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2019-08-13: Go Karts!

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2019-08-09: Waiting for the thunderstorms to pass ⛈

2019-08-08: Admittedly I didn’t have high expectations, but the First Formic War series from Orson Scott …

2019-08-07: Paddle boat for three

2019-08-04: Another great @highlandyardrace, in support of Places for People. An extra thanks to …

2019-08-01: Chips in the paddle boat

2019-08-01: Lucy the lifeguard

2019-08-01: Kids have settled into cottage life

2019-08-01: Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is a promising start to the prequels for …

2019-07-30: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker is fascinating and concerning. I knew sleep was important, but not …

2019-07-26: Conscious by Annaka Harris is a fascinating overview of the science of this mysterious process. Her …

2019-07-25: The Good Place is a fun, clever show, once you get past the first few episodes 📺

2019-07-21: The Bayern Agenda by Dan Moren is a fun sci-fi espionage story. Well worth a read 📚

2019-07-15: The Red Rising sci-fi trilogy is solid, page-turning entertainment. Nothing high-concept and …

2019-07-14: Visitors Day at Kilcoo

2019-06-28: Off to camp for a month!

2019-06-26: High school is next!

2019-06-22: Fun visit with Great Grandma

2019-06-19: This CBC story is disheartening: while nearly two-thirds of Canadians see fighting climate change …

2019-06-19: Better Oblivion Community Center is a good listen 🎵

2019-06-17: Fun mayhem downtown today for the Raptors parade. This was as close as I could get. 🏀🦖

2019-06-16: Lucy is ready for @rrrroutley to drop his rib

2019-06-15: Great fun at the #spartantoronto race

2019-06-11: Switching to summer weather mode ☀️

2019-06-10: If you’re at all interested in mindfulness, I recommend checking out the Waking Up app. The …

2019-06-09: My iPhone Home Screen My goal for the home screen is to stay focused on action by making it easy to quickly capture my …

2019-06-08: Consolidating my internet content Like many of us, my online presence had become scattered across many sites: Twitter, Instagram, …

2019-06-08: An entertaining David Gray show, as always

2019-06-03: Some great images of maps from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century in First You Make the Maps

2019-06-03: Second place finish in the relay. Next up: City finals! 🏃‍♂️🏆

2019-05-27: Happy 11th Birthday Owen!

2019-05-23: Chernobyl on HBO is well worth checking out. Once you’re hooked, the associated podcast is a …

2019-05-21: Happy birthday Emma!

2019-05-16: Going Critical is a great overview of diffusion in networks

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2019-05-11: Happy birthday to Kelly! 🎉

2019-05-11: This conversation with Stuart Russell on the After On podcast is a fascinating discussion of …

2019-05-11: Emma and her puppy

2019-05-05: I found The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio surprisingly difficult to read. This …

2019-05-05: The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene is a fascinating and clearly written tour of the many multiverse …

2019-05-04: Morbid Stuff by PUP is oddly cheerful, nihilistic punk rock itunes.apple.com/ca/album/…

2019-04-27: Seems like an unnecessarily precise monthly fee

2019-04-24: A great discussion about Incredibles 2 on The Incomparable podcast. I agree with the overall …

2019-04-14: The mystery of computation, as something our brains do, is well described in this Aeon Essay

2019-04-03: Backups I’m very keen on backups. So many important things are digital now and, as a result, …

2019-04-02: Wonderfully rich detail in the 5 podcast series from Brady Heywood on Apollo 13 🎙

2019-04-01: The Travellers finale is a very satisfying ending to a great TV series 📺

2019-03-30: There are useful lessons in this discussion of statistical significance for any evidence-informed …

2019-03-28: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is a great book with an intriguing main character, compelling plot, …

2019-03-28: Interested in transportation demand modelling and geospatial analysis? I’m looking for a …

2019-03-24: Garry Kasparov: The 8-year-old chess champion’s story is quintessentially American Talent is …

2019-03-16: This is a great example of using the tidyverse for graph analysis #rstats

2019-03-16: A good reminder to choose your models carefully when trying to prove something

2019-03-16: An interesting article about changes in our perspective on Neanderthals. They are no longer …

2019-03-16: Cool research showing that embryos use an optimal Bayesian decoder to coordinate development

2019-03-14: A timely article on how Pi led to infinity and calculus

2019-03-10: Although I’m late to reading Michael Lewis’ The Long Short, it’s hard to believe …

2019-03-10: Thanks to @t_rig for the great goodr sunglasses

2019-03-10: Emma’s hair has gone curly

2019-03-08: Great to be back at the Royalton! 🏖

2019-03-07: This was a really good episode of the Mindscape podcast all about the multi-worlds theory of quantum …

2019-03-07: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking is a fun book. Clear and concise answers to …

2019-03-02: Lots of fresh snow today

2019-02-24: Although I’m disappointed the Counterpart wasn’t renewed for a third season, the second …

2019-02-20: Finished reading: Wool by Hugh Howey 📚

2019-02-17: I’ve been intrigued by Stoicism for a while now and How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci is a …

2019-02-16: I find these attempts to generate quantum theory from simple postulates fascinating, even though I …

2019-02-14: School ski trip 🎿

2019-02-13: I committed to a 🚴 challenge before checking my results to see if it was reasonable. So, had to …

2019-02-12: Commiting to a Fitness Challenge and Then Figuring Out if it is Achievable My favourite spin studio has put on a fitness challenge for 2019. It has many components, one of …

2019-02-08: After just two episodes, I’m definitely enjoying season 2 of Star Trek Discovery more than …

2019-01-29: After four great ski days, we rested our legs in the hot springs today

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2019-01-27: Another great ski day

2019-01-27: The Nugget Squad

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2019-01-26: Another glorious day

2019-01-25: A great first day on the mountain!

2019-01-19: Warming up ⛷

2019-01-19: -20 degrees, but there are smiles under the scarves ⛷

2019-01-17: I’m keen to adopt an iPad first approach. This MacStories article is a good primer and …

2019-01-11: The long nightmare of the 24-hour internet outage is over…

2019-01-08: For awhile now I’ve been meaning to get serious about automation on iOS. The Siri Shortcuts …

2019-01-07: Ed Harcourt’s album Beyond the End has been great headphone music for at work 🎶 …

2019-01-05: Fun to be back ⛷

2018-12-28: #CozyLife

2018-12-27: Another Christmas dinner

2018-12-27: Good advice from a philosopher on how to disagree constructively: Many of my best friends think …

2018-12-26: The Barchef project is delicious

2018-12-25: Out for a Christmas stroll

2018-12-25: The Kano computer is a great product. Fun and easy to build with lots of good built in software.

2018-12-24: Merry Christmas

2018-12-24: A quiet, snowy run today.

