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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.


Jan
19
comment Bus along Alaska Highway between Whitehorse and Alaska
For that money one might possibly get there by taxi...
Jan
17
comment Bus along Alaska Highway between Whitehorse and Alaska
@pnuts I went on a road trip once with students from The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Brazil, and India, in the spectacular Lofoten area of Norway. We all agreed it was nice to stop and take photos of reindeer, but the Indian student also wanted to stop whenever we passed along a meadow with some some domestic sheep in in. The rest of us thought that wasn't terribly special...
Jan
16
revised Bus along Alaska Highway between Whitehorse and Alaska
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Jan
16
asked Bus along Alaska Highway between Whitehorse and Alaska
Jan
16
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
14
comment Can the day pass on the Toronto subway be swiped?
You cannot swipe a day pass, however, I've seen plenty of people with day passes jump the queue of people who are queueing up to pay, and this seems to be generally accepted. Therefore, it will not delay you much.
Jan
14
comment Can the day pass on the Toronto subway be swiped?
I live in Toronto, and I can confirm this is how day passes work.
Jan
13
comment How to sleep in twins beds that are pushed together?
@O.R.Mapper Or even every day, as housekeeping staff may get confused, annoyed, remove the straps for cleaning purposes, and put it somewhere where you don't find it again.
Jan
7
accepted When, if ever, is the visitor center on Santa Cruz Island (Channel Islands National Park) open? Is there a ranger present?
Jan
7
comment When, if ever, is the visitor center on Santa Cruz Island (Channel Islands National Park) open? Is there a ranger present?
After having returned from Santa Cruz Island, I can confirm that: (1) rangers live on the island but not at the visitor centre (2) the visitor centre exists, is "open" during imprecisely defined hours, but the rangers do not actually lock the door, so it's possible to visit at any time — but electricity will be shut off so there will be no light, sound, video, etc.
Dec
3
asked When, if ever, is the visitor center on Santa Cruz Island (Channel Islands National Park) open? Is there a ranger present?
Dec
2
comment Arranging temporary childcare during a conference in an unfamiliar city
Why was this migrated? It seems rather academia-specific to me, for the reasons @NateEldredge mentioned.
Nov
25
comment In the US, what is the difference between a national park and a national monument?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about categories of protected areas in the USA, which is not specific to travel. It fits much better on The Great Outdoors.
Nov
25
comment In the US, what is the difference between a national park and a national monument?
This question should be migrated to The Great Outdoors.
Nov
20
comment Map of ViaRail train stations in Canada
Train stops along some lines are too densely spaced to be visible on a map showing all railway lines in Canada.
Nov
13
accepted Per-route on-time performance for VIA rail
Nov
13
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
11
comment If I've visited Crimea, what country do I list on my customs declaration form?
Perhaps write 1. Russia 2. Russia (Crimea)?
Nov
6
comment How can we find out where there will be snow in Europe in December?
The probability of rain is still larger than the probability of snowfall, throughout the Annecy winter. But it's a very pretty visualisation (as most visualisations on weatherspark are).
Nov
6
revised How can we find out where there will be snow in Europe in December?
Correct my correction; my example was for January so it *is* 31/31 in Winnipeg