Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Wet and wild canyoning

As a thank you gift for services rendered, one of my now-graduated PhD students very kindly gave me a voucher to go canyoning in the Cradle Mountain area. The original plan was to do Dove Canyon, but heavy rainfall in the day or so preceding the planned trip meant that the location was changed to Machinery […]

Pontoon party

It has become something of a tradition that one of our last Scout nights for the year be a “pontoon party”, held down at Sandy Bay Beach. There is a pontoon moored just off the beach, and the kids enjoy jumping from it and pfaffing around in “Bob” and the kayaks.

At one stage I had a […]

Bruny Island bike hike

Two of our older Scouts planned a three day bike hike on Bruny Island. I had originally planned to attend the whole thing, but a bunch of other commitments needed my attention and so I only made it to the first day. I supplied the support vehicle and so boarded the ferry first, and was able […]

Going to the football

Lisa was an avid supporter of the Hawthorn Football Club, a Victorian-based AFL team which occasionally plays matches in Tasmania. We had the opportunity to go and see a game in Launceston today, with Lisa’s nephew joining us for the occasion. Josh and Imogen already had their own supporters’ gear, while I borrowed one of Lisa’s […]

Creative Prompt #4 – Burn it all

This week’s Lee Sargent “creative prompt” is “Burn It All”. I struggled to come up with a good idea for this, and I didn’t have the time to experiment with some of the artistic thoughts that passed through my mind which I knew would be challenging to implement. Instead, I ended up cheating a bit: this is […]

Creative Prompt #3 – Found under the trapdoor

The third of Lee Sargent’s weekly “creative prompts” was “Found Under the Trapdoor”. This time I decided I wanted to try get Illustrator to actually do artwork rather than graphic design. In the past I’ve used it to produce technical graphics for work, since it is a vector-based design tool, but I’ve never had the time to […]

Creative Prompt #2 – The secret life of the Mona Lisa

This week’s Lee Sargent “creative prompt” is “The secret life of the Mona Lisa”. As Lee wrote in his weekly prompt email: “You know what the painting looks like; just go away and write a short play about what she does when she’s not posing for paintings!” Well, I didn’t go for a short play (and […]

Creative Prompt #1 – There’s something odd in the barn

So, Lee Sargent (pop-culture artist (as also shown here) and occasional setter of challenges) is sending out a “creative prompt” each week, with a view to inspiring people to be creative in whatever way they feel inspired. There are lots of reasons why it is foolish for me to contemplate signing up for such a prompt, so I […]

Elephant MkIII

I did another Christmas elephant this year for my elephant-loving friend (the previous ones are shown here). This one was a little simpler than the others: a stylised outline, with some shaping for the ear, tusk and eye. It has a pin on the back to turn it into a brooch. I really love the grain […]

Spreadsheets

I will freely confess that I have an addiction to spreadsheets. My finances are recorded in a spreadsheet, there’s a whole bunch of Scout data stored in different spreadsheets, I use lots of them for my work where I often simulate probability situations, and sometimes my spreadsheets get turned into full-blown data-bases.

I will freely confess that […]