7×7=49

I’ve been hit by the seven by seven meme. Well, I guess this is okay, because seven times seven is forty nine, and I grew up a devout 49er fan. And besides, as Cosma points out this is a good way to procrastinate on working on lecture notes.

1. Seven things to do before I die
Things that I will air in the public: 1) Program a big quantum computer. 2) Ski down Mt. Shasta. 3) Live on a tropical island. 4) Live in a ski town. 5) Write an academic book. 6) Write a science fiction novel. 7) Discover the secrets of the universe. Okay, I’ll admit that last one is a bit ambitious.

2. Seven things I cannot do
1) Not laugh. 2) Ride a unicycle. 3) Understand what motivates mathematicians. 4) Tie my shoes correctly. 5) Be pessimistic. 6) Abandon reason. 7) Get enough sleep.

3. Seven things that attract me to [Seattle]
1) My sister. 2) My mother. 3) A girl I met in Hawaii. 4) My cousins! 5) Snow. 6) Blue. 7) The generosity of the computer science department and Mark Oskin for getting me my position here.

4. Seven things I say most often
1) “Sweet!” 2) “Dude.” 3) [beginning of sentence] “qubits” [end of sentence]. 4) “Off like a herd of turtles.” 5) “Vamanos?” 6) “It’s time to get up, it’s time to get up, it’s time to get up in the morning!” 7) “A man, a plan, a canal, Panama.”

5. Seven books (or series) that I love
1) Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (translated by Donald A. Yates, James E. Irby, Anthony Kerrigan, L. A. Murillo, Dudley Fitts, John M. Fein, Harriet de Onás, and Julian Palley.) 2) Vineland by Thomas Pynchon. 3) The Transmigration of Timothy Archerby Phillip K. Dick. 4) Good Benito by Alan Lightman. 5) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. 6) Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. 7) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Pretty typical geek list, eh?

6.Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
1) Dr. Strangelove. 2) Donnie Darko (original cut, not director’s cut.) 3) Apocalypse Now (redux or original.) 4) The Shawshank Redemption. 5) To Kill a Mockingbird. 6) 2001 A Space Odyssey. 7) Au Revoir Les Enfants

7. Seven people I want to join in, too.
1) Scott Aaronson. 2) Aram. 3) Mic. 4) Steve Hsu. 5) Lisa. 6) Michael Nielsen. 7) Suz

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8 Responses to 7×7=49

  1. Rod says:

    I thought you were supposed to live in New York once (you’ve already done the NorCal thing…).

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  2. Dave Bacon says:

    Live in NY? Whatever for? Once you’ve been in the promised land of the westside, why leave? And yes I’m joking. Heh.

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  3. mick says:

    Ok, I joined in.

    You defintely cannot “not laugh”!!! 🙂

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  4. Jud says:

    “A screaming comes across the sky….”

    Won’t ever forget standing at the college bookstore and the “frisson” I experienced reading that first line (Gravity’s Rainbow).

    “Mason & Dixon” isn’t half bad either – something from an author who may have grown a bit more sentimental in his outlook through the years, but still Knows More Than You Do, as Mr. Science would say.

    Idle thought: First “big” Pynchon novel was V; invert the V. Then “Gravity’s Rainbow,” a parabola – the inverted V has relaxed a bit. Then “Mason & Dixon,” the (flat) line. A sign that this is the final big book Pynchon planned?

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  5. Dave Bacon says:

    “A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.

    It is too late. The Evacuation still proceeds, but it’s all theatre. There are no lights inside the cars. No light anywhere. Above him lift girders old as an iron queen, and glass somewhere far above that would let the light of day through. But it’s night. He’s afraid of the way the glass will fall-soon-it will be a spectable: the fall of a crystal palace. But coming down in total blackout, without one glint of light, only great invisible crashing.”

    “They have begun to move. They pass in line out of the main station, out of downtown , and begin pushing into older and more desolate parts of the city. Is this the way out? Faces turn to the windows, but no one dares ask, not out loud. Rain comes down. No, this is not a disentanglement from, but a progressive knotting into-…”

    Awesome stuff that Gravity’s Rainbow.

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  6. Awwwww. Dave, I’ll watch Strangelove or Apocalypse Now with you any day, or sit in another room proving complexity theorems while you watch the ending sequence of 2001.

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  7. Jud says:

    For some unaccountable reason, the “great invisible crashing” image reminds me of one of my favorite rock lyrics (from REM’s “Fall on Me”): “Feathers hit the ground before the weight can leave the air,” which IIRC Michael Stipe said was inspired by TV of Galileo’s experiment as carried out by an astronaut on the Moon using a hammer and feather.

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  8. Josh Keane says:

    This film never bored me.

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