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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More lights

On my way home from work tonight — and after a lengthy search for a parking spot in the city since the streets were crowded — I stopped and visited another of the Dark Mofo installations, this time Dichroic Filter Piece (and some other less interesting pieces, which were redeemed by being in interesting underground spaces). […]

Articulated Intersect … bright lights in winter again

Last year’s inaugural Dark Mofo festival — and particularly the spectacular light show Spectra [Tasmania] — clearly struck a chord with Tasmanians, because the enthusiasm with which people have been looking forward to this year’s festival has been palpable. The large-scale attraction this year is another spotlight installation called Articulated Intersect. There are six sets of […]

Up close with “Spectra [Tasmania]”

There is a winter arts festival on in Tasmania at the moment, called “Dark Mofo”. One of the installations is Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s Spectra [Tasmania], which involves 49 massive searchlights organised in a 7×7 array. The beams can reach 15km into the sky although we’ve had clouds in the way pretty much all the time […]

Workshop with “The Idea of North”

The Idea of North would have to be my favourite a capella choral group (what kind of a group is an a capella group if not a choral one, I hear you ask?! And how many do you listen to, anyway? ………….. Well, I only need one!*).

When I was living in Melbourne I was lucky enough […]

15 albums

I was tagged by a friend to list 15 albums I have heard which will “always stick with me”. I was supposed to list the first 15 I could think of in only 15 minutes, but I kept changing my mind and it took me a while to recall some of the ones I wanted to […]

Horatio Hornblower for PM

I have just spent a couple of months on a leisurely and interrupted re-reading of the Hornblower novels of C.S. Forester, having last (and first) read them nearly four years ago. (One volume is stained with tell-tale red dust, which reveals that I read it at the 2007 Scout Jamboree, held at Elmore during the peak […]