2018-12-07: Preparing the tree

2018-12-04: Here’s some “behind the scenes” geospatial analysis I used in a recent …

2018-12-04: Spatial analysis of votes in Toronto This is a “behind the scenes” elaboration of the geospatial analysis in our recent post on …

2018-11-27: Our predictions for the recent election in Toronto held up well. We were within 6%, on average, with …

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2018-11-14: Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast is one of my new favourites 🎙

2018-11-12: Seems like something to strive for these days: it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to …

2018-11-09: Interested in analytics and transit planning? I’m looking for an Analyst to help Metrolinx …

2018-11-06: Thanks to generous support, the 4th Axe Pancreatic Cancer fundraiser was a great success. We raised …

2018-11-03: Raising funds for pancreatic cancer research by throwing axes. Great fun!

2018-10-27: Fascinating to think of creating cognitive scaffolding for elephants aeon.co/essays/if…

2018-10-22: We’ve completely retooled our approach to predicting elections to use an agent-based model. …

2018-10-21: Found the exact spot we first met! Who knew it would lead to this

2018-10-12: Cold medication

2018-10-09: Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark is a fascinating book on an important topic. AI’s implications for …

2018-10-06: I appreciate innovation in beer, but this one went too far for me.

2018-09-29: Great fun at the #fivepeaks Earth Run in the Rouge

2018-09-23: Hiking Balsam Lake Provincial Park

2018-09-22: Warming up at Balsam Lake Provincial Park

2018-09-13: We had fun meeting the author Dav Pilkey and getting a signed copy of Dog Man. I really appreciated …

2018-09-08: Enjoying great sour beers at #sourpalooza

2018-09-06: Ready for Pentatonix

2018-09-05: Axe Pancreatic Cancer tickets are available now! This is a very fun event for a great cause. Early …

2018-09-04: Ready for school

2018-09-02: Fixing a hack finds a better solution In my Elections Ontario official results post, I had to use an ugly hack to match Electoral District …

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2018-08-01: Cousins

2018-07-30: Vacation

2018-06-22: Ready for Vance Joy

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2018-06-13: Ready for Imagine Dragons

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2018-05-12: Biking the Don Valley trail

2018-05-04: Farewell Ron

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2018-02-15: Ski day

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2018-01-07: Good morning

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2017-12-25: Merry Christmas

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2017-12-09: Out at the theatre

2017-12-09: Wood is stacked and ready for winter

2017-11-19: Elections Ontario official results In preparing for some PsephoAnalytics work on the upcoming provincial election, I’ve been wrangling …

2017-11-15: ‪All lit up for #WorldPancreaticCancerDay‬ a whole day in advance

2017-11-05: Finance fixed their data and broke my case study The past few years, I’ve delivered an introduction to using R workshop that relied on …

2017-11-01: Organizing

2017-10-31: Sack of candy

2017-10-31: Scarecrow and the ninja

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2017-10-08: Apple picking

2017-10-02: A happy cross country runner

2017-10-01: A workflow for leaving the office Sometimes it’s the small things, accumulated over many days, that make a difference. As a …

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2017-09-26: Another tribute to Labrador and Newfoundland dogs

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2017-09-25: Lovely day in St. John’s

2017-09-25: Home of the Lab

2017-09-17: Celebrating 17 years of marriage with @kroutley by snoozing in a hammock at @steannesspa

2017-09-16: Gorgeous day for a pre-massage hike with @kroutley at @steannesspa

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2017-08-31: Charity donations by province This tweet about the charitable donations by Albertans showed up in my timeline and caused a ruckus. …

2017-08-26: Fun at the Ex

2017-08-05: Great fun at the cottage

2017-07-30: Now Owen is hooked too

2017-07-30: Now she’s reading on the lily pad. Relentless

2017-07-30: Teaching the cousins how to play video games

2017-07-30: Summer reading

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2017-07-25: Cool dude

2017-07-25: Enjoying the cottage

2017-07-20: Vacation officially started

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2017-07-15: Reunited!

2017-07-01: `#canada150

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2017-06-30: Goodbye Emma!

2017-06-30: The campers are ready!

2017-06-28:

2017-06-28: Grade 6 graduation

2017-06-22: When Metrolinx Planning goes to an offsite

2017-06-21: TTC delay data and Friday the 13th The TTC releasing their Subway Delay Data was great news. I’m always happy to see more data released …

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2017-06-11: Owen’s ninth birthday party

2017-06-10: Sports car

2017-05-28: Smells like spring

2017-05-27: Got any food?

2017-05-27: Owen’s birthday cake

2017-05-27: Owen is 9!

2017-05-22: Family bike ride

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2017-05-18: Back at the Old Mill. This time for a conference instead of a wedding.

2017-05-15: New bikes

2017-05-14: Boy and his dog

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2017-04-13: Forest walk

2017-04-09: Coming out of hibernation

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2017-02-19: Happy kids

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2017-02-16: Lazy river

2017-02-16: Nice start to the day

2017-02-13: Ready to relax

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2017-02-11: Skiing with Grandad

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2017-02-09: A boy and his dog

2016-11-06: Successful AxePC 2016 event Thank you to all the participants, donors, and volunteers for making the third Axe Pancreatic Cancer …

2016-10-17: Axe PC 2016 We’re hosting our third-annual Axe Pancreatic Cancer event. Help us kick off Pancreatic Cancer …

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2016-06-19: Sticky fingers

2016-06-19: Ribs with a fork

2016-06-19: Ribfest with @megccase

2013-08-17: The Ex

2013-08-09: Last campfire of the vacation

2013-07-31: Woodsman

2013-07-30: Wilderness

2013-07-29: Peaceful spot

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2013-04-21: Kites are out

2013-04-19: My new view.

2013-03-02: Birthday breakfast in bed

2013-02-10: Fun in the snow

2013-02-08: The view from Frost

2013-01-03:

2013-01-03: Scarf

2013-01-03: Winter trek

2012-11-18:

2012-11-18: Good view

2012-11-18: On the streetcar, heading towards the Santa Claus Parade

2012-10-07: Nice to see Calgary’s big sky again

2012-09-02: Nice view

2012-09-02: Riding elephants

2012-09-01: Thanks @cocothebike and @rrrroutley the Woodford Reserve is great

2012-08-23: Our final camp fire

2012-08-23: Turtle? Riding

2012-08-23: Whale riding

2012-08-22: Canoe trip to get Popsicles, for lunch!

