Sunday, July 31, 2016

Royal Thai

July 31, 2016. A long day today, flying from Thailand (on Royal Thai) via Barita and Toronto to my final destination in Boston, where I give a a workshop tomorrow. Highlight of the day: getting my camera back. From Flickr

Grand Palace

July 30, 2016. Last day in Bangkok. A small grouop of us toured the Grand Palace in old Bangkok, which was very hot and full of people but also stunning. We also saw the Wat Pho and the giant reclining Buddha. From Flickr

Workshop Day

July 29, 2016. Attended the conference in the morning and then did my workshop in the afternoon. After the workshop, supper and then a short spell in the lounge for a well earned refreshment and entertainment from this Thai musical group. From Flickr

Carrying Water

July 28, 2016. In the morning I gave my keynote, and then in the afternoon I had the chance to wander on my own through Bangkok. And wander I did, an unforgettable 10 km route through the posh malls of MBK Bangkok, garden Wats, makeshift housing like seeen here, canals and rivers, by the stadium, through an urban renewal project, more wats, the red light district, and yes, back to shopping malls. From Flickr

Organic Foods

July 27, 2016. Flight day from Chiang Mai to Bankkok, but not before a tour of a large market area and a visit to an excellent organic restaurant near the airport. One nice thing about our group is that the conversations were excellent. From Flickr

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wat Chedi Luang

July 26, 2016. Located in the centre of Chiang Mai, this wat dates from the 14th - 15th centuries. It is part of a larger and spectacular complex. I saw it on a brisk (heh) 8 km walk across the width of old Chiang Mai. From Flickr

Monday, July 25, 2016

Doi Suthep

July 25, 2016. I gave my talk this morning at Chiang Mai university, and then went up the hill to the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple, which is spectacular. We also then went further up into the mountains to hill tribes. Photos taken with a borrowed EOS 7D camera. Accomplishments: - talk slides and recording From Flickr

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Chiang Mai

July 24, 2016. I am in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I'm giving a talk to Chaing Mai University. These elephants are fom a shop seen on a short walk through the city. Still very jet-lagged. From Flickr

Saturday, July 23, 2016


July 23, 2016. Arrived in Narita, Japan. This is the tunnel connecting two parts of the terminal. What I'm not sure about is whether I had my camera bag on my back as I took this shot with my phone, or whether I had already lost it. So disappoined! From Flickr

En Route

July 22, 2016. Beautiful puffy clouds en route to Toronto on the first leg of my flight to Thailand. The plan is to sleep en route to Tokyo and then work on the flight to Bangkok. From Flickr

Moose Creek

July 21, 2016. I had planned to take some time before my trip, and I did, in a fast 42 km bike ride to Moose Creek, seen here. I also had a couple of telephone meetings. From Flickr

Work Day

July 20, 2016. Planning on being out of the office for a couple of weeks, so today was spent gathering, writing, organozing, arranging, etc. From Flickr

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


July 19, 2016. Life in the country includes compositing your food scraps. I bought it, Andrea assembled it. It will take us a long time to fill it, I think. From Flickr


July 18, 2016. I went down to Wireless Waave on Bank Street to get a new battery for the phone - the old battery is wearing out from use. They have two walls full of broken screens (they also do repairs). Accomplishments: - new phone battery - new replacement lens cap From Flickr

Catching a Few Rays

July 17, 2016. the new favorite spot for the cats is right next to my chair, lounging in the sunlight by the back door. From Flickr

Saturday, July 16, 2016


July 16, 2016. I was able to get back on the bike today, planning to go to St. Isadore, but I felt pretty good and went further, to Dunvegan, where I discovered the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. How about that! 63 km ride, cloudy and a bit cool, but really perfect conditions overall. From Flickr

Friday, July 15, 2016


July 15, 2016. Carnage in Nice, coup in Turkey - today seems like just craziness. Huge storms over Ottawa today. It wasn't a very productive week. Next week will be better. From Flickr

Birds Foot Trefoil

July 14, 2016. Wildflowers growing in the back yard. We mow around them because they're actually doing better than the grass. From Flickr


July 13, 2016. These are in our back yard. They had a birch tree growing in the middle but Andrea removed it. From Flickr

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mystery Plant

July 12, 2016. When I moved into my office I got new office plamnts, includinga begonia. But then I was away from the office for a month and it died. Not one to give up easily, I kept watering the pot anyway. I was rewarded with this mystery plant - it doesn't require a lot of water and flouyrishes in thesun. What is it? I have no idea - the beginia came from a nursery, so it could be anything! I like that. Accomplishments - three small prroject proposals submitted - wrote 'How the Internet May Evolve' From Flickr

Monday, July 11, 2016

Great Spangled Fritillary

July 11, 2016. I spotted dozens and dozens of these beautiful orange butterflies yesterday on my bike ride in LaRose forest. I couldn't get a goot photo with my phone but went back today with a proper camera to get this and a half dozen other images. The Great Spangled Fritillary in this area were feeding almost exclusively on the purple flowers seen in the photo, Joe Pye Weed (or Eutrochium) grwoing along the side of thee road in a few select (relatively wet) areas of the forest. Accomplishments: - reviewed a paper - update my information on the corporate intranet From Flickr

Sunday, July 10, 2016

LaRose Forest

July 10, 2016. Finally able to get out on the bicycle again, a 45 km loop north of Casselman through LaRose Forest. Nice day for it, cloudy and a bit cool but almosst no wind. Back was good, knee was good, so I may be finally recovering from my various ailments. From Flickr

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lilies in the Rain

July 9, 2016. Home, relatively healthy, ready to maybe get out for a bike ride and.... rain. Still, nice day spent indoors getting more healthy. Accomplishments: - made my new Start page to improve productivity From Flickr

Friday, July 8, 2016

Home Opener

July 8, 2016. Upo most of the night with my Mexican affliction but was stable enough by evening to go to the RedBlacks sold out home opener, a rare tie game with the Cangary Stampeders. Great game, kept us on the edge of our seats. Accomplishments: - wrote 'On Immigration' From Flickr


July 6, 2016. early morning dental appointment where I received my first crown and after that I was good for nothing with my Mexican affliction keeping me in the bathroom the rest of the day. You read about these things and think they'll never happen to you... From Flickr


July 5, 2016. Flying home after my short trip to Mexico. These are cloud formations over the United States. They looked a lot more impressive in person. Good flight as we wove between the clouds. The early stages of the usual disease that afflicts visitors to Mexico City began. From Flickr

Airport Hotel

July 2, 2016. With my back iffy and a really early morning flight, I decided to spend the night in the hotel in Montreal airport. From Flickr


July 1, 2016. My back was still too sore to do anything like fo to the Canada Day events in town. I did walk a wee bit in the back yard and watched the thunder clouds. No fireworks. I lied in the title. From Flickr

Office Spoon

June 30, 2016. Back in the office for a day. This is my office spoon, which I use to eat tuna. From Flickr

Ceiling Full of Dogs

June 29, 2016. Back home. This is my bedroom ceiling. Yes it was a long day. When I look up at the ceiling I see that it is covered with dogs. From Flickr