Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis

The old blog is dead; long live the new blog.

As with the previous one, this is more of a tool to test and divulge ideas than a personal log. Topics will stay within the previous framework: Science, Technology, Business, Economics, Books, Music, Science Fiction, Logic, Statistics, Mathematics, Bon Mots, mostly.

Instead of a long bio, here are some revealing things about myself. First, I'm a member of five groups, and these were my joining statements:
Bay Area Classical Music Society Life is too short to listen to bad music.

Bay Area R Users I'm a recovering Matlab and Stata user.

Make S.F. - Bay Area Makers Sure I can fix that. Where's the duct tape?

The San Francisco Semantic Web Meetup I do research on various forms of machine learning and their implications.

S.F. New Tech Technologists build civilization, other people just live in it.

Second, some favorites. My favorite book of 2008 was Anathem, by Neal Stephenson; like Fraa Orolo, I too suffer from Attention Surplus Disorder. Neal Stephenson is my favorite living author, P.G. Wodehouse is my favorite author, and Hercule Poirot is my favorite fictional character. Johann Sebastian Bach is my favorite composer and Mozart's Requiem and Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto are my favorite pieces of music.