2012-08-21: Weather is turning nasty

2012-08-21: View from the bike trail

2012-08-21: Summer chairlift

2012-08-21: Top of the ski hill

2012-08-18: LEGO hands

2012-08-18: Cloudy day

2012-08-17: Hiking with Emma

2012-08-17: Sunny, but windy

2012-08-16: Lounging on the dock

2012-08-16: Canoe trip

2012-08-15: Sunset

2012-08-14: Catching Monarch caterpillars

2012-08-12: Vacation

2012-08-12:

2012-08-05: The groom is ready

2012-07-29: Premises protected by childhood innocence

2012-07-14: Mirror image

2012-07-04: Owen’s Mini Avengers

2012-06-19: Waiting for the dog walker

2012-06-17: And now, Emma has princess stickers

2012-06-16: Ribfest

2012-06-16: Finally set up Owen’s Christmas present from Uncle Chris ( @rroutley ) and Aunt Melissa ( …

2012-06-14: Thinking of story ideas

2012-06-13: The Squinkie Show, complete with judges

2012-05-26:

2012-05-26: Typewritter

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2012-05-26: Stonefields Heritage Farm

2012-05-21: Happy birthday Emma

2012-05-21: Fish

2012-04-10: Emma’s Easter treats

2012-04-09: Guarding the BBQ

2012-04-08: Easter bunnies

2012-03-31: Bowmore 12

2012-03-31: Motorcycle

2012-03-25: Outdoor gymnast

2012-03-25: Spring intruder

2012-03-23: Late-night guest

2012-03-22: Exciting potential of a new notebook

2012-03-21: Getting sleepy

2012-03-21: PJ Socks

2012-03-21: Bikers

2012-03-13: This part of the commute always puts the daily stresses in context

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2012-02-12: Emma turned a slipper into a monkey mobile

2012-02-05: Traffic jam

2012-02-05: Building a metropolis

2012-02-05: Keeping busy

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2012-02-04: Toronto sunset

2012-02-04: Caitlynn’s birthday

2012-01-08: Ready for the move

2011-12-31: Sleeper

2011-12-31: Watching Cars 2 on the MacBook

2011-12-30: Burger and pint

2011-12-30: Squirrel

2011-12-30: Bird feeder

2011-12-29: Kelly’s pear, Gorgonzola and arugula pizza

2011-12-28: Reading

2011-12-27: Mariposa Barbie

2011-12-27: Finn McMissle

2011-12-27: Waiting for breakfast

2011-12-25: Carbs

2011-12-25: Kelly’s first turkey

2011-12-18:

2011-12-18: Emma passed Red Cross level 2 swimming

2011-12-17: Christmas outfit

2011-12-16: The office

2011-12-14: Elf

2011-12-10: Bottom of the tree is getting crowded

2011-12-10: Teddy

2011-12-10: Owen’s proud of his decorating

2011-12-10: Decorating the tree

2011-12-10: Decorating

2011-12-10: Christmas tree is in the house

2011-12-07: Policy Tools of Government

2011-12-04: Toy eyes

2011-12-04: Little toys

2011-12-03: Brunch

2011-12-01: Christmas pot luck

2011-12-01: Santa and Emma

2011-12-01: Santa and Owen

2011-12-01: Walking to school

2011-11-30: Snow

2011-11-26: Auchentoshan

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2011-11-25: Good food

2011-11-24: Good morning

2011-11-12: Public storage

2011-11-12: Packed

2011-11-12: Storage

2011-11-07:

2011-11-06: Watching Emma swim

2011-11-05: Ice cream

2011-11-05: Dinner is served

2011-10-30: Pumpkin designed by Emma

2011-10-29: Climbing the rope ladder

2011-10-29: Sliding

2011-10-29: Slide

2011-10-29: Bring Owen to the playground and he wants to read his library book

2011-10-29: Looking for books

2011-10-25: Mumford and Sons have arrived

2011-10-25: Setting up for Mumford and Sons

2011-10-23: Ready for Halloween

2011-10-23: Nice outside

2011-10-23: Pooh bear

2011-10-23: Blocks

2011-10-22: Caitlynn and Elmo

2011-10-16: Go Andrew!

2011-10-15:

2011-10-15: Ready for winter

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2011-10-10: Hammock

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2011-10-10: Sign says “No jumping from bridge”

2011-10-10: Hugs

2011-10-10: Juice

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2011-10-09: Thanksgiving party

2011-10-08: Thanksgiving ice cream

2011-10-08: Cleaning out the closet.

2011-10-06: #VoteON

2011-10-04: #ESRICanadaUC

2011-10-02: Warmth

2011-10-02: Henry

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2011-09-27: Emma’s library

2011-09-27: Emma’s grade 1 desk

2011-09-27: Fridge is broken. So, Licks for dinner.

2011-09-25:

2011-09-25: Cupcakes

2011-09-25:

2011-09-25: Bulldozer

2011-09-25: Garlicfest

2011-09-25: Kilns

2011-09-25:

2011-09-25: Map of Toronto’s rivers

2011-09-18: Owen’s busy night finally caught up with him.

2011-09-18: Emma’s kicking the ball and Owen’s pushing the baby stroller

2011-09-18: Playing ball

2011-09-17: Found a forest

2011-09-17: Lunch time

2011-09-17: Gorillas

2011-09-17: Cichlids are always a highlight

2011-09-11: Princess shoes

2011-09-11: Princesses

2011-09-11:

2011-09-11: New sweater from Gram

2011-09-10: Slide

2011-09-10: Kite surfers

2011-09-10:

2011-09-10: Windy and sunny

2011-09-10: Out for breakfast

2011-09-09: Well earned this week

2011-09-09: Butterfly face paint

2011-09-06:

2011-09-06: Ready for Grade 1

2011-09-05: Waiting patiently for cookies

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2011-09-05: Kite flying

2011-09-05: And, new shirt for Owen from Aunt Susie

2011-09-05: Emma decided to change into matching tights

2011-09-05: Thanks for the new dress Aunt Susie

2011-09-04: Bath time

2011-09-04: Cupcake

2011-09-04: Happy birthday to Aunt Susie

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2011-09-04: Cupcakes

2011-09-04: Cleaning up after thirsty kids

2011-09-04: Ready to pounce

2011-09-04: Collecting snails

2011-09-04: Playing in the backyard

2011-09-03: Finishing off the ice cream

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2011-08-31: Waiting for a treat

2011-08-30: Curls

2011-08-29: Busy night

2011-08-27: Swing

2011-08-27: Motorcycle

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2011-08-27: Splash Pad

2011-08-21: Storm is clearing

2011-08-19:

2011-08-19: Chicken fingers

2011-08-19: Pasta

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2011-08-19: Hotels are fun

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2011-08-17: Back of the streetcar

2011-08-16: Commuter

2011-08-14: Reunited with our puppy

2011-08-14: Water levels are down about four feet. Boathouses are up on dry land.

