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Toronto

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October 15, 2017. This is the view from our hotel room window in Toronto. We spent the better part of the day driving here. Accomplishments - created short Connectivism video http://ift.tt/2gjvV0u

Woolly Bear

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October 14, 2017. Good day today, got a bunch of newsletter articles prepared because next week will be pretty busy. Also cleaned out a lot of email. This is a woolly bear caterpillar in our back yard. It will spend the winter burrowed somewhere, depending on its own antifreeze to survive the winter. Next spring it will emerge as a tiger moth. Accomplishments: - wrote 'Things I Would Do Differently' http://ift.tt/2xIjmTX

Cat in a Box

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October 13, 2017. No issues on Friday the 13th. Held a productive 'Statement of Work' meeting this morning, did some writing and editing this afternoon. Getting ready to go to Toronto on Sunday, which means I'd really like to have my server running properly on my laptop today. I may have issues putting gRSShopper in a box, but it's easy to put a cat in a box. This is Polly. http://ift.tt/2yls6wu

Downtown

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October 12, 2017. I did some more work on server virtualization today, did some editing on a paper, and went downtown to pick up my Chinese visa. This butterfly was on the fencing around a construction site on Bank Street and summed up my mood for the day. http://ift.tt/2wUIrqv

Cat in a Box

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October 13, 2017. No issues on Friday the 13th. Held a productive 'Statement of Work' meeting this morning, did some writing and editing this afternoon. Getting ready to go to Toronto on Sunday, which means I'd really like to have my server running properly on my laptop today. I may have issues putting gRSShopper in a box, but it's easy to put a cat in a box. This is Polly. http://ift.tt/2yls6wu

Downtown

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October 12, 2017. I did some more work on server virtualization today, did some editing on a paper, and went downtown to pick up my Chinese visa. This butterfly was on the fencing around a construction site on Bank Street and summed up my mood for the day. http://ift.tt/2wUIrqv

Maple Leaves

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October 11, 2017. My big Contact North paper came out late this afternoon. It occupied several months of weekends to pull together. I spent the day working on the newsletter, reading 1930s textbooks, and evaluating a funding proposal. http://ift.tt/2gxJTJ3

Canadian Traffic Jam

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October 10, 2017. Team meeting in the morning and then a drive to the School of Public Service in the afternoon where we reviewed the draft of a paper I'm writing about the research project earlier this year. We're also looking at a new project with the school this winter. These geese were a traffic hazard at the school. Ah, but I like geese. http://ift.tt/2z0WUS7

Common Yellowthroat

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October 9, 2017. I'm calling this a female Common Yellowthroat, which is a type of warbler. It's perched in our apple tree in the back yard. I spent some time today submitting my Chinese visa application and working on server virtualization. http://ift.tt/2gdGIJT

Thanksgiving

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October 8, 2017. I spent the day working on an XAMPP server for gRSShopper, some writing and messing around with audio. In the evening we went to Embrun for Thanksgiving Dinner with family. My mother isn't in the picture (the one where she is present is out of focus, sorry) but she's right behind me. http://ift.tt/2ybnIBz

Lansdowne Park

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October 7, 2017. I was planning to go for a bike ride but the rain and cold put an end to that idea. So we went to a movie at Lansdowne Park - Blade Runner, 2049, which featured beautiful crisp video (far batter than the CGI-based films) and an interesting movie that grows on you. http://ift.tt/2hYQAr4

Fall Colours

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October 6, 2017. Another view of the back yard. Fall has arrived and the trees are changing. The warm weather seems to have faded the colours somewhat (out on the highway the red leaves are all a smokey red instead of bright red). Good day, got some editing done, got some writing done, moved forward on a new project, and made progress with my box project. Accomplishments: - wrote 'Elements of a Successful Panel' http://ift.tt/2yQexUN

Four O'Clocks

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October 5, 2017. These are late season bloomers, and just to be difficult, night bloomers. i caught these in the backyard after I got home from the office. http://ift.tt/2fW89HP

Construction - Day 3

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October 4, 2017. It's still a bit difficult to drive into the garage, as you can see. Maybe if i had a Jeep. I also need to replace the shingles on the front of the house - this had nothing to do with the construction, except now it has to wait until I've paid my share for all this digging and pipe-laying. http://ift.tt/2xiGIud

