I enjoy sports, although I'm not good at
any. I'm not one of those people who just says they're bad, I
really am uncoordinated, but for some reason I enjoy things anyway.
At MIT I played soccer
Cold Booters (I founded their
C-league team) and D-league ice hockey with the
in 1995 & 2000 (I got to play D league 2 years because I never
to skate). In Edinburgh I managed to find 3 different weekly bad
games. Now that I'm at Bath, sometimes the Math & CS
grad students let
me play football with them. More often I hill walk (mostly to
squash (with Marina De Vos)
& very occasionally ping pong.
Every wonder what was on the Bath Logo? I did.
I was stunned to learn that I have an MP3,
from my usenet music
days. I never could play lead, even pre-RSI. You really can find
anything on the net. Maybe I should start collecting art, well, art
The best supported theory in science is the theory of evolution. We don't understand evolution perfectly, but we understand it better than we understand gravity. If you don't know basic evolution theory, you will have trouble understanding not only biology, but also modern theories of society (including religion) and intelligence (including artificial intelligence).
So what did you think of MIT? That's not actually what I thought, but it seems a pretty good answer anyway. If I'd actually been male & undergraduate, I probably would have joined TEP, rather than the relatively mainstream sounding frat the above guy was in, but it's difficult to survive MIT without some kind of a housing group. I survived because of Pearl Tsai (now Renaker), Eva Patalas & Elizabeth Wilmer. For something more like my actual experience as an AI lab grad student from the 8th floor, check out the GSB archives.
Politics... Since I'm a US citizen but live abroad I vote at my last US residence, which is in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. My US congresspeople are Elizabeth Warren (no number yet, Ted Kennedy's was 565-3170), John Kerry 565-8519 and Michael E. Capuano 621-6208 (Rep for Cambridge and Somerville). Write your U.S. Representative. Click here to find out where to vote if you are in Massachusetts. Cambridge Civic Journal.
I'd like to have a president
who believes in science.
I campaigned for Senator Paul Simon for president in 1988, Al Gore
2000, and Robert
Reich for Massachusetts governer in 2002. None of them won,
they sent me to Des Moines
Iowa, Oberlin Ohio, and Worcester Massachusetts,
respectively, which was at least interesting.
A couple of good causes:My partner Will's & my Charity of the year:  Updated 2010: our favorite charity now is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  This is because all power corrupts, and the US may no longer have a viable political opposition party. The ACLU supports the rule of law (e.g. on-line privacy, trials for those accused of terrorism). Actually, I've been a card-carrying member for years. We are no longer supporting Amnesty International, because of its unquestioning, amoral, sensationalising support of people like Moazzam Begg. Just because the USA wronged someone doesn't make them right.
See also my page on Information for Americans.
The Better Business Bureau has online reports about (at least American) charities. The Consumer Price Index lets you compare prices and wages across years. Are you interested in US Constitutional Law?
My Past... In case you are trying to figure out if you know me, or if you just want to know about some really cool people and places, here's my life's history:
I am late of Marc Hauser's Lab at Harvard, the MIT AI Lab, the Division of Informatics and the Department of Psychology of the University of Edinburgh, LEGO both Futura (Boston Branch) and Digital / Darwin (Billund, Denmark), Marble Associates, LaSalle Street in Chicago, The College of the University of Chicago, and Glenbard North Highschool (I started 2 years after these guys graduated!), Saturday morning physics at Fermi Lab, Jay Stream Jr. High and Roy De Shane Elementary School. My three schools were all in Carol Stream, Illinois (I lived on this street from 1970-1982.) I spent the late 60's in Omaha, Nebraska (but I don't remember them,) and I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, like Herbert Simon.
Family stuff: my sister's web page (she's "Mrs. Bird") and my brother-in-law's (David Lowe).
Do you need a foundry? (do you want your sculptures in brass?) My best friend from highschool works there...
|I've never owned a car. (I'd like to live here. Walk to Bath!) I sometimes rant.|
Quote of the random time interval:
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has
[Since Winter 1996] I must acknowledge Will Lowe, though I can't say for what in public. (Parse that in British!)
MIT photo on this page [from Fall 1994] by Prof. Fernando J. Corbató.
[February 2002] CPI info is from Will Miller's home page.
[Since January 2003] My front page uses CSS style sheets. It is based on the old CSS home page, by Bert Bos. If you have any problems with it, let me know, or try a more CSS compliant browser, like Mozilla (any version greater than 0.8). Far cooler CSS stuff.
[January 2004] Behind this woman is Dr. William Lowe. Let it be known that Will taught me most of what little I know about science, philosophy and matlab (and history); he does fascinating research into both semantics and politics; and without whom I wouldn't be breathing (so heavily).
[January 2004] The woman in front of Will and me taking the
picture is Marty Bryson.
[April 2007] Photo on the front page is now by Will Lowe (coincidently.) The one on the top of this page I took myself, sort of.
[August 2008] Thanks to Paul Albers for pointing out that "jjb ahhht cs daht bath daht ac daht uk" doesn't make sense if you're not phonetically fluent in American English. I guess confusing computers without confusing people is getting harder -- we must be winning at building AI!