2011-08-13: Ice Cream

2011-08-12: Canoe ride

2011-08-12: Goggles

2011-08-12: Sand castle

2011-08-12: Testing the water

2011-08-12: Lounging on the beach

2011-08-12: Blue sky is back

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2011-08-10: Unsettled weather

2011-08-10: Story time

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2011-08-09: Marshmallows

2011-08-09: Storytime

2011-08-09: Frog

2011-08-09: Looking for fish

2011-08-09: Sky is clearing

2011-08-09: Hula hoop

2011-08-09:

2011-08-09: KD Pasta

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2011-08-08: Lunch on the deck

2011-08-08: Found a swing

2011-08-08: They’ll be in the lake all week

2011-08-07:

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2011-08-07: Moon

2011-08-07:

2011-08-07: Freezies

2011-08-07:

2011-08-07: Ready for the cottage

2011-08-06: Toy train

2011-08-05: Zoo was fun

2011-08-05: Water park

2011-08-05: Cichlids

2011-07-23: Refreshed

2011-07-16: Pine Point

2011-06-25: Tree climbing

2011-06-25: More forklift

2011-06-25: Fork lift

2011-06-19: Concentrating

2011-06-18: Corn

2011-06-18: French fries

2011-06-18: Ribfest

2011-06-18: Lounging

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2011-06-12:

2011-06-12: Hoodie

2011-06-12: Reunited

2011-06-12: Tired Owen

2010-12-19: Decorating the tree

2010-12-19: When children decorate

2010-12-19: In an online world, there are many more of us to watch them than there were of them to watch us. The …

2010-12-18: After all, what could more certain (or cherished!) than your tough-minded, critical and enlightened …

2010-12-16: Toronto’s latte classes may look down on you if you move to Guelph. But these days, even Guelph’s …

2010-12-11: It was time for some “blue collar” people to run city hall – says a millionaire putting the seals of …

2010-12-06: Last, there should be appointed a Minister of Opportunity Costs, whose sole responsibility would be …

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2010-12-02: Insist that a single percent of risk is 1 percent too much when it comes to terror and American …

2010-10-31: Halloween 2010

2010-10-27: Toronto’s newly elected mayor identified that anger and the anxiety. Rob Ford fed into it and preyed …

2010-10-11: Southbrook Pumpkin Patch

2010-10-07: Most Canadians are simply not disturbed by the questions they are asked on the mandatory long-form …

2010-08-30: Todd Houston, Ironman

2010-08-28: Smoothies

2010-08-26: Lake Okanagan

2010-08-26: Airplane

2010-07-21: How in the world did we get to the point that filling out the long form census is just too much to …

2010-07-21: I want to take this opportunity to comment on a technical statistical issue which has become the …

2010-07-17:

2010-07-17: To turn statistical methodology into a political controversy, a government has to really screw up. …

2010-07-15: Then we will see an economic life closer to our biological environment: smaller firms and no …

2010-07-15: MP Irwin Cotler, a former justice minister, says that the trial will be the first of a child soldier …

2010-07-10: So, no new tax; no money flowing back to government to spend; no vast new bureaucracy springing up …

2010-07-08: A staple of collective self-awareness, the census is our national mirror. Arbitrarily and without …

2010-07-04: Rice Krispies

2010-07-04:

2010-07-01: “Keeping the Bees” on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks

2010-06-30: So what we have is a federal government that keeps asserting assumptions that almost all experts …

2010-06-27: Haircuts

2010-06-21: It became known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect — our incompetence masks our ability to recognize our …

2010-06-08: Although centralized control of messaging has been a growing feature of federal governments – …

2010-06-06: Bee swarm

2010-06-03: Public service vs. Academics I recently participated in a panel discussion at the University of Toronto on the career transition …

2010-06-02: Emma’s new Ariel doll

2010-05-11: Snake Oil? The scientific evidence for health supplements …

2010-05-10: Mother’s Day Brunch

2010-04-24:

2010-03-19: The previous prime minister was called Mr. Dithers because Paul Martin could never make up his mind. …

2010-03-19: In other words, you are starting to matter. From prorogation and ten percenters, to anger over CIDA …

2010-03-09: via Bathroom breaks could wait during gold-medal match

2010-03-08: Good Medicine Magazine – Health vs. Pork: Congress Debates the Farm Bill

2010-03-08: Expressing a gold-medal performance in public-sector efficiency by the number 1, the economists …

2010-03-07: Funny Grandpa

2010-03-07: Back to work

2010-03-06: Early Spring Stroll

2010-03-06: Our Healthy Princess

2010-02-27: Meeting Baby Caitlynn

2010-02-10: Science is not a cold body of facts, but an organized system of inquiry, discovery, evaluation and …

2010-02-08: It is time, finally, to learn from our mistakes. While global leaders focused single-mindedly on …

2010-02-08: Welcome to the fun house, friends. The 21st century is going to be the most dangerous and the most …

2010-01-31: Secretly, I suspect, we technologists quite liked the idea that Normals would be dependent on us for …

2010-01-29: In the New World, computers are task-centric. We are reading email, browsing the web, playing a …

2010-01-26: A great episode of Quirks and Quarks with slime moulds that can build engineering networks and …

2010-01-24: But we should cut the creationists a little slack, because every new bit of evidence, every …

2010-01-22: When the Illinois study looked at cases where engineers had taken the time to labor over …

2010-01-21: From brutal brooding to retrofit-chic Our offices will be moving to this new space. I’m looking forward to actually working in a …

2010-01-21: Owen Watching Cars gallery.me.com/mroutley A short video of Owen’s commentary while watching …

2010-01-20: The danger in all this is not just a corruption of science but also an emasculation of politics. The …

2010-01-20: When a party, like an individual, is guided by fear, then courage is banished, convictions are …

2010-01-10: In the end, though, the rules do matter - it’s just that obeying them doesn’t. They need to be there …

2010-01-09: In Our Time - History of the Royal Society www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hi… A great series on the …

2010-01-09: To Bee or Not to Bee : The Nature of Things www.cbc.ca/documenta… An interesting discussion …

2010-01-06: Christmas Excitement

2010-01-04: Good candidates for elimination from political language http://tgam.ca/GA7 (via @globeandmail)

2010-01-03: Top song of 2009 in the Routley household? Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas. Clearly the kids …

2009-12-30: Canada deserves both a government willing to stand up and defend their decisions and a functioning …

2009-12-29: Our current response to terrorism is a form of “magical thinking.” It relies on the idea that we can …

2009-12-29: International human rights, it seems, are something the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit …

2009-12-29: Irresponsibility might seem to moralists an unsatisfactory condition for an adult, but in practice …

2009-12-28: The case for building green has rarely been made more clearly. “It’s very simple,” explains Stuart …

2009-12-27: History has exploded from the least likely corners; spurious events unsettled our surest …

2009-12-16: Why do these people keep bugging us like this? Does the spirit of scientific scepticism really …

2009-12-05: Good overview of the consequences of the Climatic Research Unit emails for climate policy …

2009-12-01: Back in the good old days when the bargain was firmly in place, it would have been highly …

2009-11-26: Interesting discussion with philosophy professor Mark Rowlands. The first third on the differences …

2009-11-25: Four good questions regarding Afghan detainees http://tgam.ca/EO4 (via @globeandmail)

