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.

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…

Shiny Metal Lawn Dart 41

I know this will likely come as no surprise, but I’m once again sitting at Pearson International Airport (after having spent the day in Toronto at the Council of Ontario Universities Experiential Learning Best Practices Exchange) waiting to board the next shiny metal lawn dart that will take me from here to there. In this…

My Weekend Getaway In The Future

After a two and a half day visit to Guelph, I found myself last Thursday evening sitting aboard another glorified metal lawn dart preparing myself for a very long flight. It was 5:20 pm, and I was about to depart for a weekend adventure in the future.

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…

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,…

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…

Ready. Set. Summer.

Despite how chilly it is outside the calendar tells me it’s spring. More than that, Friday marked the last day of class for the winter 2016 semester.

Vancouver Bound

In a few short days I’ll be boarding my flight to Vancouver – my first flight since returning from New York in March1. You might say I’m a wee bit excited.

All The Feels

Several months ago I was sitting in my office trying to get some work done in the few moments I had between meeting with students, meeting with community partners, prepping for class, or filling in the seemingly endless pablum that is administrative forms. I was tired – exhausted to be honest. I’m pretty sure it was mid-semester,…

Regularized

For those who have been keeping track, you’ll know that I’ve been a faculty member in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph since January of 2011. What you might not know is that my position was a 5 year contractually limited position with an expiry date of December 31, 2015.

Three Year Prof-iversary

Over the weekend I spent some time organizing files, prepping notes for class, and doing whatever it is that profs do in their free time1. Of course, sitting around organizing meant that I spent much of my time exploring the past year of work. It’s weird; most days I feel as if I get nothing…

An Apple A Day

I have a confession to make. A confession that is well overdue, and going on 4 years in the making. At the strapping young age of 38, I am without a family doctor. I’ll give you a moment to pick yourselves up off of the floor. For years this was never a problem. I moved…

You Hang Up

This weekend was the 30th anniversary of the Hillside Festival. It was also the 2nd time I attended. My first venture to Hillside was 2 years ago. At that time, I attended because I had promised Dr. Steph that I would. And I’m a man who keeps his promises. Apparently. What is Hillside? For those not…

A Weekend With The Good Doctor

This past weekend I did several things that I haven’t done in a long time. First and foremost I took some time off. In fact, I took Thursday and Friday off too. Oh, and also Monday1. A five day weekend you say? Don’t mind if I do. Even better, this particular five day weekend included…