14 June

As we adjust our mode of living to COVID-world, a strange sense of unreality pervades life. At times, it should be possible to completely forget about the new reality, but that is actually quite hard to achieve in practice. That said, we are relatively lucky in our ability to cope.

Notably, like everybody else, we are using the Internet even more than previously. Here's an actual tip for your having read this far. Like many of you, I am annoyed by those popups incited by the GDPR that make it necessary for me to acknowledge the presence of cookies on every web site. Notably, these popups do not increase anybody's level of privacy, but merely provide an annoyances to all web uses (they very rarely if ever actually allow cookies usage by the site to actually change).
Well, you can get rid of these advisories with a simple browser extension. In fact, several extensions can do it including AdBlock. I prefer "uBlock Origin". If you go to the setting for the extension, then the "Filter Lists", then check filters for "annoyances" you can turn on either "easylist-cookies" or install the optional "I Don't Care about Cookies" filters and bingo!

I feel I should have more to say, but I'll just stop here so that the odd friend wondering if we are still around can find some trace of our continuance.

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26 February

Stephanie Dudek passed away in Feb 22, 2020

Stephanie Dudek passed away on Feb 22, 2020 at the age of 98. As emeritus professor at Université de Montreal, a specialist in the psychology of creativity, a practicing clinical psychologist, former psychologist at the Allan Memorial Institute, and a seasoned world traveller, Stephanie Dudek had a passion for art, animals, and humankind.

She was an exceptional woman who almost single handedly raised a son Gregory who, with his wife Krys, produced two grandchildren Natasha and Nicholas, whom she adored.

She was one of the happiest people around, and had an exuberance for life that was unparalleled. With her enthusiasm for dancing, she came close to killing many a dance partner from exhaustion over the years, even in her 80s. In her university life, she published numerous papers on the nature of creativity, its relationship to personality, the genesis of creativity in children, and the signature of creativity in projective tests such as the Rorschach.

She obtained her MA at McGill University and her Doctorate at Columbia University in New York. Some of her professional recognitions included the American Psychological Association Farnsworth Award for outstanding service, and the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession wherein she was cited as "a brilliant clinician, inspiring teacher and creative researcher, unifying these three roles in a remarkable and outstanding career."

She was married to Louis Dudek and helped launch him on his literary and professional career and remained close to him his entire life, even after they divorced. She eventually found Fred Martin, longtime administrator and Professor Emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, a warm, creative and loving man who brought exceptional richness to the second half of her life. With him she explored China and California and developed her own poetic vision using her maiden name Stephanie Zuperko. California flea markets will also miss their most avid customer.

The Family received condolences at Cote-des-Neiges Funeral Center (Centre-Funeraire) at 4525 Cote-des-Neiges Road, Montreal, QC, H3V 1E6 on Sunday, March 1, from 11:00am to 2:30pm. The funeral service was held the same day at 2:30 at the same location, with a reception that followed.

If you wish to make a donation in her name, the World Wildlife Fund is a suitable charity: https://wwf.donorportal.ca/tributeim/Donation/InMemory.aspx?G=14&T=INMEM.

Stephanie Dudek
Stephanie Dudek
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18 December

Today is my mother Stephanie's birthday. She turned 98.

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04 December

Virtual reality is the hot cool technology for recreational
computing, gaming and media consumption. A cool gift for serious VR gaming is the

Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset - Windows

or if you want a self-contained unit that does not need a PC, there is the

Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 128GB - Windows - Oculus Quest - 128GB Edition.

The Quest combined the portability of a smart phone with many state-of-the-art features in VR headset design.

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14 November


IROS conference in Macaru has strong technical side, and a bizarre setting

The 2019 IROS conference was in Macau this November (the International Conference on Robots and Systems). As robotics continues to grow in relevance and impact, so too does the size of the conferences and the quality of the work being presented.

A highlight of the meeting for me personally was a workshop on data sampling, titled “Informed Scientific Sampling in Large-scale Outdoor Environments”. It was organized by Johanna Hansen, Sandeep Manjanna, Oscar Pizarro, Victor Zykov, and myself. The workshop featured a range of interesting and provocative talks. Stefan Williams gave a great overview of his portfolio of work in marine data collection and robotics. I
The talk by Ágata Alveirinho Dias Called “Diving into the unknown: robotics as tools to study the deep-sea” was refreshing, since it addressed challenges from the geology community.

Macao itself is a truly strange place. The tourist-oriented parts are like Las Vegas on steroids. There is a multi-colour Eiffel Tower, an indoor recreation of Venice including gondola rides, and more casino gambling that I could bear.

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07 July

First time going to Moscow

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