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Stuff I Learned This Year: Mobile Mesh Networks

This is actually something I learned quite some time ago, but never got around to documenting here on ye old blog1

My good friend, and NTBTWK’s Official Statistician & Tattoo Consultant, Dr. Daniel J. Gillis, is doing some really cool work in northern Labrador with Mobile Mesh networks. But what is a Mobile Mesh network, you ask? That’s a good question – and one that I asked the good doctor at some point – I can’t remember exactly when, but I’m pretty sure it was over a pint of beer or a dram of whiskey.

Basically, a mobile mesh network is where you have a bunch of cell phones that are all connected to each other to make up a network and you can use that to send communications throughout the network – even if you don’t have a connection to the Internet (since you are all connected to each other). It’s useful in places that don’t have good Internet connectivity – like the far north for example or other remote communities.

But if you’d like a more sophisticated explanation than my admittedly underwhelming explanation for something that is actually really cool, I know of two places where you can listen to the good doctor talking about this stuff.

  1. Dr. Dan and his friend and colleague, Dr. Jason Ernst, were interviewed about their work on Mobile MeshNetworking.on the BBC World Service!  You can go here to listen to the experts talk.
  2. Dr. Dan was a guest expert on an episode of the podcast “School of Batman”, which you can listen to here (just scroll down to the episode called “The Quakemaster’s Aftermath”)

I’m looking forward to seeing how this technology ends up playing out – and what things emerge from improved connectivity in remote communities!

  1. In fact, WordPress tells me that I started this blog posting on January 23, 2018 and then proceeded to not finish for seven months. Better late than never, I guess? []

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Donate To It!

This is Dan rappelling in a cave. Wouldn’t you like to see him do this off the side of a 13 storey building?

My friend Dr. Dan wants to throw himself off the side of a building, but he needs your help.

More specifically, Dan is raising funds for Easter Seals, a charity that helps children with disabilities, and if he raises $1,500, he gets to rappel down the side of a large building. Rappelling, for the uninitiated, is where you hang from a rope and use it to descend down a long distance – usually a cave or a cliff. In this case, Dan will be rappelling down form the top of a 13 storey building! But only, as I mentioned, if he can raise the required sum of money for Easter Seals. And that’s where you come in. Will you consider making a donation to this fundraising effort?

Easter Seals (from their website):

Easter Seals is dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians with disabilities.
As Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community, Easter Seals is dedicated to helping more than 100,000 Canadians with disabilities participate fully in society.

They do things like camps for kids with disabilities, as well as “year-round active living opportunities, as well as the provision of specialized mobility and access equipment such as mobility aids, assistive technology, adaptive computers, augmentative communication devices and adaptations to homes and vehicles for wheelchair accessibility.”

That sounds like a worthy cause, right?

Donate!!

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Adventures in Adventuring

Dr. Dan mentioned this on his blog the other day, but I feel compelled to confirm that, in fact, October 19th will mark The Great Drs. Beth & Dan Victoria Adventure of 2011!

You see, Dr. Dan is going to Victoria to give an invited guest lecture on his science-y brain thoughts at a high falutin’ stats conference. And seeing as he is flying all the way to Victoria, I figured the least I could do is take a day off to join him on said Island for adventure-y fun times. In fact, Dr. Dan has a stopover in Vancouver and I am going to hop on his plane for the trip over to the Island, spend the day adventuring, and then hop on a flight back to the mainland first thing in the morning1. Adventures may involve beautiful scenery, great food, tasty beverages, and, with any luck, some hottie sightings. Also, I have it on good authority that sumptuous robes may be involved.

In addition, as the calendar of Nerdidays tells me, October 20th is World Stats Day. I cannot explain in words how excited I am to be able to spend World Stats Day Eve with my favourite statistician!

  1. Thanks to a fortuitous seat sale, it’s about the same price for me to fly to Victoria as it would be to take my car on the ferry! And certainly much, much faster! []

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Wish Dan Luck

Today I take a break from blogging about my trip to Oregon to ask a favour. My friend Dan is having surgery to repair a hiatal hernia. He’s going to be laid up for a few days/weeks recovering and requires entertainment for said laying around to recove. So, if you have a minute, why not wander over to Dan’s blog and wish him luck on his surgery and maybe post him a link to something entertaining for him to read or watch while he recovers?

Thanks, y’all!