Monday, October 31, 2016


October 31, 2016. An ordinary day today, except I had to get home a bit early to carve the pumpkin. Not too many trick-or-treaters though.

Mer Bleu

October 30, 2016. We went for a walk along the trail at Ridge Road along the edge of Mer Bleu, just off Anderson Road in Ottawa. Nice walk; we didn't even come close to finishing the trail, so we'll be back.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Farm Boy

October 29, 2016. We weren't able to find any pumpkins in town so we decided to go to a Farm Boy in Orleans just to check it out (and look for pumpkins). It was interesting - more than half the store dedicated to fresh food, the rest stocked around the idea of fresh food. I liked it. We found our pumpkin, I got some fresh salmon, and we ate Chicago mix popcorn on the way home. Accomplishments: - installed and tried out Civilization VI. Different game feel; it seems to take me back a bit to some of the earlier editions, with less focus on making each unit a work of art. I like it better that way. But the audio didn't play cleanly. From Flickr

After the Harvest

October 28, 2016. I took a side trip on a local road on the way home to take some photos of harvested fields. There was snow on the ground in the city, but nothing out here. From Flickr

Thursday, October 27, 2016


October 27, 2016. I feel like a genius: I got my tires changed yesterday, and it snowed today. It looks cold and dark out there on the road in front of our house. Also good was getting an important document submitted. That plus I was tired today after being up late last night doing a class with George Siemens, and a bit rushed this morning to get in for a meeting. From Flickr

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


October 26, 2016. Working on my environmental scan today and have a seminar this eveening. Also, with a forecast of snow in the office, I changed to snow tires today.. That's where I spotted this guy, parked in a tree outside the McDonalds near the Canadian Tire. From Flickr


October 25, 2016. It occurs to me that most of us don't ever get to see the scaffold-level view of a scaffold. But the window looking over this window replacement project offer a nice view. Another productive day today polishing up some project descriptions and adding to my environmental scan document. From Flickr

Monday, October 24, 2016


October 24, 2016. Heading out of the office after a pretty productive day, I had about 10 seconds of this light in which to snap the photo. I got two shots and have been agonizing over which one to show. From Flickr

The Tracks

October 23, 2016. I took some really nice photos of pylons and trees in the sun while we were in the city to pick up prescriptions, but there was no card in the camera. So we get this evening picture of the tracks and the fall colours just outside the house. I spent the rest of the day playing No Man's Sky. I just about have the game conquered - I have a full exosuit, full mining tool, and 40 million units that will buy me the biggest ship in the fleet. Of yeah - and pictures of walker wreckage behind me. From Flickr

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ears Laid Back

October 22, 2016. Rain again, and work to do, errands to run, and Alex is not impressed by me trying some close-up faded-background photographt in low light. The little Sony point and shoot is great, but it wasn't made for this. Accomplishments: - c.v. submitted for project proposal - informal shelves installed in my home office From Flickr

Friday, October 21, 2016

Crabapples in the Rain

October 21, 2016. I was standing maybe two steps outside the front door of our office building when I took this. Another rainy day, obviously. Got quite a bit done. From Flickr

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rainy Day

October 20, 2016. It was a dull and dreary day but my building reflecting the light caught my eye on the way home. Good day, productive. From Flickr

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tippler's Bane

October 19, 2016. After the recent rain we attracted this nice cluster of mushrooms which I think are Coprinopsis atramentaria. They are generally safe to eat, but poisonous when eaten with alcohol, hence the name, tippler's bane. Not that I would ever eat wild mushrooms, even if they are on my front lawn, because who knows how wrong I might be! From Flickr

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


October 18, 2016. I managed to avoid the traffic jam on the 417 by taking the Russell Road, but even this slowed to a stop in a couple spots, including this one by a cornfield. Another good day today, nothing finished (so no accomplishments to report) but I got a lot done. From Flickr

Monday, October 17, 2016

Morning Light

October 17, 2016. I was a bit absent-minded this morning and parked in the wrong parking lot, but my bonus was the sight of these trees illuminated in the morning light. Very productive day today; I felt full of energy. Accomplishments: - reviewed second draft of NRC vehicle policy - submitted proposal for a conference - completed a bunch of small tasks related to travel From Flickr

Sunday, October 16, 2016


October 16, 2016. Detente. The two cats havee finally figured out how to sleep in the two chairs side by side. This is the result of years of negotiation. As for me, well, it was No Man's Sky all day - I traveled further in this one day than all my previous days combined, more than 200K light years toward the galactic core. From Flickr

Big Red

October 15, 2016. Saturday. Shopping for more LED lightbulbs and such. Trying not to watch the Blue Jays game. From Flickr

View from the Office

October 13, 2016. Productive day today. Took a look outside just before heading home and thought it looked like a picture out of science fiction. From Flickr

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ottawa River Valley in the Fall

October 13, 2016. Busy day dotak - gave a talk in the morning, attanded one in the afternoon, had a meeting, and took a nice 3km walk along the Ottawa River (pictured). From Flickr


October 12, 2016. After months of frustration we finally dumped Eastlink (and must return the equipment to their customer service centres located in either Sudbury or Timmins) and installed Bell. No, it's not fibre optics - but it's 5mB/s, which is way better than anything Eastlink was giving us. Plus there's the hope of better (much better) bandwidth in the future. On the left is my 4 TB network drive, which is my backup, photo storage, and much more. From Flickr

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


October 11, 2016. I was running late this morning, and then became eveen later when I left my badge at home, but as I walked around the building to be let in, I ran across this wonderful cluster of seeds on a tree outside the office, so it's all OK. Good day today; nothing finished, but I made good progress. From Flickr

Monday, October 10, 2016

Holiday Chicken

October 10, 2016. It's Thanksgiving here and I made a holiday of it, doing no work. Andrea meanwhile made a holiday dinner of chicken, potatoes, and cranberry sauce. From Flickr

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Back Yard

October 9, 2016. This is my back yard full of fall colours. Andrea installed the new toilet and all seems to be well. I played No Man's Sky. Accomplishments: - wrote Diversity and Diversity Training From Flickr

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Son of Bones

October 8, 2016. We went to the store for a new toilet and this, Son of Bones. Old Bones lasted 15 years; Son of Bones should last even longer. From Flickr


October 7, 2016. Waled to the drug store at lunch today (passing b this pumpkin display) to get nasal mist and Strepsils - I've been struggling with a bad throat ever since my cold last week. Ugh. Accomplishments: - Statements-of-work for three small projects - promotionL SLIDES FOR THE SMALL PROJECTS From Flickr

Thursday, October 6, 2016


October 6, 2016. This evening we went to a town meeting where we learned that our septic system will be replaced with the municipal sewage system - at our expense. In general I'm in favour, and I'm not surprised at the cost, but it's not really a good time. Still, I'm happy to be in Casselman. From Flickr


October 5, 2016. Part of the display in my back yard, in the evening light. From Flickr

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


October 4, 2016. I found a new footpath into the woods near the office yesterday, and got mud on my pants exploring it today. It occurred to me that none of my managers would ever get mud on their pants exploring a forest at midday. I prefer my method. From Flickr

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shelf Fungus

October 3, 2016. Quiet day today, good overall. This is a nice photo from my noon-hour walk featuring shelf fungus growing on a log. Love the colours. From Flickr

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Metcalfe Fair

October 1, 2016. 160th Annual Metcalfe Fair. From Flickr