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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A Few More Links on Gov 2.0

Dragon's Den for social enterprises. (For readers outside Canada, Dragon's Den is a TV show that gives entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their ideas to ventu...
September 11, 2009

Job Opening: MITACS Scientific Coordinator

MITACS (which provided funding for this summer's offering of the course, and which funds a lot of other mathematically-oriented work in Canada) has an openin...
September 11, 2009

New Book Project

By the time the Seven Years War with France ended in 1763, Britain had lost 1512 sailors in action—and almost 100,000 to scurvy. What makes this ironic, as w...
September 10, 2009

Why I Teach (Part 3)

Back in June, a high school student contacted me by email to say that he’d like to learn more about programming. Ten weeks later, he has built this not-so-si...
September 08, 2009

Upgrading Their Plots

Everyone who writes does so for their own reasons. I got into it because I got tired of coming to the end of an article or story and thinking, “I could do be...
September 07, 2009