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The Great Drs. Beth & Dan Victoria Adventure and Shenaniganery of 2011

It’s hard to believe that the great adventure and shenaniganery could have come and gone so fast, but it has!

The adventuring started when I greeted Dr. Dan, who was arriving on a flight from Toronto, in the manner most befitting his arrival:

Proving I am my father's daughter, this is how I greeted Dr. Dan at the airport.

We then proceeded to acquire a coffee for Dr. Dan, who had been up since 3 am Eastern time (!) and then headed to the ghetto part of the Vancouver airport where one catches a flight to Victoria. The flight to Victoria, by the way, takes about 15 mins of flight time. So, really, by the time you realize you’ve taken off, you are about to land. So much better than the ferry!

Our adventuring, not surprisingly, involved much in the way of food and beverages. We went to Lady Marmalade for my breakfast/Dan’s rebreakfasting. We wandered the streets of Victoria to see what was to be seen. Victoria, by the way, is very pretty! We may or may not have gone to two separate pubs during the course of the day to enjoy local Victoria beers. And I may or may not have discovered Phillips Service 1904 beer, one of the tastiest beers to have ever been tasted1! We also may or may not have taken some hilarious photos. Like this one:

Dr. Beth, the Princess of Whales

Or this one:

Dr. Dan, is that a giant sculpture in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

The latter photo may have been taken after a conversation that went something like this:

Beth and Dan are walking along the boardwalk and see the statue.

Dan: Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Beth: I am. Would you like me to take a photo of you doing that?

Dan: Yes. Yes, I would.

Sadly, the great adventure and shenaniganery was much too short, as I had to hop on a plane that was headed back to Vancouver early this morning, going straight to work from the airport. It did make me feel like a very important jetsetter, so there’s that at least.

P.S. If you’d like to read Dr. Dan’s more thorough account, with far more pictures than this posting2, here’s his post.

  1. I was telling a coworker about it today and she was all, “You’ve never had Phillips? You can totally just buy it in the liquor store.” A fact about which I am very, very excited. []
  2. Also, all the pictures in this posting were stolen from Dr. Dan []


Off To The Airport

I’m off to the airport to meet up with Dr. Dan, where I am joining his flight on the last leg of his westward journey, for the The Great Drs. Beth & Dan Victoria Adventure and Shenaniganery of 2011! Well, technically he’s going there to be a fancy pants invited speaker at the 7th Annual GeoMED conference, but I’m just going there for shenanigans.

It’s only an overnight trip, so I’m not even bringing my laptop, as I’d prefer not to have my Victoria-based adventuring be encumbered by a heavy laptop, so I’ll have to wait ’til tomorrow after I get home from work to blog about said adventuring1. But I’m willing to bet that both of the good doctors shall issue some tweetage, so for real time updates of adventure-based shenanigans in Victoria2, follow the tweets.

  1. Unless I do a quick blog posting on my iPhone, which, you know, I might. []
  2. And we are armed with several suggestions of excellent places to eat, so expect a fair number of the shenanigans to be of the gastronomic variety. []


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! []


Blog, blog, Wanderlust baby!

Oh yes, today’s blog posting title is homage to yesterday’s blog posting title. It’s true, I really did that.

Now, “what the hell are you talking about, Beth?” is probably what you are thinking right now. What I am talking about, gentle readers, is the new blog of one Dr. Dan, who you know as the Official Statistician & Tattoo Consultant here on NTBTWK. As many of you know, Dr. Dan is made of pure awesome and thus you should totally read his blog. It’s brand spanking new, so if you start reading it now, you’ll be able to say “Oh yes, I was one of his *original* readers” when he becomes an uber-famous blogger. Or, at the very least, you will laugh your ass off. I mean, with blog posting titles like “Yoga – A contact sport between my face and the floor” and a tagline like “Adventures in Dropping Trou and Awesomeosity,” how can it not rock?

“So, where is this blog of which you speak?” you ask.  Jeez, you sure ask a lot of questions for a disembodied reader to whom I am writing. But I shall tell you, because I am the self-appointmentappointed pimp of his new blog1Consumed by Wanderlust.

  1. as his pimp, I get a cut of all his earnings in exchange for protecting his blog and bringing him johns blog  readers. True story. []


Congratulations, Dr. Dan!

Guelph, ON – Not To Be Trusted With Knives’ Official Statistician & Tattoo Consultant, Daniel J. Gillis achieved his most significant accomplishment since the publication of his groundbreaking work on The Count today.  Eye witnesses report that Daniel, formerly known as Soon-To-Be Dr. Dan, wowed the masses who attended his PhD defence at the University of Guelph today with his mathematical genius and dashing good looks.  The Flying Spaghetti Monster is reportedly pleased with the work of the young academic and intends to reward his with copious amounts of beer and curry.

Henceforth, Dan shall be known as Dr. Dan.


Happy Birthday, Soon-To-Be-Dr. Dan!

30±4 years ago, the world was graced with the presence of the baby who would someday become the man who will soon be Dr. Dan, statistician extraordinaire and my Official Statistian and Tattoo Consultant.

Here’s a photo of me and Dan on our recent hike up Grouse Mountain:

Cookie and Count by planetschwa.

So, happy birthday, Soon-To-Be-Dr. Dann!1

Image Credit: Posted by planetschwa on Flickr.

  1. The extra “n” is for…. []


Things of Awesomeness

A LOLcats references and hating on Internet Explorer… together at last!

Props to Jordan Behan, who tweeted about this awesomest of awesome sites.

Also awesome is this cheque seen on the Fail Blog:

I especially like that the memo on this cheque says, “What now, bitches?”

Also, I conferred with my Official Statistician and Tattoo Consultant about the sheer awesomeness of this cheque and his reply was:

We’ve been debating the value of the cheque.  In the text below the cheque, it uses e^(2*pi).  However, we think it actually says e^(i*pi), i being the root of -1.  Best part is, if that is the case, e^(i*pi)=-1.  Wild huh?  I mean, it’s an equation that looks scary, includes the most awesome of numbers (e, i, pi and the unit 1) and yet it all works together with basic mathematical operations – exponentiation, multiplication and addition (oft it’s rewritten as e^(i*pi)+1=0).  Regardless, if it is exp(i*pi) than the cheque is for $0.002.  AWESOME.
Even better, if you go back a few entries, you’ll see this one – definitely related – look at the names. HILARIOUS.  I <3 MATH.
The “this one” in that last paragraph refers to this video, which, upon watching, made my brain explode:

The best part of the whole thing is:

“Do you recognize that there’s a difference between $1 and 1¢?”


“Do you recognize that there’s a difference between half a dollar and half a cent?”


“Then, do you therefore recognize that there’s a difference between $0.002 and 0.002¢?”




Happy Pi Day!

Yup, pi.  As in ” the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius” [Source: wikipedia].  As in 3.141592…. As in March 14 (3/14).  And, now that I think about it, we are only six years away from an even more precise  Pi Day: March 14, 2015 (3/14/15) !

This holiest of holy days was recently brought to my attention by my friend, Almost Dr. Dan, who is an Almost Dr. of Statistics and who has tattoos of the Greek letters sigma, psi, delta, gamma, xi, and, of course, pi, on various locations on his body.

According to the Pi Day website:

With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

Also, through the Pi Day website I discovered my new favourite song: Lose Yourself (In the Digits).

And now, a declaration:

In honour of Pi Day, I hereby declare Almost Dr. Dan to be the Official Statisitian and Tattoo Consultant for Not To Be Trusted With Knives.