## Sunday, December 31, 2006

### I am well into chapter 2 of Bowles now.

I started to read Bowles's chapter 2 now. I would hope to have this chapter read by the end of today.

## Saturday, December 30, 2006

I have now made this week's reading goal by reaching page 99 of the Beinhocker book and have read the first four chapters. I have one day to spare so this book will be put aside for a day. Here is the general cite and brief comment.
Beinhocker, Eric D. The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics (Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School, 2006).
The first three chapters are part I and I have read this completely now. I have read the first chapter in part II which is chapter four. This fourth chapter reviews an experiment in economics called Sugarscape. The experiment was performed by Joshua Epstein and Robert Axtell in 1995. This experiment simulates a number of microeconomic variables and the results are used by Eric Beinhocker to disprove some traditional economic theories. He also uses this chapter as his introduction and summary of complexity economics which is what the remainder of the book will cover.

## Friday, December 29, 2006

I worked this week so could not do much study. I did just complete reading the first chapter of
Bowles, Samuel Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions and Evolution (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004).
This chapter is a good sophisticated introduction to game theory. It was slow reading.

## Tuesday, December 26, 2006

I got to page 45 of Bowles, Samuel Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions and Evolution today on the third day of study. I got to page 60 of Beinhocker, Eric D. The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics today. This second book is less technical and easier to read.

### The economics course textbooks arrived and I started to read them.

I got the textbooks for the economics course on Christmas eve. That's Canada post for you. I have met one of their most radical leaders from the past and chatted with him briefly. I also volunteered with a postee at the green party convention this year. I also have better contacts for mobilizing postal workers now for labour actions.

The books for this course are:

Beinhocker, Eric D. The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics (Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School, 2006).
This book is 600 pages long thus if I want to have it read in the first two months of school term, or first six weeks would be better, I need to read 100 pages a week and that's about 15 pages a day. On Christmas Eve I started to read it. I read the preface and part 1 chapter one that day. On Christmas Day I read part 1 chapter two, thus reading 43 pages in two days. So with this above rate of 15 pages a day I am ahead now by almost one day.
Bowles, Samuel Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions and Evolution (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004).
This book is also about 600 pages long. Thus the same rate of reading will be applied to it. It arrived at the same time as the other course textbook. It is a textbook developed for a doctoral level course in economics from the University of Massachusettes. On Christmas Eve I read the 19 pages of the prologue and on Christmas got through to page 31 in part 1 chapter 1. So I am just on schedule with this book.

## Saturday, December 23, 2006

Some people know when I do things and get behind activities I get them done and often very rapidly. Often I do this with a computer so the effort is less than the result. But often I also do things like getting around on buses and bikes and do a great job of this. Sometimes I have to bum a ride and often these days people offer me rides.

But enough about results. I also systematically plan everything. I also document my reading with this blog which today helped me write for wikipedia. Another way I document required reading is to use check marks and little penciled in dates beside chapters and chapter sections. Today I managed to read chapter 1 sections 1 and 2 in my applied probability textbook. I now have a whole bunch of problems to do in section 2 chapter 1. So I stopped for today.

My other textbooks for winter are in the mail so I am fairly sure my textbooks will all be here before term begins. My schedule is being worked out and it will be tight full time work and part time school. I am increasing the course load this term but this also speeds up the degree progress. I have done a fair amount of real work today so I am now going to read more interesting and broadly related studies. I may read on the bus today or at home. I may buy some new book shelves today for my study office.

## Friday, December 22, 2006

### My first textbook arrived today.

The textbook I received today is for an introduction to stochastic processes such as markov chains, martingales, poisson processes and queueing. Here is the cite:
Taylor, Howard M. & Karlin, Samuel. An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling 3rd ed. (New York: Academic, 1998).

## Thursday, December 21, 2006

### One winter term textbook is in the mail now.

As of this morning at 1 am my applied probability course textbook is in the mail from Amazon.ca. This textbook should arrive before the term begins maybe today or tomorrow, if I am lucky. Also the professor from the economics course I will study this winter has sent me the titles of the textbooks for that course. He also said they are available at the bookstore now. I am not sure if I will have time tomorrow to go to school and buy the textbooks but I may try to do this. Right now I will check the pricing for on-line book stores.

## Sunday, December 17, 2006

### I read the beginning of three papers from ISSS 2006.

I read the beginning on a paper on carbon dioxide emissions and lean business. I also looked at paper proposing systems sciences be reformed into systems studies. I also looked at a paper about torture. Then I read some Manual Castells in his The Power of Identity about patriarchalism.

### I am going to check out some systems science papers this morning and also file away my probability course notes

I have some time to do some school research this morning and will check the papers out from this year's systems science association. I will also file my course notes and get my binder ready for the winter term courses. Speaking of winter term courses I did investigate the economics professor who is a retired professor and I sent him and intro email. I still don't know who is teaching the advanced probability course. I do have a past textbook for the applied probability course and have gotten through the first chapter of this book but should get through the second and third chapters before January.

## Saturday, December 16, 2006

### Course ends with A+ grade.

I know I am bragging but I scored A+ in my course. This is my first A+ ever so I am quite pleased. This gives me confidence with Latex and math. I can again call myself a mathematician. This reminds me I need to pay my dues for the Canadian Math Society again this year. I should also get the application to the Statistical Society of Canada completed.

## Monday, December 11, 2006

### Tutoring again.

I did some tutoring for professor Ranjeeta Mallick. Two of her students needed help wth their study of the business statistics course at Carleton. I did 6 hours total tutoring on the weekend.

### My exam is completed.

I wrote my first exam at the university of Ottawa on Thursday morning. I think it went well enought to raise my mark above B minus but maybe not well enough for an A. We will see soon enough.

## Thursday, December 07, 2006

### I began random problem solving from the textbook.

I am trying to stay focused and in the mood to do probability problems. I picked two problems just now and solved them. One problem from chapter 3 and one from chapter 4. I am picking problems with solutions in the back of the textbook.

## Wednesday, December 06, 2006

### I am getting ready for the final study period before the exam.

It is down to the wire now as I read my notes and study my textbook. I will continue to study now for 12 hours until my exam tomorrow morning.

### I just reviewed the notes from our course review class.

I just reviewed notes from our course review class last Thursday. I will continue to study all night tonight.

### Wasting a little time but my review notes of my textbook are done on time.

I did waste a little time giving away a computer, surfing Second Life and updating Second Life, and just now updating myspace. So capitalist internet continues to ruin my school time. I did in fact get my review notes all done by 3 AM. I now need to read my review notes and then review problems and practice some problems. I should practice a problem from each studied section now. I will try to do that starting this time at the end in chapter 5.

