The Year That Could Be

I spent the better part of yesterday wandering around London – because that’s what one does when they are on vacation with no set plans. Given that my normal day-to-day revolves around a very scheduled calendar and the bing of emails as they cascade relentlessly into my inbox, I’m thinking that my return to the real world…

Because 2015 Is The New 2014

Rick and I are still enjoying the comforts of our fancy-pants hotel in Kathmandu. We’ve just finished eating breakfast in bed (because fancy-pants hotel), and are contemplating venturing out to wander the streets of the Thamel district to get some delicious coffee from Himalayan Java. It’s a rough life, but someone has to live it.

The Year That Was

I stumbled on this website last night (whathappenedinmybirthyear.com) and I thought it was rather cool (assuming you, of course, are interested in random trivia). The gist – provide the website with the year you were born and it will provide you a string of information related to things that happened that year – news, movies,…

Cleaning House – Nerd Style

Being the a place for everything and everything in its place kind of man who I am, I have taken on the task of revamping my Not-So-Bucket-List list. I did this mainly because I was getting tired of searching for things in the ever-growing list. I also didn’t like the aesthetics of such a massive list where some…

Epic Presentation Fail

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, today was the day that I was scheduled to give my talk titled Signal Processing for Species Identification. And as I had also mentioned in yesterday’s post, as of last night I still had to finish said presentation. Of course, last night was also the traditional banquet for the Annual…

The Wild Rumpus Never Ends

I found out yesterday that Maurice Sendak – author of the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are – died on Tuesday May 8, 2012. To say that Where the Wild Things Are was/is/will always be one of my favourite books would be an understatement. It would also be a disservice to the masterpiece that I discovered when…

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…

A Not-So-Bucket-List Review

Last night I received the following text (left) from Rick. Clearly my answer was an immediate yes. Well, technically I responded with “I think we both know the answer to that :)” Anyway, after a few texts flew back and forth, we agreed that Winter Ice Climbing was going to happen, and it should be…

KenKen is FunFun

Following my surgery a few weeks ago, my friends Gerarda and Alan dropped by with a most excellent ‘get well soon’ gift. The gift included a hilarious card, a trashy tabloid, and the book that I’m holding in the picture to the left. That book is a book of KenKen puzzles. What the hell is…

Merry Stats-mas Everyone!

Yesterday I received an unexpected email from my friend Michael (who just so happens to be a fellow Statistics nerd). Anyway, it seems that in his recent move he came across a box of statistical textbooks that he no longer needed. He was curious as to whether I’d be able to give them a good…