Making exams easier on my knees

If you’re an engineering student, you’ll probably have to write more more than a few exams at the Mattamy Centre, and you’ll know what it’s like having to find your seat in the long rows of tables and chairs set…

Colourless peripheral vision? Yup.

Did you know you have no peripheral colour vision? Look straight ahead. Without moving your eyes, take note of objects in your peripheral vision. You will see them in colour, right? But that’s an illusion. You’re thinking: WTF? Well, yeah,…

You should watch this movie

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana You may think things are pretty messed up these days, but in many ways they’re actually better. We have gotten kinder and less violent, for instance.…

The art of taking notes

To my students: Taking notes by hand (i.e., with pen & paper) has been shown to correlate strongly with better learning. Just to show you what notes can look like, here’s some of my notes from high school. And just…

Why the “Oxford Comma” matters

When you write a sentence that includes a list of items, the last one typically starts with “and.”  A question that has been vexing people for centuries now is whether that last clause should start with a comma – i.e.,…