## Low-powered computer attempt #1 — One year later

One year ago last week, I put the finishing touches on a new computer.  I started my game plan for a low-powered device  in January 2009, but I was teaching a course at the time so it wasn’t until reading week that I found three (almost) uninterrupted days to bring my plan to fruition.  While …

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## Cur bloggo?

People keep blogs for many reasons.  So why do I blog?  I haven’t really figured that out, entirely, yet.  All I know is that this blog is here to help with my research… somehow.  It’s sometimes helpful just to write thoughts down.  Feedback is useful for more mature thoughts.  My recent blog posts are all related, …

## The Big Toolkit

I used to think versatility and choice were always good things. In fact, I wrote something to that effect just over a week ago. Knowing what is out there means not having to reinvent the …

## Tragedy of the Commons: Part IV — In the World

Game theory is useful as a model for examining decision making processes where abstractions reduce the number of variables that need to be considered. Examples in real life of situations modeled by a tragedy of the commons dilemma are readily …

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## Tragedy of the Commons: Part III — The Debeakered Take

In Part III of the Tragedy of the Commons 4-part series, I give my analysis of the game played in class. You should at least read Tragedy of the Commons: Part I — The Setup for a description of the game before reading this …

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## Tragedy of the Commons: Part II — The Professorial Take

Students were put into groups and pitted against each other in a friendly competition. We faced off in what seemed to be a tragedy of the commons scenario and our gameplay was analysed. Here, I recap the professor’s argument for the strategy of the perfectly rational …

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## Tragedy of the Commons: Part I — The Setup

Students were put into groups and pitted against each other in a friendly competition. We faced off in what seemed to be a tragedy of the commons scenario and our gameplay was analysed. However, I argue that what we were playing was not actually a tragedy of the commons scenario and that the analysis given was …

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## More on Paper vs. Screen: The Creative Process

While sitting in a meeting, it struck me that, though my laptop sips 8W while in use and it is usually better for me to read documents on the screen since I rarely spend more than a few minutes reading/re-reading consuming a page, on an almost daily basis, I spend more than an hour staring at a page making little …

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## Renaissance Man Renaissance

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto is considering changes to its requirements regarding the number of courses students must complete in various sub-disciplines of computer science in order to obtain an M.Sc. or Ph.D. I present here an argument partially in favour of breadth entirely as an academic …