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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12 of 12, May 2015

To everything there may be a season …

One of the curses — and blessings — of my personality is that I’ve always been interested in getting involved in a wide variety of stuff, to the extent that I tend to over-commit myself because — to paraphrase Allie Brosh’s famous “Clean all the things” illustration — I […]

Tasman Bridge disaster 40 years on

40 years ago tomorrow morning my Mum came into the bedroom that I shared with my two sisters and told us that the Tasman Bridge — which joins Hobart’s city centre and western suburbs with the eastern shore on which I lived (as I do now) — had collapsed the previous night, 5 January 1975. It […]

A personal mathematical history – Part 4

[Note: This four-part series is a blogged version of a talk I gave in 2011 at a conference which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania. Some of the anecdotes shared here were not included in the original talk … and, given that I’m writing this up over three years later, I’m quite […]

A personal mathematical history – Part 3

[Note: This four-part series is a blogged version of a talk I gave in 2011 at a conference which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania. Some of the anecdotes shared here were not included in the original talk … and, given that I’m writing this up over three years later, I’m quite […]

A personal mathematical history – Part 2

[Note: This four-part series is a blogged version of a talk I gave in 2011 at a conference which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania. Some of the anecdotes shared here were not included in the original talk … and, given that I’m writing this up over three years later, I’m quite […]

A personal mathematical history – Part 1

[Note: This four-part series is a blogged version of a talk I gave in 2011 at a conference which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania. Some of the anecdotes shared here were not included in the original talk … and, given that I’m writing this up over three years later, I’m quite […]

More further adventures of the Three Wise Men

Many years ago — almost certainly before I was born — my paternal grandmother, Nana Chick, took some decorative wood-turned curtain-rod ends and some rather bold paint colours and created a set of Three Wise Men as Christmas decorations. Somehow they ended up in our family where they have gained folkloric notoriety, with their kitsch brashness […]

12 of 12, June 2014

I am about to break with tradition.

When I first started doing 12 of 12, it was nearly five years ago*, when I couldn’t assume that my vast audience of readers would have huge bandwidths. As a result I had lots of low bandwidth words on the blog page, from which you could click off to see […]

GROIC2 – the first few

So, the whole GROIC/minimalist’s game thing went well last month, but I hadn’t finished going through all my junk and some friends decided to re-run the event in November. There are quite a few people signed up with us on facebook, all of them making inroads on their clutter.

I decided I wasn’t going to be as […]

GROIC Day 25

Things are a bit hectic at the moment as I need to get a few days ahead and I need to make sure I have the right numbers (or excesses) of things for the remainder of the month. Tonight I surprised myself with an epic effort, but you’ll have to wait until the day after tomorrow […]