Summer Hiatus

August 14, 2018

This is my tenth anniversary of blogging. I started back in 2008, and since then there has been 586 posts (including this one), about 1300 comments, 170 followers, 325000 visitors, and 825000 views, with a few posts well over 9000.

Well, that’s not bad, but for now, I must reconsider the time I invested, and will continue to invest in this blog. Posting once a week, even with the summer hiatuses, is becoming a strenuous pace, especially that I also have—many—other things to do. So I was tempted to just end it, and say, well, after ten years, it’s much better than your average two-post blog, let’s call it quits. But the thing is, I enjoy writing about the things I do, the math I work out, and other ideas. But I will likely stop for this month, then be back with once-a-month posting.

‘Till then, it’s summer. Let’s enjoy it.

Closed for Summer (2014)

May 13, 2014

I have been absurdly busy lately and I cannot keep with the pace of posting one new post per week. Now that the semester’s over, I must take advantage of the few blessed months of summer to further my research, and the blog isn’t top priority. But, rest assured, I will be back in september to resume the once-a-week post schedule.

Until then, enjoy your summer.


Piri-Piri Jelli

January 22, 2013

And now, for something entirely different: Piri-Piri Jelly.

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I’m back.

January 1, 2013

So fall has been somewhat busy for me. I moved, got a new job (as a professor at UQàR), but pretty much everything is fine now. I’ve got a nice house with a view that I rent; it’s smallish but comfy.

Well, anyway. I write to say that I will resume my blogging, posting every tuesday morning, as I used to. Starting today.


August 7, 2012

I have been running the blog for four full years now, never missing a week, posting some 345 entries. While the experiment has been quite enjoyable, I feel it is time for me to move on to something else.

To avoid repeating one self, or doing trivial entries too often, one must always push forward. Some blog entries took half an hour to write, but a lot actually asked for quite a bit o’work. Keeping the pace has been increasingly difficult given all the other things that are going on in my life.

I have thought for a while of merely slowing the pace and posting say, twice a month, because I would have enough material to do so—a lot comes up all the time. For a while, I thought of posting only the occasional entry. But I think it will keep asking for more time, and that my energies are needed elsewhere presently.

I would like to thank my followers (there are quite a few) and all the others for all the good discussions in the (800-something) comments. I will not close the blog, so I will still manage it, at least for a while.

Log Books

June 21, 2011

The other day, I was discussing with a friend about my log books, and it seems that, while it’s fairly common with scientists of all sorts, it’s not a generalized practice amongst computer scientists and programmers. But it should: the log book is not only for chemists.

First, the log book serves as… a log. A written trace of your activity during the day. While this sounds silly, it may be useful in retrospect when it is needed to assess time spent on a particular (class of) task(s), to get a good idea of were you are spending your time at work.

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Noah’s Backups

May 3, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, my basement got flooded by meltwater. Fortunately, long story short, I’ve got insurances for that, and except for the basement underfloor that will need to be redone, relatively little damage was done. No computers floating, nor furniture. It could have been a lot worse. Wet, but not floating, was a box containing backups and old CDs and DVDs with data sets.

Luckily, this box was air/watertight and its contents remained dry. What kind of box was it?

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