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The Mauitian Chronicles - Summer whirlwind tour

Aug. 13th, 2008

03:51 pm - Summer whirlwind tour

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There have been so many things going on... I need to take a deep breath, think about where I am and what I'm doing, and, of course, upload it to my journal before it passes through the sieve of my memory into entropy.

After the wedding reception for C's mom, we kicked off our California tour with a casual sifter dinner in San Diego.




Then we drove to LA, where I worked with Troy (well, mostly Troy worked, and I slept) on the Elementary Particle Explorer. I'm very happy with how it's coming along.

A pleasant cruise up the 101 brought us to my friend Jim's new house in Santa Cruz. We surfed Pleasure Point, paddling around some cute Sea Otters. And I snuck into the woods to do some mountain biking.



Saturday was a crazy day. We briefly attended Patri's unemployment party at Tortuga. Then a jaunt up to Ocean Beach to visit with friends from TED -- Kevin and Jean and their dog -- to catch them before they jetted off. Then some delicious crab. And off to Rion's flavor-tripping party in The City, which was very cool.



Next, Crystal and I connected with some very friendly and interesting mathematicians, who hosted us in a house on the future grounds of the American Institute of Mathematics. This institute is an amazing place now, but they've recently broken ground on a... Math Castle.



It will sit in the center of what is currently a private, two-hundred acre golf course. And even if this castle is currently imaginary (as C displays below), this place is going to be huge. I've been calling it "Math-alot," but I don't know if that will stick.



For now, the vacant golf course and strong winds make it a great place for kiteboarding.



This past weekend, after visiting an amazing fellow named Jaron Lanier at his wild house in the Berkeley hills, it was off to Sci Foo Camp.



The weekend at SciFoo made the rest of my summer seem slow! There was way too much happening all at once -- a bit overwhelming. But it was very fun.

Now C and I are bouncing around the Bay Area before heading to Tahoe, where we'll prep for Burning Man. If anyone would like to meet up in Incline Village anytime August 18-22, where I'll be building The Oracle booth for this years burn, help would be much appreciated, and we could house and feed you for a couple days in the first Science Hostel.

Once we're on the playa, we'll be on the Esplanade at 9:30, at a camp with a large white dome. Look for the seven foot diameter E8 root system. :)

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From:twistedcat
Date:August 13th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
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stop by Ranger HQ at center camp to say hi! i'll be there most days between 11am and 5pm.

we're camped on the other end of the world from you, but if i make it over to Tokyo, i'll pop in to say hullo.
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From:tanjent
Date:August 13th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I'll come see your E8 and you can come see my E8. :)
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From:mauitian
Date:August 16th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
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Deal. Where will you be?
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From:tanjent
Date:August 16th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
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Open camping near 7:15 and D (I've got early arrival so hopefully I should be able to snag space).

Applecore is playa art - I asked for it to be placed nearish the esplanade but I still have no idea where it actually is yet. It's a 7-foot-wide video ball on a 3-foot-high purple base, should be hard to miss. :)

-tanjent
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From:mauitian
Date:August 16th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
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Yah, I don't know where they'll want me to put the Oracle booth either. But it's been known to wander from its assigned spot to where it wants to be.

I'll keep my eye out for Applecore.
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From:backreaction.blogspot.com
Date:August 14th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
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Do you also run mathathon?
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From:mauitian
Date:August 16th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
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Math puns are the first sine of madness.
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From:spoonless
Date:August 14th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
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after visiting an amazing fellow named Jaron Lanier at his wild house in the
Berkeley hills,

I've always wondered what Jaron Lanier is like. moonaysl spent the night on his couch once too.


Look for the seven foot diameter E8 root system. :)

OMG, why am I not surprised. That's perfect!

By the way... heard you got another round of funding from FQXI, congrats.

I'll be at 3:30 and Dart this year.
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From:mauitian
Date:August 16th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
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It is a very distinguished couch. It's also a bit tricky to find.

I am very happy I got the second FQXi grant. I was kind of worried, since I wrote the proposal during the heliskiing trip.

I'll try to look for you at freedomcommunity -- stop by the dome or the Oracle booth if you get a chance.
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From:sensesurfer
Date:August 14th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Hey we will almost be neighbors..... I will be at 8:30 and Esplanade in the Hive Village with Autosub (look for a big white cube with a head on it and many quonset huts)....... I have an LN2 delivery lined up for sometime mid-week. There will be ice-cream :)
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From:mauitian
Date:August 16th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
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Cool, there's no ice-cream like playa ice-cream. :)
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From:sciencedefeated.wordpress.com
Date:October 21st, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)

uh.......

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This is not a theory of everything.
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