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. Advertisements

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…

Conquer Your Fears Or Die Trying

Dear readers, this post is to inform you that I am about to do something really stupid. Again. I know, I know. I get myself into stupid situations all of the time. How is this any different? Well in this case I might die. Literally. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of melodrama, but in theory…

My Downward Spiral Into Cookie Madness

I’ve spent the better part of my day number crunching, drafting a report, thinking about a grant, and eating. Eating a lot it seems (well, a lot for me). Okay, maybe it’s not so much that I’ve eaten a lot, maybe it’s just that I seem to have eaten nothing better than the empty Calories…

A Gathering Of Nerds

Tonight’s post will be quick because I just finished a half marathon as part of Goofy training. To say that my body is a wee bit tired is an understatement. I probably should have eaten more prior to running. Live and learn. I’m just hoping that the Running Elves repair my body overnight so that…