Darrell Long

 
I am one of three brothers. I am the eldest; Dean and Fred are twins. All three of us are computer scientists. I am a professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean of Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I hold the Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair; Dean is a senior engineer in Silicon Valley; Fred is a bioinformaticist in La Jolla. We have a little sister too, her name is Laurea, and she is a mathematician and teaches at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. My mother was a teacher when I was very young, but later owned a motorcycle shop. This explains the predilection of which some of my colleagues disapprove.
My wife Mary and I have been together since my sophomore year in high school, and we were married right after I finished my B.S. degree in 1984. In many ways, she is the best of all possible wives, especially since she abets my vices, including my motorcycles, car, books and other toys. She is not particularly fond of my computers. We have two sons: William and John. I am extremely proud of both of my boys. To the chagrin of some, they share many of the vices of their father.
Since you took the time to find my personal web page, let me see if I can satisfy your curiosity. It has been said that you can know a man by what he reads. Below are some books that I have read recently, and feel are worth recommending. I will add to this list from time to time, although I do not promise to keep it up to date. 
Sadly, my list of books to read is much longer than the list of books that I have had the time to read. As Schopenhauer said, "Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents." The late, great, Warren Zevon paraphrased this nicely as "We love to buy books because we believe we are buying the time to read them." My friend Vernor Vinge put it even more succinctly when he said, “Darrell, you need to face the fact that you are not going to live to be 300 years old.”
Sebastian Brant, The Ship of Fools, translated by Edwin H. Zeydel, Dover Publications, 1988.
Robert I. Sutton, The “No Asshole Rule” — Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, Warner Business Books, 2007.
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, In Praise of Folly, Dover Publications, 2003.
Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Thomas C. Reed, At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War, Presidio Press, 2005.
David Holloway, Stalin and the Bomb, Yale University Press, 1994.
George Dyson, Project Orion, Henry Holt, 2002.
Ann Finkbeiner, The Jasons: the Secret History of Science’s Postwar Elite, Viking, 2006.
John Gardner and John Maier, Gilgamesh: translated from the sîn-leqi-unninnĩ version, Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Herminie Templeton, Darby O'Gill and the Good People, McClure, Phillips and Company, 1906.
Rudyard Kipling, The Works of Rudyard Kipling, vols. I-XXVII, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908-1919.
Seamus Heaney, translator, Beowulf, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.
John Gardner, Grendel, Ballantine, 1971.
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum, Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich, 1989.
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon, Avon, 1999.
Umberto Eco, Baudolino, Harcourt, 2002.
Herbert York, The Advisors, Stanford University Press, 1989.
John Gardner, Freddy's Book, Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.
Jennet Conant, Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II, Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Gregg Herken, Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence and Edward Teller, Henry Holt & Company, 2002.
Keith B. Richburg, Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, Harvest Books, 1998.
David McCullough, John Adams, Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Mark Bowden, Killing Pablo, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001.
Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999.
Jean Anouilh, Becket, or the Honor of God, Samuel French, 1961.
Robert Park, Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Willie Morris, Good Old Boy, Yoknapatawpha Press, 1989.
Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, HarperCollins, 1998.
Simon Singh, The Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography, Doubleday, 1999.
Ralph Barger, Keith and Kent Zimmerman, Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, William Morrow & Company, 2000.
Padraic Colum, Orpheus: Myths of the World, MacMillan Company, 1930.
Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So : The Fallibility of Reason in Everyday Life, Free Press, 1991.
Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, Malleus Maleficarum, Montague Summers, Editor, Dover, 1971.
My Erdös number is 2.

Poor Grendel’s had an accident. 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Idle hands may be the tools of the devil, but John was convinced an intentionally idle mind was the work of a higher force for evil, mediocrity.


—Robert Mailer Anderson, “Boonville”