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.
July 2010
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A ljittlje more Ljubljana

Ljubljana is an enjoyable city to visit. Slovenia — the only one of the ex-Yugoslavian republics to be part of the European Union — is a small country of only 2 million or so people, and Ljubljana, its capital, is a comfortably-sized 300,000. There is a small river running through the centre of Ljubljana, and the […]

Castle in a cave … plus bonus extra cave

[I’ve decided to increase the size of the pictures I include on these pages, since I figure it involves probably only a few extra KB, which ain’t that much in the grand scheme of things. I suspect it’ll mess up the page layout, but that was always pretty random anyway.]

The conference program included a half-day excursion […]

12 of 12, July 2010

The reason behind this latest episode of gadding about the planet was that I was attending the 8th International Conference of Statistics Education in Ljubljana in Slovenia. The fact that I’d had another maths education conference in Western Australia beforehand meant that I had a few days’ hiatus which permitted the travelling through southern Austria. This […]

The cache was all there but I’m not

After our return from Burg Hochosterwitz and having dinner in Velden on the edge of Wörthersee, we went back to our guesthouse and I decided to do an evening caching run. I knew there were a couple up on a nearby hill, and with it being light until late I figured I had a good couple […]

Burg Hochosterwitz

As Jane and I headed to Velden from Vienna we saw an amazing sight from the train window.

Perched atop a small but dramatic hill was a castle, with a clearly visible zig-zag walled path with gates leading up to the main bastion. I managed to snap a photo as we raced past, thinking at the time […]

Velden and Villach

I was travelling between conferences with my friend and colleague, Jane. After catching the train from Vienna we arrived in the lakeside town of Velden, and lugged our suitcases over 1km to our hotel/guesthouse. We’d had the impression that it was closer to the station than this, but at least the view was great when we […]

Train windows

I know that the photos that I take out of bus or train windows are never going to work. The foregrounds will be blurred, the windows are inevitably grimy and they’ll affect the colour grime or not, there will be reflections, there’ll be a lurch or jerk and the photo will end up lopsided, and some […]

World Maths Education Cup, Fremantle 2010

The grand final (and only match, in fact) of the inaugural World Maths Education Cup football (soccer) tournament was held in Fremantle today. I believe it ended up being a 9-7 win (I always lose count of scores once the total gets beyond four), with the champions being the combined Singapore-Australian mixed team and the runners […]

Freezing in Freo

I’m currently attending a conference in Fremantle. This is a port area on the coast of Western Australia, and since WA is known for its warm summers and deserts I came prepared for mild winter conditions (Fremantle is, after all, another 5° closer to the equator than Melbourne). I have never heard anyone talk about Western […]