2009-11-24: Thank goodness for civil servants who breach the walls of government secrecy and obfuscation and …

2009-11-20: One teaspoon of honey, about 21 grams, contains 16 grams of sugar, or 60 calories. It takes 12 bees …

2009-11-20: They’re playing lullaby versions of classic Led Zeppelin tunes at Owen’s daycare. Sound …

2009-11-20: RT @rhh: And of course, now we know exactly why the Tories have been so frantically trying to muzzle …

2009-11-19: RT @rhh: Tory’s torture defence: bafflegabble: http://bit.ly/jEg17

2009-11-18: Mesmerizing visualization of the decline of empires http://bit.ly/258w38 (via @boingboing)

2009-11-18: I swear the tens of thousands coming out of these (PhD) programs, they’ve got no street smarts …

2009-11-18: The Canadian TV industry isn’t naturally an economically viable ecosystem where each player can …

2009-11-18: Canada has left its children with little protection for the first pandemic in 41 years. Is this what …

2009-11-18: Forget fevers and sniffles. For working parents across the country, the most stressful flu symptom …

2009-11-17: To the extent that we have any infrastructure policy at all, it is badly disjointed, dysfunctional, …

2009-11-17: Inspiring story of Captain Trevor Greene http://bit.ly/4k15Ui (via @globeandmail)

2009-11-16: Partisanship, the desire to do as much damage to the other guy as possible, the dramatically …

2009-11-12: Healthcare is responsible for 8% of all CO2 emissions in the US http://instapaper.com/zGkjkf8f

2009-11-12: Good to see these detailed analyses of the Federal stimulus money http://tgam.ca/D5b (via …

2009-11-12: The new guide to citizenship could be a very interesting read, even for Canadian citizens …

2009-11-12: More commentary on road tolls for Toronto. This warrants serious discussion. http://tgam.ca/D5x (via …

2009-11-11: Toll roads are inevitable and likely a good public benefit http://instapaper.com/zmfr7d8k

2009-11-10: “Activism disguised as science” on the BPA ban http://tgam.ca/DYf (via @globeandmail)

2009-11-10: Canada talks boldly about free trade but does nothing to achieve it http://tgam.ca/DYg (via …

2009-11-09: Appreciating the sustainability theme here at the Toronto Forum for Global Cities

2009-11-09: RT @aradwanski: Smitherman confirms in our interview that he’s leaving cabinet, running for …

2009-11-04: We like to think that all great events have great causes, and obviously long-term political, …

2009-11-04: This is precisely how the character of a country becomes fundamentally degraded when it becomes a …

2009-11-02: It rarely matters who is on your side; what matters is who is against you. Unlike Gloria Loring, you …

2009-11-01: Most Canadians probably fall into a middle group. They’re sensible people who don’t like being sick, …

2009-10-31: Now, people waiting in queues will be questioned about why they are there - their likely response …

2009-10-29: Looking back over human history, rationality has been the anomaly. Being rational takes work, …

2009-10-29: A vast majority of professionals are in “emergency scanning” mode. Their self-management consists of …

2009-10-26: Where’s the remotest place on Earth? - New Scientist: Fantastic image and an interesting …

2009-10-25: 200 years ago, economists made a prediction, and we got it wrong. “Big deal” you might say. But it …

2009-10-23: While good design practices are valuable, the fact remains that every design decision we make is a …

2009-10-22: Better Place envisages a convenient network of charging outlets and battery-swap stations that will …

2009-10-16: The committee’s diagnosis was stark: the market, left to its own devices, is failing to deliver. …

2009-10-14: The Lost Prestige of Nuclear Physics www.thenewatlantis.com/publicati… For better or worse, …

2009-10-08: Denmark makes you green with envy - The Globe and Mail www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opin… We …

2009-10-07: What scientists face today is “almost disgraceful … The bureaucrats want to get a hold of the money …

2009-10-07: Emacs Installation on Windows XP I spend a fair bit of time with a locked-down Windows XP machine. Fortunately, I’m able to …

2009-09-14: Is Canada broken? www.theglobeandmail.com/news/poli… “We are in a continuous election …

2009-09-07: Emma is very happy with her new bike and is quite a fast rider.

2009-08-13: On our ferry trip across to PEI, we caught the attention of the boat’s captain. He was kind …

2009-07-31: Owen’s enjoying the trip.

2009-07-27: Yelled at by the owner of the Inlet Cafe in Mahone Bay for some spilled Owen cheerios. Not family …

2009-07-24: Out-of-office messages are set, let the vacation begin! Two weeks on a family road trip to the …

2009-07-24: But using federal dollars for infrastructure has two powerful political advantages. It gives …

2009-07-24: Earlier in the 20th century, governments treated public money with the same puritanical respect that …

2009-07-22: Owen loves being outside (via Flickr)

2009-07-21: Impressive. Japan commits to 20 kW solar panels on all of their 32,000 public schools by 2020 …

2009-07-18: Just tried a Galt Knife Old Style beer from Grand River Brewing. Quite tasty.

2009-07-18: Owen’s first (captured on film) steps: http://gallery.me.com/mroutley#100189

2009-07-18: This is right http://bit.ly/XDNA3 I’ll vote for the party that proposes a credible plan to …

2009-07-17: eHealth Ontario is controversial. But, having just copied my information dozens of times for routine …

2009-07-17: What makes these service stoppages all the more irritating is that they are unnecessary. Elected …

2009-07-15: Wow, $10,800 per kilowatt of power capacity for nuclear http://is.gd/1zZU9 (via @timbray)

2009-07-13: Interesting read on the health effects of wind turbines, with a comparison to coal and nuclear …

2009-07-12: Family stroll around the neighbourhood. Quite nice outside, if somewhat chilly.

2009-07-08: Property rights: the Nisga’a pave the way www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opin… Engaging …

2009-07-06: Restarting Apple Mail fixes my Notes synchronization problem with the iPhone. Repeat every couple of …

2009-07-04: Replaced stolen electric mower with a manual reel mower. Requires a bit more effort, but works quite …

2009-07-01: Lounging by the kiddie pool after a walk through the park.

2009-07-01: Registered for Toronto Hydro’s peaksaver program. My air conditioner is going to join the …

2009-06-30: http://www.gigatonthrowdown.org/ identifies building efficiency as the lowest cost pathway to …

2009-06-27: Bizarre. Someone broke into our garage & stole the landmower, leaving behind more valuable …

2009-06-25: Discomfort of my recent capitulation to IT was greatly reduced by #GTD guide to Outlook 2003. Saved …

2009-06-24: Instapaper Pro 2.0 released! Excellent. This is one of my top three iPhone Apps and these look like …

2009-06-23: Looks like an interesting article on data mashups in R: http://bit.ly/IEyg9 Could be a good excuse …

2009-06-21: Canada LEED projects The CaGBC maintains a list of all the registered LEED projects in Canada. This is a great resource, …

2009-06-12: Playing with a dump truck (via Flickr)

2009-06-11: Perhaps my last academic paper? http://bit.ly/32P2B Two manuscripts and several datasets left, but …

2009-06-10: I’ve been curious about this abandoned bank on Yonge Street. Jonathan Castellino has some …

2009-06-03: I was given an opportunity to propose a measure to clarify how and on what basis the federal …

2009-06-03: Every day is ‘science day' I was given an opportunity to propose a measure to clarify how and on what basis the federal …

2009-05-28: The kids have a great time together, which is fantastic.