Construction - Day 2

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October 3, 2017. The construction moves a few feet forward. This is still the road in front of the house. There's dust everywhere. The house shakes. The cats are not happy. http://ift.tt/2ypUZua

Construction - Day 1

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October 2, 2017. Actually, the construction has been taking place all summer, but it finally reached the front of our house. The road, and part of our lawn, is now a gravel pit. Eventually it will have sewer lines. http://ift.tt/2xixRsu

Construction - Day 3

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October 4, 2017. It's still a bit difficult to drive into the garage, as you can see. Maybe if i had a Jeep. I also need to replace the shingles on the front of the house - this had nothing to do with the construction, except now it has to wait until I've paid my share for all this digging and pipe-laying. http://ift.tt/2xiGIud

Construction - Day 2

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October 3, 2017. The construction moves a few feet forward. This is still the road in front of the house. There's dust everywhere. The house shakes. The cats are not happy. http://ift.tt/2ypUZua

Construction - Day 1

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October 2, 2017. Actually, the construction has been taking place all summer, but it finally reached the front of our house. The road, and part of our lawn, is now a gravel pit. Eventually it will have sewer lines. http://ift.tt/2xixRsu

Chrysler

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October 1, 2017. It was a beautiful fall day so I cycled to Chrysler and St. Albert, another 50 km ride. It was a bit windy but after a summer of cycling I felt strong and the ride really was effortless. I listened to the last Jays game of the year where, after 162 games, they escaped last place. Yay! http://ift.tt/2g4Iyt7

Heavy Horses

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September 30, 2017. We spent the day at the Metcalfe Fair, a cool crisp late September day warm enough in mid-afternoon that I had to take off my jacket. These were some of the horses on display - just after this shot something went wrong with the blue wagon (right) and the horses bolted. No casualties, though, on either human or equine side, though the driver was thrown from his seat. http://ift.tt/2xPtN6z

Sweet Pea

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September 30, 2017. The sweet peas are finally blooming. We got a total of three blossoms. That's not exactly the production we were hoping for. Presented the MOOC Aggregator in the office. http://ift.tt/2yfBd4r

Alex

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September 28, 2017. Photo of the day would be impossible without cat photos. Pretty busy day coding and creating slides. Git the gRSShopper API working. http://ift.tt/2yPFyZw

Construction and Hard Rain

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September 27, 2017. Our warm spell came to a screeching end this afternoon with a violent thunderstorm. meanwhile, we're having heavy construction on the road in front of the house as we get new sewer lines installed. Combine the two, and you get this photo. Accomplishments: - completed CSPS paper http://ift.tt/2wkubqL

Wasps' Nest

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September 26, 2017. We heard chicadas in the back yard today in 30+ degree temperatures, the warmest September I can recall. Got some stuff done today, in addition to attending three meetings. This beauty is a wasps' next in the eave of one of the sheds in the back yard. It's not bothering anybody, so there's no need to remove it. http://ift.tt/2hxZ30L

Krups (Again)

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September 26, 2017. You may remember when I bought this coffee maker three years ago. This is it today, still as shiny as the day we bought it. Still works really well too. http://ift.tt/2xJRX2T

Foliage

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September 24, 2017. Kind of a frustrating day today, The bike tires were too large for the rims. The bird stickers weren't stickers. I was afraid to try the tool that unclogs the shower drain. Oh, but the Blue Jays won big and Jose Bautista played probably his last game at home in Toronto. We'll miss him.

Geese

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September 23, 2017. Back on the Russell Trail today, trying to make the stretch from Vankleek Hill to Rigaud. Th trail was in really bad shape here and eventually I got a flat. Fixed that, but overfilled the tire with compressed gas, and got another flat. I did make it to the end of the Prescott-Russell section; it's just tracks after that, another 20km or so to Rigaud. I called for help as I had no more inner tubes and got a ride back to my car (thanks CAA). Anyhow, these are geese I saw along the way.

Caledonia Springs

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September 22, 2017. Yesterday the CBC meteorologist said we should take today off. So I did, and went cycling between Plantangenet and Vankleek Hill, on the Russell Trail. This is Caledonia Springs, about half way along, which was once the site of one of the best hotels on the CPR. The last hotel in the town closed in 1955.

Asters at Sunset

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September 21, 2017. More work on a paper today. Tough to be inside on such a beautiful day. These are the asters at sunset.

