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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Moods of the Mountain #59

Some more moodiness from my favourite bit of dolerite and basalt. The first shot is from just before sunset on 29 March.

Two days later, there was a subtle pink glow in the clear sky at sunrise, but the calm mild conditions meant that the authorities thought that it would be a good opportunity to do some […]

The ravages of age and the bionic woman

Six years after first getting hearing aids, I decided I needed to get them adjusted … only to discover that one was pretty close to giving up the ghost and that, of course, the intervening years have seen some advances of technology giving many more audio channels and fancy auto-adjusting programs that alter settings in different […]

Moods of the Mountain #58

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Moods of the Mountain” post, so here are four shots from the last few days.

An element of ominousness on the afternoon of 14 March.

Some sunrise-flavoured fairy floss on top on March 17.

And two shots of the fleeting rainbow at sun-up this morning.

The entire Moods of the Mountain series […]

The Laws of Stupidynamics

There’s been a bit of it about lately, so, taking my inspiration from the laws of thermodynamics, I present the laws of stupidynamics.

Zeroth Law

If two systems are each as a stupid as a third, then they are as stupid as each other.

First Law

Stupidity is easily created but can only be destroyed by the addition of large […]

[RST] Burdens and blessings

Recently I attended a meeting at which someone highlighted a little quote from Elder David A Bednar’s April 2014 conference talk in which he said “Happiness is NOT the absence of a load”. The talk is worth reading (see here) but the little quote got me thinking in a slightly different direction.

As some of you may […]

12 of 12, March 2015

I had plans to get out of the office for a walk today, and take my 12 of 12 photos on the way using a theme I hadn’t actually picked. I also had plans to cross several rather important things of my depressingly lengthy “to do” list.

In typical fashion, however, I managed to get distracted on […]

Scouting about in boats

The March long weekend brings Tasmania’s annual Scout Guide Regatta, held down at Snug with around 800 kids and leaders. Despite a variable forecast the weather was really quite delightful for the whole three days, providing an added incentive to get out on — and in — the water.

On the first night we took advantage of […]