[iDC] introduction, salute Peter Timusk
ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Sun Jul 1 00:35:17 EDT 2007
Allow me to introduce myself an Internet scholar,
my web sites below in my sig file
I am a middle aged scholar now in my first master's program in
systems sciences(University of Ottawa) where other students think I
really know social sciences. I am a university brat having been
raised on the campus of McMaster university and eventually working as
an RA there in the late 1970's programming the main frame when I used
group mail briefly in in 1980 or so. I was a hacker in those days
creating computer pranks while my fellow programmers went on to form
wealthy software companies.
I am in Ottawa and study at both Carleton and the University of Ottawa.
I got whipped out by personal computers and schizophrenia in the
1980's. I recovered in the 1990's with peer to peer therapy,
eventually finally completing a B.Math degree in statistics in 2002
at Carleton and then a BA in legal studies in 2006 (Carleton), which
is not a law degree but the study of law generally in its social
context. I developed an interest in the sociology of science and
technology in the later 1990's and at about the same became an
activist in unions and am a wobbly. I like using Debian and R ands
also macs and SAS. I have three years of TA experience in statistics
where I was considered a great TA by students and professors. I have
been making web pages since 1995 and do some work for community
groups as web publisher. I also write and perform music.
I am also deeply involved in self help for mental health. I volunteer
in my community with disAbility rights, law enforcement and
supporting victims, the green party, protests and anarchists, arts,
and punk rock.
I also help consumer survivors get computers and get hooked up to the
I am reading some cyber culture and statistics books this summer. I
also focus my studies on computer security basically having answered
for myself why hacking is sometimes a crime. I also am hoping to
develop the studies around statistical literacy and critical statistics.
I am a member of AOIR and thats how I got invited here.
I work at Statistics Canada, one of the world's best national
statistical agencies of which I am quite proud. The Chief
statistician also studied at Carleton and Carleton is a great school
I have never owned a car and have rarely made more than 10,000
dollars per year. Now that I am working at statistics Canada I am
making the first full time employment money in my life.
Peter Timusk B.Math(2002) BA (2006)
Community Informatics Practitioner
Email: ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Yahoo ID: crystal_computing
Skype ID: peter.timusk
Nothing I write is intended to be representative of my employer, or
our clients. Nor do I alone speak for my unions.
Feel free to learn more about me at www.crystalcomputing.net
Computer ethics studies at www.webpagex.org
blogs http://logbook.crystalcomputing.net <- computers
http://notebook.webpagex.org <- school work
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