Introduction

Welcome to cgbaker.net, the personal webpage for Chris(topher Grover) Baker. It’s part blog and part project warehouse, my own little non-peer-reviewed piece of the internet.

This replaces my previous academic webpage. This is partially out of necessity, as the former site is no longer accessible to me because it was hosted at the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboraties, where I previously worked. But it also serves to curate a broader set of interests than did the former. In addition to my (very gradual) ongoing research in linear algebra and Riemannian optimization, my intention is to write about cloud computing, dev-ops, programming, homebrewing, and whatever DIY I get around to writing up. So feel free to check out the projects link in the menu, the blog post categories listing, or my bio.
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One of the benefits of engaging in such a broad subject as home brewing is the secondary use for all that equipment and random knowledge. Friend needs to borrow a 7 gallon glass jug? I have one of those. Brother-in-law needs to rapidly cool down 6 gallons of boiling liquid? I can help with that. Neighborhood lemonade stand wants to know the specific gravity of their signature beverage? No problem.
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We moved to Tallahassee in 2013. Between a new baby and a new startup, I ended up taking a break from homebrewing. For over three years, as it happened. Last year, I started again as assistant brewer for a friend, @ChrisAsa1, who is much more dedicated, to the extent that it eventually shamed/inspired me into cleaning up my equipment. Three weeks ago, I decided it was time to end my dry spell, as it were.
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If I’m going to occasionally write posts about math (and that is the plan), I need the ability to render equations. It’s not a strict necessity; you can get pretty far by literally describing what it is that you’re trying to say. For example: The Riemannian gradient over the compact Stiefel manifold of the Rayleigh quotient with respect to some square matrix and a given conformal subspace can be computed as the orthogonal complement with respect to a basis for that subspace of the product of said matrix and said basis.
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Chris Baker

Maths. Clouds. Homebrew.

Head of Develpment at Galactic Fog

Tallahassee, FL