Monday, February 29, 2016

Hold That Tiger

February 29, 2016. Long busy day getting ready before I go flying again. I started by stopping at the local Esso to gas up - this is a tiger on the gas pump. Still need to do so much more, but I'm sure it will all work out. Accomplishments: - made Intro video for week 2 of the course - make longish Learning Networks video - answered Rod's 36 comments :) From Flickr


February 28, 2016. Ah, is a cat photo ever the wrong choice? No! Another quiet day, though I spent a few hours reviewing grant applications. Accomplishments: - set up computer for Andrea From Flickr

Kitchen Cabinet

February 27, 2016. This is a glimpse inside our kitchen cabinet, and as you can see, we have a weakness for decorative vases and vessels. Quiet day today, the obligatory Costco run, but otherwise a rest day. Accomplishments: - installed 'The Sunless Sea' game on the laptop. From Flickr

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Cats in the Sink

February 26, 2016. Alex (drinking out of the water bottle) and Lexi (drinking out of the tap) - a.k.a. the kittens, even though they're now 10 years old. Good Friday today, several meetings but I still got a lot done. Accomplishments: - recorded link sharing video for course From Flickr

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Winter Rain

February 25, 2015. The nice thing about living in the country is that I get to be in the country every day, even days like today when the weather is iffy. Good day today, things moved forward. Accomplishments: - financial projections submitted - first MOOC webinar completed, slides, video and MP3 uploaded From Flickr

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Touch Lamp

February 24, 2016. I've had this lamp for 30 years or so. It's a toouch lamp - turn it on by touching anywhere on the brass. It has three settings. Such a cool little lamp. Today was a good solid day in the home office, working mostly on the course while watching the sleet turn the roads outside into skating rinks. Accomplishments: - Twitter harvest for the course is working - created and installed an SSL certificate for (and it works! first time I've done this on my own) From Flickr

Gray Day

February 23, 2016. What a difference a day makes, from beautiful sun to this grey winter day. This is along Blair Road as I headed toward the Costco. Accomplishments: - recorded OpenEdX video - recorded Learning Objects Video - site and Newsletter up and running for course From Flickr


February 22, 2016. I couldn't get over the beautiful deep blue sky on the way into the office this morning. It's this sort of day that, despite the cold temperature, just warms my heart. Accomplishments: - Personal Learning Course launched. From Flickr


February 21, 2016. As you can see, there are no skeletons in my closet, unless you consider the fact that I still haven't finished unpacking yet. This is another late night photo after a long work day. Accomplishments: - completed OER course evaluation From Flickr

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Movie Night

February 20, 2016. After a day of cleaning and puttering, we went to see The Revenant, which was pretty good. It bothered me, thiugh, how often they sloshed around in water in sub-freezing temperatures. You can't do that and live. But the scenery was spectacular. From Flickr


February 19, 2016. Worked on my personal learning course from the home office through the day. Played with the cat in the evening. From Flickr

Journeys in Podcasting

February 18, 2016. The day wrapped up with this webcast interview by Chris and Diego from a classroom in Bogota. Here's the video. Accomplishments: - final version of ALECSO paper send - interview completed and video recorded From Flickr

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

More Snow

February 17, 2016. More snow this afternoon; I really liked the way the tree was etched against the snowy vackground as I left the office. Got a few things done today, not a bad day. Accomplishments: - Monthly report submitted - San Diego flight booked - ALECSO paper formatted (except for images) - rought outline SOWs for projects proposed From Flickr

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Snow Day

February 16, 2016. It was a day of working out of the home office as we had a record snowfall in the Ottawa area. Kind of a quiet day. I spent most of it knocking back the email pile. Accomplishments: - comments on proposed SharePoint setup (yeah, that was the high point for today) From Flickr

The Second Floor

February 15, 2016. This is the second floor hallway in M-50. I work on the third floor, but there was someone in the hallway, so I went a floor down to take this picture. You'd never know unless I told you. Accomplishments: - sprint plan set - response to project proposal From Flickr


February 14, 2016. Another freezing day, a good day to stay in and work on some writing. This is the ceiling in my bedroom (yes, another late night photo). I like to stare at it and find faces in the knots. Accomplishments: - wrote LPSS Core Concepts document over the weekend From Flickr


February 13, 2016. If today is Saturday it must be Costco day. It was *freezing* today. So Costco is OK. But in the summer, I'm going to want to be on my bike - we'll have to figure out this Costco thing by then. From Flickr

The View Inside

February 12, 2016. Dental appointment this morning, which included my first 360 degree x-ray. I also discovered my jaw creaks on the left-hand side. From Flickr

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NRC 100 Years

Scene from the NRC 100 year anniversary kick-off celebration held this afternoon From Flickr

Railway Bridge

February 10, 2016. Good day to work from the home office. This seen from the house, looking towards town, which is right on the other side of the Nation River, over which the bridge spans. Spent good part of the day messing around with APIs again. From Flickr


February 9, 2015. Another late night. Five-meeting day. But a good day. From Flickr

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


February 7, 2016. This is the CSIS building as seen from our lunch room window. I always have to be careful driving by their exit on Blair Road because they drive big box SUVs and don't even slow down at the stop sign. Accomplishments: - wrote The Green Solution - sent Ed Tech summit title and abstract From Flickr

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wolf Trail

February 7, 2016. Hiking on Wolf Trail -route - with Mike Rochford. Accomplishments: - Wolf Trail photo set From Flickr

Happy Goat

January 6, 2016. We went to the source today. It doesn't look like much, but they roast good coffee. Accomplishments: - completed author and feed graph for all my old records (26K of them) in OLDaily From Flickr

Thursday, February 4, 2016


February 4, 2016. Long but fun meeting this morning, then I cleaned up my files and got organized in the afternoon. I need to get a bunch of stuff done soon and so I have to make sure my desk is clear. Accomplishments: - cleaned up my office computer files From Flickr

Freezing Rain

February 3, 2016. A good day to work from the home office as transportation was reduced to a crawl. Accomplishments: - scheduled dental cleaning appointments - got Andrea registered for a health care card - moved and set up the computer in the new office From Flickr

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


February 2, 2016. I started the day by falling off my trainer and bumped into things and dropped things all day. Not a great day. So I tried to keep it relatively light and yet still get stuff done. Accomplishments for today: - finished evaluating the set of Ideation Fund applications From Flickr

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nature's Buzz

February 1, 2016. I may have solved my coffee dilemma, having found fresh-roast fair trade coffee (Happy Goat) and a place that sells it near(ish) to where I work (Nature's Buzz, on Beechwood). Accomplishments: - Definition of next sprint tasks - JSON schema for Arke page resource list - Coffee sourced and purchased From Flickr

Risk of Fire

January 31, 2015. Another late night photo, taken by the bedside after all the lights were turned out. This is the inside of the beside light taken using the flash. I spent pretty much all day working on the project (which is now largely finished). Accomplishments - gRSShopper aggregates Facebook page posts From Flickr