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.
May 2012
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Are you STILL here?

It seems I am still jammed in the Scouts Victoria database, despite having moved and let them know. Some other aspects of their record-keeping appear to be  pretty good, however, as I arrived home today to find a letter of congratulations from them and my 30 year service badge, right on time.*

Yep, 30 years.


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12 of 12, May 2012

Today was a Saturday, normally a day to seek excitement, adventure and really wild things*.

So I did.

I was in Launceston for day 2 of the annual conference of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania, where I presented a session for teachers on “Fermi problems” and getting students to engage and work with large numbers and mathematical modelling.** […]

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Unhelpful security questions

Dear Apple

I presume there is a sensible and Very Important Reason for suddenly requiring me to select some security questions for my iTunes store account.

However, you appear to have failed Designing Security Questions 101. In fact, you appear not to have even enrolled in it.

I struggled to pick suitable questions from your options for my first […]