### Plan for this morning's study is to summarize my textbook.

I have summarized two chapters now and have three to go. I will get this all done by 3 AM and then practice problems. I will report my progress here in one hour.

## Tuesday, December 05, 2006

### I attended our last class in MAT2371.

I attended the last class in MAT2371 and we reviewed the last two thirds of the last year's exam. I have some weak areas like change of variables and and also poisson approximation but otherwise know what I am doing. I will be reviewing my own material and these weak areas tonight after work. I may leave work early today if I can. I have tomorrow off work but it is very important that I do well do this first exam of gradaute school.

## Monday, December 04, 2006

### The normal distribution, studied.

I studied the normal distribution this morning. I have studied most of the first chapter and this was chapter 5 I read today. I am working early today so I can leave work early and get to sleep early and wake up on time for our last lecture tomorrow. I write my exam on Thursday morning. I also have Wednesday off work so I can sleep in the afternoon and wake up plenty early for my exam on Thursday.

## Sunday, December 03, 2006

### Last year's exam as a study technique.

The professor reviewed seven problems on Thursday from last year's exam in Thursday's lecture. I reviewed these solutions today. I then solved another 6 problems on my own this morning and had some difficulties with three problems. I think I will use her review structure also from Thursday's lecture to rewrite my own course summary today. I will also try to solve another 6 problems. But right now I am going to sleep having not slept since Friday morning.

## Friday, December 01, 2006

### I did not complete all the problems in the last assignment.

I had some union volunteering to complete on the morning my assignment was due. I also did not plan the final assignment work load very well. I ended up only completing about half of the assignment. I should end with about 75% on the term work.

## Monday, November 27, 2006

### I started this week's problem solving homework this morning.

I puzzled with the Phi look up but got the first part of the first problem in this week's homework done. I will try to complete the first problem today before I go to work.

## Sunday, November 26, 2006

### I have one more school assignment to complete this term.

I am just getting started now on my last assignment for this term. I will read sections 5.3-5.5 that cover the material for this week's assignment then I will attempt the problems. I have no volunteer meetings this week or anything special at work. We are nearing the end of our project at work. This will also be the last week of classes I believe.

## Saturday, November 25, 2006

### I have to search out an optional course for Friday evenings next term.

I am not yet familiar with the techniques for searching the graduate course schedule at the University of Ottawa. I also need to review all the courses that are suggested options in the systems science certicate plus thesis. I only take 1 optional course. I need to pick well for high grades in the main.

## Friday, November 24, 2006

### I got almost every problem in this week's homework correct.

I just checked the solutions to our seventh homework assignment and I have every answer perfect. May be one of twenty little numerical values was wrong. So my grades should be improving now and I will continue to hit the books.

Speaking of hitting the books I just reviewed the ideas of conditional probability section 1.3 in the text book. I will complete my review of chapter 1 today.

## Thursday, November 23, 2006

### My school work is now completed for the week.

I was able to get the school work done now and solved the last problem which was a combination of a normal probability with a binomial sample. I am ready to go to class today with the homework done.

### I solved more problems this morning and am almost done this week's homework just on time.

I actually fell alseep yesterday in the early morning. I worked this morning continuously on problems and solved 4 more problems mostly concerning Chebyshev's inequality and then problems with the normal distribution and Z scores. I have taught or helped teach both of these subjects in the past two years of school. I have one final Z score problems to solve and I am done for this week. I will get ready in the next hour to attend class this morning and hand in my school work.

I read a little more of the book Policing the Risk Society as well last night but other than that and writing on blogs and the math school work with exam preparation study, I have done no other studies in the past few days.

## Wednesday, November 22, 2006

### Completed a second problem now.

I just now completed a second homework problem so have six left to complete. I hope to be done this week's homework this morning.

I also spent about an hour in total organizing my studying and doing these blog entries which help me set goals for studying and keep me motivated. Thus I now have done 1.5 hours study leaving 4 hours to still do today and also leaving 34 hours to complete before the exam. In terms of 2 hours per day I am half an hour short of today's goal and then an additional 6 hours short of the goal because I did not study on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. But I am now focusing again on this study goal and catching up.

### I spent half an hour studying the textbook and the notes on methods of enumeration.

I did follow through right away after posting my last entry and completed studying the notes and textbook for section 1.3 which covered methods of enumeration, the factorial, and permutations and combinations. This is a difficult area for me at times and at other times I do really well with this area. I am done with this for now and solved a few problems from the textbook in my head without checking answers in the back of the book even after I was done the solving.

So I now have 5 more hours to study today and a total of 35 hours of study left until the exam and I have about 6 more hours to budget to studying chapter one of the textbook.

Right now I am going back to completing this week's homework.

### Hours to study for the exam.

I think I miscalculated how much time I needed to study based on days left to the exam. Rather than start at 26 and count down I need to start at 39 and count down. This is because I need three hours for each of thirteen weeks of the term. I have not studied at all since my last note and that means I still have only done about 3.5 hours of study. Counting down from 39 this means I need to study 35.5 more hours. I now have 15 days to go which means I need to study about 2.3 hours a day until the exam. I will try to study for 5.5 hours today and catch up the point 3 hours.

Also I must study five chapters which means about 7 hours per chapter. I have only really studied chapter one so far. Thus I need to spend about another 3.5 hours on chapter one. But chapter five is not something we studied a lot and also chapter four is not heavily covered so I can budget 4 hours to each of those thus spending about ten hours for each of chapers one through three. This means I might budget all of this morning's study to chapter one and do my homework.

### One problem of eight solved in this week's homework.

I solved one problem now of eight problems to be solved. I also got my grade for last week's homework and have brought my grades up a little including not being tricked by an error in the textbook but instead relying on my own learning from the textbook. In this first problem I needed to show that a sum of identical and mutually independent exponential r.v.'s is a gamma distribution. I usually have had the first problem in this weekly homework done by Friday or Saturday of the previous week so I am behind but trying to race to completion by Thursday morning when this homework is due in class..

## Sunday, November 19, 2006

### I read sections 4.1 and 4.6 this weekend.

I started some homework so this is really not part of my exam study. I got through the learning material supporting three problems in this week's homework. I also looked at the three problems and they could be tedious but I should get them started today. I am hoping to make all my remaining lectures.

