Twenty Days In

I have been on sabbatical for twenty days, give or take. Given that I’m currently in the future, and my brain never seems to be able to process the space-time continuum, it may be slightly more or slightly less than twenty days. For now, let’s just agree that time travel is challenging even for those…

The Adventure Continues

After roughly 75 days and travelling more than 1.3 times the circumference of the earth in 37 different glorified metal lawn darts, you might think that my travel adventures are coming to a close for the year. Fortunately for me, that’s not the case.

The Great Space-Time Discombobulation

Having arrived in Dalian early Sunday morning after an extended amount of time spent aboard a glorified metal lawn dart, it should come as no surprise that I unceremoniously poured myself into bed the moment I arrived at my hotel.

Hello Dalian

After approximately eleventy-billion hours on board two separate shiny metal lawn darts, I have found my way back to Dalian, China. As mentioned in previous posts, I’m here to teach a course and give two invited talks at Dalian Nationalities University (DNU).

Shiny New Office

Just in time for my sabbatical, the almost completely renovated Reynolds Building has opened. This means that after more than 20 months I am no longer an officeless professor, wandering campus in search of a workstation with an appropriate supply of coffee.

Have Visa, Will Travel

Today I returned from Toronto with my sparkly new visa for China. While this is the fourth such visa that I’ve collected from Toronto, this one is slightly different than the other three.

That Time In Montreal

As I mentioned in my previous post, the last few weeks and months have been hectic. This is why my blog posting has dwindled this month. And now here I am, sitting on the couch, realizing it’s August 31st and I’ve written nothing about my adventures in Montreal, or about any number of things that…

The Big Delay

After a few days in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for meetings, Nic and I awoke on Wednesday morning at the crack of way too early. Despite our exhaustion, we had a flight to catch and were quite eager to board our tiny but shiny metal lawn dart on our way to Rigolet.

The Case Of The Missing Luggage

Yesterday, Nic and I boarded the first of two shiny metal lawn darts on our way to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. We’re here for a few days of meetings, and then will be boarding yet another shiny metal lawn dart on our way to Rigolet.

Leaving On A Jet Plane

It’s difficult to believe, but the last time I boarded a shiny metal lawn dart was back in the old-timey days of early May. In fact, it has officially been forty days since I hurtled through the air travelling from somewhere to somewhere. It probably comes as no surprise that this is making me somewhat…

Sabbatical

In slightly more than 80 days I will begin my first sabbatical since becoming a faculty member in the School of Computer Science. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement.

Wins Of The Week

Nic and I arrived in Vancouver on Wednesday morning, following an uneventful ride across the country in my 16th shiny metal lawn dart of the year. At my current rate of travel, it seems that I’m on track to see the inside of at least 40 shiny metal lawn darts (covering at least 2.5 times the…

Mostly May But Partially April

Last Friday I thought it was Saturday, and then Saturday I thought it was Sunday. When Sunday finally rolled around, I felt that I was playing hooky from work because it was a beautiful day and I opted to spend it soaking up all the sunshiny rays I could whilst enjoying a delicious caesar or two on…

The Days Are Just Packed

Tuesday marked the 8 year anniversary of the day that I defended my PhD in Statistics. In case you were wondering, I did, in fact, celebrate the occasion with a wee dram of scotch.

ZWAP! BLAM-O! KA-POW!

As I mentioned just over a month ago, my life is and continues to be weird in all the best ways. As demonstrable of this weirdness, I offered you a story about how I helped save Batman. NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA BATMAN!!! Yes, that Batman.