Rob St. Amant

Rob St. Amant
December 31
My roots are in San Francisco and later Baltimore, where I went to high school and college. I stayed on the move, living for a while in Texas, several years in a small town in Germany, and then several more in Massachusetts, working on a Ph.D. in computer science. I'm now a professor at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. My book, Computing for Ordinary Mortals, will appear this fall from Oxford University Press.


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MAY 30, 2012 6:48AM

Why vote?

ballot box 

Is it worthwhile to vote in the Presidential election this coming November? I think so. Every four years, usually in the fall, you can read economic and decision theoretic arguments about whether voting is a rational act.1 Those arguments are fine for the mathematically inclined, b/… Read full post »

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MAY 23, 2012 8:35AM

I'll bet you like ice cream.

Do you like ice cream? I'll predict that if you care enough to mention ice cream via Twitter, you're probably in favor of it, even moderately enthusiastic.

Am I just guessing? Not entirely. I used a visualization system developed by my colleague Chris Healey to produce thRead full post »
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MAY 27, 2010 7:00PM

Fantastic children's books


I confess--I have no children, and yet I read children's books. Sometimes I simply don't have the mental energy to crack open a serious adult book (think The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami, or Truth, by Simon Blackburn) or even a piece of light fiction (think Carl Hiaasen or/… Read full post »

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APRIL 1, 2010 8:31AM

Four conversations
Day 0
Her husband is undergoing radiation treatment, "but not chemo." "Oh, that's good," I say. "It's not," says the woman in a matter-of-fact way. "It was first in his neck." She gestures. "Now it's in his hip, but it's spread all over." She gestures
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