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 2011
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The G in G&S

My brother informed me that today was the 100th anniversary of the untimely demise of William Schwenck (W. S.) Gilbert, the librettist (writer of words) in the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Gilbert is the author of a large number of the random things that I quote in response to various stimuli, either as snippets of dialogue […]

Slightly uncomfortable giant couch

Some of the Scouts are working towards construction badges, and so we met up at the hall this morning to build something.

I thought we might build a bridge.

The Scouts, on the other hand, looked in the Fieldbook and saw the plans for a simple little chair, which took their fancy.

It wasn’t long before “simple little chair” […]

Toddling off into the sunset … not entirely in control

Several years ago a certain brand of clothing company produced a sweatshirt bearing the image of da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man (the perfectly proportioned symmetrical naked guy with four arms and legs enclosed within a circle and square), and the word “BALANCE”. At the time it occurred to me that it would be fun to spoof […]

12 of 12, May 2011

“Come into my parlour,” said the spider to the fly.

The moving date for the great office relocation has now been set for June 9. This month’s 12 of 12 provides an excellent — and final — opportunity to record Room 714 for posterity.

Fortunately I don’t have any (posterity, that is), because they would be a bit […]

A Tasmanian thank you

Recently I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania. It was also the MAT’s 50th anniversary, and I think that one of the reasons I was asked was because I was an expatriate Tasmanian who had been involved with the association in my younger days (my […]