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Coneflowers

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October 21, 2017. Beautiful fall day. Spent it indoors playing No Man's Sky. It was a good day to rest after a very busy week. But I did get out a bit photograph the coneflowers. Also was delighted to see the Yankees lose last night. http://ift.tt/2zH1o1p

Son of Bones

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October 20, 2017. For the second year, Son of Bones adorns our front porch. We all remember, of course, Bones, who lasted some 15 years before finally falling apart our first year here in Casselman. Today was a work day, into the office for a meeting and some catching up. Rest tomorrow. http://ift.tt/2xevFTL

Conference

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October 19, 2017. Day four of the conference. I haven't been outdoors since we got here. But it has been an excellent conference, one of the best I've ever attended. I gave my second talk today, which from my perspective was a huge success. Then after the closing, we drove back home to Casselman. Accomplishments: - A Personal Learning Framework slides, audio and video http://ift.tt/2l8iRN6

Toronto

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October 18, 2017. The iconic 'Toronto' sign at City hall in red and white in memory of Gord Downie from the Tragically Hip, as seen from our hotel room. I was never a Hip fan so I didn't feel his death personally, but a lot of people around here did. Meanwhile, still at the conference, Day Three, and I gave my first talk. Accomplishments: - slides, audio and video from my talk Change, Challenge and Opportunity http://ift.tt/2xXTYtu

Rory McGreal and Terry Anderson

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October 17, 2017. Second day of the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto. These are two of the foremost authorities in the field in Canada. I spent the day at the conference and the early evening drinking beer with them. http://ift.tt/2l72vnX

Tony Bates

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October 16, 2017. First day of the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto. This is Tony Bates speaking, one of Canada's leading authorities in the field. I met him after his talk for a beer. Accomplishments: - summary notes for the afternoon sessions http://ift.tt/2xXTXpq

Coneflowers

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October 21, 2017. Beautiful fall day. Spent it indoors playing No Man's Sky. It was a good day to rest after a very busy week. But I did get out a bit photograph the coneflowers. Also was delighted to see the Yankees lose last night. http://ift.tt/2zH1o1p

Son of Bones

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October 20, 2017. For the second year, Son of Bones adorns our front porch. We all remember, of course, Bones, who lasted some 15 years before finally falling apart our first year here in Casselman. Today was a work day, into the office for a meeting and some catching up. Rest tomorrow. http://ift.tt/2xevFTL

Conference

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October 19, 2017. Day four of the conference. I haven't been outdoors since we got here. But it has been an excellent conference, one of the best I've ever attended. I gave my second talk today, which from my perspective was a huge success. Then after the closing, we drove back home to Casselman. Accomplishments: - A Personal Learning Framework slides, audio and video http://ift.tt/2l8iRN6

Toronto

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October 18, 2017. The iconic 'Toronto' sign at City hall in red and white in memory of Gord Downie from the Tragically Hip, as seen from our hotel room. I was never a Hip fan so I didn't feel his death personally, but a lot of people around here did. Meanwhile, still at the conference, Day Three, and I gave my first talk. Accomplishments: - slides, audio and video from my talk Change, Challenge and Opportunity http://ift.tt/2xXTYtu

Rory McGreal and Terry Anderson

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October 17, 2017. Second day of the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto. These are two of the foremost authorities in the field in Canada. I spent the day at the conference and the early evening drinking beer with them. http://ift.tt/2l72vnX

Tony Bates

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October 16, 2017. First day of the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto. This is Tony Bates speaking, one of Canada's leading authorities in the field. I met him after his talk for a beer. Accomplishments: - summary notes for the afternoon sessions http://ift.tt/2xXTXpq

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