Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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Knitters Needed!

If you’re a knitter in the Greater Toronto Area, StreetKnit needs your help for Nuit Blanche this coming weekend.
September 27, 2010

Software Carpentry at UCSF

Via a comment from Scooter Morris: the University of California San Francisco is offering a "short course" variant of Software Carpentry under the course cod...
September 23, 2010

Response Has Been Overwhelming

I'm very pleased to announce that the Fall 2010 offering of this course to Ontario graduate students is now full: we'll be sending acceptance notices to appl...
September 22, 2010

Your Favorite Running Examples?

I've been fond of invasion percolation since I first encountered it: the problem is simple to state, but its implementation brings up quite a variety of usef...
September 20, 2010

The Stupid, It Still Burns

Top three “non-fiction” books on Amazon.com right now: Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist: the non-executive chairman (oh, how careful he is to emphasize ...
September 18, 2010