nothing More; Weird Finite / Infinite Result; Your diamond is a beaten up mess; Maths Books; Good Bike Route from Providencia / Las Condes to Panul\; Iain Pears (Author of Complex Plots); Plum Jam; Excellent; More Recently; For a moment I forgot StackOverflow sucked; A Few Weeks On...; Chilean Book Recommendations; How To Write Shared Libraries; Jenny Erpenbeck (Author); Dijkstra, Coins, Tables; Python libraries error on OpenSuse; Deserving Trump; And Smugness; McCloskey Economics Trilogy; cmocka - Mocks for C; Concept Creep (Americans); Futhark - OpenCL Language; Moved / Gone; Fan and USB issues; Burgers in Santiago; The Origin of Icosahedral Symmetry in Viruses; autoenum on PyPI; Jars Explains; Tomato Chutney v3; REST; US Elections and Gender: 24 Point Swing; PPPoE on OpenSuse Leap 42.1; SuperMicro X10SDV-TLN4F/F with Opensuse Leap 42.1; Big Data AI Could Be Very Bad Indeed....; Cornering; Postcapitalism (Paul Mason); Black Science Fiction; Git is not a CDN; Mining of Massive Data Sets; Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah; How great republics meet their end; Raspberry, Strawberry and Banana Jam; Interesting Dead Areas of Math; Later Taste; For Sale; Death By Bean; It's Good!; Tomato Chutney v2; Time ATAC MX 2 Pedals - First Impressions; Online Chilean Crafts; Intellectual Variety; Taste + Texture; Time Invariance and Gauge Symmetry; Jodorowsky; Tomato Chutney; Analysis of Support for Trump; Indian SF; TP-Link TL-WR841N DNS TCP Bug; TP-Link TL-WR841N as Wireless Bridge; Sending Email On Time; Maybe run a command; Sterile Neutrinos; Strawberry and Banana Jam; The Best Of All Possible Worlds; Kenzaburo Oe: The Changeling; Peach Jam; Taste Test; Strawberry and Raspberry Jam; flac to mp3 on OpenSuse 42.1; Also, Sebald; Kenzaburo Oe Interview; Otake (Kitani Minoru) move Black 121; Is free speech in British universities under threat?; I am actually good at computers; Was This Mansplaining?; WebFaction / LetsEncrypt / General Disappointment; Sensible Philosophy of Science; George Ellis; Misplaced Intuition and Online Communities; More Reading About Japan; Visibilty / Public Comments / Domestic Violence; Ferias de Santiago; More (Clearly Deliberate); Deleted Obit Post; And then a 50 yo male posts this...; We Have Both Kinds Of Contributors

© 2006-2015 Andrew Cooke (site) / post authors (content).

The Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Greene

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 19:10:27 -0400 (CLT)

Just finished another book (it's not that I read quickly, but that I read
them in parallel - there's a book in the kitchen I read at breakfast, one
by the bed I read at night, one in the bathroom...)

Anyway, I am very impressed by this.  I don't normally read "popular
science" because (I hope this doesn't sound too arrogant) I already know
what they are talking about, and it annoys me when they get things wrong
(or bend things too much to make a good story).  But this book taught me a
lot - about thing I thought I already understood, and also about string
theory, which I have never known about.  Even better, in the bits where I
did know the plot, he told things straight.

Most interesting of all, at least at the moment, is the role of
information.  In the last chapter he talked about the covering surfaces in
plank-length side squares and how this is related to entropy.  At the same
time it's clear that quantum mechanics is also related to information -
the restrictions imposed by the uncertainty principle.  And then the cute
work by Maldacena in which physics in N dimensions could be mapped into
N+1 with gravity...

Of course, there are some downsides too.  The enthusiasm over string
theory did sometimes seem a bit over-pumped, and the supporting
evidence/consistencies a little under-nourished.  I'm about to google up
some of the anti-string criticism that came out a while back.

Still, good book.

Andrew

Not Even Wrong

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 19:26:09 -0400 (CLT)

Turns out that the author of one of the "anti-String" books has an
excellent blog - http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/

Read some of the comments.

Andrew

Gravity Probe B

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 19:56:53 -0400 (CLT)

Latest info from this experiment - it was mentioned in the book and for
some reason I thought it was lost during launch, but apparently not. 
Sounds like the analysis of the data was interesting.

http://einstein.stanford.edu/

Andrew

PS I hate the "was Einstein right" sales pitch.  Is that the best anyone
can do?

Comment on this post