2009-05-27: TheStar.com | World-beating bureaucrats www.thestar.com/comment/a… My research compared the …

2009-05-26: Math and the City judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/1… A good read on the mathematics of scaling in urban …

2009-05-22: Mama Earth Organics I’m certain that paying attention to where my food comes from is important. Food production …

2009-05-20: When it comes to the Canadian economy, Obama may as well be PM …

2009-05-19: Commercial air travel, like many other industries, is lubricated by cheap oil. Mr. Rubin, the former …

2009-03-26: globeandmail.com: Natives, Bay Street form country’s biggest farm …

2009-03-19:

2009-03-19: Goodyear's Religious Beliefs vs. Evolution Our minister of science continues to argue that his unwillingness to endorse the theory of evolution …

2009-03-18: Old Growth Media And The Future Of News www.stevenberlinjohnson.com/2009/03/t… If only there …

2009-03-17: @globepolitics: Canada says it has legal obligation to prevent Abdelrazik from travelling: Other …

2009-03-17: CBC.ca | The National | High-Minded Hypocrisy www.cbc.ca/national/… Rex Murphy is great at …

2009-03-16: Another good shot of Owen (via Matthew Routley)

2009-03-16: This picture always makes me smile. (via Matthew Routley)

2009-03-16: These companies couldn’t succeed by doing, so how are they supposed to succeed by planning? …

2009-03-13: globeandmail.com: The latest outrage: Just say no www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/s… But …

2009-03-13: Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a …

2009-03-11: Poor Ceiligh – she certainly is good natured.

2009-03-11: A rare shot of Kelly with both kids. If only we could get Owen and Emma to look at the camera …

2009-03-05: Sure, science isn’t that exciting. It tends to offer up steady, incremental bits of knowledge rather …

2009-03-04: Daring Fireball: Observations, Complaints, Quibbles, and Suggestions Regarding the Safari 4 Public …

2009-03-03: My plea to all Internet commentators is to at least step up to a certain level of wit and discourse …

2009-02-27: If you’ve ever played ‘Chinese whispers’, what comes out the end is usually gibberish, and more or …

2009-02-25: Death Sentences Review Death Sentences by Don Watson is a wonderful book – simultaneously funny, scary, and inspiring – …

2009-02-25: In finance, you can never reduce risk outright; you can only try to set up a market in which people …

2009-02-23: Omnivore After seventeen years as a vegetarian, I recently switched back to an omnivore. My motivation for …

2009-02-18: The first rule of reading a federal budget is this: When a round number such as $1-billion appears, …

2009-02-17: The best readers are obstinate. They possess a nearly inexhaustible persistence that drives them to …

2009-02-17: Physicists and mathematicians often stretch their imaginations by considering what the world would …

2009-01-31: So 2009 will be a squalid year, a planetary hostage situation surpassing any mere financial crisis, …

2009-01-30: The Arab states invest their oil fortunes in the craziest things, from the proposed Mile-High Tower …

2009-01-30: CBC Tapestry interview of Sam Harris. He explains the dangers or religion, especially religious …

2009-01-29: The only agency that regularly finances large-scale science in Canada was shut out of Tuesday’s …

2009-01-24: Scientists across America are celebrating the passing of the Bush administration as the end of a …

2009-01-15: No one is suggesting Darwinism has all the answers to social questions. Indeed, with some, such as …

2009-01-15: Ontario is taking its first baby steps to position itself for the coming revolution in electric cars …

2009-01-05: Instapaper Review Instapaper is an integral part of my web-reading routine. Typically, I have a few minutes early in …

2008-12-24: This country has an immense opportunity to reinvent itself with this budget and transform itself …

2008-11-04: Yesterday I would have ranked country music as one of my least favourites. Now, thanks to CBC Radio …

2008-10-15: Fantastic photos of the Sun, via The Big Picture

2008-10-15: The Food Issue - An Open Letter to the Next Farmer in Chief www.nytimes.com/2008/10/1… …

2008-10-14: Election 2008 Like most Canadians, I’ll be at the polls today for the 2008 Federal Election. In the past several …

2008-10-13: But the Black-Scholes model is quite different. It uses a model of the future to describe the …

2008-10-10: A Map of the Limits of Statistics In this article Nassim Nicholas Taleb applies his Black Swanidea to the current financial crisis and …

2008-10-05: Without God - The New York Review of Books www.nybooks.com/articles/… Steven Weinberg …

2008-10-05: Globe and Mail: Incremental man A detailed and fascinating portrait of Stephen Harper. As the article points out: The core of any …

2008-09-19: A New Bank to Save Our Infrastructure - The New York Review of Books …

2008-09-18: Dan Gardner . Harper economics www.canada.com/component… Dan Gardner interviews Harvard …

2008-09-16: The cycles in economic fashion show how far economics is from being a science. One cannot think of …

2008-09-08: kung fu grippe - Better www.kungfugrippe.com/post/4858… This is an excellent post by Merlin …

2008-09-06: Senate Report on “Emergency Preparedness in Canada” www.parl.gc.ca/39/2/parl… …

2008-09-05: globeandmail.com: Half-truths and zingers on the campaign trail …

2008-09-05: The ‘80s: Were They Really That Bad? : NPR Music www.npr.org/templates… NPR’s All …

2008-09-05: Even before the writ has dropped, the Tory campaign has made clear its intention to portray Mr. …

2008-08-07: Is it really good for future generations - the alleged beneficiaries of this deluded parsimony - to …

2008-08-06: Only when significant numbers of people lived downtown, planners believed, could central cities …

2008-08-06: Many hospitals put the drugs “on reserve,” but an apparent cure-all was too tempting for some …

2008-08-06: Ask a Kandahari what he wants from his government and you’ll get a familiar answer: not vast ideas …

2008-08-06: Success in the sciences unquestionably takes a lot of hard work, sustained over many years. Students …

2008-08-06: globeandmail.com: We must green the market www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/s…

2008-08-05: On Language - Me, Myself and I - NYTimes.com www.nytimes.com/2008/08/0…

2008-08-02: Ontario is not Alberta, and the philosophy that provincial rights should be paramount has always had …

2008-08-01: BBC NEWS | Magazine | No time to think? news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/maga…

2008-07-29: Unfortunately, it’s all pure bunk. To get serious about energy policy, America needs to abandon, …

