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.
August 2010
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12 of 12, August 2010 (the 12th 12 of 12)

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A geomorphic intrusion of the upper cleft palate*

There was another good Scout camp this weekend, with the usual collection of amusements, activities, achievements and so forth.

One of the highlights, for me, was the half-day leisurely hike we did on Saturday to a gully in the bush a couple of kilometres from the campsite. I’ll confess there were a couple of geocaches in the […]

Axioms for technology

1. If everything is working fine, then it won’t be after you upgrade.

2. There WILL come a point when you cannot put off upgrading any longer.

Theorem: If everything is working fine then there WILL come a point where everything is not working fine.

Proof: If everything is working fine, then Axiom 2 says there will come a […]