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