Here are my links:
Check out my Brother and Sister-in-law's website/blog, check out their
photos, I show up occassionally:
The Olley Family News
The Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, where I pursued my graduate studies at University of Toronto:
My doctoral research was on the application of computers to physics in the work of Columbia astronomer Wallace J. Eckert. A good introduction to his career and many other aspects of computer history can be found on Columbia's website:
I have taken up choral singing around 2005. Hopefully
this has improved by singing, since I have a propensity to burst into song (and an enjoyment of Karaoke):
Hart House Singers
Back at Brock University in St. Catharines Ontario I studied both Physics
and Great Books (renamed Liberal Arts and now defunct), so here are links to the Great Books website and the Physics department (I used to link to the defunct physics club but that site is now defunct):
Brock Physics Club
My Old High School:
T. A. Blakelock
The webpage of a group of fans of the Ultima series of computer game, and
a group of which I am proud to be a member:
Ultima Dragons Internet Chapter
Check out the website of a group dedicated to the extinction of mankind.
Not quite the maniacs of the comic books though. Interesting and
challenging in my opinion though hardly convincing.
Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
Find out what it is really like to be a PhD student (we have it really
rough ;) with this comic strip look at Grad life:
Inspired by the popular culture of Japan, set in Japan and written by an
American check out Megatokyo a quirky, funny continueing comic story:
Fourth Wall breaking madness, and comic fun about computer gaming and
other subjects at PVP. A daily comic strip.
Player versus Player
It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. Which may explain why
Real Life is so funny. Another daily comic strip.
Over the years I have made friends with various people who self publish comics and some of the best people I met are Andrew and Rosanne at Akui: ill-intent, Lucian Fallen is there flagship production, now a webcomic:
Another good friend of mine, Mark Andrew Lawrence, hosts a radio show where he plays the hits of broadway past and present. Saturday at 8AM and Sunday at 9AM on Proud FM 103.9 Toronto (listen on-line):
Front Row Centre
The Website of my favorite role-playing game company, sadly I no longer
have time to play:
While not my favorite company they always have interesting links on their
daily updates. The guys who brought you OGRE, GURPS and Toon.
Steve Jackson Games
I have always been a bit of casual comic book reader and the Internet is
great way to learn more about comics on the cheap. Here is an example.
They bill themselves as the only comics sight you have to visit. In the
past I enjoyed many of their articles, special features and message
Comic Book Resources
Some call him the smartest man in comics. I certainly found his work
Understanding Comics interesting. Scott McCloud also created Zot! and is
a booster of Online comics.
Scott McCloud's Webpage
Trying to apply real world law to comic books might sound silly and
boring, but one man has made it funny and informative. Check out the Law
is a Ass at World Famous comics.
The Law is a Ass
Nitpicker's Central an extension of my favorite series of books (sadly defunct):
Nitpicker's Central (a remnant)
The webpage of everyone's favorite cubicle worker the Dilbert Zone. I
used to read this a lot more regularly now I barely read it at all but
I still find it funny:
Recently I've gotten interested in Doonesbury the university life turned every facet of life strip and have been slowly working my way through 40+ years of strips:
Recently I've been getting into the world of independent video reviewers one of my favourites is Linkara of Atop the Fourth Wall who reviews comic books.
Atop the Fourth Wall
I learned about Linkara from his involvement with a collection of such internet reviewers Channel Awesome. These reviewers bring their own perspective, often comical, to popular culture.
Here is the webpage of a society I gave a talk for back in 2006, the Scientific
Instrument Commission of the International Union of the History and Philsophy of
I belong to several academic societies:
The Society for the History of Technology a natural fit because of all my work
involving the history of computers and other machine computation:
The History of Science Society another natural place in this case focusing on my
interest in the developments of science and mathematics:
The Philosophy of Science Association a society whose interests are perhaps tangential
to my own, but I am more philosophical than a great many historians:
The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, a somewhat smaller
organization but all the more friendly and lively:
The Archealogical Institute of America, my membership of this group is a bit of a
historical accident. It happened that while I was at Brock I made lots of friends
in the Classics department and studied
ancient greek with my spare classes. One of the regular events for the department was
the AIA lecture series. I still occassionally go back to see the talks there and I
still register myself as a member of the society there to help there numbers.
Ironically the Toronto section often has lectures in the rooms below my office at
UofT, but I rarely go:
Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated April 29, 2017.