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Dave Bacon
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The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen. Summary DARPA nee ARPA is a U.S agency in the Department of Defense responsible for emerging technologies. If you’ve heard of it, it’s…
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Bloodline (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray Summary There was a time when the Star Wars franchise seemed left for dead. Before the prequels, when there was no light on the horizon for any new movies, a time of no new hope for Star Wars fans. At such a time one…
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When Will Highway 20 Open in 2016? I predict April 12.

Well it’s that time of year. The WSDOT has announced that they are starting the yearly challenge of clearing off Highway 20. Last yearI predicted the pass would be clear on April 5th and the actual date was April 3. Nailed. It. OK, now I’ve jinxed this…
Well it’s that time of year. The WSDOT has announced that they are starting the yearly challenge of clearing off Highway 20. Last yearI predicted the pass would be clear on April 5th and the …
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Summary: Jeff Hawkins is one of the creators of the Palm Pilot. He is also someone who harbored a strong desire to understand intelligence throughout his life, trying and failing to get into MIT to study AI, and then going on to entrepreneurial success…
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Book: The Sports Gene

Summary: In grad school a small group of friends would often debate “Nature versus Nurture” over beers. Thing is, I could never remember which side I wanted to defend and so had to make my arguments “flexible”. The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of…
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The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition by Gregory Hickok Summary Mirror neurons are neurons that trigger both when an action is observed and when the action is performed. These neurons were first discovered in…
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Infomocracy: A Novel by Malka Older Summary What would happen if Neal Stephenson were a policy wonk? I believe that this book is the answer to that question. The plot follows an election cycle in a world were a giant search engine runs the election of a…
Infomocracy: A Novel by Malka Older Summary What would happen if Neal Stephenson were a policy wonk? I believe that this book is the answer to that question. The plot follows an election cycle in a…
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2 contrasting scifi reads. Book: Rainbows End and Book: Perion Synthetics

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Summary: The late Doug Engelbart was the inventor of the mouse, but that is the least interesting thing about him. He is the creator of “The Mother of All Demos”, a 1968 demo that included hypertext, teleconferencing, word processing, hypermedia, and,…
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After realizing how few book I read last year, I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to read more.  As a way to help me keep it up I’ve decided it would be fun to add “reviews” for each of the books I’ve read.  Of course, I’m bad at reviews so I’m…
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    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
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    Research Assistant Professor, 2006 - 2011
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Theoretical ski bumming former professor turned coder.
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    Physics, Literature, 1993 - 1997
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    Physics, 1997 - 2001
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    1989 - 1993
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