## Saturday, November 18, 2006

### I studied my notes and have less than 23 hours left to go in my ideal study plan.

I carefully reviewed my notes for sections 1.1 and 1.2 of the textbook. This was about an hour of study today. So I now have close to 22.5 hours to still study before the exam. Ideally I would have 20 hours to go now so am now two and a half hours behind schedule.

### I read more of our textbook today.

I just read sections 1.1 and 1.2 which have the introduction to the sample space and a random experiment and also contain the definition of probability and the probability set function. Also frequency is covered including the frequency histogram and the relative frequency histogram. This took about 20 minutes to review. So I now have about 23.4 hours to study until the exam.

### I need to study for two hours a day until the exam.

I put in my two hours on Friday but not on Thursday. The plan is to study two hours a day until my exam December 7th. This should amount to 26 hours of study. I have studied about 2.25 hours now. I have some 23.75 hours to still study. I will study for 45 minutes now before sleeping.

### I read the basics of two variable distributions.

I read section 4.1 in our text book and solved the first four problems in that section while reading on an intercity bus.

## Friday, November 17, 2006

### I am studying for my exam this weekend.

I am reading my course textbook this weekend. I also got my table of integrals to study. I will also read Kevin Haggerty and Ian Hacking this weekend. I also have a basic book on compound microscopes to read. I will also continue to read Churchman on systems science ethics.

## Thursday, November 16, 2006

### I got my homework handed in this morning.

I did very poorly with my last assignment. I got this week's assignment handed in this morning and attended the lecture. I worked today and yesterday as well all in one long day. I have to study for 2 hours per day until my exam now. I have studied for only 15 minutes so far today

## Tuesday, November 14, 2006

### Reading Gidden's book and solving simple probability problems.

I read some of Gidden's book on the identity and also a little more Ulrich Beck and then returned these books to the library as someone put a hold on them. I also borrowed some Kevin D. Haggerty books yesterday.

I have only four more problems to solve in this week's homework.

## Monday, November 13, 2006

### Weekly probability homework.

I continue to do my weekly homework problems. I have about six more problems to solve today and will hand this in tomorrow. The first four problems concern the Gamma distribution and the Chi-squared distribution.

## Sunday, November 12, 2006

### I am reviewing the VCR tapes from my introductory criminal law course.

In my new job one of my new coworkers in August was also a student in my criminal law course in 2001-2002. I started this fall to watch the VCR tapes from this course. I had watched these tapes when they were broadcast and once while studying in the course. The professor was John Hale, a practicing criminal lawyer here in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario..

## Friday, November 10, 2006

### The list of books I have out from the University of Ottawa Library.

The systems approach and its enemies / C. West Churchman. (New York : Basic Books, c1979).
General systems theory : ideas & applications / Lars Skyttner. (Singapore ; River Edge, N.J. : World Scientific, c2001).
Advanced systems thinking, engineering, and management / Derek K. Hitchins. (Boston, MA : Artech House, c2003).
The Relevance of general systems theory; papers presented to Ludwig von Bertalanffy on his seventieth birthday. Edited by Ervin Laszlo. (New York: G. Braziller, [1972]).
Taking control of IT costs / Sebastian Nokes. (Harlow, England ; New York : Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2000).
General systems theory: mathematical foundations [by] M. D. Mesarovic and Yasuhiko Takahara. (New York : Academic Press, 1975).
The taming of chance / Ian Hacking. (Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990).
Soft systems methodologt : a 30-year retrospective / Peter Checkland. (Chichester ; New York : John Wiley, c1999).
Computers, work, and health : a socio-technical approach / Trevor A. Williams. (London ; New York : Taylor & Francis, 1988, c1989).
Elements of applied probability : for engineering, mathematics and systems science / David McDonald. (River Edge, NJ : World Scientific, c2004).
The emergence of probability : a philosophical study of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference / Ian Hacking. (London ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1975).
Survey research methods / Floyd J. Fowler, Jr. (Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2002).
General systems theory, systems analysis and regional planning : an introductory bibliography / Hugh E. Williams. (Monticello, Ill. : Council of Planning Librarians, 1970).
The presentation of self in everyday life. Irving Goffman. (Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1959).
Mad travellers : reflections on the reality of transient mental illnesses / Ian Hacking. (London : Free Association Books, 1999, c1998).
Risk Society : towards a New Modernity / Ulrich Beck ; translated by Mark Ritter. (London : Sage Publications, 1992).
Modernity and self-identity : self and society in the late modern age / Anthony Giddens. (Stanford, Calif. : Stanford university press, 1991).
Reflexive modernization : politics, tradition and aesthetics in the modern social order / Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens and Scott Lash. (Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994).

## Thursday, November 09, 2006

### Studying is little more relaxed after I got this week's homework submitted (early again).

I read a little about self therapy about an hour ago by Anthony Giddens. I also read a little math. I then emailed the director of my school with an update about my studies. I explained my background a bit more to him.

## Wednesday, November 08, 2006

### After talking with professor Ivanoff I bought a table of integrals

I handed in this week's homework today in the morning. I chatted with professor Ivanoff about graduate school thesis. This was interesting and gave me some perspective on this task. She pointed out the differences with a math thesis as opposed to other subjects. I had difficulty with an integral on this week's home work. The professor told me to get a table of integrals. I searched the university library and came across this book
Jeffery, Alan. Handbook of mathematical formulas and integrals 3e,
This book I can see has many useful formulas and I need to own one of these. I searched at Shirley Mill's homepage book price web search tool and the cheapest book available was Amazon.ca and I just purchased it on-line.
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## Monday, November 06, 2006

### Working on probability homework early this morning.

I finally got working on my probability homework. I solved a number of problems. I then proof read my solutions.

### Exam schedule checked.

The exam in my course is on the first exam day in the morning. I will need to take the day before off or the day after.

### I worked out and typeset 5 sub problems in this week's homework.

I worked out five sub problems in basic continuous distributions. The basic premise is that an integral of a p.d.f. from negative infinity to positive infinity should be equal to 1. From this property we needed to find constants such that the property held for various functions involving the constants.

## Sunday, November 05, 2006

### One hour reviewing the U of Ottawa's undergraduate calendar for biology and mathematics courses.

I surfed the undergraduate and graduate calendars at my new school. I made a file of biology course descriptions. This file contains the ecology and plant biology courses I would like to study. There is also a light microscopy course in graduate school that might be enough.

### I read a little Castells on nationalism.

I read a little of The Power of Identity by Manuel Castells this morning. I also read some business theory and some of my course textbook.

