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…

Home Sweet Home

I’m not sure when the all mighty Facebook added the memories feature, but I do know that it has had the effect of reminding me of a lot of things from my past. In some cases, this feature has reminded me of things that I’d completely forgotten about, and in other cases, it’s reminded me of…

The Lady And The Lords

In not so serious but absolutely important news, Dr. Beth, Rick, and I have spent the last several months painstakingly exploring our respective genealogies to uncover a really random piece of shared ancestry. And for all its click-bait worthiness, you’ll be surprised to learn what that is.

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 Continues: Take II

Remember that time in February when I was supposed to board a shiny metal lawn dart on my way through Halifax and Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Rigolet? And remember how Old Man Winter decided to crush my travel plans because he’s an old cranky bastard? Well here’s hoping that Old Man Winter doesn’t decide to crush…

Adulting

Yesterday was the first time in a very long time that I was able to leave my house without fearing the potential devastating tsunami that either of my bathrooms might unleash on my little kingdom. It felt weird. Really, really weird.

The Adventure Is Postponed

So after several flight delays, and then a cancellation, and then further delays and flight changes, and then threats of more bad weather, the Labrador Research Forum was officially postponed until the end of April. Sadly this means that my adventure to Labrador has also been postponed. Damn you Old Man Winter, damn you to…

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.

The Adventure Continues

Assuming the blizzard that is currently hitting Halifax isn’t going to further delay my travel plans, tomorrow night I should be headed to the airport to ceremoniously launch myself through the sky in a glorified (but extremely safe) metal lawn dart.

Light A Candle

Over the past few months, I’ve felt uneasy and worried when a fear mongering narcissistic demagogue was elected to the highest office in the American political landscape.  Those fears and worries only intensified as he was formally sworn into office on January 20th. And in the 10 days since he’s been in office, I’ve been beside…

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,…

The Adventure Begins

After the travel-filled adventure that was last year, it’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of January and I haven’t boarded a glorified lawn dart to be hurtled through space and time towards parts unknown.

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…

The Year That Could Be

Happy 2017 everyone. The old year is over, and 2017 is fresh out of the oven, packed full of possibility and potential. As is the typical situation, I’m going to use my first post to plot out what I hope to achieve over the next 365 days. As you might expect, a lot of it…