Geek stuff

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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I fear that my list of project ideas, which I assemble out of an optimistic hope that the future will bring a long span of free time for such undertakings, includes an idea for a screenplay. It would be a film in the style of Apollo 13 (technically and historically accurate, and developed with lots […]

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Cameras since 2010

February 17, 2015

in Geek stuff, Photography

It has been a while since I have updated my chronology of cameras at: All my cameras. These days I use two overwhelmingly: my old 5D Mk II (with my excellent four-lens system), which is doing well despite several repairs, and my Fuji X100s. There are distinctive examples of both types of photography in my […]

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‘Roguelike‘ refers to a class of turn-based role-playing computer games, characterized by simple graphics and automatically generated levels. Angband is a great example of the genre, available free for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

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Using a large number of my photos from Massey College events, I made a few mosaics. These are my favourites: Massey bull Master Fraser Dining hall at high table Pond at night Hockey in the quad Self with X100s Clock tower Umbrella in pond

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There is a wistful myth that if only we had enough money to spend – the figure is usually put at a hundred billion dollars – we could wipe out all our slums in ten years, reverse decay in the great, dull, gray belts that were yesterday’s and day-before-yesterday’s suburbs, anchor the wandering middle class […]

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I recently updated the SSL certificate used to provide encrypted access to this site via HTTPS. Chances are, nothing sensitive is passing between my server and your computer. Running the site this way by default does, however, increase the overall volume of encrypted traffic on the web, which may hamper some ubiquitous surveillance efforts. In […]

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Tonight I was elected to the first board of Toronto350.org, which is in the process of incorporating as a non-profit. Does anyone have experience being on the boards of non-profit organizations? I would be grateful if people could direct me toward some useful sources of information on how boards work and the responsibilities of directors. […]

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Pesticide limerick

November 29, 2014

in Geek stuff, Science, Writing

Not mine: A mosquito was heard to complain That a chemist had poisoned his brain The cause of his sorrow Was paradichloro Diphenyltrichloroethane.

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Often, email feels like an impossible torrent of mostly-unwanted information. For a while, I have felt like one way to improve it would be to require refundable stamps for messages. In order to send you an email, a person might pay $0.50 or $1.00 for a virtual ‘stamp’. When you receive the message, you get […]

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