Friday, April 28, 2017

Mourning Dove


April 28, 2017. Finished the design of my newsletter today and advanced a bit in coding. And took this photo of a beautiful mourning dove that I think is nesting in the eaves of the house.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rebirth


April 26, 2017. In the back yard next to the house a plant springs anew among the dead stalks of last year. Ah, I love spring. Had big plans for today, but needed to sort out a bunch of gRSShopper bugs and update everything on GitHub.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In / Out


April 25, 2017. I've never seen anything in this box, and I doubt that it is used any more. Spotted in the halway outside my office. One meeting today, and a chunk of the day spent watching a video on open practices, but otherwise work without progress (and SourceTree mysteriously stopped pushing files up to GitHub).

Guilty


April 24, 2017. Lexi isn't actually guilty, but she certainly appears guilty as she hovers near the power bar. Busy day today with minimal progress.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chrysler


April 23, 2017. This is the Chrysler Community Centre in the foreground and the local church in the background, courtesy of my 37 km bike ride to the town and back this afternoon.

The Chicken


April 22, 2017. I ddn't sleep at al last night. So instead I listened to the Blue Jays game - it started at 10:;00 p.m. and ended at 3:36 or something like that. And was, happily, a win. But that pretty much erased any ambition I had for today. We got this chicken at the craft fair in Moncton when we bought our house there in 2001; now, a bit faded, it hangs in our Casselman kitchen.

Iron Art


April 21, 2017. Today was dentist day. Any thoughts I had of working evaporated after my morning appointment. This is some iron artwork in the dentists' washroom. I'm not complaining; he did excellent painless work. But going to the dentist still takes a lot out of me, just because of the stress.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

6437


April 20, 2017. Happy 4-20! I had a relatively productive day today, especially compared to the last week. This is the train as it goes through Casselman - it was moving so slowly I thought I could outflank it but no luck. Blue Jays lost, but it was a great game so I don Accomplishments: - submitted CTE self-assessment - attended Build in Canada reviewers round 7 intro session - renewed by car's registration

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Birds on a Lawn


April 19, 2017. It rained most of the day as I puttered away in my office. Meanwhile, birds were attracted to our backyard in droves - starlings, chickadees, sparrows, crows, robins... the cardinals are around, but I didn't see them today; same with the goldfinches.

Birds on a Lawn


April 19, 2017. It rained most of the day as I puttered away in my office. Meanwhile, birds were attracted to our backyard in droves - starlings, chickadees, sparrows, crows, robins... the cardinals are around, but I didn't see them today; same with the goldfinches.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Peat Bog


April 18, 2017. The highlight of my day was me sitting on a bench and eating lunch here, looking out over the peat bog at Mer Bleu. The rest of the day was a write-off. I drove into work, remembered I had a dental appointment, had a cavity, drove back to work (via my lunch break), at which point the power went out, drove to Costco, stabbed one of my toes, drove home, saw all the stuff I missed today. No word on the Jays game yet, but how good can it be?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Signals


April 17, 2017. Another day of rest. I meant to do things like work or whatever but instead watched videos and puttered all day. Just as well; it wasn't a good day for OLDaily posts as one item after another struck me as just wrong.

Liam and the Cheese Factory


April 16, 2017. Bill and Shirley met us at the cheese factory in St. Albert where we had some ice cream and then watched them make cheese for a while. This is their youngoust son Liam trying hard not to pose whle posing. We later went to Brians for supper. Nice evening!

A Lone Crow


April 15, 2017. Stayed indoors all day and rested. I thought it might be a good day for biking, but as you can see, it wasn't.

Signals


April 17, 2017. Another day of rest. I meant to do things like work or whatever but instead watched videos and puttered all day. Just as well; it wasn't a good day for OLDaily posts as one item after another struck me as just wrong.

Liam and the Cheese Factory


April 16, 2017. Bill and Shirley met us at the cheese factory in St. Albert where we had some ice cream and then watched them make cheese for a while. This is their youngoust son Liam trying hard not to pose whle posing. We later went to Brians for supper. Nice evening!

