Systems medicine: The cure for Alzheimer’s may come from a leap forward in high-performance computing

It would be an overstatement to say the days of bubbling beakers and test tubes in medical research labs are gone. But today, you’re as likely to see a supercomputer in the laboratory as you are racks of tissue samples. Advanced modern medical research has become computational. Nowhere can you see this better than inContinue reading “Systems medicine: The cure for Alzheimer’s may come from a leap forward in high-performance computing”

Moore’s Law is ending. Now what?

In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits would double every other year for the foreseeable future. His prediction, now known as Moore’s Law, has proved remarkably durable but is nearing the end of its useful life. As a result, the world will need new technologies toContinue reading “Moore’s Law is ending. Now what?”

How growing up in the Navy made certain truths self-evident

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence Diversity provides a competitive and creative edge, no matter your ethnicity. I’m a straight, white sonContinue reading “How growing up in the Navy made certain truths self-evident”

Digitizing Shakespeare

Our world is currently characterized by digitization. On a daily basis we interact with digital tools and properties. However, if we think about digitization in general, we probably think about the big things first: communications (who writes letters these days?), transportation (how many times have we cursed at the computers that make our new carsContinue reading “Digitizing Shakespeare”

A Geographical History of San Francisco

Since we moved back to San Francisco last year, I’ve been taking pictures of places of literary and artistic note in the city. I published a post on “literary life in North Beach” on my agency’s blog. This is an ongoing and less geographically restrictive diary of the city’s literary, artistic, scientific, and political history.Continue reading “A Geographical History of San Francisco”

Ainadamar: Chapter Fifteen

This is the fifteenth chapter of my novel, “Ainadamar, or The Fountain of Tears: The First Flight of the Madrugada.” It details the adventures of a spaceship called the Madrugada, crewed by a Bulgarian space vampire, a lady barbarian, a 17th century French mountebank, a shape-shifting chef, a giant kitty, an empath, Morgan La Fey, an octopus surgeon, a cowboy,Continue reading “Ainadamar: Chapter Fifteen”