Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
September 28, 2014. Today was draining, in more ways than one. Program management and essay editing took up the morning, then a long uphill slog against a brutal wind took up the afternoon. On top of that, the Blue Jays lost their final game of the season, without even scoring a run, to fall into third behind the hated Yankees. But these New Holland machines were at the top of the hill, as though to remind me thatm king harvest will surely come.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
September 27, 2014. I had a scare this week as I left my laptop on the plane Thursday night. So today began with a quick trip to Air Canada baggage services to get it back (phew!). In the afternoon it was back on the bicycle for a 53 km run out to Salisbury, which is where this picture was taken (people around here will recognize the fence).
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Friday, September 26, 2014
September 26, 2014. The tree across the road is always the first to turn colour in the fall and this year is no exception. As you can see, it's well into the process of turning bright red. And yes, this means I'm back home again, taking an easy day to recover from the last few weeks.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
September 22, 2014. I love elections! No matter who wins, I just feel extra happy on election day. This place - the polling place (that's it's actual name, 'Polling Place') is the core of our democracy. It's very low-tech. You are given a voting card ahead of time (or you can register on the spot by providing some proof of residence) to the people on the left, who give you a voting card. You take the voting card to the next table (stright ahead) and they take your card and give you a ballot (notice how the two-stage process makes the ballot anonymous?). You then take your ballot to a booth (you can see one of them at right) to make your ballot in private (we used to be given a pencil, but now we use a black marker - technology marches on). The ballot is then taken to the deposit box (also not seen) where it's scanned (for quick counting) and saved (in case a recount is needed). It's a reminded that the ballot is a physical token, and this token is necessary to provide tangible evidence of the actual count. Do away with the token, and you do away with democracy. P.S. this location is also where I have spin class when I'm hone, three times a week - all the bikes are stored behind the door under the basket - and obviously spin class was cancelled for today.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
September 20, 2014. At the top of the Kingdopm Tower, 99th floor, the view looking south over Riyadh. In the distance you can see the Globe restaurant where we had dinner a few days earlier (and from which I took a photo of this very tower).
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Friday, September 19, 2014
September 19, 2014. Yes, it's the same building again, but I couldn't resist after capturing this interesting effect on a nice Friday afternoon walk - the Kingdom Center Tower can be seen lighting up the Arabian desert dust in a fan reflecting the sunlight. It being Friday, of course, everything was closed, at least until four, but I was able to enjoy the 40 degree weather just the same.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
September 18, 2014. If you look at the picture I took the other day - this one of the city skyline - and you see the round ball at the top of a skyscraper, you can see the restaurant where I shot this photo (and had a gourmet meal). Today was a good day, with a presentation, a panel, a tour of a major museum, and topped off by this dinner.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
September 15, 2014. Spent the entire day in an airplane flying from Bogota to Frankfurt to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After a longish stay in customs, I enjoyed a high-speed drive along miles of empty highway to my hotel, seeing only the occasional billboard like the one above.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
I took this photo just before my presentation in Pereira today, and used it as my closing slide, to underline the idea that people associate and create and share on their own, in a self-organized sort of way, just as was happening right outside the conference facility as I talked.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
September 4, 2014. This is a typical lunch I eat when I'm in my office. It's composed of one pepper, one carrot, four small tomatos, a small tin of flavoured tuna, an unsalted spice mix, and some curry powder, mised with 4 tuna tins of water (also used to rinse the tuna tin for recycling), and microwaved for 12 minutes. Healthy, and the process of making my lunch from scratch each day using these ingredients feels right, in a Zen sort of way.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
September 3, 2014. So shiny it hurts. This is a Krups coffee maker on display in Sears, the twin of the new coffee maker we just bought to replace the old one (the electronics didn't survive the camping trip)(yes we take a coffee maker camping). Obviously design is everything for this maker, but I think the basic approach will also brew great coffee. We'll see. Meanwhile it makes me wonder what the designers thing, and how they envision their product looking in stores. So this photo is for them - a presentation of their work in a small store in a small city far away from their direct influence. Still a work of art.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
September 1, 2014. Back at home and running errands - this view is of my garage as seen through the front windshield of my car (yes those are rain drops on the screen). I don't really like the garage; it wasn't well-constructed, and the roof is falling apart, and it gets bropken into so I can't really use it for storage.
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