13 July 2012
links (or chains of memory, or namedropping)
On the drive home I remembered why I had looked up 'eccentric'. I was reading an article about
wearable computing and this led to reading a prof's bio (Thad Starner); I knew him as a fellow
student at MIT. He mentioned that he had an Erdos number of 4. I realized my number is 3,
through a prof I worked with as an undergrad.
Erdos was an eccentric.
FWIW at UCI I've shaken Carver Mead's hand and met Federico Faggin who was one of the 808x
originals.. once I got into Minsky's office when he was out and took copies of all his papers..
and his wife sat on my coat once. She was
demonstrating a force-sensitive touch screen.
It was a CRT on springs with sensors.
Not an ivory tower groupie, but amusing to a yokel from upstate.
Posted by Irvine Engineer at 6:24 PM