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When making a change to our Google Apps domain this morning, I was asked to verify via this CAPTCHA. Oh, Google, you know me so well...
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Motor Trend says the 2016 Volt is "the most advanced plug-in hybrid on Earth".

Not only does the car appeal to me as an economically sensible candidate to replace my 18 year old Integra, the design of the drive system totally fascinates my inner engineering geek. Eagerly awaiting the Fall release of the  #NextGenVolt .
When Chevy unveiled the revamped Volt at the Detroit show, it kept the geekosphere in suspense about the nitty-gritty details of the upgraded powertrain.
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+Michael Mol The Model 3 won't be out until at least 2017.
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A colleague just sent me a link for this. So tempted to expand my bakeware collection. :-)
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Wondering if this will make the U-T less of a mouthpiece for the pave over San Diego for profits crowd.
Tribune Publishing is acquiring the San Diego Union-Tribune and a group of nine weeklies and digital properties in Southern California for $85 million.
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"Justice Kennedy weighed in with skepticism as the advocates for gay marriage made their case. He said the definition of marriage 'has been with us for millennia.'"

Which definition is that? The one that requires wives to be submissive to their husbands? Or the one that treats women as property?

Here's some excellent bedtime reading for Supreme Court justices willing to step away from simplistic views of marriage (and other things), both by John Boswell, a historian at Yale:

Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe
http://www.amazon.com/Same-Sex-Unions-Premodern-Europe-Boswell/dp/0679751645

Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo3631097.html
The justice believed to hold the controlling vote, Anthony M. Kennedy, appeared torn about what to do in a groundbreaking civil rights case.
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In many way, the definition of marriage has indeed been constant for millenia. Not Judeo-Christian obviously, and not necessarily a strict legal definition. What's missing in this discussion is that it wasn't until modern times that marriage was about love. Gay marriage is only possible with the idea that marriage is a union of people who love each other.

In the past marriages were arranged, or declared upon the event of a pregnancy, for economic reasons, etc. The purpose was procreation. Children were an economic asset, they provided for you in old age, etc. It was quite common in many cultures to have both a spouse and a lover on the side. There are exceptions of course, but nearly all cultures of the past defined marriage as a union between one or more men and one or more women.

Which is neither here nor there, as we are not in the past, we are in the present. We abandoned the notion that marriages must be arranged and approved by parents, and we can also abandon the idea that marriages bust be between different sexes.
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Talk about having a religious experience...
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+Paul Ho Amen to that. ;-)
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Fingers crossed...
The referendum points to sweeping social change where the Catholic Church was once undisputed.
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Yes, do let's all preemptively devolve all discourse into nothingness.
The texts, they argue, "can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background."
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Signs of hope in a world that can sometimes be dreadfully depressing.
While Steve Grand is known by some as perhaps the first openly gay country-music star, he tries to steer clear of genre labels for his music. "I just write the songs," he says.
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Apparently, if you're the UC San Diego Stuart Collection, you get to cordon off the entire Warren mall in order to accommodate a photo op for Fallen Star. Because, you know, marketing is more important than students getting to class, potential safety hazards for cyclists, etc. #misplacedpriorities
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+Maki Sugimoto It's probably one of the more involved/interesting pieces in the Stuart Collection, to be sure.
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A link to this web site was sent to me by SDG&E. The bear looks like an ursine version of Godzilla as it prepares to attack San Francisco.
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An argument based on fact and reason. Who knew?
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Publicly sardonic, secretly sanguine, always snarky.
Introduction
Taking with a grain of salt the collection of parlor tricks commonly known as "psychological assessment", the box into which the generally discredited Myers-Briggs drops me is "INTJ". Given that the MBTI is a kind of hokey lingua franca for personality pigeon holing and that contemporary society places little value on the time required for nuance, this will have to do as a first pass description of my operational behavior

Two of my favorite movies are Patton and The Lion in Winter. The stories are compelling, the actors awesome, and the scores (Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry, respectively) perfect complements to the tales being told.

My personal philosophy is a work in progress and always subject to revision based upon new observations and evidence, but a core belief can be summed up in the following quote from Harold "Doc" Edgerton, who was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT: "Work like hell, tell everyone everything you know, close a deal with a handshake, and have fun."

I once read a book about the building of the 747 and all of the engineering challenges involved. Early on at Boeing, back when they were deciding to do the 707, which was to be their first commercial jet, there was a heated discussion about what propulsion technology it should use.  Ed Wells, a chief engineer, went around one night and posted notes everywhere that read, "Life is too short to work on propellers."

