RIP Ed Auld

Ed Auld made a big difference in my life. I’m gonna miss him.

Here is more detail on his passing from UBC Physics director earlier today.

It is with great sorrow that I pass on the information that Professor Emeritus Edward Auld passed away yesterday, in his sleep.

During a career that was passionately devoted to the Department, Ed played pivotal roles in rebuilding the Engineering Physics Programme in the 1980’s, and in the commissioning of TRIUMF.

His ongoing presence in the department will be sorely missed.

Seth’s Marketing Pitch for H1N1 Vaccine

PS if I was marketing the swine flu vaccine, I’d name it after a kid who died last season and put her picture on the release form. » Seth Godin

Seth was on a rant yesterday about how many people still rely on gut instinct to make decisions on complex issues. We’re (bad) amateur scientist’s. He says that more than half of NY parents chose to keep their kids out of H1N1 vaccine programs in its first week.

Uncle Dynamite … is LOL!

I’m loving PG Wodehouse’s Uncle Fred books. His full name is “Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, 5th Earl of Ickenham”. He’s spreading “Sweetness and Light” at the Dog Races with his nephew Pongo. He’s a “complications are the spice of life kinda chap”.

I just finished, and highly recommend, Uncle Dynamite on audible. The narrator Jonathan Cecil is great!

BAEN 502 Week 3 – Out of the Building Experiences


This weeks guest speakers were great. A big “Thank You” to Ken Simpson of MailChannels and David Helliwell of Pulse Energy for describing their “Out of the building experiences”.

On my front. I survived the marking of the first assignment. If I’ve learned one thing teaching this course it is that I have gained tremendous respect for people who mark. It is hard work.