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…

Research Onesies

We arrived in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Friday afternoon following a snowy ride from Rigolet onboard the Northern Ranger. While not nearly as quick as flying through the air in a glorified metal lawn dart, travelling on the Northern Ranger was a fantastic and relaxing way to make the journey while providing an opportunity to see…

A Labrador Thanksgiving

As is the case with many of my mornings, my Friday-self awoke early’ish to finish laundry, write a few last-minute emails, snuggle with the wee fuzzball, pack my bags, and make my way to Pearson for the first of two flights to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.

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.

That Time I Went To Vancouver And All The Things Happened

Just over a week ago I arrived at Pearson International Airport to board my 27th flight of the year. And while it started off as a typical trip to Vancouver (in fact, my 4th in the last year), it has been full of a number of surprises.

Like A Rock

I’ve spent the last almost-week in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut working with students and colleagues on several different community-led research projects. The fact that we just so happen to be in Rigolet during the annual Salmon Festival is purely coincidental and has nothing to do with anything. 😉

Almost Off Again

I’ve been home for slightly less than a week and I’m already prepping for my next adventure. This means I’ve been cramming in as many meetings as possible since I returned from Rigolet, while also trying to meet up with as many friends as I can. And despite the crazy schedule (which seems to include at…

Coast To Coast To Coast

After a few days in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, I awoke Wednesday morning around 5:00 am to board a tiny but glorified lawn dart on my way to Rigolet. Because I had an early flight, I spent most of the night waking up in a small panic worrying that I was going to sleep through my…

Hello Again Vancouver

On Saturday, after a mostly uneventful flight in a glorified lawn dart, I safely landed in Vancouver just in time to celebrate Canada Day.

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.

Adventure Awaits

On Friday I boarded a glorified lawn dart home from Vancouver, having spent the previous week taking part in two separate conferences: the Community University Expo (affectionately known as the C2U Expo) and the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Annual Meeting. It also included a week catching up with friends whom I don’t get to see nearly…

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 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.

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,…