Oh yeah, and I'm gay. While reflexively shuddering at the convenience of labels, it would nevertheless be wonderful to live in a world in which this personal data point were unremarkable (beyond the only plausible scenario in which it actually matters). In the meantime, personal visibility is important because every little example helps create a sense of community for those in need, whether you're growing up in the rural South (as I did), you work in an archaically conservative discipline like Engineering (as I do), or any number of life situations where diversity and complexity are feared rather than embraced. Plus, there is an undeniable coolness in sharing at least this one property with Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science (how's that for a family value?).
Bragging rights
According to my academic advisor genealogy, Sir Isaac Newton is my 13th great-grandfather, and Galileo my 16th great-grandfather. Clearly I was adopted. :-)
Education
  • University of California, San Diego
    Ph.D., Computer Science
  • University of Florida
    M.S., Computer Science
  • Loyola University New Orleans
    B.S., Computer Science and Philosophy
Work
Occupation
Chief Technology Officer and Director of Enterprise Computing, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego
Skills
I'm moderately adept at seeing patterns in disparate data and events. Sometimes these patterns are actually meaningful.
Employment
  • University of California, San Diego
    Chief Technology Officer and Director of Enterprise Computing, 2015 - present
  • University of California, San Diego
    Director, Engineering Computing, 2004 - 2014
  • University of California, San Diego
    Associate Director, Engineering Computing, 2001 - 2004
  • University of California, San Diego
    Project Scientist, 1999 - 2001
  • IBM
    Research Staff Member, 1996 - 1999
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Columbia students claim Greek mythology needs a trigger warning - The Wa...
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The texts, they argue, "can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background."

Dissecting Chevy's 2nd-Gen Moonshot - Technologue - Motor Trend
blogs.motortrend.com

When Chevy unveiled the revamped Volt at the Detroit show, it kept the geekosphere in suspense about the nitty-gritty details of the upgrade

Gay Marriage Arguments Divide Supreme Court Justices
www.nytimes.com

The justices’ questions during oral arguments on Tuesday suggested a clash over not only what is the right decision but also how to reach it

What is the California Climate Credit? | Energy Upgrade California
www.energyupgradeca.org

California is experiencing effects of climate change. Learn more about potential impact of climate change in California, how greenhouse gase

Why law schools are losing relevance — and how they’re trying to win it ...
www.washingtonpost.com

Facing their lowest enrollment numbers in years, schools are offering more practical courses — including more semesters of writing courses a

UCSD exploring move to Division I... again
www.utsandiego.com

Can the Division II Tritons pull off a move to Division I this time around?

Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender ...
www.nytimes.com

Mr. Obama’s decision on the sensitive issue is the latest example of his continuing embrace of gay rights.

Apple Watch Review: Bliss, but Only After a Steep Learning Curve
www.nytimes.com

When apps are streamlined and first-generation bugs are fixed, the Apple Watch has the potential to be a life-changer.

Uproar over Indiana religious freedom law shows shift in gay rights fight
www.latimes.com

In other times, maybe even fairly recently, the religious freedom law signed last week in Indiana could have allowed Republican lawmakers to

Median Salaries of Higher-Education Professionals, 2014-15
chronicle.com

The median base salaries of professional staff members on college campuses rose by 2.2 percent. The increase at public colleges was slightly

Teaching Evolution to Students Who Tell Me They’ll Pray for My Soul
www.slate.com

This essay is adapted from a piece originally printed in the March/April 2015 issue of Orion. Request a free trial issue of Orion here. To t

Here are the Top 5 New Clean Cars for 2015 and 2016 - The Equation
blog.ucsusa.org

In the market for a new vehicle that can save you money on fuel while reducing global warming pollution? Here are some clean vehicles I rece

Huckabee compares being gay to drinking, swearing - CNN.com
www.cnn.com

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says expecting Christians to accept same-sex marriage is "like asking someone who's Jewish to

Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds
www.nytimes.com

An overwhelming majority, including nearly half of Republicans, back government steps to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted

A step in reforming UC, and maybe all, college sports
www.sfgate.com

The shamefully low graduation rates for used-and-abused college athletes are getting an overdue answer from the University of California, on

The College Degrees With The Highest Starting Salaries in 2015
www.forbes.com

College graduates in the class of 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering can expect an average starting salary of $57,000. C

2016 Chevrolet Volt First Look - Motor Trend
www.motortrend.com

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show - get plenty of 2016 Volt photos and info right h

9 ways Christian zealots cripple America
www.salon.com

With Christmas nearly upon us, an examination of how religious fundamentalism holds the entire country back

I recently read a story about the discovery of a 300 million year old fish fossil that likely had color vision. In addition to calling itself a restaurant, Harry's must also be part natural history museum, because the specimen that arrived as my lunch order surely came from the same era. Billed as the "Cajun Seared Tilapia", this desiccated exhibit could have been swimming in "Harry’s own house seasoning" sauce and yet remained as dry and tasteless as a prehistoric bone. Probably better to name it "Filet of Shoe Sole". Speaking of geologic time scales, that would be the best metric for measuring the speed of service. After a 35 minute wait (in mid-afternoon), 15 minutes more for the server to get around to taking our order, it was another hour and fifteen minutes before our "food" arrived. During this time, not once did the waiter volunteer any status updates, and only provided a vague "there are two orders ahead of yours" when we queried him at the 1+ hour mark. In addition to my simulated fish, other orders were messed up as well, with my brother getting only half of the things that were supposed to appear on his burger. The solution? Deliver the remaining components to him in a bowl and leave it to him to construct the item that properly should have come from the kitchen. When we finished slogging through the meal, there were only about 7 hours left before closing, so we figured there probably wasn't enough time to order and actually get dessert.
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