Three Days on the Routeburn Track

Day Zero

New Zealand Falls

We arrived in Queenstown just in time to appreciate the change in temperature. We left the 90 degree weather in Melbourne and arrived to 70 degree weather in Queenstown. It was a very welcome change in both temperature and scenery. It takes about 30 seconds to realize why ...

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The Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Arrival and Trolly Tour

We arrived in Melbourne and took a little dinner tour of the city on a dinner trolly. We thought it would be mediocre food, but a good way to see the city. It turned out that the food was better than expected, and in the end ...

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Great Barrier Reef (batman)

Nemo

WOW! we haveve just finished a day on a live aboard dive boat where we did 4 dives and 2 snorkels on the great barrier reef. I saw Nemo, Dory and all the rest, except for Crush! Plus we saw sea slugs, octopus, sharks (not Bruce!!) lobster, and many many ...

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Hiking the Valley of the Winds

Uluru

Today we flew three hours and 1.5 timezones out of our way to see a big red rock! I'm not sure where to start unpacking this, the 1.5 timezones or the big red rock. But if you do a bit of research on Australia and the aboriginal ...

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Happy New year!

Happy New Year!

Celebrating the new year in Australia is definitely something special. Everywhere we went the air in the city smelled like barbecue, and people were queueing to get into the free parks all afternoon. There is definitely a lot of pride by the people of Sydney in their ...

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Eucalyptus in the Air

Lincoln's Eoxk

One great way to get over jet lag is to just get up in the morning and get going again. Although we only made it until 8:30 last night we did manage to sleep until about 4 AM. Our Blue Mountain tour started at 6:30 AM so we ...

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Hello Nemo!

View of Bridge and Opera House

I'm sitting by the window of our flat in Pott's Point with the view you see in the picture above. (Except its morning now). We are starting to get past the jet lag that comes from being 15 hours ahead of home base with the help of a ...

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All the Christmas Presents are Early

Date Tags travel

We leave the house tomorrow morning and we won't be back until January 26th. (Note to would be robbers: The house has security and is well watched by neighbors and webcams) Jane and I have been waiting for a JTerm when I'm not teaching so we can do ...

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Preparing a Data Science Curriculum

In just under a week, we will officially launch a new major, in Data Science, at Luther College. I've spent a pretty good part of my summer preparing the first two classes of that major, and as I look back on it its been an interesting experience.

Data Science ...

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Runestone Summer Review Part I

With just about 10 days until classes start, my focus must switch to prep, teaching, and the inevitable committee and faculty meetings. But I wanted to take some time to document a few highlights of the summer. One of the biggest highlights is a redesigned instructor interface for Runestone, that ...

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