Right now I have two roles at Nevis Labs.
- I maintain the
computer systems network.
I'm working on physics simulation software for the MicroBooNE experiment.
I give a hands-on
tutorial on ROOT for
the REU students. I've
taught it annually since the summer of 2001.
C++ and programming books
I've been lucky enough to have made, and to continue
to make, some small contributions to scientific research.
They are listed below with my most recent work first.
- I work on the software of the MicroBooNE experiment.
- I worked on physics simulation software for the NuSOnG experiment.
- Here's a talk I gave on NuSOnG to the Nevis REU students on 30-Jun-08.
- I worked on software development for simulations
that make use of the Reactor
- My work at Nevis included working with the
to simulate the
liquid-argon calorimeter using Geant4.
- I helped to produce two parts of the Nevis publication Matter and Energy:
On Particle Physics.
You will need the
Adobe Acrobat Reader to see these documents.
- The CCFR
experiment collected the data I used in research, and
I developed their web site. If it were ever
finished (unlikely as of Sep-1999), I would have
explained my analysis
in terms that (I hope) most people would understand.
Unfortunately, I never had the time to finish this
- NuTeV is the current incarnation
of the physics experiment in which I collected my data. The experiment probes
the detailed structure of matter using a neutrino beam on an iron target.
You can see pictures of some of the
- The 6-page technical article
I wrote on my analysis results was published in
the 18-Aug-97 issue of
Physical Review Letters 79: 1213-1216 (1997)
- The thesis errata were last updated on 18-Oct-1999.
- You can see the numerical results of my
analysis, including my
"A Next-to-Leading-Order QCD Analysis of Neutrino-Iron Structure Functions at
- I received my Ph.D. in high-energy
physics from Columbia University on 24-Nov-96.
Particle Physics in General
These are the sites I check every day.
- MacInTouch contains lots of useful
information on the care and feeding of Macs.
- To stay informed, I try to read the
New York Times daily.
- 'Toons that don't have decent RSS feeds:
My formal title at Nevis Labs
is "Network Engineer." Basically, I'm a UNIX systems administrator (though my
Mac has proved itself to be enormously useful on the job).
Books on systems administration
I'm a Macintosh fan... or haven't you figured that out yet?
- MacSurfer's Headline News
is an effective summary of many Mac news sites. But it's a long time since I looked at MacSurfer.
- MacLife magazine is for
the true Mac believer.
- MacWorld is a
monthly magazine. Mac fan that I am, I admit
that let my subscription lapse because I found
that it was a waste of time to subscribe to
both MacLife and MacWorld.
is an on-line Mac magazine with lots of tips.
- To make the plots for my physics analysis and my
thesis, I use IGOR. Aside from
its excellent plotting
and macro capabilities, it's also a good quick-and-dirty
mathematical programming language.
- BBEdit is a nice
text editor and a fine way to prepare Web pages.
I came out of the broom closet the modern way... by including the following links
in this web site.
- The Witches' Voice
is a good all-around information site.
- If you're looking for lots of pagan-related links, or some basic
information on paganism, check out
Isaac Bonewits' Web Pages and the links therein.
- Four Quarters Farm
is an amazing place in the Alleghenies. They're building a
megalithic circle there, one giant stone each year. It will take
twenty years to complete. Come to Stones Rising in September to
help raise the next stone.
- Moving a little to the east, in Maryland we have
Free Spirit Alliance,
which puts on the excellent Free Spirit Gathering and the Free Spirit Healing
Retreat every year.
- Heading north, EarthSpirit is a
pagan community and resource in the New England area.
- Burning Man, in Nevada, isn't
specifically a "pagan" festival, but it does have a pagan energy to it.
I like their list of
novelties; I'm a sucker for glow-in-the-dark stuff.
The Written Word
I've had a life-long fascination with books and references. Here are a few
good references I've picked up while browsing through the Internet.
- Miriam-Webster offers a
dictionary and a thesaurus.
- All the works of
Shakespeare are on the Web.
- On the different end of poetic spectrum the lyrics to all the
songs are also available.
- Myth and Legend
I've been a science fiction fan since about 1966, when my third-grade teacher
gave me a copy of Eleanor Cameron's
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet.
People I know, people I've met, people I've seen... and people with cool web sites.
Fun and games
- I enjoy Live-Action Role-Playing (in fact,
I was director of LAIRE for two years).
From 1997 to 2003 I played in
- During the summers, I used to work at the
Ren Faire in Tuxedo, NY. I could occasionally be seen at
fairs as well.
- I'm often asked where I get the costumes I wear to the Ren Faires.
Moresca sells Middle-Age,
Renaissance, and fantasy costumes, as does
and Garb the World.
- If you play in LARPs, you'll need
masking tape and duct tape in exotic colors.
- The most-recent SF TV series I liked
Galactica (though I acknowledge some truth
when my friend calls it a "man-soap"). I also enjoyed
- I still retain a fondness for
- My own personal favorite was the original
Trek. The newer stuff ain't bad, but the
shows take fewer risks and lack the flair of the original.
- For movie reviews, I check out
- The Internet Movie Database
is the standard reference for information about movies on the net.
- I once said, "Until someone comes up with a
Casablanca home page, the
only movie-related Web Page I've seen and liked is
Did you notice that the word "Casablanca" is now highlighted in that
sentence? Did you notice that "Star Wars" no
longer is? Things change...
A Space Odyssey
remains the greatest SF film ever made.
- Which film is the box-office champ? No,
it's not the one you think -- because you have
to take inflation into account. According to
the number one in ticket sales is actually
with the Wind.
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