Browsing Archive: June, 2009

Upgrading Skills

Posted by Chris Bird on Thursday, June 25, 2009, In : Career 
I have only been out of graduate school for six days, and I am already back in training. I decided to take an online course in the Moodle online education system, so that I can teach using those methods in the future.

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I'm The Greatest!

Posted by Chris Bird on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, In : News 
Perhaps that is a bit of an overstatement, but I am feeling important.

I googled my name, and lo-and-behold I find that I have the top place in the search results! That may not be an accomplishment for some people, but consider that there are several thousands or even tens of thousands of people who share the name 'Chris Bird'.  And that list includes a reporter, a noted biologist, an ornithologist, and even four other physicists!

I am so proud of myself right now :)

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Another Injustice...

Posted by Chris Bird on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, In : News 
I knew this week was going too well...

I found out this morning that my best friend is being forced to move because the landlord is throwing a tantrum. About ten years ago the property in question was damaged by a neighbouring renter, and the landlord ignored it. Now the municipality has ordered it repaired at a cost of $1100, and the landlord has responded by telling the tenants to either pay that amount in addition to rent, or to move out. (Personally I think they should talk to a lawyer, be...
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Ceremony Photos

Posted by Chris Bird on Friday, June 19, 2009, In : News 
I have posted some photos of the ceremony on my webpage now, as well as some graduation photos of myself.

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the individuals in the department of Physics & Astronomy at UVic who has helped me through my years as a graduate student. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

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Posted by Chris Bird on Friday, June 19, 2009, In : News 
After many years of hard work, and numerous hurdles overcome, today I graduated from the University of Victoria with a PhD in theoretical physics. It has been a long journey, but I have finally finished with that phase of my life, and now I can (hopefully) find another equally interesting adventure to begin.

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Top Ranked Site

Posted by Chris Bird on Friday, June 19, 2009, In : Dictionary 
I forgot to mention that earlier this week, I discovered that the grandiloquent dictionary which I wrote ten years ago is now ranked by google as the top website for rare and obscure words. It is also the top site for searches of many other phrases, mostly related to the definitions of words.

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My Dictionary Becomes a Calendar

Posted by Chris Bird on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, In : Dictionary 
That's right - my grandiloquent dictionary that I published eleven years ago online is being used by a publisher in Israel to produce a calendar that will be distributed for free to English language classes. It has come along way since I first started it decades ago as a little file on my computer...

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Attending the Job Fair

Posted by Chris Bird on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : News 
Now that I am ready to graduate, I have decided to go to a job fair this week to see what is available. I am sure that someone out there would like to hire a PhD level physicist :)
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About Me

Dr. Christopher S. Bird I am a physicist recently graduated from the University of Victoria, with a doctorate in theoretical physics. I also have training in mathematics, engineering and computer programming.

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