Saturday, November 28, 2015

Canadian Tire

ovember 28, 215. Spent the morning moving bixes in the living room to open out a bit more space, and the afternoon running errants, including a visit to Canadian Tire here in Casselman to schedule an emissions test and safety on the one day I have available to do these things. It's interetsing to note that they don't do emissions tests in New Brunswick. I wonder *cough* why. From Flickr

Friday, November 27, 2015


November 27, 2015. Looking outside the door of the Cooperators insurance company in Casselman at the tracks. One more task completed (and a coupe of new ones generated - getting stuff done is like playing whack-a-mole). This is right where the tracks cross Rue Principale. Cold, windy, rainy day, probably the last day before the snow. From Flickr

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Paris, France

November 17, 2015. Arrived in Paris. The city was still under siege from the attacks of the 13th. Monuments, including the Arc de Triomphe, pictured. I deliberately stayed away from the targeted areas and toured the area around the Louvre and the Chapms-Élysées. From Flickr


November 26, 2015. This is what's left of the sundial erected in honour of Arthur E. Covington outside building M-55 at the NRC. As you can see, the sundial itself is completely missing, apparently ripped out of its moorings. I know I've seen this before, so it only happened in the last year or two. Covington was honoured for his pioneering reserach and lifetime dedication to the study of radio emissions from the Sun. His memorial deserved a better fate. From Flickr

Vernon, Ontario

November 25, 2015. This is the scene outside my car window from the parking lot where I took part in a conference call. This was in between getting my health card applied for and my driver's license applied for. Still to do: getting the car registration changed over (a four step process). Sigh. From Flickr

Night Light

November 24, 2015. Long day. Exhausted. No time to recover after a lot of travel. This is the night light beside my bed - the last thing I thought of today was that I needed to take my photo of the day. Worry about uploading them later; just get the shot in. From Flickr

Oak Leaves

November 23, 2015. Back at the NRC campus in Ottawa, wandering between my office in M-50 and the cafeteria in M-55. These oak leaves caught my eye, as they always do. From Flickr

de Gaulle

November 22, 2015. It was cold and rainy and windy in Paris, so I wandered through the Aeroville mall for a bit. Then in the morning, it's back to the airport, this time to fly Air Canada to Ottawa. From Flickr

Last Day in Carthage

November 21, 2015. I was up bright and early - but not so early as I expected, since the Air France flight scheduled for 6:55 was rescheduled to 12:30. This is a quick photo outside my hotel window before departing. From Flickr


November 20, 2015. Papa Youga Dieng and I were invited to visit the new ALECSO building in Tunis. No, this isn't it - this is a building we drove by. The new ALECSO building is still being finished. From Flickr

Sisi Bou Said

November 19, 2015. As part of our cultural activites we of the OIF conference toured Sidi Bou Said, the north tip and hill of Carthage. I really appreciated this tour as it was a part of Carthage I hadn't seen at all on my previous visit, and indeed, didn't know existed. From Flickr


November 18, 2015. Arrived in Carthage, uo first thing in the morning, and in for a full day of meetings today. Didn't really see the outside world at all. From Flickr


November 16, 2015. I gave a keynote to a SSHRC conference on imagining the future at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and took some time out to sneak a listen to the orchestra practicing in mid-afternoon. Evening: flight to France. From Flickr


November 15, 2015. I've settled into my new pattern of commuting from Casselman to Ottawa. It starts in the morning with a coffee at Tim Hortons. This week they had a country display at the drive through - celebrating steak or something, I think. So long as there isn't any straw in my coffee, I'm happy. From Flickr

Oscar Romero

November 14, 2015. This is a mural inside Oscar Romero airport in San Salvador, El Saalvador. I remember when Romero was assassinated by the junta in 1980. It was the moment, I think, that people recognized the illegitimacy of the government and the need for peace. Romero went to givce mass knowing he would be assassinated, but did so in any case. His courage is justly recognized these many years later. From Flickr

Trade Show

November 13, 2015. After giving my talk in Guayaquil, I wandered downstairs to another part of the complex and crashed a trade show, enjoying samples of delicious coffee and chocolate from, among others, the good people at Maquita. From Flickr

Friday, November 13, 2015


November 12, 2015. I tool a walk along the waterfront in central Guayaquil today. Guayaquil strikes me as clean and progressive. It has a unique feel, with the buildings overhanging the sidewalks to provide shade. This is the waterfront, looking toward Barrio Las Peñas. From Flickr

The Penguin

November 11, 2015. A full day on the Galapagos islands. I took a boat over from Santa Cruz to Isla Isabela and from there a smaller boat to Isla Tintorinos to see, among other things, this penguin. First world problem: I was an hour early for my boat to Isla Isabela because my phone did not change time zones automatically. No matter. Beautiful sunrise. From Flickr

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Galapagos Islands

November 10, 2015. The Galapagos Islands are not what we would call beautiful in a conventional sense. They are dry piles of lava with cacti and scrub brush, the shores lines with mangrove swamps. But they are endlessly fascinating, which is why it was worth a mad dash from Guayaquil to catch just a glimpse of Darwin's finches, blue-footed boobies, and giant tortises. From Flickr

San Salvador

November 9, 2015. The photo doesn't do ot justice. This is the scene outside the window over the Caribbean Sea just before landing in El Salvador. It's my first visit to El Salvador, even if it's only an airport. From Flickr

Sunday, November 8, 2015


November 8, 2015. Peaceful day, not too busy, a quick trip to Costco, otherwise filling in references on a paper. These are the tracks that run by the house, as seen at dusk, just after returning from the city. From Flickr

Saturday, November 7, 2015


November 7, 2015. It was a full house at Lansdowne Park for the last game of the regular season, one in which the home team won to claim first place in the eastern division. Not my first game here at Lansdowne park by any means - I spent four years working in this stadium in the 1970s - but my first game seeing the RedBlacks. It was a ton of fun, an entertaining game, and yes, being able to do this is one of the reasons we moved out here. From Flickr

Exit Through the Parking Lot

November 6, 2015. The light is fading as I leave the office after a long day attending meetings and solving problems. I have to be careful not to stay too late in the office, because I have a half hour drive each way. It was not unusual for me to leave the office at 6 in Moncton, because I'd be home at 6:02. can't do that here. From Flickr

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lexi in the New House

November 5, 2015. Lexi. Because you can never have enough cat photos. From Flickr

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


November 4, 2015. We lost Bart today. From Flickr

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Calgary Skyline

November 3, 2015. Got a coupl,e documents done this morning, and then got on a plane and flew home to Ottawa (it was *so* nice to arrive before 7 instead of after midnight). This is the Calgary skyline as seen from the airport, the city shrouded in an icy fog. Classic Calgary, From Flickr

The Bow

November 2, 2015. Office work and meetings, including this one up in The Bow, one of Calgary's landmark downton buuldings. Here we are on the 64th floor looking down on Calgary Tower and part of downtown. From Flickr

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Bow

November 2, 2015. Office work and meetings, including this one up in The Bow, one of Calgary's landmark downton buuldings. Here we are on the 64th floor looking down on Calgary Tower and part of downtown. From Flickr

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Lake Louise Classic

November 1, 2015. I had to leave Lake Louise this morning but the mountains put on a spectacular show for my departure, the newly fallen snow gleaning in rays of sunlight as bands of clouds wove their way through the mountains. Evening: Calgary, rest day indoors, and the ball game in the evening. From Flickr


October 31, 2015. Lake Louise, still shrounded in the season's first snowfall. Another dat at the TESL conference; today taking in some sessions and participaating in a panel in the afternoon, then a nice evening with the organizers. From Flickr