### Discussing Kant with other students.

Through my union activities I have come to know a PhD. student in philosophy also at the university of Ottawa. I have been briefly discussing my Churchman reading with him. I have now completed a chapter in Churchman and want to complete a few chapters in a few other books this weekend. I just reviewed or scanned the chapter in continuous distributions in my probability course textbook. I have some home work to get done today in this course. I also need to buy some printer paper today.

## Sunday, October 29, 2006

### Problem solving schedule.

I have not really kept to my problem solving schedule. I would like to have my homework done by sometime this week. I really should solve two or three more homework problems today and may be two exam study problems. May be this less intense schedule will help.

### I appreciate Churchman's use of Kant.

Emanuel Kant is well explored by Churchman. I am not quite half way through his book now.

## Saturday, October 28, 2006

### I attended class on Thursday and showed interest in the Gamma distribution.

I stayed up late on Wednesday. I read more of the Churchman, more on reflexive modernity and more about general systems as mathematical models. Then in the morning I attended my lecture where we covered the gamma distribution and I participated fully in the lecture commenting on the gamma function abstractly and helping the professor with answers. I have started to score lower in the course. I began my fifth home work assignment and also began to solve the very first problems in the textbook. I plan to solve maybe ten problems over night now. And then another ten problems on Sunday. Two or three of these twenty will be from homework the others will be from the text first chapter. I would like to have solved all the first chapter problems in the next week then have solved the second chapter in the next week and be solving the third chapter in the following week and be done the fouth and fifth chapter problems by the end of term. This is a lot of work but I should do this.

## Saturday, October 21, 2006

### Although Churchman is a philosopher his ethics are not very well grounded on a spiritual morality.

I see Churchman as analysing ethics in planning well. His best issues are environment, peace, and mental health. But missing is gender or labour from his analysis. But he does do a good reduction of systems science for looking at the broader ethical concerns. But I don't see his morals as firmly grounded as he seeks a community vision where his drawing in of many historical spiritual community traditions are weak. Would I prefer a strong moralist? I don't think so, and so am still enjoying reading him. But he was a philosopher of his times as his strong issues show was the 1960's and 1970's. Ah Neil Young and seventies biology classes. Really what I find annoying is his 3 and 4 as magic numbers these are beer case numbers not solid math.

I read some more of Manufacturing Victims. I was struck by my psychological focus and need to change this.

### I studied a little movie art.

I read a little about the film The Matrix in a book about the themes in the film. This essay compared the film with other recent films where reality is a virtual illusion. Virtual here meaning computer generated.

## Tuesday, October 17, 2006

### We had our review class for our mid-term today.

We reviewed the material in our course so far and solved last year's mid-term in class together. I knew what I was doing with only a few mistakes.

## Sunday, July 23, 2006

The installing process for Linux is working ok. I may have made one mistake on the video RAM memory selection. I should be able to test it out later today. I also successfully installed the Code Warrior Lite software on the PC side of the Macbook and programs to use with the Java textbook. I may start reading this textbook and working the programs also later today.

### I got a free copy of a Marita Moll edited book: Tech High

At our union meeting I browsed some free books at the labour council offices. I grabbed a lot of teacher's books and also this book:
Moll, Marita. Ed. Tech High: Globalization and the Future of Canadian Education (Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood, 1997).
Maria is also a National Capital Freenet (NCF) member, or was in the middle 1990's when I was a frequent NCF user.
I also got this book back from a retired army radio engineer I had loaned it to:
Flickenger, Rob, et al. Wireless Networking in the Developing World: A practical guide to planning and building low-cost telecommunications infrastructure (London, U.K.: Limehouse Book Sprint Team, 2006) <http://wndw.net>.
This book is available free at the web site http://wndw.net . I bought a copy to support their project but also because sometimes I prefer hard copy books.

### I am installing Linux on a computer to use R and various other open source softwares.

I have an old Pentium 1 computer. I was given this for free last winter. I tried it to install Debian 3.0 and had it working. But the command line on that version of Debian did not by default have an edit menu. I need to be able to copy and paste into the command line so need an edit menu on the command line. So I am trying to install the next version of Debian 3.1 and by now that is at 3.1 revision 2. I am having some trouble with installing this from CD. I was not able to keep the PCMCIA system working after the base install. I may use this as a non-networked machine. So that is one study project I am doing today.

I may also try to install some Java tools on my Macbook on the windows side. These tools would be from a first year university Java programming course textbook. I would be expected to know this textbook in my systems science program this coming year. I would hope to work through this book by the end of August.

## Friday, July 21, 2006

### Studying more about the doctoral dissertation.

I am reading about topic selection and now have some advise on measurement error statistics and might buy a book on this topic. One of my professors knew a book on this topic and sent me the bibliographic cite for the book. I am not able to afford it right away, but should buy it in the next month.

## Thursday, July 20, 2006

### I am reading a book on Linux.

I am reading one of those large, easy to read books on computers. This one is written on the Linux operating system. I also borrowed a book on information security from a business strategy perspective. I am going to have to leave this library soon although I will have my alumni card to use still. I will also loose my school email and school web page(s).

## Tuesday, July 18, 2006

### I was offered a job at Statistics Canada today.

I have been offered a job at Statistics Canada and will be taking it. I am not sure how this will affect my school plans. I will start working and do not need to decide on the graduate school plans until August 21st. I will keep studying for this graduate school though. I will have to quit my teaching assistant work right away. In fact, I just sent an email giving notice to the director of the mathematics and statistics school. I also let my immediate supervisors know that I am quitting in two weeks. I also let one of my supervisors at another job know that I am quitting.

### Reading more on managing the doctoral dissertation.

This book on managing the writing of a doctoral dissertation can be applied to a master thesis as well. This is what I am using this book for. I read another chapter, this one about selecting an adviser and a committee. I then a few hours later read the list of potential advisers in systems science and circled on this list all the research areas of the advisers that corresponded to topics I am either interested in pursuing such as computer crime or web applications, or topics that I have a background such as statistical inference, numerical methods, and ecology.

A possible topic I chose tonight was general statistics of experiments with error bound measurements. Apparently most statistical models assume error free measurement or perfect measurement. But many science studies and use of instrumentation uses a possible error based on an assumption of errors in measurement. Also apparently error such as measurement error can simply be included in the error term in a statistical model. But perhaps there is a whole other set of models and theories where error bound measurements are the basis rather than perfect measure. I could explore this from a systems approach and develop a whole other system of statistical inference models if such models exist.

