steve's (personal) news
Many people have asked me, since my fabulous portrayal
as "Slender" in The Merry Wives of Windsor
, just how I manage
to act so well. Of course the answer is terribly complicated, but in
summary, my process is very similar to that of one Sir Ian
, briefly outlined
in this clip
A few updates:
- I'll be
in Delaware Park this summer. I'm playing Slender
Wives of Windsor. (Imagine that - me, playing a goofy,
tall, comic role!) The show opens July 24th, and it runs six nights
a week until August 17th.
- Mid-May I head out for my second dose of
Epistemology Workshop, in Madison this year. I'll be
comments on Carl Wagner's paper about the proper way to
interpret Jeffrey conditioning in Bayesian updating.
last Thursday, and she was fantastic. She now joins my elite
pantheon of imaginary girlfriends. (I'm sorry Buffalo gave you such
a tame reception, Feist; you deserved better. I hope, as you
suspected, it was just the formality of the venue.)
I'm back from
the Value of
conference, and from visiting old dear friends in both
London and Amsterdam. Thanks again to all my fantastic hosts. Now,
of course, it's back to the swing of the school year. Somehow it just
doesn't seem as glamorous as a conference in Europe.
I'm performing four improv shows for the Buffalo Infringement Festival
Peter Cumbo (from local improv groups Eclectic Company
and Show B
) and I will be doing a show
and You from Kalamazoo
, a 2-person longform
. (And yes
Peter picked the title - which is likely to have nothing to do with
the show.) Click the link for details and come see it if you're in
town! (Also, if you're out of town.)
Some good professional news lately: two more papers
to be published, and
I'll be presenting at two super-cool epistemology conferences: the
at Carnegie Mellon at the end of May, and
the Value of
conference in Amsterdam late August. Cool.
Both the vocation and avocation have some
I'm off to Toronto for the Toronto Improv Festival
school starts for me on Monday ...
I moved from Kalamazoo to Buffalo last weekend, and
what with internet installed and all, some order is starting
emerge from the chaos of the last week. Meanwhile lyrics from an old
Ben Folds song keep going through my head:
I can't believe I was there
believe I was anywhere else ...
In other moods it's these lyrics instead:
Buffalo gals won't you come out tonight
... and dance
by the light of the moon?
On Thursday August 10th I'm going to the Computing and
. Saturday morning (the 12th) I'm giving a
presentation defending the permissibility of making intelligent robot
servants. It's a quirky, fun topic with unexpected depths.
I haven't updated in some time, obviously. Some of
the biggest news since September:
- Career-wise, I got a job at Niagara
University, and so will move to Buffalo in early August. My
future colleagues are great, and Buffalo promises to be much like my
- Hobby-wise, my improv group's movie
had its premiere. Check out the trailer here, or from
the group's website.
It's a satire about an evangelist improv
group on a road trip. I play the bitter, divorced atheist roped into
I'll give a talk tomorrow at the philosophy department
of Western Michigan
"Learning and computational epistemology".
and I are going to the Toronto International
from 8/17 til 8/21, where we'll be demonstrating
our new longform
In broad summary for those who don't know: I'm now
living in Kalamazoo Michigan. I finished my PhD at the University of
Michigan and I'm on a two-year postdoc. I'll be here until summer
2006, and then where I'll be depends heavily on where I get a job! If
you know anyone who wants to hire
, let me know!