Be welcome on this introduction page. My name is Rob van Glabbeek,
born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. I studied mathematics at the
university of Leiden, and afterwards, affiliated as scientific
collaborator with the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in
Amsterdam, wrote a dissertation in theoretical computer science.
For almost 10 years I lived about 7 km north of Stanford University, in an
unincorporated area bordering Redwood City. There I rented a detached
house with a garden, shown below.
From May 2000 to August 2001, I lived in King's
Mountain, a small cluster of houses in the redwood forest on top
of the 2000 foot high hills above Woodside, about 20 km west of the
university. Then I enjoyed a period of vagrancy, including a
couple of house sitting arrangements, until I moved in with my beloved
Selena in September 2002. In November 2002, Selena and I left
the Bay Area, in order to live a couple of months at a time in
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Sydney (Australia), Antibes (Southern
France), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cambridge (England) and maybe Italy.
The only reliable way to reach me is by email:
(this is valid for life).
Politically I consider myself a libertarian, or more precisely an anarcho-capitalist. More information about libertarianism can be found here. A libertarian writer I particularly agree with is David Friedman. I do not believe; in particularly not in Gods (I have no religion) or in paranormal phenomena. Good information about the latter can be found, for instance, in the Sceptical Inquirer, published by CSICOP. My opinions about matrimony can be found here; this is required reading for everybody who wants to marry me.
My hobbies include pondering over fundamental philosophical questions, travelling, and hiking, skiing, mountain climbing, wild-water rafting, kayaking, scuba-diving, etc., especially through stunning landscapes. Occasionally I like to play the piano, but as I don't have one, I don't do it well anymore. When the opportunity arises I love to play tennis, volleyball, table tennis, or any other sport; yet this doesn't happen often. I also like to play games of almost any kind. And I go to Burning Man. My favorite writers include Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein (his Hugo Award winning books).
More pictures of myself and some of my travels can be found here.