### I am continuing to grade statistics homework over night.

I have an assignment due back to the professor on Wednesday. I have been marking overnight again. Last night I did not manage to stay up and do this, so I have more to do now. But the pace is coming along, and it is actually not all that much work.

I must be fair and consistent in my marking, which means sometimes I have to go back over everything I have marked and check that I have given or taken off the same marks for everyone. This consistency principle helps me mark when some students have done a very good, thorough job and some students have done just the minimum work required.

## Sunday, July 16, 2006

### I continue to prepare for graduate school and mark statistics assignments.

I have been staying up late these past five days. I reason that staying up late gives me quiet time without distractions to do my scholarly work. But often I spend this time wastefully doing on-line shopping. This morning I read more of the book on writing the doctoral dissertation. I got to some help on writing, software tools and formatting tips in this book and then downloaded a LaTeX template from a University of Ottawa web page. I then experimented with this template a little, merely writing my name as author and a supposed title for my thesis. This would be my M.Sc. thesis, which actually won't start until at least 2007, if not more probably in 2008.

I did less expensive on-line gaming this morning. I am still sitting at a social simulations researcher's research centre in the game. This morning I spent about half an hour studying the scripting language for this on-line simulation game. I practiced an example, "Hello Avatar" script, but it did not work when applied to an in-world object. I am still a little awkward with the tools for creating objects, but can walk and chat alright in world. I can also teleport. I have trouble also with views, but am working on this, as I explore more of the drop down menus. I do plan this morning to attend a lecture or other on-line in world event. I should just search for some events now after doing this post.

So I am up all night and have been steadily marking statistics assignments. I set small target completion times and have almost stuck to these times. This setting of mini deadlines keeps me going. I have marked two Q's now out of 9 and started a third Q.

## Saturday, July 15, 2006

### I did some more reading of Kling, Rosenbaum, and Sawyer's Understanding and Communicating Social Informatics this morning.

I was trying to find my place in this book on social informatics. I did not feel comfortable reading the chapter for teachers but have read the beginning of that chapter. I instead tried reading the beginning of the next chapter about communicating social informatics research and this was going fine but it got me really thinking about getting some web mastering work done which I have now almost done.

I also read some more of the book on simulations, in fact, covering a strict mathematical definition of a random number such that the number is between 0 and 1 and all numbers between 0 and 1 are equally likely to occur as the random number. The authors choose the symbol r bar, which cannot be displayed in html on this web page but can be done in latex math mode with the code \bar{r}.

I went back to marking work now and have got it started.

## Tuesday, July 11, 2006

### Continuing to prepare for graduate school.

I am reading a book called Writing the Doctoral Dissertation: A Systemic Approach by Gordon B. Davis and Clyde A. Parker. They argue for structuring the research to help with writing a dissertation on time. They have an argument about not taking a job until the final draft is done or even later for instance. I will probably stop being a teaching assistant for the next few terms until I get my feet at the new school and new level of study.

## Monday, July 10, 2006

### I have almost completed marking about 100 undergraduate statistics tests written by engineering students.

I am nearing the end and have been working for four days now trying to get this marking done. I have worked about 3 to 6 hours a day meaning about 12-18 hours so the last two hours is no big deal. After this grading this test I have only one more assignment to grade for this course for the summer term. This course is an introductory statistics and probability course for undergraduate engineering students at Carleton University. It is my third year being a teaching assistant in this course. It is a more challenging course to teach but I am now fairly comfortable with it.

## Sunday, July 09, 2006

### Preparatory study for grad school.

Kleijnen, Jack P. C. & van Groenendaal, Willem. Simulation: A Statistical Perspective (Toronto: John Wiley & Sons, 1992).
I just completed reading the first chapter. The authors are business management teachers.
I will continue to post my progress with reading this book.

### I worked for another 3 hours and am nearing the end of this marking

I worked for another three hours and am nearing the end of marking this test. At the moment I am too tired to continue to mark. I did manage to start a book on simulations and am just now installing a compiler, X code, for the Mac on my Macbook. But I realize I already have a G++ 4.0 compiler installed and can do the practice code from the C++ how to book using G++ I think. I will do some practice code from that book and try some simulations programming from the other book. But right now I am logging off and sleeping.

## Saturday, July 08, 2006

### Marking is coming along fine.

I am doing my marking quite regularly now and should be done marking this statistics test by Monday.

### I am just practicing some French with my partner.

She is asking me for the meaning of pomme terre which is apple of the earth. And then Fruit de la mer which is seafood. Then finally jesus le sieginer.

## Friday, July 07, 2006

### I got some marking done on time this week.

I did get some 25 assignments marked this week and back to the lecturer on time. But I am dragging my heals on marking the test.

## Thursday, July 06, 2006

### I did not succeed in installing the data mining course lectures pdf's on the Palm.

There is something wrong with the Adobe Reader for the Palm and I was not after quite a few attempts able to install the pdf's from my desktop school folders to the Palm.

### I have been starting a book on Neural Networks in C++

I borrowed a book on programming neural networks written in 1993. The book is
Masters Timothy Practical Neural Network Recipes in C++ (Toronto: Academic Press, 1993).
I read the first chapter earlier this morning.

Otherwise, I am marking a statistics test written by engineering students.

## Tuesday, July 04, 2006

### I updated my school web info page today.

I updated and made current my school hosted web page about myself in a school context. It is at this address:
http://chat.carleton.ca/~ptimusk/

## Monday, July 03, 2006

### I printed and read the web page describing the systems science department and program.

I printed the web page from the university of Ottawa that describes the systems science program. I have read this page a few times now. I am particularly interested in the reseach of the professors that extend the study into social impact of computers and other technology.

## Sunday, July 02, 2006

I am installing all the lectures from the data mining course I took taught by Dr. Shirley Mills in winter 2005. I am also installing a collection of thesis that were found searchng to the term "Victims" at Carleton's thesis collection. I will read these on the move like when I am on the bus.

### I have a copy of the school year's schedule for systems science now.

The administrator sent me a copy of the course schedule for the up coming school year at the university of Ottawa. I am thinking of taking two courses per term in this program. But I am also thinking of taking one course at Carleton in media and technology to start the diploma in sonic design. Speaking of which I bought a few computer accessories just this weekend on-line.

### I did some marking this morning

I worked on some marking this morning. I marked a question about what type of probability theory various problems needed for solution. Theories the students could choose included Classical, Subjective, and Relative Frequency. I also marked an eight sided dice problem involving conditional probabilities. This marking is due this Wednesday along with the 100 tests.

### I studied the role of Information Systems Security Officer

I read a few chapters of a book describing the role of information systems security officer.

