I’ve been having problems with the news feed for this site, so I have switched to a feedburner feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/MattLeifer. Links to the old feed should get forwarded automatically, but this does not seem to be working in Google Reader at the moment so you should update to the new feed to get the latest articles. In particular, my latest post on Quantum Time Travel is missing from the old feed in Google Reader.
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I have decided to try to make a return to blogging and I am intending to write new posts about once or twice a week. Making a statement like this is dangerous, as veteran bloggers know well, as it usually leads to several month’s radio silence. Nevertheless, I hope that making this announcement will give me enough motivation to actually go through with it.
For those of you who are not up-to-date with the latest Matt Leifer gossip, I essentially gave up blogging at the end of 2007 because I came down with a mysterious illness that, amongst other things, ruined my ability to do anything that requires concentration. I had to take an indefinite leave of absence from work in April 2008 and I can attest that this is not a fantastic thing to do for your academic career when you are still a postdoc. I have since been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a controversial syndrome that does not have any very effective treatments (at least none of them have really worked for me so far). Although I am not really feeling any better, I have decided to try and work part-time for a couple of days a week and I am in the process of transferring the remainder of my FQXi grant to University College London to pay my salary for about eight months.
As you can imagine, I have built up a lot of internal rants about quantum theory in the couple of years since I stopped blogging, so I do not think I will have much trouble coming up with topics to write about. One person who should be especially glad about my return to blogging is Chad Orzel, because it means that I will have far less time to write overly long comments on his blog whenever he writes something about that touches on the foundations of quantum theory.
Hope to see you round here sometime soon!
The website has not been updated for a long time due to recent illness. There are two new preprints (see below) and the publications section has been updated.
After a brief lack of blogging inspiration I’m hoping to get back into the swing, starting with this post over at fqxi on a recent Workshop.
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Academic Tech is now officially closed due to my lack of enthusiasm for writing posts. All observations concerning the use of technology in academia will now appear on my main blog Quantum Quandaries.
I know it’s nerdy, but I now have a favicon. Cool, eh!
Since I get asked a lot, I have added a collection of links to resources on quantum foundations to the About page. Any suggestions for additions will be gratefully received, especially if you know of any good quality popular talks that can be viewed online.
P.S. In case you were thinking of asking, neither “The Tao of Physics” or “What The Bleep Do We Know?” are ever going to be added.
OK, it is time to announce some changes that I alluded to in comments to an earlier post.
Firstly, I have decided to take an invitation to blog over at the new FQXi community pages. At the moment, I’m just doing this on an experimental basis for a couple of months and I am fully intending to bring my foundational musings back over here at the end of it. One reason for this is that the FQXi blogs currently work a bit more like forums than a regular blog and they are missing a number of key features, e.g. rss feeds, that I think are important. Still, I think it will be worthwhile as I will potentially be able to reach a wider audience of people working on fundamental physics who would not read this blog. For now, I will be posting links here when I write a FQXi post, so you can keep track of them. The first one on ontological vs. epistemic wave-vectors can be found here.
Secondly, I have decided that my strategy to keep this blog purely focussed on foundations and maintain another blog about technology in academia is not really working. For one thing, I can hardly ever be bothered to write posts on the other blog and it is certainly not the case that I have groundbreaking new things to say about foundations every day. Therefore, I think it would be an improvement if I allow myself to write about a wider array of subjects in fundamental science and other things that I think are interesting. Rest assured that foundations will remain the focus, so this will not become just another general physics blog and you will definitely never find me writing any posts about my pet dog.
Welcome to my new blog. It exists for me to occasionally air a whole lot of rants I have stored up about technology in academia, and will be posted to less frequently than my other blog Quantum Quandaries. Here’s what the about section says:
This blog is about the uses of computers and technology in academia. As well as recommendations of useful websites and software, there is advice on how to make use of the internet in teaching and research, and speculation on how we could make the net a better place for academics. The focus is on things that are useful to people in the mathematical and physical sciences, and I have an unashamed bias towards Apple Macs and open source solutions.
I have been busy reorganizing my mini-web empire, as you can see if you look at my swanky new website. Part of this has to do with the fact that I occasionally want to write about things other than the foundations of quantum mechanics, but I don’t want to burden the loyal readers of Quantum Quandaries with such trivia. Therefore, I have started two new blogs.
The first is my announcements blog. This mainly exists to serve the news feed on my website, and it will contain announcements every time I submit a paper to the arXiv, update a paper, get published, visit somewhere for a long time, unify quantum theory with general relativity etc. I won’t announce the details of every paper I write on this blog as well, unless I think the paper is interesting for people into quantum foundations (actually, on that topic you might like this recent paper and also this one). I hope you will appreciate my goal of always keeping this blog strictly on topic, bucking the trend to use blogs mainly for shameless self promotion. Of course, you are welcome to become a regular reader of my announcements blog as well, but I am under no illusions that it will appeal to anyone except maybe my mother.
Secondly, I have started another blog called Academic Tech. This should satisfy my inner geek, as it is about the uses of computers, technology and the net in academia. If you want to know about software and web tools that you can do amazing things with then you might want to read it. However, quantum theory still holds the vast majority of my attention, so articles for this blog will probably be posted much more frequently.
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