From the beginning to the end,sorry for the inconvenience.
•1961 Born, Oakland California - fifth generation Californian•1968 Attended first Oakland Raiders football game: Raiders 13 - Buffalo 10•1977 Saw Led Zeppelin’s last North American concert appearance•1978 Bought first car, a 1969 Dodge Charger ($600)•Joined a gang, The Nomadz•1980 Graduated Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek California•1980-1984 BS Physics, UC San Diego, cum laudeoStarted using e-mailoMet Miles DylanoHad long hair, didn't wear shoeso1982 Attended Birmingham University, England•1984-1990 PhD Physics, UC Santa BarbaraoWas not awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics•1985-1990 Worked on the TPC/Two-Gamma experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center•1985 Married Heather’s mom “what a great party, I knew everyone and they all liked me"•1985 Held a baby for the first time, Heather L Stephens•1986 Joined UC Santa Barbara's Particle Physics Group•1989 Named the James Chadwick Scholar of the Ettore Majarana International School for Subnuclear Physics, Erice, Sicily, Italy•1990 Discovered the R(1525), a particle created in theinteraction of a nearly-real and a quite-virtual photon•1990-1993 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of FloridaoPerformed the world’s most accurate measurements of rare decays of bottom-quarksoWas shot in the chest while riding bike to work - they wanted $600 to take the pellett out... it’s still there, 6th rib down on the right.•1991-1993 Worked on the CLEO experiment at Cornell University•1993 Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington•1990-1999 Worked on the D-Zero experiment at Fermi National Accelerator LaboWas on the team that discovered the top quark•1995 Bought a goofy looking house in Mansfield TexasoSaw an ad in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for free German Wire-Haired Pointer puppies, brought home my Uncle ShermanoPresented results on the top-quark discovery in Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam•1996 Spoke on Quantum Chromodynamics at the Quantum Field Theory and High Energy Physics Workshop (QFTHEP96) in St. Petersburg RussiaoLearned the lesson of Vodka with a wierd guy from Trinidad and a nutty Belgian woman•1997 Taught relativistic quantum field theory to high school and junior high studentsoThe students nailed it.•1998 Spoke at the XXXIII Rencontres du Moriond confrence on QCD in Les Arcs FranceoBreakfast 7-9a, talks 9-12, ski 12-5p, talks 5-7p, dinner 7-10p, hang out in the lounge 10-12p, repeat - realized that bruises after skiing are like scratches after sex - they just mean you're doing it right•1999 Director of Advanced Technology, Enhanced Messaging Systems, a wireless-web startupoWorked for a megalomaniac - learned everything I needed to know about business, intellectual property and engineering.oAt Scarborough Renaissance Faire, Standing Bear Cooper told me that I am "a portal"oBecame “The Stand Man” selling food in the grandstand at high school football games to support the Band Boosters - made a lot of wise cracks, never had my ass kicked, but deserved it.•2000 Spent 4 hours under the bridge in Aberdeen WA where Kurt Cobain composed because it meant something to Heather. I don’t know what.•2001 Scientist, Agilent Technologies, Dallas Texas, part of Agilent’s Field Sales Force•2002 Toured the US giving day-long seminars to engineers on fiber optics•2003 oAFC Championship game: Radiers vs Titans - Metallica showed up on a flatbed truck and played a concert in the parking lot before the game. One of the best days ever. Ever!•2003-2004 Toured the US giving half-day seminars on timing noise (jitter) in high data rate systems•2003 oSearched for the Holy Grail in Cornwall, bought a coffee cup at King Arthur’s birthplace instead•2004 Moved home to CaliforniaoDriving across the Arizona border, there was a rainbow behind us - I am somewhere over the rainbowoPub Creep through Petaluma on my birthday•2005 oVisited the tomb of King Arthur, searched for the Holy Grail in Devonshire, Ireland, and Scotland (bought two coffee cups)oWriter, physicist, public speaker, Petaluma California•2006 oAt Litquake - natural born MCoFound me a Button and joined that elite club of California real estate owners...•2007 oRan for Petaluma City Council - humiliating, but amusing and welcome defeat•2008 oDaughter graduated from UC Santa Cruz - meeting the minimum requirement I set for her the day she was born. Felt a cosmic pat on the back.oStared at the ocean from the deck of a cruise ship for 10 days - it was “swell”•2009 oUncle Sherman Died (1995-2009) - Uncle Sherman was a wire-haired pointer, well, he was sort of big for a wire-haired pointer, but, of course, he was from Texas.oHe was the right dog for the job.Went to the bottom of Baja California to sit in the sand with beer and pelicansoProfessor Buckley, Spot-headed Hill Dog, applied for and was granted his position.•2010oThe God Patent was published by Numina Press! Booked the shit out of myself - speeches, readings, interviews... being a rock star is exhausting but wonderful in a sick, twisted way. No wonder they go nuts.•2011 oCruise to Hawaii with Jim and all of his friends. oSnorkeled around a crater, swam around in the shower of a waterfall, searched high and low for the perfect Mai Tai, can’t beat Big Don’s though - only available in Redding.•2012oSigned with 47North, the biggest publisher west of I5, owned by the biggest bookseller in the world. Spiked a football.oSpent a night in an Amsterdam coffee shop with his two favorite people in the whole world. They sure talk a lot.oGot a blue Fender Stratocaster for his birthday.•2013oGot a little girl dog named, Dear Abby. She’s really tiny, almost too tiny, but she buries things and in all other ways resembles a dog.oThe God Patent was re-published by a much bigger house, 47North.oThe Sensory Deception was published by 47North.oMarried Karen Garber on September 21, 2013 (I gotta remember that date).•2014oBecame a bonafide science writers, finally and officially bridging the gap from my high tech work, science, and fiction!oLearned about urban coyotes and haven’t looked at the world the same since.oHad a moment of doubt but can’t recall what it was.•2015oParis, it turns out, really is all that. (And the Raider Nation is well represented there.oWales remains my favorite country (except for home, of course).oPerfectly balanced summer working on PAM4 tech and revising The 99% Solution.•2016oMy first nonfiction book came out from Viva Editions