## Friday, June 30, 2006

### I read three or four entries at wikipedia about systems science

I got a little worried about studying for the fall so spent some study time reading at wikipedia.org the background of systems science and systems theory, another word for this science. I found the International Society for the Systems Sciences organization for professionals in systems science and considered joining this coming week. This is their home page http://www.isss.org. I read about famous systems scientists and their writings at both web sites.

### I have been marking tests the past few mornings.

I completed marking about 100 tests for one question concerning a histogram and one question concerning a stem and leaf plot. I still have to mark some calculations for this set of data and also a box plot.

## Wednesday, June 28, 2006

### I am not going to be studying in an MA program in legal studies.

I got a letter from the law department saying I was not admitted to a legal studies MA at Carleton. I am now back to just being happy to be able to study in graduate school anywhere in my city. But wait there is more. I am now possibily going to join the camp that says the U of O is a better school as evidenced by their admitting little ol' me with my strengths to grad school where Carleton would not. I feel the U of O may have treated me with more fairness and assessed my record in a more balanced fashion whereas at Carleton I believe it may have only been my grades that mattered. Perhaps I should have left Carleton 24 years ago when I first started to have trouble there with my marks affecting the decisions and not my abilities and professional experience.

In another way of looking at this, I have always been a keen computer student and user and programmer. I am only now in my middle life finally entering a program of study of the computer. Perhaps this is in fact a further refinement of my looking within myself to see what I truly enjoy and respect.

## Tuesday, June 27, 2006

### I have three marking assignments right now.

I have to mark a test of about 100 students. I also have two assignments to mark this week. I need to get working on this but I have also been managing to clean our apartment, do some carpentry and look for work. So I have work to do as a teaching assistant.

## Thursday, June 22, 2006

I searched out some books on schizophrenia at the school library. I read this chapter of a book last night.
Abrahamson, David. Social Networks and their Development in the Community in France, Jenny, & Muir, Niki. Communication and the Mentally Ill Patient: Developmental and Linguistic Approaches to Schizophrenia (London: Jessica Kingsley, 1997).
The author looks at some housing options and the observations of social networks amongst discharged patients. This was a study based on some housing in England where social networking was encouraged and studied.
I am reminded of Barry Wellman's paper on using SAS to study egocentric networks. I am planning on doing some mapping or writing down of my own networks but will read Wellman's paper again, as I do this and try to set something up in SAS.

### I am posting this from the Math tutorial centre.

I am at school connecting to the Net wirelessly. I am giving my office hours. There don't seem to be any of my students here yet. They may in fact not show up today. My next office hours are on Monday at 17:00. I am just about to reboot my Macbook and launch SAS inside WinXP.

### I completed marking the two first assignments and am starting the second assignments.

I got my marking done that was due this week. One assignment was about two days late. I now have a second assignmet to mark. I am giving some office hours this afternoon at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Then besides the marking I am not working in this job until Monday when I proctor a test for one course and give more office hours. But next week there are no labs or tutorials scheduled.

## Wednesday, June 21, 2006

### I completed marking the question I was working on.

I completed marking the question I was working on. I now have two more questions to mark. I will do this marking this morning.

## Tuesday, June 20, 2006

### Marking continues

I just started marking for the evening. I am just completing marking a basic histogram problem and a stem and leaf problem. The problem asks students to construct both of these types of pictoral data description and then compare these description methods.

## Monday, June 19, 2006

### I got some marking done just now.

I got one courses' first assignment all marked now and the marks recorded. I now need to take a break and then mark the other courses papers. I am then going to a large labour protest today then I have a volunteer board of directors meeting in the late afternoon.

### I started to study for my first course in the systems science certificate

I printed the course outline for SYS5130 Systems Optimization and Management. I then used the Carleton university library web journal search and found these ebooks at the Knovel Library and read this book:
Rao, Singiresu S. Engineering Optimization - Theory and Practice (3rd Edition) (John Wiley & Sons, 1996).
I type set equation 1.1 from this book in TeXshop and then stopped studying.

## Sunday, June 18, 2006

### I did some more marking and am half way done one assignment.

I did some marking. I am going to do some more this morning. I am behind on this what with a recent job interview and getting excited about the graduate school admission.

I have also had some family time in the past few weeks and travel. I have been trying out on-line games that involve commerce. I have spent no money on these games yet. My big problem right now is cleaning my living quarters. I am also doing some carpentry at home.

But back to marking now.

## Saturday, June 17, 2006

### I have been admitted to a graduate program in systems science.

My goal of being an interdisciplinary scholar is continuing. In the foot steps of scholars such as Rob Kling I might be treading. I got a letter saying I had been admitted to a graduate school program at the university of Ottawa in systems science. I have studied various studies in systems science all my life. Terms from cybernetics like feedback, systems, components, parts, wholes and sub systems etc., ring in my mind in regards systems. Optimzations, estimation, convergence, bifurcation are other terms from systems. There are financial systems. There are illegal and legal systems. There are banking and other industrial systems and international goveranace systems and there are biological systems and the king of them all, the planetary ecosystem.

## Monday, June 12, 2006

### Marking begins for the spring/summer term.

I began marking this morning. I marked for about half an hour. I got about a quarter through the assignment for one course. I was marking some very basic questions that would have the answers in the first chapter of the textbook.

I started to read about bargaining equality in a binder provided by my national union office. I read this on the train. I am becoming a member of the teaching assistant bargaining team for the next contract. This contract might cover the next two years. At this point we have served notice to bargain.

## Sunday, June 11, 2006

### I was talking about R software with my father.

My dad needs to do graphs on the computer of experiments in optics. I was discussing the use of R software for graphics with him tonight.

## Tuesday, June 06, 2006

### Social design of computer systems.

I have been reading about the need for social design of computing systems.

## Monday, June 05, 2006

### I faithfully completed my TA duties for today.

I had office hours today. I waited for students but none came. I did take the time to study the social design of ICT systems. I also took the time to enter all the lab and tutorial hours into my Palm agenda. I met with a new contract instructor and budgeted my hours, I got the assignment of duties form submitted now. While in the tutoiral room I talked briefly with the TA on duty and told him about monies available to him through his TA work. In other words I did some shop steward work with the other TA. I also had some union email to do today but otherwise it was quiet day. I got my new laptop and installed some statistics software and tried out some of the multimedia features of the new laptop.

