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[5 Oct 2011 ]
Inkjet vs Laser Printer Costs for University Students

Now that I am a student again I have a compulsive need to print things. A professor sends out class notes in pdf? I need to print it. Solutions to assignments? I need to print it. An email sent out saying this week’s class is cancelled? I need to print it. My lack of a printer led me to do some analysis to see if it was worth the money to buy an inkjet or laser printer.

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[1 Jul 2011 ]
Should I Buy or Rent? A mathematical guide to help you keep up with the Joneses

Divergence has been the theme of my life since graduating from university in 2009. In a matter of two years, I’ve had classmates secure engineering jobs in AB, ON, and NL. Others took up graduates studies. Some became engaged/married. And finally, some friends have became homeowners. The spate of adult-like behaviour got me thinking of a timeless question: should I buy or rent?

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[19 May 2011 ]
Why do we develop insecurities?

Have you ever seen a picture of the back of your head? Or seen yourself in a video? Chances are the voice you hear in a recording does not match the voice you think you have. The same goes for our appearances. The problem is we cannot answer questions about physical appearances, even though we think we can.

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[17 Apr 2011 ]
Canada Votes 2011 – Learning how to find your political soulmate

I will admit that I love elections. In the last 5 years, we’ve been privileged enough to have 3 general elections. Do you realize how lucky we are to have this opportunity? Most Canadians have only been lucky enough to an election every 5 years. What do I love about elections? The maps, the debates, the rescheduling of debates to allow Canadians to watch the debate and playoff hockey games, the zingers, the campaign promises which are like an early Christmas present.
What do I dislike? When people have an …

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[23 Mar 2011 ]
The Olympic Stanley Cup: Montreal 1977, Calgary 1989, Vancouver 2011?

A coworker shared an interesting bit of NHL trivia with me last month. Every time a Canadian city has hosted the Olympics, it has won the Stanley Cup the following year. Personally I think this trend would be similar to flipping a coin twice on the moon, landing heads both times, and then claiming that a coin always lands on heads on the moon. Of course the math isn’t that simple for winning a Stanley Cup since the probabilily of a Canadian team winning is far less than …