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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I love these shapes … platonically, of course

Some of you may be familiar with the so-called “Platonic solids”, which are the five “regular” solids in three-dimensions. “Regular” means that they are made up of flat shapes that are “regular” in the sense of having sides of equal length and angles that are all equal, and then these flat shapes are stuck together to […]

Happy Christmas 2011

Despite — and because of — the fact that I am moving at the moment I managed to have my Christmas card designed early. The farewelling process associated with moving means that I gave out more cards than usual this year, and so this on-line version is probably not required. However, it has become a tradition […]

We are the (slightly stunned) champions

Previous posts to this blog have revealed that I chose to play mixed futsal (a six-a-side variation of soccer/football, with both male and female players on the teams) in the second half of this year, run through the Uni’s sports centre and involving groups of interested people from various departments. In addition to the abundance of […]

Bad pun 3

A herd of eloquence: When the speaker’s lyrical language grows overblown and flowery, and you start to wilt beneath […]

12 of 12, December 2011

Last month, 12 of 12 fell on house-auction day. This month, 12 of 12 falls on packing day.

Nightmarish as this was, I was fortunate to have the removalists doing the bulk of the packing, rather than me. If it had been left to me, it would have taken the best part of a year.

As you can […]

Myths and realities #1 – Packing

9 Dec 2011 [Melbourne]: Of course I will remember that I packed XXXXXX away in with YYYYYYY and ZZZZZZZ.

22 Dec 2011 [Hobart]: Where on earth did I put XXXXXX?

23 Dec 2011 [Hobart]: XXXXXX? Maybe I left XXXXXX behind.

24 Dec 2011 [Hobart]: Perhaps I didn’t even have an XXXXXX.

18 Jan 2012 [in a shop]: Oooh, look, an […]

Life’s little mysteries #5

Can I sue a company for saying the following to me more than once while I am on hold?

“Thank you for waiting. Your call has progressed in the queue and will be answered by the next available consultant.”

Surely “your call has progressed in the queue” means that I have moved up one place, and “answered by […]

Matters of scale

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages—for ME, not just the blog—and so, in typical fashion, I have decided to do it right in the middle of 1,001 far more important tasks associated with my impending move.

One of the things that I have struggled with in Melbourne—even after nearly 13 years of living here—is just […]

12 of 12, November 2011

About 6 weeks ago I popped down to Hobart to look at some houses (well, one in particular) and a little over a month later (plus some negotiations with my bank) I was the owner of a second house. It was a bit scary to buy something before actually selling my Melbourne abode, but it felt […]


As mentioned in a previous post, one of my (few) culinary talents is to make cheesecake at the end of a day’s bushwalking on multi-day hikes. Before marveling too much at my brilliance, it has to be acknowledged that it is, in fact, a no-bake packet mix … but there are all sorts of tricks that […]