A Lone Crow


April 15, 2017. Stayed indoors all day and rested. I thought it might be a good day for biking, but as you can see, it wasn't.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Camera


April 14, 2017. Online meeting first thing this morning, then went for a nice 25 km ride to St. Albert and back thiss afternoon. So I was ready for pizza when we visited with family in Embrun this evening. This is Lorelei taking my picture with her, um, camera.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Waiting for Summer


April 13, 2017. Put on the summer tires today and while I was waiting, took this picture of a deck across the road. The flag, if you're wondering, is the Franco-Ontario flag, and greets visitrs to Casselman. Spent all morning getting my office Windows to update properly (n ot sure of the time code for that) and then as I started work, the internet went down.

Weir


April 12, 2017. I worked through the day on an LRS, setting up the ADL reference implementation and running tests on it. I also fixed a problem with OLDaily email. Then I thought I'd go for a bke ride but the 7 degree temperature and rain cut it short. Still, I went far enough to get this photo of the Casselman weir.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The 6:35 to Ottawa


April 11, 2017. This is the track just near our house, and as I was taking some photos the 6:35 came by. One of those days today - spent the day installing software, setting up AWS, etc. Finally turned off a zombie database that was costing me $2 a day.

Bridge


April 10, 2017. It was the first nice day of the year so I was able to get out for a short bike ride. This is the St. Isadore Road Bridge over the Nation River just a few kilometers out of town.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Evening


April 9, 2017. Sunday evening at home on the first day it feels like itt might be spring. This is a weed in the back yard and the barfk of a tree.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tomatoes


April 8, 2017. No, not from my garden or anything like that, but I liked the way they looked on the vine. Good day of writing today (it takes a long time to write a long paper when you're doing iti weekends, but my employers pay me for other things these days).

Cardinals


April 7, 2017. OK, this isn't the best photo in the world - they were taken with the Sony outside the window. Both of these cardinals - a male and a female - were in our crabapple tree. So I guess we have a pair of nexting cardinals around here. Awesome.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Anderson Road


Aril 6, 2017. This is from Anderson Road, at the corner of Innes, on the way into the office today. It was raining hard all day and I took the back roads to avoid the traffic on the highway.

Feeding


April 5, 2017. Watching the snow melt outside my office window, and watching the starings feeding on the newly exposed grass.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Table Buddha


April 4, 2017. I reset the Sony point-and-shoot and began shooting in RAW; it's a four year old camera but it still produces great images. This is a study of the Buddha that sits on the kitchen table. Taking it was the most productive thing I did all day.

Opening Day


April 3, 2017. This is me in my office celebrating the start of a new Blue Jays season 156 days after the last day last year. It felt like spring all over - I saw a bright red cardinal in a tree this morning, a huge hawk (or eagle) on the way in, and watched a moose wandering down the side of the highway on the way home.

The Shelves Return


April 2, 2017. This morning a large truck pulled up and delivered my bookshelves from Moncton. I had left them in the Moncton house hoping it would help sell it, but in the end decided I wanted them more than I wanted to be paid for them. So now they're back in my possession and we're figuring out where to put them. Alex is obviously glad to see them again. Meanwhile, today was a good solid day of writing and I got a lot done.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fading Daylight


April 1, 2017. I spent the day working on my Contact North paper in the home office, emerging in time to see the fading daying against the trees in the back yard.

Dumpster


March 31, 2017. I've been admiring this dumpster for some time. It's out behing M-55 at NRC, and instead of old rusty metal it's made out of some superstrong plastic (now *this* is how we should be using the world's supply of oil, not burning it). Anyhow, send off the final report for the CSPS project today and put it to bed, a job well done. Accomplishments: - submitted CSPS Business Case

Costco Again


March 30, 2017. I sometimes joke that I live in Costco. I certainly spend enough time there. The store (and modern grocery stores in general) never fails to amaze me.

