That Time I Tried To Fly Home

I’m currently cozied up in a rather comfy bed on the 14th floor of the Alt Hotel at the Halifax airport. In theory, I should be at this very moment hurtling through the air in a glorified metal lawn dart. Instead, I shall wait until tomorrow morning to make my great escape.

Go West, Young Man

Approximately eleventy-billion years ago1 I boarded a glorified lawn dart on my way from here to Labrador so that I might spend some time in Goose Bay and Rigolet as part of the eNuk research program. But that was eleventy-billion years ago. Naturally, you might be wondering how I, a man who valiantly battles the…

Seven-Year Itch

According to my calendar, this past Saturday marked the 7th anniversary of the day that I successfully defended my PhD in Statistics. I can still remember the nervous excitement that filled me in the days and hours that led up to my big day; running and rerunning the presentation in my head, perfecting answers to mock…

Stillness

On Tuesday evening I returned home after my most recent adventure to Rigolet and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. You may recall that I was supposed to have travelled to Rigolet in February but Old Man Winter had other plans that included blizzards, snow, more snow, freezing temperatures, delayed flights, more snow, cancelled flights, rebooked flights, more snow, cancelled…

The Adventure Continues: Take II

Remember that time in February when I was supposed to board a shiny metal lawn dart on my way through Halifax and Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Rigolet? And remember how Old Man Winter decided to crush my travel plans because he’s an old cranky bastard? Well here’s hoping that Old Man Winter doesn’t decide to crush…

The Adventure Is Postponed

So after several flight delays, and then a cancellation, and then further delays and flight changes, and then threats of more bad weather, the Labrador Research Forum was officially postponed until the end of April. Sadly this means that my adventure to Labrador has also been postponed. Damn you Old Man Winter, damn you to…

The Adventure Is Slightly Delayed

Most of you are probably aware of the cranky old bastard who has caused an excessive amount of turmoil to travellers in airports across Canada and the USA. No, I’m not referring to the tanned narcissist who leads the free world (but good guess), I’m referring to Old Man Winter.

The Adventure Continues

Assuming the blizzard that is currently hitting Halifax isn’t going to further delay my travel plans, tomorrow night I should be headed to the airport to ceremoniously launch myself through the sky in a glorified (but extremely safe) metal lawn dart.

Ass. Prof. Of The 2nd Order

Six years ago I began the weird and wonderful journey that has been an Assistant Professor & Statistician in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. And if you’d told me then that this decision would lead me to where I am today, with a variety of research programs spanning computer science, statistics,…

The Adventure Begins

After the travel-filled adventure that was last year, it’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of January and I haven’t boarded a glorified lawn dart to be hurtled through space and time towards parts unknown.

My Life Is Weird II

Remember that time that I wrote about how my life is weird? Ya, well next week it gets even weirder. And I don’t mean weird bad, I mean weird good. As in, weird so good I’m doing a happy dance in my seat, grinning a grin that seems to want to break the boundaries of my…

The Year That Was

So there you have it, for the good and the bad, the weird and the wonderful, that was 2016. I’m not really sure how to measure this year. On one hand, the world seems like it might be teetering on the brink of some biblical post-apocalyptic nightmare that has begun with the rapture of celebrities,…

Is It Clear?

I have no idea how to write this post, so apologies in advance for its potential rambling nature. On Thursday morning I learned that a mentor, an advisor, a friend of mine had died. I was in Toronto at a conference on food insecurity when I got the news from several friends through email and text….

My Life Is Weird

There are days when I wake up and wonder to myself how I’ve managed to end up where I am. Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t a case of waking up with regrets, or not recognizing the work I put in to accomplish some of the things I’ve accomplished. It’s more the case that I feel I have…

A Third Of The Way To Malawi

In early August I returned from one of the most incredible adventures I’ve ever been on. After spending a month in Malawi and experiencing the incredible culture and people who call the Warm Heart of Africa home, I knew that I’d have to find a way to return. This, however, is not a post about my…