I’ll Take Quotable Quotes For 1000 Please Alex

The other day whilst perusing the interwebs, I stumbled on several quotes and inspirational bric-a-brac that I quite liked. Some of it cheesy, some of it funny, some of it not-so-much. There were also quotes which once read I felt the need to conquer a small country, or take on a task of almost insurmountable…

10 To 15 Pounds Of Fatty Fat Fat Fat

In case you were unaware, I’m a big fan of numbers. And by big fan, I mean I love numbers. I’ve always been this way. Even as a kid I would often find myself doing math in my head, thinking about patterns in numbers, finding comfort in their logic. There were many very late and…

Happy Trip-iversary

It’s hard to believe, but over 39 thousand kilometres and 1 year ago today, Rick and I made our way to Hawaii to begin what would be one of the most amazing adventures I’ve ever been on. Part of the craziness of the adventure was travelling with Rick. You see, up until that point we’d never travelled together. In…

Joy-Filled Vision-Water

Holy effing crapshite – what you are about to read/see is so freaking unbelievable you might just face-five yourself to make sure you aren’t dreaming. With that in mind, I suggest that you sit down. Perhaps even sit on your hands so that you don’t actually face-five yourself. You see, I don’t want to be…

I’m Suddenly Craving Wine

Today was day 2 of teaching CIS*2170, also known as User Interface Design. Honestly, it was even better than day 1. I’m having so much fun teaching this course. Perhaps too much fun. Maybe I should pretend that I’m not having fun lest someone decide that I’m having too much fun to get paid. Because…

Where’s The Cake?

January is a month of many birthdays. So many birthdays – Silvia, Mike, Mel, Aqleema, Matt, Paula, Dr. Beth (whose birthday just so happens to be today – so happy birthday Dr. Beth), Bum, Dr. Gerarda, George, Jeff, Val, Marilyn, Dr. Neil, and the list goes on. I’d argue that there are so many birthdays,…

The Ultra-Nerdtastic Version Of Me

Today was the first class of the first semester of 2012, which means that today was exhausting but in a completely awesome way. I love teaching, so it felt amazing to be back in class in front of a room full of 60+ students. To be honest, I was a little nervous before I arrived…

Beach Ball Induced Heart Palpitations

This afternoon, after spending many hours plunked in front of my computer in my fancy new office working away on notes for the two classes I’m teaching this semester (namely User Interface Design and Discrete Optimization; a second year course and a graduate level course, respectively) I decided it was necessary to stretch my legs and…

On My Way To 42.2: The Game Plan

Yesterday I posted the results to my first official week of training that I am doing in order to try to accomplish the goals that I have set out for myself for 2012. You know, the goals that involve me running three separate marathons (two in one month), biking 160km as part of my first ever…

On My Way To 42.2

So today marked the first official week of training for 2012. While the week started off well, things got messed up by mid-week. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to exercise, but because I hadn’t really factored in a social life. Crazy! In this particular case, the social life factor was actually a visit from…

Unicorn Tears And Blasphemy

Exactly 10 days ago (give or take an hour or so), I wrote about my Christmas gift from Rick. That gift included the most excellent Unicorn Band-aids – which were said to be enchanted by the healing powers of Unicorn tears – and the Watch It Grow Jesus (or as I called it, the Mini-Jesus)….

Because Ice Climbing Isn’t Adventurous Enough

Remember back in the old-time-y days of 2011 when Rick and I had made the spontaneous decision to go ice-climbing? Well, Rick discovered a website today that listed a lot of the different activities that are available both summer and winter in the lovely province of Alberta. While waiting for my parents, younger brother, and two…

Expanding My Stats-dom

Almost a year ago – March 10, 2011 to be exact – I wrote about my new office in the Alexander building at the University of Guelph (see here). Since then, I have spent many hours in said office working on papers, thinking mathematical and statistical thoughts, writing code, drafting reports, building presentations, writing manuscripts,…

How Does One Celebrate A Job-iversary?

Given the craziness of the holidays, I almost overlooked the fact that January 1 was not just the beginning of 2012, it was also the beginning of my second year as an Ass. Prof. I know, how could I forget such an occasion? That’s right folks, I almost forgot that I’ve officially been gainfully employed at…

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

So it’s a full 47 or so hours into 2012 and I have to say – so far, so good. In fact, as far as I’m aware the earth has not been struck by a major end-of-everything-as-we-know-it type meteor. I’m not saying it hasn’t been – I mean, perhaps it has and I’m simply living in…