User:Fineline

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I'm a theoretical physicist, software developer, and musician, currently living in Austin, TX. I'm out in SF quite a bit though.

I have a PhD in theoretical physics from UT Austin, and a BS in physics from UC San Diego. My doctoral research dealt with building string theoretic models of QCD-like quantum field theories at strong coupling, via the AdS/CFT correspondence. You can read all about it here (warning: hella taylor expansions).

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fineline@gmail.com

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Projects

  • vForms is a virtual environment for information organization for Windows 8 (sorry like 99.999% of the people reading this). C++ and DirectX. Ask me about it!

Update I'll be presenting an initial version at 5MoF on May 15th, assuming the event happens. I'm aiming to have it released by June 1st on the windows store.

  • I'd like to investigate the feasibility of using techniques similar to Loop and Blinn for a) rendering bezier splines, in particular digital ink strokes. b) making a fast, resolution independent pdf renderer. Both GLSL and HLSL versions. If this sounds interesting to any DirectX/OpenGL/CG hackers out there, it'd be great to see if we could release something substantial as open source.
    Update 5/6/2014: I found this, which should be good for study.
  • I'm also often working on some sort of quantum-gravity-related research project or other. If any of you guys wanna check my math that would be tight.

Interests

  • String Theory
  • AdS/CFT
  • The holographic perspective on quantum entanglement entropy, and its implications for space/time emergence (ie the program spearheaded by Von Raamsdonk, and of course EPR=ER)
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical Mechanics (I'm particularily interested in learning about/implementing boltzmann machines, and their applications to real-world systems -- eg work by Bialek. See also his textbook)
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Rational (ie phenomenological) discussion of mysticism in general
  • High Explosives
  • Saxophone
  • Learning Python
  • Cinder (creative coding library), and its application towards virtual workspace environment design on tablets and in augmented reality.
  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Cooking (mostly Chinese and Mexican)
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Co-operative living

Some Publications

Evolution of non-local observables in an expanding boost-invariant plasma (forthcoming)

The Stability of Non-Extremal Conifold Backgrounds with Sources

The Non-SUSY Baryonic Branch: Soft Supersymmetry Breaking of N=1 Gauge Theories

Plasticity and learning in a network of coupled phase oscillators

Multi-user communication using chaotic frequency modulation


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