2008-07-29: Bridges Still Crumble, a Year After the I-35 Disaster - The Lede - Breaking News - New York Times …

2008-07-29: The Nature of Glass Remains Anything but Clear - NYTimes.com www.nytimes.com/2008/07/2…

2008-07-28: The café operates on the honour system: Grab what you want, drop your money into an old streetcar …

2008-07-27: At least since the invention of television, critics have warned that electronic media would destroy …

2008-07-27: … the result will be an open culture of trust which gives scientists a real incentive to outsource …

2008-07-27: Patrick Watson Reading up on the upcoming Polaris Music Prize reminded me of Patrick Watson, last year’s …

2008-07-26: At one moment the patient experiences a painful phantom limb; at another he sees a mirror image of …

2008-07-26: Toronto, in my opinion, is uniquely a city of neighbourhoods, and the most important person in my …

2008-07-23: Stop the presses! Crime rates are falling A typically clear analysis from Jeffrey Simpson on the …

2008-07-22: It is one of Canada’s pathetic ironies that the two provincial premiers least concerned about …

2008-07-22: One might suppose that such a recurrent chain of blunders would gall a politically potent segment of …

2008-07-21: Stoooopid …. why the Google generation isn’t as smart as it thinks Times Online I think this …

2008-07-21: globeandmail.com: New law puts green screen on government decisions …

2008-07-20: My new favourite photo of the kids

2008-07-20: www.instapaper.com Fantastic tool for keeping track of content to read. Especially with the offline …

2008-05-28: Kelly and I are very happy to announce the arrival of Owen Bruce Routley. He arrived Tuesday morning …

2007-06-23: Stuck in the middle A recent press release from the federal government entitled “Making a Strong Canadian Economy …

2007-03-30: Creationists and their old tricks TVO’s The Agenda had an interesting show on the debate between evolutionary biology and creationism. …

2007-03-21: Stikkit from the command line Note – This post has been updated from 2007-03-20 to describe new installation instructions. …

2007-03-16: Yahoo Pipes and the Globe and Mail Most of my updates arrive through feeds to NetNewsWire. Since my main source of national news and …

2007-03-07: Stikkit Todos in GMail I find it useful to have a list of my unfinished tasks generally, but subtley, available. To this …

2007-02-19: DabbleDB My experiences helping people manage their data has repeatedly shown that databases are poorly …

2007-01-31: Stikkit-- Out with the mental clutter I like to believe that my brain is useful for analysis, synthesis, and creativity. Clearly it is not …

2007-01-07: Mac vs. PC Remotes I grabbed this image while preparing a new Windows machine. This seems to be an interesting …

2006-11-30: Plantae's continued development Prior to general release, plantae is moving web hosts. This seems like a good time to point out that …

2006-11-29: Text processing with Unix I recently helped someone process a text file with the help of Unix command line tools. The job …

2006-11-03: Images from the Hinode spacecraft Japan’s Hinode spacecraft has started taking pictures of the Sun. The detail of the shots is amazing …

2006-11-02: Edward Burtynsky documents our impacts on the landscape through extraordinary photographs. In this …

2006-10-31: Stern Review on the economics of climate change The Stern Review has been in the news recently for predicting that global warming could cost up to …

2006-10-08: Climate change and public relations This article in the Guardian explores the use of public relations firms by big oil companies to …

2006-09-19: Principles of Technology Adoption Choosing appropriate software tools can be challenging. Here are the principles I employ when making …

2006-09-19: TED-- Hans Rosling An excellent presentation regarding the use of country statistics. The visualizations are …

2006-09-11: Resumes & Spam Filters Since I’m looking for work, I found this post rather interesting. They’ve applied a spam filter to …

2006-07-12: The Canary Project-- Global Warming Documented in Photos The Canary Project is an intriguing idea. They are documenting the effects of global warming through …

2006-07-11: RSiteSearch I’m not sure how this escaped my notice until now, but `RSiteSearch` is a very useful command in R. …

2006-07-11: R module for ConTeXt I generally write my documents in Sweave format. This approach allows me to embed the code for …

2006-07-07: CBC Radio 3 The CBC Radio 3 podcast is an excellent source for independent, Canadian music. They have recently …

2006-07-06: expand.grid Here’s a simple trick for creating experimental designs in R: use the function expand.grid. A simple …

2006-06-07: Burning your money Burning our money by Marc Jaccard is a useful overview of some policy options for reducing …

2006-05-24: Heart of the Matter CBC’s Ideas has been running a series of shows on heart disease called “Heart of the Matter”. …

2006-05-23: Plantae resurrected Some technical issues coupled with my road-trip-without-a-laptop conspired to keep Plantae from …

2006-05-22: Competitive Enterprise Institute The Competitive Enterprise Institute has put out some ads that would be quite funny if they weren’t …

2006-05-16: Google Importer Google Importer is a useful Spotlight plugin that includes Google searches in Spotlight searches. …

2006-04-20: Google calendar Google Calendar has been featured in the news recently, and for good reason. Many of us have wanted …

2006-04-14: An Inconvenient Truth This looks like an incredibly important film. I hope it breaks all of the box office records.

2006-04-13: Analysis of Count Data When response variables are composed of counts, the standard statistical methods that rely on the …

2006-04-10: Getting Evolution Up to Speed There’s a common notion that our technology has slowed, or even stopped, human evolution. Evidently, …

2006-04-09: SSHRC and the theory of evolution This is quite a surprise, McGill University’s Brian Alters had his proposal to study the effects of …

2006-04-07: Deschooling, Democratic Education, and Social Change Matt Hern provides an interesting podcast available from Canadian Voices. He considers the 150 year …

2006-04-04: Desktop Manager I’m convinced that no computer display is large enough. What we need are strategies to better manage …

2006-03-27: Managing project files As I accumulate projects (both new and completed), the maintenance and storage of the project files …

2006-03-24: Sun grid Sun’s new Grid Compute Utility could be a great resource. As I described in an earlier post, running …

2006-03-19: Automator, Transmit, and Backup The Strongspace weblog has a useful post about using Transmit and Automator to make backups. One …

2006-03-15: Remote data analysis My six-year old laptop is incredibly slow, particularly when analysing data. Unfortunately, …

2006-02-24: Rails, sqlite3, and id=0 I’ve spent the last few days struggling with a problem with Plantae’s rails code. I was certain that …

2006-01-16: The Globe and Mail-- Constitutional reform How about a constitutional right to a healthy environment? The Constitution of Canada guarantees …

2006-01-16: Taxonomy release Plantae now supports the addition and updating of species names and families. A rather important …

2006-01-15: plantae foundations I’ve made a variety of important changes to plantae’s foundations. For the curious they are: …

2006-01-04: Plant breeding systems and pollen dispersal This book of about 600 pages is written to provide practitioners of pollination biology with a …