Mold


March 29, 2017. I hadn't let my coffee standing very long but when I saw it today there was this layer of mold about an inch from the bottom. I feared I faced a layer of crud, but in fact there was just this thin crist - everything else had dried away. I cut it out with a knife and decided it would make a great photo.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7:02 to Montreal


March 28, 2017. The office computer died today - looks like a memory error, in which case it's easily fixed by swapping memory cards. But it's Shared Services Canada that has to do that, so it could be any time between now and December. Fortunately I still have the laptop, though it happened to be at home today. Pictured here is the 7:02 train as it passes our house - you have to look for it through the trees. I would imagine some people would find being this close to the train annoying, but I love our trains and would miss them. Train whistles make me feel at home - you never hear them in the city,

M-55


March 27, 2017. Quiet day in the office today, one short meeting and some useful coding time. Blue jays game in the evening, but we won't talk about that. I've been watching The Wire over the last week, and it turns out to be quite good. But I guess pretty much everyone knew that.

7:02 to Montreal


March 28, 2017. The office computer died today - looks like a memory error, in which case it's easily fixed by swapping memory cards. But it's Shared Services Canada that has to do that, so it could be any time between now and December. Fortunately I still have the laptop, though it happened to be at home today. Pictured here is the 7:02 train as it passes our house - you have to look for it through the trees. I would imagine some people would find being this close to the train annoying, but I love our trains and would miss them. Train whistles make me feel at home - you never hear them in the city,

M-55


March 27, 2017. Quiet day in the office today, one short meeting and some useful coding time. Blue jays game in the evening, but we won't talk about that. I've been watching The Wire over the last week, and it turns out to be quite good. But I guess pretty much everyone knew that.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Playing With Lexi


March 26, 2017. I spent a nice Sunday working on my Contact North paper, listening to the ball game, and at suppor time played with Lexi (who has now decided she needs to play with the shoelace every day).

Driftwood


March 24, 2017. We went to the Home and Garden show at the EY Centre today, picked up a good supply of Thai Chili sauce, and looked at backyard gardens, including one with a driftwood wall - this one.

View from the Highway


March 24, 2017. I was up in gatineau today doing one last presentation for our CSPS project. It went well and I got back home before dark - an accomplishment given how bad driving conditions were. This is the view of Casselman from the highway (the of,f-ramp, actually) on the way home.

No Longer Needed

No Longer Needed
March 23, 2017. I wonder how long this filing cabinet sat in some office with its message of inspiration telling its owner each day to live life to its fullest. I wonder what the story is that leaves it in the basement of the CISTI building, surplus, no longer needed, ironically just around the corner from the fitness facility.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Skeptical


March 22, 2017. I'm trying to convince Alex that the new fish will be just as good as the old, but he's just not buying it. Nice quiet day, Jays win, and I got some coding done and some bills aid.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pine Cones


March 21, 2017. It's still winter so I thought I'd photograph some pine cones. Quiet day - worked on a report, one meeting, and on AWS stuff. And listened to the ball game this afternoon.

The Office


March 20, 2017. Another photo of the office building where I work, known more formally as building M-50. I'm on the third floor, right in the middle. I spent the day in that office yesterday working on AWS, Vagrant and Docker stuff.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Railway Bridge


March 19, 217. Another bright clear and cold day. Winter will be over soon, but not yet. This is the railway bridge over the Nation RFiver, seen from the town side in Casselman.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Through the Front Door


March 18, 2017. This is looking through the wondow above the front door toward the setting sun. Definitely a day off today; watched a ball game online, puttered with some code, watched some videos.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Clear Blue Sky


March 17, 2017. We had a brilliant blue sky today, a frosty cold day full of light. Accomplishments: - finished evaluating a funding proposal en fran├žais.

Arrival


March 14, 2017. At the airport, on the way to Moncton, to close the sale of the house. Finally!

In the Sink


March 16, 2017. Lexi in the sink, one of her fvourite places. Jet lagged today. I know it's only a one-hour difference, but it was high-stress, and there was a time change to boot.