Foo Camp 2016

I was at Foo Camp the last few days. This year they kept the size a bit lower (last year was kind of a zoo) and I thought the vibe was a lot more relaxed and fun. Many thanks to the O’Reilly folks for running this wonderful meeting and for inviting me. My first time …

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The story of the Monte Carlo Algorithm

George Dyson is Freeman’s son. I believe this talk was given at SciFoo or Foo Camp. More Ulam (neither he nor von Neumann were really logicians, at least not primarily). Wikipedia on Monte Carlo Methods. I first learned these in Caltech’s Physics 129: Mathematical Methods, which used the textbook by Mathews and Walker. This book was …

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Dialog 2015

I’m at a fancy meeting with a bunch of money folk, tech entrepreneurs, and scientists. No, it’s not Foo Camp, but might be similar … don’t know yet. I doubt there will be an Illuminati / Dark Enlightenment initiation ceremony, but one can always hope ;-) Dialog is an biannual 2-day thought retreat, gathering 150 …

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Creation, Myths and Twitter

Great article by Nick Bilton on the creation myth (and true story) behind Twitter. To see that luck plays an unimaginably huge role in life you just need to look carefully at the story behind any successful company or entrepreneur. NYTimes: … Soon, the question of a name came up. Williams jokingly suggested calling the …

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