Digging

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September 19, 2017. Finished the Poland paper today. Yay! On the way home, took a detour to find a photo around the outskirts of the town. I've been agonizing over the colour of the sky in my photos. Of course we all love that bright blue. The problem is, the sky itself often isn't bright blue, especially near the ground. This blue is pretty true to the original colour. I will keep tending to it.

Sunflower

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September 18, 2017. One of the sunflowers in the back, viewed as I mowed the lawn in what was almost full darkness.

Monarch

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September 17, 2017. I spent the day working on the Contact North paper. I really wanted to be out cycling, but work takes priority. On the other hand, had I been away, I would have missed this beautiful monarch butterfly in the back yard.

Parasites

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September 15, 2017. Andrea found this. If you look closely, you'll see a caterpillar underneath the white figures of wasp larvae feeding on it. Just a few minutes earlier, it was quite plump (I saw photos). Circle of life.

Castor River

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September 14, 2017. Had a couple of impromptu meetings today and otherwise worked on the Poland paper. On the way home went looking for herbicide for Andrea's buckthorn project. Ended up out in Russell, and I photographed the Castor River at the Limoges Road.

Moth

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September 13, 2017. In the back yard mowing the grass I didn't find any toads but found numerous crickets and grasshoppers. And this moth, clinging to a goldenrod. Spent the day working on my 'gRSShopper in a Box' poster for an event in October. It will be the first poster session I've done since 2001.

Pile of Sticks

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September 12, 2017. While I continued work on the Olland paper, Andrea set about deconstructing the buckthorn bushed at the back property line. Buckthorns are invasive and need to be eradicated. Though I'm more of the laissez-faire type when it comes to garden shrubbery.

No Drone Zone

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September 11, 2017. These new signs appeared by our parking lot over the weekend. They protect what is probably the most watched field in Ottawa, the field just north of CSIS and CSEC (our spy agencies). Spent the day working on the Poland paper, the evening playing No Man's Sky.

Vankleek Hill

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September 10, 2017. We took a bit of a break today and went to the festival in Vankleek Hill, about a half hour east of us. It was nice - and an interesting contrast - to visit a festival in my own home as compared to seeing them in Europe or Latin America.

Asters

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September 9, 2017. New England Asters in the back yard. Work day today, as I spent the day editing and adding to my Contact North paper.

After the Rain

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September 8, 2017. A view of M-55 in the clouds and sunshine after the rain. Another productive day. Accomplishments (it has been a while) - wrote 'Amazons New HQ' - created six 5-minute videos for George and David's course

The Neighbour's Flowers

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September 6, 2017. I was trying to take photos of unique cone-shaped mushrooms in the back yard, but they were too tiny (my kingdon for a macro lens!) but I peeked around the shed and caught this photo of the neighbour's flowers. Got a little work done today, and I think the worst of the cold is over. Bleah.

Coneflowers

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September 5, 2017. Andrea got some new flowers for the back yard. I spent the day mostly being sick.

Back Yard

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September 3, 2017. I'm still under the weather with a traveller's cold. This is our back yard. I know we should mow it, and we will, but I do like the rugged look.

Next

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September 2, 2017. Bees are flourishing in our back yard. This one moves on from one clover to the next. Quiet day today, with the usual after-travel cold, and playing No Man's Sky all day.

Hooded Ladies Tresses Orchid

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August 31, 2017. It looked more neat and orderly when it was fresh (Andrea has a photo) but I think it's remarkable that we have a volunteer orchid of any type or description in our back yard. Recovering from jet lag today, but still managed to get into the office and do work.

Flight

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August 30, 2017. I woke up this morning and am going to sleep tonight at home in Casselman. Flight never ceases to amaze me (even if the windows are dirty and it's hard to get a good photo).

Lodz

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August 29, 2017. I took a short train ride to Lodz (pronounced Yooch), which is dominated by a single 5km shopping street. It's a really interesting dynamic.

Plaetarium

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August 28, 2017. Took the train back to Warsaw this morning and then, in a first fr me, gave a presentation in a planetarium - not just the building, but the actual round room with the projectors. I have video, which I'll share soon.

Krakow

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August 26, 2017. I was back at the conference for the day, did a news interview and listed to a keynote. Then in the evening it was on the train to Krakow. I wandered through the old city in the evening, where I encountered this excellent musician.