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Jamie Todd Rubin
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Multitasking
n Sunday the Little Miss was watching television in our bedroom while I was rocking the baby in the rocking chair. The Little Miss left the room for a few minutes. The TV remained on. I wasn’t watching it, and I have a pet peeve about a television playing when no one is watching it. … Continue reading Multitasking →
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he other day the doorbell rang and we found ourselves facing an unfamiliar Girl Scout and her father. She was going around the neighborhood selling Girl Scout cookies. I guess it is that time of year again. I know very little about the Girl Scouts as an organization. In fact, everything I know about the … Continue reading Girl Scout Cookies →
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New Post: Macworld, and a Broken User Experience

[M]acworld broke their digital magazine app. They had a good thing, and then, for no obvious reason, they changed it and now it is a lot worse. Why do people always have to mess with the user experience? Prior to this change, reading Macworld on the iPad…
acworld broke their digital magazine app. They had a good thing, and then, for no obvious reason, they changed it and now it is a lot worse. Why do people always have to mess with the user experience? Prior to this change, reading Macworld on the iPad was a pleasure. They followed a model that … Continue reading Macworld, and a Broken User Experience →
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New Post: Painting the IT Bridge

[W]orking in IT is exhausting. It is an endless series of projects, each one more art than science in its execution, and each one reshuffling the deck and attempting to improve upon the last one. The exhaustion derives from the constant firefighting,…
orking in IT is exhausting. It is an endless series of projects, each one more art than science in its execution, and each one reshuffling the deck and attempting to improve upon the last one. The exhaustion derives from the constant firefighting, moving from one flare-up to the next, while trying desperately to gain a few … Continue reading Painting the IT Bridge →
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New Post: Tracking What I Read

[I] started tracking the books I read in 1996. I was 24 years old, and given that I am not quite 45 at the time of this writing, it means I’ve been tracking what I read for nearly half my life. Over the years, the form my list has taken has changed, but…
started tracking the books I read in 1996. I was 24 years old, and given that I am not quite 45 at the time of this writing, it means I’ve been tracking what I read for nearly half my life. Over the years, the form my list has taken has changed, but it has always … Continue reading Tracking What I Read →
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New Post: WordPress Anniversary and Blog Stats

[R]ecently, I received a notification from WordPress, alerting me that I’d just had my 8th anniversary with the service. It’s true. I recall moving my blog from LiveJournal to WordPress in the months before the Little Man was born. I decided to look at…
ecently, I received a notification from WordPress, alerting me that I’d just had my 8th anniversary with the service. It’s true. I recall moving my blog from LiveJournal to WordPress in the months before the Little Man was born. I decided to look at some of the stats for the blog, both before, and after … Continue reading WordPress Anniversary and Blog Stats →
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New Post: What I read on the last 21 January 16ths.
n Monday, I was glancing at the list of books I’ve read, and thought it would be interesting to list the book that I was reading on that day—January 16—for each of the last 21 years. 1996: Science, Numbers, and I by Isaac Asimov 1997: Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan 1998: Foundation by Isaac Asimov … Continue reading What I Read on the Last 21 January 16ths →
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New Post: A Modern Shopping Cart

[H]ere is an idea for a modern shopping cart that I offer freely to any and all grocery stores and retailers. The shopping cart hasn’t changed much in the last four decades. With the exception of the annoying mechanism that locks the wheels just before I…
ere is an idea for a modern shopping cart that I offer freely to any and all grocery stores and retailers. The shopping cart hasn’t changed much in the last four decades. With the exception of the annoying mechanism that locks the wheels just before I reach my car (my car being parked far away because … Continue reading A Modern Shopping Cart →
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New Post: Caesar Salads

[D]oes anyone make just a regular Caesar salad anymore? Lately, when we go out to eat, I’ve been ordering Caesar salads. For some reason no one seems to make just a plain Caesar salad anymore. Everyone has to distinguish their Caesar salad in some way in…
oes anyone make just a regular Caesar salad anymore? Lately, when we go out to eat, I’ve been ordering Caesar salads. For some reason no one seems to make just a plain Caesar salad anymore. Everyone has to distinguish their Caesar salad in some way in order to make it stand out. Here is what … Continue reading Caesar Salads →
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New Post: Parental Empathy

[O]n Monday, the baby started daycare. She is going to the same in-home daycare that our oldest daughter went to. We loved it, and so did our daughter, and we were lucky enough to find a spot there, five years later. On Monday, Kelly also started back at…
n Monday, the baby started daycare. She is going to the same in-home daycare that our oldest daughter went to. We loved it, and so did our daughter, and we were lucky enough to find a spot there, five years later. On Monday, Kelly also started back at work after four and a half months … Continue reading Parental Empathy →
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New Post: The Thrill of Music Hunting

[S]treaming music services are wonderful. With Apple Music, I can listen to pretty much any music I want anytime I want to hear, no matter where I happen to be. As a kid, this was a science-fictional dream. And yet, there was something about the thrill of…
treaming music services are wonderful. With Apple Music, I can listen to pretty much any music I want anytime I want to hear, no matter where I happen to be. As a kid, this was a science-fictional dream. And yet, there was something about the thrill of the hunt for a particular song that is … Continue reading The Thrill of Music Hunting →
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New Post: Lazy Bones

[I] am not lazy by nature. When I was much younger, I was lazier than I am now. Even so, I suspect that there are few people who would consider me lazy. On a typical workday, I am up by 5:30 am. I’m in the office by 6:15 am. By 3 pm, I’ve put in […]
am not lazy by nature. When I was much younger, I was lazier than I am now. Even so, I suspect that there are few people who would consider me lazy. On a typical workday, I am up by 5:30 am. I’m in the office by 6:15 am. By 3 pm, I’ve put in a … Continue reading Lazy Bones →
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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction & nonfiction. He often vacations in the Golden Age of science fiction. On Twitter: @jamietr.
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Jamie Todd Rubin is a science fiction writer and blogger with stories and articles appearing in Analog, InterGalactic Medicine ShowApex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, 40K Books, and a few anthologies.  He is a tech columnist for The Daily Beast, writing about quantified self. He wrote the Wayward Time Traveler column on science fiction for SF Signal, and occasionally appears on the SF Signal podcast.  Jamie also wrote book reviews for InterGalactic Medicine Show.

His interest in the history of science fiction led him to begin his Vacation in the Golden Age, a series of biweekly posts reviewing each issue of AstoundingScience Fiction from July 1939 through December 1950.

He is the Evernote Ambassador for paperless lifestyle, writing frequently about going paperless.

Jamie lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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Published author, private pilot
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  • University of California, Riverside
    Political Science, 1990 - 1994
  • Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School
    1987 - 1990
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Jamie Todd Rubin
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Science Fiction Writer, Application Developer
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  • RAND
    Senior Application Developer, 1994 - present
  • Freelance writer
    Science Fiction Writer, 2007 - present
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Los Angeles, California - Somerset, New Jersey - Warwick, Rhode Island - Granada Hills, California - Northridge, California - Riverside, California - Studio City, California - Riverdale, Maryland - Arlington, Virginia
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