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Next Recipe I’m Going to Tackle

One of the suggestions for blog postings was “the next recipe you are going to tackle”. And fortunately for me, this is an easy one because I just so happened to have picked a new recipe to try out tomorrow for Christmas Baking Day: Marshmallow Puff Tartlets.

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And just to be different, I’m going to make half of them with jam, as shown in that picture and half with caramel. Because it’s Christmas and therefore sugar and butter should be mixed together at every opportunity.

I’ll be sure to blog the results!

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Turbo – Movie Review

Beware: There will be spoilers!

One of the things I’ve been doing while on vacation at my sister’s place is catching up on movies that I haven’t watched because I’ve been dedicating all my time to school in the last two years1. One such movie was Turbo, about a snail who loves car racing and dreams of being the fastest snail. And I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but through an accident with some nitrous oxide, he becomes fast enough to race in the Indy 500! What are the odds of that happening to a snail who loves car racing? I’m pretty sure there were no snails harmed in the making of this movie.

It didn’t do that well at the box office, but I thought it was adorable! My favourite line was when Turbo’s older brother, who is always worried that Turbo will get hurt, asks him, “What would you do if tomorrow you woke up and your powers were gone?” and then Turbo replies, “Well, I better make the most of today.” Words to live by, little snail. Words to live by.

  1. My nephew’s most frequent requests are “the baby eyeball monster movie” (i.e., Monsters University) and “the snail movie” (i.e., Turbo). Today I asked him, “Hey Thomas, can we watch “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”? and he replied, “Can we eat it?” []

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Spreadsheetapalooza!

As you are probably aware, I’m a huge nerd. One of the manifestations of my nerdery is a love of spreadsheets1,2. I love tracking things3 and calculating stuff and generally being organized. In addition the many and varied spreadsheets I have at work, I also have a number for me personally4. And now I’ve made a spreadsheet of all my active spreadsheets. So meta.

  1. See: my previous blog posting. []
  2. One of my big pet peeves is people not knowing how to use Excel. And I’m not talking about using advanced features of Excel, but just the basic stuff like the fact that Excel can do math for you. I think one of the most useful things in the introductory stats class that I teach is how to use Excel. []
  3. Of course, I use other things to track besides just spreadsheets – like Runkeeper to track my running and biking, and Time Edition to track time spent on school. []
  4. I also have a number of inactive spreadsheets, either because they have outlived their usefulness (e.g., tracking student loan payments, but my student loans are now all paid off) or because I’ve been delinquent (e.g., budget). []

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All My Courses

Hey, remember that time I finished all my classes for my MBA1? Did you ever wonder what all those classes I took were? Lucky for you, I have a spreadsheet!

I did some colour coding, because everything is better with colour coding.

  • Dark purple is for the Integrated Core – this took the first 10 months of the program and included a whole whack of different subjects (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behaviour, Supply Chain Management, Information Technology Management, Business Ethics, Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics), plus integrated case studies, a business simulation game, and a business plan).
  • Orange is for the post-core modules I took from the MBA program.
  • Green is for courses I took from outside of Sauder.
  • Yellow is for courses I took from the Executive MBA in Healthcare program at Sauder.

In conclusion, I learned a lot of stuff!

  1. Assuming I passed my Business Ethics exam. Knock on wood. []