2006-01-04: Sexual interference within flowers of Chamerion angustifolium Hermaphroditism is prevalent in plants but may allow interference between male function (pollen …

2006-01-04: Effect of population size on the mating system in a self-compatible, autogamous plant, Aquilegia canadensis (Ranunculaceae) In self-compatible plants, small populations may experience reduced outcrossing owing to decreased …

2006-01-04: The effect of protandry on siring success in Chamerion angustifolium (Onagraceae) with different inflorescence sizes Protandry, a form of temporal separation of gender within hermaphroditic flowers, may reduce the …

2006-01-04: Correlated evolution of dichogamy and self-incompatibility-- a phylogenetic perspective Historically, dichogamy (the temporal separation of gender in flowering plants) has been interpreted …

2006-01-04: The consequences of clone size for paternal and maternal success in domestic apple (Malus x domestica) Clonal growth in plants can increase pollen and ovule production per genet. However, paternal and …

2006-01-04: Responses to selection on male-phase duration in Chamerion angustifolium Protandry (when male function precedes female) can enhance fitness by reducing selfing and …

2006-01-04: Beyond floricentrism -- the pollination function of inflorescences Mating by outcrossing plants depends on the frequency and quality of interaction between pollen …

2006-01-04: Pollen and ovule fates and reproductive performance by flowering plants Pollen and ovules experience diverse fates during pollination, pollen-tube growth, fertilization, …

2005-12-24: Idealized, Inaccurate but Successful-- A Pragmatic Approach to Evaluating Models Jay Odenbaugh provides an interesting article entitled: Idealized, Inaccurate but Successful: A …

2005-12-24: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Sierra Club Speech Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. gave a speech at the Sierra Club’s National Convention and Expo on …

2005-12-07: Breakpoint regression In my investigations of ovule fates, I’ve needed to estimate regression parameters from …

2005-12-07: Evolutionary Theory Sean Rice’s Evolutionary Theory is an excellent journey through the mathematical foundations of …

2005-12-02: Managing Email I recently lost control of my email. The combination of mailing lists, alerts, table of content …

2005-10-28: iTunes remote control The current setup at home is that I’ve added all of our music (several thousand songs) to our Mac …

2005-10-23: Combining pdf files Recently, I needed to combine several pdf files into one. The The Tao of Mac has a discussion of how …

2005-10-13: Evolutionary ecology diagram I have used this diagram of evolutionary ecology in a wide variety of contexts. In the hope that it …

2005-10-10: Plantae In collaboration with Jana and Steve Vamosi, I have started a new project called Plantae. The goal …

2005-09-28: Intelligent design in the classroom Now that intelligent design is back in the Canadian news, we should consider (again!) the …

2005-08-19: The Onion on Intelligent Falling theory The Onion on Intelligent Falling theory: “David Pescovitz: The Onion brilliantly parodies …

2005-08-13: Inflorescence architecture Mating by outcrossing plants depends on the frequency and quality of interaction between pollen …

2005-08-13: Trade-offs between clonal & sexual reproduction Clonality is very common in flowering plants, but its consequences for sexual reproduction have …

2005-08-13: Temporal separation of gender Dichogamy, the temporal separation of gender within a flower, is widespread throughout the …

2005-08-13: Population size The outcrossing rate is a fundamental attribute of plant populations that determines population …

2005-06-13: Vector assignment in R As I use R for data analysis and simulations, I become more comfortable and proficient with the R/S …

2005-04-14: Image uploads A particular challenge with maintaining a weblog is the uploading and resizing of images. The …

2005-03-14: Podcasting & the CBC The CBC has begun an experiment with podcasting. I’m impressed with the progressive approach to …

2005-01-29: Quirks & Quarks Quirks & Quarks is the CBC’s excellent science program. I usually download the mp3 archives of the …

2005-01-23: Astronomy pictures on the Desktop The “Astronomy Picture of the Day” is a source of fantastic images. To take advantage of this …

2005-01-01: Heritability of male-phase duration These data measured the genetic architecture of male-phase duration in Chamerion angustifolium. …

2004-12-11: Climate change and public relations A recent column in the Globe & Mail reminded me of our Federal Government’s plan for reducing …

2004-11-18: Google Scholar Yet another useful site from Google: Google Scholar. The site provides an interface for searching …

2004-11-07: JSTOR import script I’ve written a script that imports a JSTOR citation page into BibDesk. To use the script, I suggest …

2004-10-20: Ecology Retreat, University of Calgary Routley, M.B. Measuring the male gain curve. Ecology Retreat, University of Calgary Download

2004-09-29: The Crusade Against Evolution An interesting read from Wired News – The Crusade Against Evolution. In addition, the Panda’s thumb …

2004-09-12: Pollinator networks Plants are sessile and, consequently, many species rely on pollinators for mating opportunities. …

2004-06-03: Society for the Study of Evolution meetings 2004 Routley, M.B., L.D. Harder, & S.A. Richards. Ovule fates. Colorado State University Download …

2004-06-03: Society for the Study of Evolution meetings 2004 Routley, M.B., L.D. Harder, & S.A. Richards. Ovule fates. Colorado State University Download …

2004-04-14: Dynamic State Variable Models in Ecology There’s a powerful approach to modelling called dynamic state variable programming, covered in …

2004-04-06: Journal abbreviations Until recently, I was able to use journal abbreviations in all of my manuscripts. Consequently, my …

2004-04-04: Seed size I have been investigating issues of ovule and seed development recently. One question that has come …

2004-04-01: Confronting models with data The Ecological Detective by Ray Hilborn and Marc Mangel is an excellent source for learning how to …

2004-01-09: Character assignments in phylogenetic analyses In some recent research (http://public.me.com/mroutley/SIandDichogamy.pdf) I had to make inferences …

2003-11-21: Reference management I have been working through my references and papers trying to regain some control over the …

2003-11-19: Seed set of dichogamous plants Description: These data are the average seed set estimates for dichogamous and adichogamous …

2003-11-12: Ecology Division Seminar Series, University of Calgary Routley, M.B. The evolutionary significance of being one gender at a time. Ecology Division Seminar …

2003-09-04: Siring success of dichogamous plants Description: These data are the average siring-success estimates for dichogamous and adichogamous …

2003-09-04: Pollen deposition after single bee visits in the field Description: These data are pollen counts from stigmas after single bee visits in populations of …

2003-09-03: Pollen removal after single bee visits in the field These data are pollen counts from anthers before and after single bee visits in populations of …

2003-07-11: Floral Integration Unrelated to my “official” thesis work, I have been thinking about floral form and its influence on …

2003-06-03: Society for the Study of Evolution meetings 2003 Routley, M.B. & B.C. Husband. Responses to selection on protandry in Chamerion angustifolium …

2003-06-03: Society for the Study of Evolution meetings 2003 Routley, M.B. & B.C. Husband. Responses to selection on protandry in Chamerion angustifolium …