Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Räucherfisch


November 29, 2016. Working on a stress-free day today. I'm nursing a sore ankle and enjoying having my phone. Busy day tomorrow. A quick walk to the Christmas to look at Räucherfisch and eat batwurst.

Erudiendae Artibus Iuventuti


November 28, 2016. Berlin. This is a view from the taxi I took from the airport. Significant because my phone took an unscheduled trip in the taxi, sat for a while in an apartment just nrth of the Tiergarden, and ended up in a Thai massage parlor Kaiser-Friedrich Strasse. The taxi company was no help at all but the women who ultimately aswered the phone at Sinat Thaimassage were wonderful.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Luxembourg


November 27, 2017. Fondation J.P. Pescatore, in Luxembourg.. I was up bright and early for a three-hour train ride to visit Luxembourg for the first time. I spent the day wandering around the city, took the train back home, and sprained my ankle just a few blocks away from the hotel. It must be time to go to Berlin.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

European Parliament


November 25, 2016. I gave my talk within sight of the European Parliament building, seen here, in Brussels. The workshop in the afternoon was just on the other side of tht building.

Brussels, Belgium


November 26, 2016. Went out walking in Brussels today. The Christmas markets were set up, there was skating on the mall, and people were spreading their wings.

European Parliament


November 25, 2016. I gave my talk within sight of the European Parliament building, seen here, in Brussels. The workshop in the afternoon was just on the other side of tht building.

Brussels, Belgium


November 26, 2016. Went out walking in Brussels today. The Christmas markets were set up, there was skating on the mall, and people were spreading their wings.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fleuriste de Stuyvenberg


November 24, 2016. Jet lag day. Wandered around Brussels. Took the Metro to Atomium, then walked back toward the city - well, actually toward what I thought was a castle, but turned out to be a church. Église Notre-Dame de Laeken, seen here from Fleuriste de Stuyvenberg.

Brussels


November 23, 2016. Arrived this morning in Belgium. Had to wait a bit to check in so I wandered around the city. Then I slept for 16 hours. That was my day.

The Road to Montreal


November 22, 2016. It was back and forth to Ottawa a couple of times (forgot my power cord) and then down the road to Montreal in the multicolour afternoon light to catch a flight at Dorval.

The Road to Montreal


November 22, 2016. It was back and forth to Ottawa a couple of times (forgot my power cord) and then down the road to Montreal in the multicolour afternoon light to catch a flight at Dorval.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Snow


November 21, 2016. Lots done today, especially on my landscape document. Accomplishments: - wrote Post-Fact and Fake News - first win in Civ VI (after playing for four days)

Snow


November 21, 2016. Lots done today, specially on my landscape document. Accomplishments: - wrote Post-Fact and Fake News - first win in Civ VI (after playing for four days)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Eastern Final


November 20, 2016. The home team wins! RedBlacks are on the way to the Grey Cup after prevailing in a windy and snowy game this afternoon.

Touch Lamp


November 19, 2016. This is the touch lamp in my office (you just touch it to turrn it on). I spent the day mostly playing Civ. And doing a little cleaning,

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Morning Mist and Sunrise


November 19, 2016. Today's photo of the day, taken from my office window at home, features the sunrise with some morning mist. Accomplishments: - After several months of work, I finally finished updating my Presentations page

Thursday, November 17, 2016

M-2


November 17, 2016. This is an aircraft etched into the large and impressive front door of building M-2 at NRC, where I was this morning for meetings about the future of the organization.

Alex


November 16, 2016. Finishing the set of three photos for three cats, this is Alex relaxing after having some fish. Typical day today, almost done a big accomplishment.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Polly


November 15, 2016. Quiet day, reasonably productive. Got a five-port hub for my office. This is Polly looking blissful s she sits on a stool and kneads Andrea's shoulder.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lexi Asleep


November 14, 2016. Busy day. Trying the new laptop from NRC (accidentally turned off admin privileges so now I can't install software - gotta fix that tomorrow).

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Yarrows


November 12, 2016. It's hard to believe we still have flowers in the front yard midway through November but there they are. Another quiet day - a quick run to Costco and some Civ.

November Moon


November 11, 2016. Trees in my back yard. I arrived home yesterday evening; my luggage arrived home this morning, having not made it through the terminal as fast as I did. Quiet day today mostly spent playing Civ VI.

Spirit of Australia


November 10, 2016. This beautiful A-380 was taxiing for take-off at London's Heathrow as I waiting on my own 767 to fly to Ottawa. The connection at Heathrow was an adventure, as usual - my 7:30 a.m. flight out of Beirut was a half hour late, which collapsed by 1:15 window by a similar margin. Yes, I made the run from terminal 2 to Terminal 3 (Part B, beyond the tunnel) in 35 minutes. What I really disliked were the people at the gate acting as though my late arrival were my fault. This is Heathrow, where the bus from one terminal to another is followed by a 500 meter walk to get to security. Why not just add 5 more minutes to the bus trip? Heathrow is full of oddities like this.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cedar of Lebanon


November 9, 2016. Last day in Lebanon. Too short a trip. Gave another talk, and after went to the spectacular Jeita Grotto - huge caves just north of the city. Sadly, they don't allow photos (and take your camera so you can't even sneak one),

A Quiet Street in Beirut


November 8, 2016. Another day spent at the UNESCO conference. This is a typical Beirut scene.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Openness Panel


November 7, 2016. Just beforre the beginning of our panel in Beirut at the Regional Forum on ICTs in Higher Education Systems of Arab States.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Byblos


November 6, 2016. We drove north of the city todat to visit the ancient port of Byblos, on the Mediterrenean. This is the fort at the harbour.

Byblos


November 6, 2016. Here I am in a restaurant eating fish in Byblos, Lebanon.

Sushi in London


November 5, 2013. Arrived at Heathrow Saturday and had a three-hour layover and no access, so I spent my time eating far too much Sushi and attempting to connect to decidedly indifferent Heathrow wifi.

Departure Lounge


November 4, 2016. Spent a good prt of the day napping and trying to prepare for an overnight. Here I am in the Ottawa airport lounge waiting to depart, pretending it's early morning.

Office Volunteers


November 3, 2016. In the office doing some last minute work before I'm gone for a bit, including watering these plants. They took over when my flowers died - no idea what they are.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Toad


November 2, 2016. Busy day getting my archives together. Took this photo of Toady McToadface in our back yard (usually he's hiding behind the deck). It was a pretty cool day and he wasn't moving very fast, but he was moving.

Toad


November 2, 2016. Busy day getting my archives together. Took this photo of Toady McToadface in our back yard (usually he's hiding behind the deck). It was a pretty cool day and he wasn't moving very fast, but he was moving.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Office


November 1, 2016. The office is getting into much better shape. Spent some time in there playing Civ VI - I'm still getting used to the interface. A bit unhappy today with a sort left heel and a sore right knee. Accomplishments: - completed a policy proposal review