October 13, 2014 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! (At least for all of my Canadian friends and family)

October 8, 2014 - My day just got a little bit stranger - when I came home this evening I found a parcel delivery note saying that someone was sending me something from China. I haven't ordered anything, and I do not know anyone currently living there, so I cannot imagine what it might be. UPDATE: As it happens, it wasn't such a big mystery. The Chinese Physics Society sent me some reference books on particle physics, perhaps in part to promote their organization. At least it is useful junk mail :)

October 7, 2014 - A bit disappointed today, with the discovery that someone I thought I knew well has some very antiquated views. In this modern era, how can a rational person hear about a wife being physically assaulted by her husband and blame the wife for provoking it? I can't believe that this "blame the victim" mentality is still present in the twenty-first century.

October 4, 2014 - Apparently a water main nearby has burst, and flooded out a large area near where I live. At last report, a dozen homes have been evacuated and forty others have no water supply. The major roads (Burnside & Tillicum) and the highway are all shut down for now. Here is one of many news reports. Fortunately I live just far enough away to have been unaffected.

September 17, 2014 - Some people have mentioned that my email account is bouncing messages, and wondering if I have been hacked again. In fact there was a setting error that didn't delete old messages, so this time it was just my own foolish mistake. Sorry all.

September 11, 2014 - Apparently a hacker has published the passwords to over five-million GMail accounts this week, so GMail is advising people to change their passwords. My own account was not hacked, and I am hearing from experts in such things that the passwords were primarily outdated ones for mostly dormant accounts. But it is still worth noting in case someone receives odd messages.

September 8, 2014 - I find that my makerspace is too stuffed with stuff, and so I am forced to part with some of my old circuit boards and components that are not being used. If you are nearby, contact me this week and I will send you the lot.

September 4, 2014 - It has been suggested by fans of my Grandiloquent Dictionary website that I should try crowd funding a project to add a pronunciation guide to all of the 3000+ words that are included in it. As always, the website will always be kept free, but those wishing to donate to this particular project or to donate to offset bandwidth costs may do so here.

September 2, 2014 - A number of people have been asking me if I could provide private tutoring services during the local teacher's strike, as I do tutor college students in math and physics and a few other topics. In reply, while I do not usually tutor high school students, I am going to try to make a few hours available this week for makeshift classes in mathematics,calculus, physics, chemistry, and maybe computer science topics depending on the demand. Of course these are non-credit and there is no benefit aside from learning the curriculum, but if people are interested I will try to coordinate something. Costs will depend on the number of students, the location, and the amount of instruction requested, but can be negotiated once I determine the level of interest. Contact Me

September 1, 2014 - Happy Labour Day to all my friends and family who benefit from it, and to everyone who is enjoying the informal final day of summer.

September 1, 2014 - It is funny how time speeds by when we are distracted. I just realized that it was fifteen years ago today that my father sabotaged my truck and stole my identity all so he could keep me from leaving him. Because of that, I didn't get to go away to university (although I did have a great time at UVic instead) and I lost all of my friends who moved on with their lives while I was held a virtual hostage by him and his friends. It seems like just yesterday when I was still hopeful for the future, and looking forward to a great academic career. Our lives can change so dramatically in mere moments...

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