Backpacking the Elbow Loop

A couple weeks ago, Blaise and I headed out on our second 3-night/4-day backpacking trip. This time we tackled the local Elbow Loop which follows the Big Elbow upstream then at Tombstone pass crosses over and follows the Little Elbow back downstream to where the two meet to form the Elbow River which flows into … [Read more…]

Vinyl

When my friends Matt and Carlyn got a record player and wouldn’t be quiet about the joy they were experiencing with their records and then offered me a used record player that needed a bit of repairing, how could I resist!? I bought my first record of my collection in December when I dropped off … [Read more…]

Book Review: e: The Story of a Number (Maor)

Having just completed my masters degree in math, a not so passive thirst for continuing to review, refresh and explore mathematical ideas persists. I don’t think I will ever pursue further formal training in math, so books like this one will suffice. I don’t remember my first encounter with the numberĀ e, but since having taught … [Read more…]

Master of Mathematics for Teachers

It’s difficult to know when I finished my Masters program – when turned in my final assignment (April 16)? when my final assignment was marked (April 24)? when my final credits were posted to my transcripts (April 30)? when graduation happened (June 15)? when I got my degree in the mail (July 6)? Regardless – … [Read more…]

The Constitution is 20 Years Old!

I wrote the Constitution of Zaakistan 20 years ago as an assignment in my Intro to Government course at CUC. I think it still holds up. Some of my students are planning to set up a Zaakistan Cultural Centre; this is a key element of the kingdom. Behold the Constitution of Zaakistan.

This American Life

Yesterday I completed a years long journey backward in time. My friend Jenn recommended that I check out the podcast of This American Life back in 2012. I checked it out a few months later during summer vacation and then began listening to it regularly during my commutes to work which involved walking and riding … [Read more…]

Book Review: Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God

Middle of the night reading for quite some time now. For those not familiar with this bold author, Frank Schaeffer began as a popular evangelical author, filmmaker and personality. His disenfranchisement with western Christianity in the 1990s was quite a blow to the establishment. He later became an Eastern Orthodox Christian and liberal Christian author … [Read more…]