April 2015

Hofstadter’s Law definitely applies to packing, both when it comes to packing up my IT system and in terms of books, clothes, and general possessions. At least the stress of packing somewhat distracts from the sadness of leaving Massey, which has certainly been the most stimulating place where I have lived.

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After years of using Etymotic earbuds (first the ER-6is and then various telephone headset versions), I grew frustrated with how they always break when the cable frays at the point where it connects to the miniplug jack. Because they have a $35 replaceable cable and sounded good in an in-store trial, I switched to the […]

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I got some photos at yesterday’s Staff Appreciation BBQ. I also recently did portraits of Master Segal and my friend Jennifer.

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Open arms

2015-04-22

in Photo of the day

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Planet Money has an interesting recent podcast: Episode 618: The Square Deal. It’s about welfare capitalism, and the effort of a New York shoe company to provide comprehensive benefits to its employees.

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With a couple lost to the CUPE 3902 strike, I taught twelve sets of tutorials this year. The histogram below shows how many students attended more than any particular number of tutorials: Any thoughts on the distribution? It looks approximately unimodal and symmetrical, with the largest number of students having attended six to nine of […]

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Friday’s presentations to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Divestment from Fossil Fuel went very well. A version of the text with citations is online.

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