## Saturday, June 03, 2006

### I should start to study object oriented programming at least at a basic level for the U of Ottawa next year.

If I am admitted to the university of Ottawa certificate in systems science I will be required to do object oriented programming. I should prepare this summer by learning some more C++ and also learning some Java programming. I have some books to do this with and should start reading them this month, June.

## Wednesday, May 31, 2006

### I have been admitted to a diploma in Sonic Design.

I have been admitted and accepted the offer to study towards a diploma in Sonic Design. This program is only five credits about 1 credit per year at Carleton university from the School for Studies in Art and Culture, and there is a web page describing it here at this URL http://www.carleton.ca/artandculture/sonicdesign/index.html.

### Laptop bought for graduate school.

I ordered a new Macbook computer on-line and it is now on its way here from Suzhou, China. The intention of this laptop which is meant as a graduation present is that it will be used in graduate school. I am not sure I have a flat surface to work with the laptop. I like to use the coffee table to work on with my laptops. But our living room coffee table is always piled high with papers, books, phone, ashtrays and various remote controls. We have a very nice coffee table with six shelves underneath the table. But these are mostly jammed full with books.

The last books I bought I think were some health and safety reference books I ordered on-line. The ordering was done on a German web page and they just sent the books and invoiced me in Euros. I wasn't even sure I had read the web order page correctly because my German is very weak. I got the books in the mail a few weeks ago and just read some more of one tonight after getting home from work at school. I finally after about two days of trying, a few weeks ago was able to afford to buy a money order in Euros from my bank and mail it to the German publisher. This money really comes from my union who give me money every school term for doing this health and safety representative work at the campus. The latest magazine I bought I bought today and it is about Linux computers.

## Sunday, May 28, 2006

### "SAS" search at library.

I used a keyword search for the term SAS and then copied and pasted all the library entries I found into a word processing file. I also explored some on-line links to SAS data sets.

I am downloading 745 MB of compressed SAS and ASCII files of crime data from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data a US clearing house on mostly US crime data. I am going to use this data in SAS and may be design some statistical learning problems and practices with this data.

## Saturday, May 27, 2006

### Union convention almost over.

We are having a union convention for our TA union and today is the last day. I was only able to attend the first day, Wednesday and yesterday, the third day Friday. I am up over night now and will stay up to attend the last day today. The convention is only a half day today. I am staying up all night and then attending the convention. The convention includes all the union locals from Ontario. I am meeting and talking to many other union members as well as leaders of the union. I am listening to a diverse set of voices from other union members and leaders. I am pressing people on disAbility issues and the rights of workers who happen to have disAbilities.

I am up because I was excited with a friend and of course the union convention and then spent the last hour helping my friend transfer his Internet Explorer Favorites to a new computer I sold him. This was the computer I bought this past January for my SAS work in my experimental design course. I needed a windows computer then to use SAS. I now have SAS running in Win2K on my eMac so do not need a windows computer right now. So I sold him this windows computer. Most of the help was done over the phone with instructions and closed questions. He simply told me what he saw on the screen and I then told him what to select.

I am receiving a laptop from my father as a graduation present and am just about to order it on-line from Apple.ca. It will be a new Macbook computer. I will use this Macbook for my graduate school studies.

## Friday, May 26, 2006

### I have applied for a certificate in systems science.

I have applied for a certificate study program at the University of Ottawa in systems science. I will also apply to work as a teaching assistant in statistics at the University of Ottawa. This could mean I change schools next year.

### I have been admitted to a diploma on Sonic Design.

I have been admitted to the study of Sonic Design. This is a program where one studies music making on computers. It is only a five credit program and I would study it concurrantly with my MA next year. I should hear about the MA admission in June.

### Returning books to the library.

I returned the book on digital crime and digital terrorism. I read about a third or a half of this book. I also returned a book about statistical machine learning.

## Saturday, May 20, 2006

### I have not been studying much the past few weeks.

I have been reading the past few weeks but I am not studying a course formally this spring term. The spring term started on Wednesday. My TA work will start this coming Wednesday.

## Monday, May 08, 2006

### I did some reading into the vulnerable worker.

I read a disccussion report from the Law Commisson of Canada on vulnerable workers. I got quite angry about my poverty after reading this report.

## Sunday, May 07, 2006

### I am no longer studying environmental sciences but I did do some green party official unpaid labour in the last 24 hours.

I attended a green party meeting yesterday and today did some cyber organizing for this part of the green party which is the local part here. Don't mind my obtuse English; it effects no one; mind your own.

### The mayoral candidate.

I have been bumping into the Mayoral candidate recently. I just sent him a web based comment. He said feels tax payers should not pay for disAbility benefits. He seems to be dividing the community while he says he is out to unite people. He seems to be a politician who claims he will handle diversity. He is gay so I think he should be a politician of difference(s). I think he speaks out of both sides of his month.

## Saturday, May 06, 2006

### Criminology's Promise conference

I am attending a conference today at my school. It is called Criminology's Promise. One of the presenters is a former professor of mine in drug law. Some of the presenters are graduate course professors so this is a chance to get to know them a bit better.

## Thursday, May 04, 2006

### Where I went on-line this morning concerning health statistics

I used the book from the university library on health statistics to search on-line journals, the WHO and US government health institute for information on health statistics. The US document was here http://www.ncvhs.hhs.gov/21st%20final%20report.pdf, concerning health statistics and health statistics models. I got lead astray at the WHO web site looking for this document on disease classifications http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/ which is on-line. I went to something on noise and ended up in Germany at a national occupational health and safety web site here at http://www.baua.de/ which is available in English. So another research adventure over night.

Of course disease classifications included stuff on schizophrenia, so I printed that out from the WHO classification. But to put it in popular language it means we are being put in little shoe boxes by doctors. In academic terms, classifications like the WHO's and the DSM are contested areas and suggest viewpoints that priviledge scientific knowledge above other forms of knowledge. When, in fact, experimental science can not study the whole of life. Even just feelings and emotional reality, or friendships and real human to human relationships, and the effect these have on mental health and mental illness recovery, will be unrecorded as experimental sciences can not record these factors. So these factors will be ignored and left out of a scientific and classifications world view. Thus we need narratives i.e stories from friends, family and professionals a bigger story.

### Digging deep into an book introduction.

More and more these days I search out references in things I read. I just completed the first read of an introduction to this book:
Friedman, Daniel J. & Hunter, Edward L. & Parrish II, R. Gibson. Health Statistics: Shaping Policy and Practice to Improve the Population's Health (Oxford: Oxford University, 2005).
Tonight this inspires me about community. The model presented for identifying gaps in data shows the topic of social change as but one of about 40 topics. Social change and law is the theme of the graduate school I hope to enter this fall.
I am now going to look up the references at the end of this introductory chapter on the internet and using the internet at our school's library.

