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Marciano Siniscalchi
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Attended Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
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Schrodinger's vet. 

A cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz. For more from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1Iipcqj
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Intriguing. 
The Magicband wields access to the park, replacing virtually every transaction you’d make inside. Bob Croslin If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip Silicon Valley and book a ticket to Orlando. Go to…
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Here, enjoy some classic rock 'n roll! For free!
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Awww....
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Evidentemente gli animali sono più intelligenti degli uomini....vanno d'accordo anche se di razze diverse.
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Bellissima. Molto interessante il video della costruzione.
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Haven't bought a Yellowjackets album in a long time. Time to catch up!
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New year, new pictures from NU's parking structure.
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I must admit I'm l little bit envious...
 
After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.  Yeah, I know you've heard that line before.  We give a lot to our jobs.  I certainly did.  And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life.

This story starts last fall. A very early morning last September, after a whole night of climbing, looking at the sunrise on top of Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro. Tamar (my wife) and I were not only enjoying the summit, but on such a clear day, we could see in the distance, the vast plain of the Serengeti at our feet, and with it the calling of all the potential adventures Africa has to offer. (see exhibit #1 - Tamar and I on Kili).

And Tamar out of the blue said "Hey, why don't we just keep on going". Let's explore Africa, and then turn east to make our way to India, it's just next door, and we're here already. Then, we keep going; the Himalayas, Everest, go to Bali, the Great Barrier Reef... Antarctica, let's go see Antarctica!?" Little did she know, she was tempting fate.

I remember telling Tamar a typical prudent CFO type response- I would love to keep going, but we have to go back. It's not time yet, There is still so much to do at Google, with my career, so many people counting on me/us - Boards, Non Profits, etc

But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air. 

A few weeks later, I was happy back at work, but could not shake away THE question: When is it time for us to just keep going? And so began a reflection on my/our life. Through numerous hours of cycling last fall (my introvert happy place) I concluded on a few simple and self-evident truths:

First, The kids are gone.  Two are in college, one graduated and in a start-up in Africa. Beautiful young adults we are very proud of. Tamar honestly deserves most of the credit here. She has done a marvelous job. Simply marvelous. But the reality is that for Tamar and I, there will be no more Cheerios encrusted minivan, night watch because of ear infections, ice hockey rinks at 6:00am. Nobody is waiting for us/needing us. 

Second, I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences. But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be. And am guilty as charged - I love my job (still do), my colleagues, my friends, the opportunities to lead and change the world.

Third, this summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. 
If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more.

Allow me to spare you the rest of the truths. But the short answer is simply that I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road - celebrate our last 25 years together by turning the page and enjoy a perfectly fine mid life crisis full of bliss and beauty, and leave the door open to serendipity for our next leadership opportunities, once our long list of travels and adventures is exhausted.

Working at Google is a privilege, nothing less. I have worked with the best of the best, and know that I am leaving Google in great hands. I have made so many friends at Google it's not funny. Larry, Sergey, Eric, thank you for friendship. I am forever grateful for letting me be me, for your trust, your warmth, your support, and for so much laughter through good and not so good times.

To be clear, I am still here. I wish to transition over the coming months but only after we have found a new Googley CFO and help him/her through an orderly transition, which will take some time. 

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem.


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This is golden! Now, one for measure theory and functional analysis please!
 
Uber, but for Topological Spaces: "Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just order up a space that was path connected but not locally connected?" Now there's an app for that! http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2015/02/28/uber-but-for-topological-spaces/
So it’s cold and rainy, and you’re up a little too late trying to figure out why that one pesky assumption is necessary in a theorem. ...
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This used to be called WriteLaTeX. One big improvement: references and citations can now be inserted from a drop-down menu that pops up as soon as you type \ref{ or \cite{...
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Yeah, none of these are ideal. I should confess that I've never used any of these to actually get work done but I'd be sorely tempted by authorea the next time I co-author something with people that are either not so great with LaTeX or unfamiliar with version control. I'm sick of having to manually diff documents just to see what other people have done with them and the usual "paper final.tex", "paper even more final.tex", "paper the finalest.tex" habit. So sick that I'd be perfectly happy with sacrificing some of the comforts of your LaTeXTools if it allowed my co-authors to use a rich-text editor like authorea and me to use Markdown, knitr and some of these other recent developments.
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More wintry pictures.
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  • Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
    Ph.D., Economic Analysis and Policy, 1994 - 1998
  • Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy
    BA, Economics
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Theoretical economist, ardent TeXnician, tech enthusiast
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Hi! I am an academic economist; I teach microeconomics, and do research in the fields of game and decision theory. These are the nuts and bolts of economic and social behavior; I believe that, by advancing our understanding of these basic building blocks, we can make a bit more sense of the "blooming, buzzing confusion" of the environment we live in.

I find technology and computers fascinating. I can code a bit, and have made (very) very small contributions to some open-source and community projects.
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  • Northwestern University
    Professor of Economics, 2002 - present
  • Princeton University
    Assistant Professor of Economics, 1998 - 2002
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Chicago, IL
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Milano, Italy - Hong Kong - Palo Alto, CA - Princeton, NJ
Amazing panini--quality ingredients, imaginative recipes. A hidden gem!
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A hidden gem. Amazing, friendly service; we went back after a year, and the staff remembered about our kids' allergies. Traditionally prepared seafood, with a few surprises. Try the Antipasto 500 (a selection of fish appetizers)... which could be a meal by itself! But also try the Chitarra pasta.
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reviewed 9 months ago
Decent option for lunch (or dinner). Food is reasonably authentic; we had a variety of pasta dishes (tagliatelle, ravioli and stracci), and while I would say that on average it was not quite "al dente", it wasn't a disaster either. Interesting sauces, excellent burrata. Overall, not the best option for Italian food in town, but reasonable if you're downtown.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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A family favorite. Try the sweet potato fries!
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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This is *the* place to go if you want seriously authentic Italian cuisine. The only downside is that the menu is not particularly extensive, BUT it's absolutely authentic and top quality. Highly recommended.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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A sadly too short 4-day trip. The snow is amazing, living up to the considerable hype. Great variety of runs. We stayed at the Sheraton, which is not a luxury resort by any means, but it's ski in, ski out, which rocks.
Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Very Good
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Authentic northern Italian restaurant. Try the Gnocco Fritto!
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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