Travel guide: Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is my go-to list of fun things to do and see when family and friends visited me in Amsterdam, Netherlands! I compiled this from suggestions from friends, colleagues, and travel guides; I haven’t done everything on the list, but I made a valiant effort. It’s Amsterdam-based/focused, since that’s where I lived. Things with an …

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Live-tweeting the SURFsara e-infrastructure event

I’m live-tweeting the SURFsara data and supercomputing e-infrastructure event. Follow along with the tag #einfra!

10 Coding Principles, by Greg Landweber

My undergraduate mentor in the math department, Prof. Greg Landweber, taught me his 10 coding principles in a computational methods tutorial. They’ve gotten me through my BA project, MSc thesis, and I’m still using them in my PhD. They are as follows: BE FEARLESS. Compile early and often. Consult the documentation (RTFM). Use descriptive variable …

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Apps I love

I spend an inordinate amount of time on my computer and smartphone. I’m the kind of person who sets an alarm on my phone so that I know when to go to bed, because otherwise I’d be adrift in the internet ’till the wee hours of the night. In my techy adventure time, I’ve discovered …

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FGSR Kaplan Graduate Student Award

My attendance at CASCA 2013 was funded by the J. Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award from the U. Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). I didn’t know that I had received the award at the time of the conference, but this is me publicly acknowledging the award for travel assistance! Thank you, FGSR!

CASCA 2013!

I’m excited to be at CASCA at UBC this week! Follow the festivities on twitter with #cascaUBC. For those interested, my talk is Wednesday in Session 10 (Compact Objects) at ~11:15am in Hennings 202. Using X-ray Light Curves to Constrain the Neutron Star Equation of State The equation of state for ultra-dense matter has puzzled …

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Apparel for the thesis writer in your life

Recommended apparel for the thesis writer in your life 🙂


I’m giving a talk at LogiCON on May 4, 2013. It will be an updated version of “Exo-lent Planets!”, a talk I gave at Nerd Nite Edmonton. Visit the LogiCON website for more information. Registration is free!