## Sunday, April 30, 2006

### My proctoring duties are done.

I have completed my proctoring duties for the winter term. I have been hired for some extra proctoring duties though which I started last night for five hours.

## Tuesday, April 25, 2006

### My final exam in my course in statistical design of experiments is done now.

I finished another term by completing my take home exam in statistical design of experiments this past weekend.

## Thursday, April 20, 2006

### My winter term TA work is done.

I marked a series of questions concerning cluster sampling as an appropriate choice for a sampling technique. This took two hours of marking. I am now done my TA duties for another term.

## Tuesday, April 18, 2006

### I have been doing mundane computer tasks today.

I have been backing up computers and testing my new used iBook today. I am also preparing a bibliography post for my meeting with a professor that may occur today. I am also surfing a little on the new used iBook. I am surfing a couple of conventions' web pages. One is the teaching assistant union's Ontario convention coming up in May and I am already registered as a delegate so this is just research that will help me participate in this event in Ottawa. This union represents more than just university workers and I attended a university worker's convention with this union a few weeks ago. The other convention is not until November and it is a convention of disAbled students and I am thinking of doing a presentation on working as a person/student with a disAbility. This convention is also in Ottawa. Speaking of conventions I was going to make a proposal to the Association of Internet Researchers to hold our 2007 convention in Ottawa and did get two Canada Research Chairs to say they would attend but the deadline for proposals approached too fast and I gave up.

### Focus on experimental design for the next week of studies.

Whether the term focus comes from photography and optics or revolution and guerilla warfare I need to apply it to studies. Too many times the confused academic advisor is devalued by me in a form of elitism where I see their lack of understanding of me as evidence of their lesser intelligence. I need to learn from this because I am now becoming the academic and employment advisor for other students. As a teaching assistant my role of advisor is optional but it can make be a better teacher if I do it right. Also I need to focus on experimental design for the next week of studies.

## Sunday, April 16, 2006

### Reading critiques of Wired magazine.

The first critique I read of Wired magazine was
Pauline Borsook's, Cyberselfish (New York: Public Affairs, 2000).
This book enlightened me to the dangers of Wired magazine and clarified some of my own thoughts as a Wired reader.
This past few months I have been reading
Stewart Millar, Melanie. Cracking the Gender Code: Who Rules The Wired World (Toronto, Ont.: Second Story, 1998).
This book builds on the sexist reality of Wired magazine. I have not read the whole book yet but am rereading parts of it with interest.

## Saturday, April 15, 2006

### Preparing to meet Sheryl Hamilton.

I am following my dad's advice to meet with professors of the law department to help my application along. To do this I have a meeting being scheduled with Sheryl Hamilton a department of law professor. I have read some of her M.A. on cyber feminism. I have also gathered all the reading for her course in communications law. I read some of this material. She feels that a productive meeting will help my application. Here I am going to list the gender books I am reading at present. I will also list the gender books I am borrowing or own but am not actively reading. I will also list books I have read in the past about gender and computing.
These are two books that look specifically at Wired Magazine
Pauline Borsook's, Cyberselfish (New York: Public Affairs, 2000).
This book enlightened me to the dangers of Wired magazine and clarified some of my own thoughts as a Wired reader.
This past few months I have been reading
Stewart Millar, Melanie. Cracking the Gender Code: Who Rules The Wired World (Toronto, Ont.: Second Story, 1998).
This book builds on the sexist reality of Wired magazine. I have not read the whole book yet but am rereading parts of it with interest.
These are the other gender and technology books I am either reading now or have read in the past year or two:
Consalvo, Mia, & Passonen, Susanna. Women & Everyday Uses of the Internet: Agency & Identity (New York: Peter Lang, 2002).
Mostly the articles I read in this book concern web sites that are designed for women or marketted to women. I read about three articles. One article, concerned women as web masters, and pointed out that women tend to be graphic designers of web sites, rather than programers and are paid less in a rather involved case of discrimination in employment.
Cooper, Joel, & Weaver, Kimberlee D. Gender and Computers: Understanding the Digital Divide (London: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003).
I am about half way through this empirical study of girl's and boy's uses of computers in schools. The big idea I learned from this is that educational software is designed or has been designed in the past to appeal to boys rather than girls. But the thesis around the digital divide, that high tech jobs are a good thing is questionable these days.
Haraway, Donna. A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s in Haraway, Donna. The Haraway Reader (New York: Routledge, 2004)
This inspired me to create my www.cybercitizen.org web site
Wajcman, Judy. Techno Feminism (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2004).
I have read this book which was basically a critical view of other feminist writers of technology including Haraway.
These are the general women's studies books I am reading at present:

## Tuesday, April 11, 2006

### Marking this morning.

I am up early this morning marking. I had meant to get this marking done today but it is taking longer. I am marking the largest Q right now and when this is done the rest will be a breeze. So this is the last major part of the work this term. Then I can focus on my own exam. I am also being employed to proctor exams again. This is fairly easy work proctoring but this time I have some days with two exams per day.

## Sunday, April 09, 2006

### Reading more Donna Haraway and doing end of term marking.

I am reading more of the Haraway reader. I am also just doing my end of term marking. My radical union is preparing to attend the Montreal Anarchist book fair later this spring.

## Saturday, April 08, 2006

### School work is becoming focused on statistics.

I also sorted books out this morning and I plan to study for my exam for two hours a day until the exam. That is for the next six days then two days break then five days then get my exam. I will spend three days writing my exam. I borrowed books on the so called advanced topics in the experimental design course. These are fractional factorials and response surfaces. I also borrowed a book on simulations. I am applying to attend a systems science graduate school next year. At the moment I do not know how I will afford all my professional dues that are late at this point. But I am realising that the professional statistican qualification might be put off for awhile. I can instead pay the late dues and pay for the application to systems science. In systems science I could study simulations. I would really like to do this. But perhaps I will not be admitted. Oh well it costs 75 dollars to try. I am almost at this point in the morning finished my alotted time for studying experimental design. I have another hour and a half but I am going to do some job searching and looking at my systems science application in this time. I am keen to look for work even full time work now because I could end my education here at this point. I am also basically working full time hours now so I am sure I can put up with the stress levels of full time job at this point. But I am keen at this moment because the job statistics that came out yesterday tell a story of full time job hiring. I am going to try to capitalise on this moment in the economy.