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Medellin

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April 22, 2018. Flew to Medellin today, which took longer than it should have because my flight was cancelled. Fortunately wifi in the airport lounge was excellent so I spent the delay editing photos and watching the Blue Jays game. Arrived in time for supper and to get caught in a rainstorm. This kite display isn't actually in Medellin, but is rather just outside the airport. https://flic.kr/p/26rfzPx

Bogota

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April 21, 2018. I took the Transmillennial from the airport hotel where I'l staying to the city centre and wandered around on a gorgeous Saturday taking pictures and enjoying the noise and the atmosphere. I alo wrote a blog post, "The Morality of the More Powerful". https://flic.kr/p/JhPKof

Turtle Power

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April 9, 2018. By my count, two turtles equals five Iron Men. These are what I suspect are pinatas in the Whole Foods Store, where I went at lunch. Despite being ill, it was a good week, as I managed to finish three papers. Kind of makes up for the previous two weeks, where I accomplished nothing. https://flic.kr/p/JcKApS

Robin

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April 18, 2018. The robin in the tree was singing up a storm this afternoon. Probably not happy songs either as the weather continues to resemble winter more than spring. Had a frustrating CPAP appointment this morning and worked on a report this afternoon. My cold continues to linger but I'm doing better, https://flic.kr/p/25dyM4j

Icemageddon

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April 16, 2018. OK, Icemageddon is perhaps an exaggeration, but we did have an icy coating over everything this morning, with the result that I stayed home for the day and worked on papers. Still struggling with my stupid cold. https://flic.kr/p/23uVNSy

Waiting...

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April 15, 2018. Another day spent indoors watching baseball and puttering with photos. This is my bicycle, all shiny and clean after receiving its spring tune-up a couple week ago. Now it sits in the garage, waiting, waiting... https://flic.kr/p/J6pK3E

Waiting...

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April 14, 208. I spent the day doing nothing but watching baseball and puttering on the computer, trying to share this cold. I was all warm and cozy with the heater on in my home office. Meanwhile, this is the neighbour's firepit, waiting, waiting, for something like spring to arrive... https://flic.kr/p/J51VkL

Seagull

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April 13, 2018. Seagull on a light standard spotted as I headed home from the office. I didn't realize until evening that it was Friday the 13th. No matter. The whole week has been a write-off because of this cold, which continues to linger. https://flic.kr/p/GuX7Dk

Downstairs

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April 12, 2018. I see this sign every day as I head home from work. I work on the third floor and I take the stairs, and I see this sign, urging me to go down the stairs. But the sign is on the FIRST FLOOR. It leads me into the basement. Why do they want me to go into the basement instead of leaving the building? WHAT'S DOWN THERE? https://flic.kr/p/23pcPxL

Casselman

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April 11, 2018. Casselman as seen on the drive home. Not 100% yet but feeling a lot better. I was even able to do some work and get to the store! https://flic.kr/p/Gq5y4p

Geese

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April 10, 2018. Some out of focus geese on a cloudy day. Yeah, that's about right. Took a sick day. Slept for a while, watched a ball game, coughed and flemmed. Tried to stay warm. Listening to some music now. Tired of being sick, but can only wait it out. https://flic.kr/p/24F9kLk

The Forbidding Mountains

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April 9, 2018. This is the CSIS building behind some snow piles that look to me for all the world like 'the forbidding mountains'. Perfect place for a CSIS building. Struggled through the day, managing a little work. I think it would have been fairer to my employer had I just taken a sick day. https://flic.kr/p/24F8Yun

Flowers

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April 8, 2018. We drove into the Costco, where I saw these flowers, then back, after which I settled in to bed to listen to the ball game and try to recover a bit. I was doing better that the previous few days but lacking sleep. https://flic.kr/p/GiUqyF

Cities: Skylines

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April 7, 2018. I did nothing else today but play this video game; you're looking at the fruits of my labours (that's as good as the weather gets). I like tghe game but it's hard to get started as it will cause my computer to reboot just after it starts (Steam cistomer service assures me that it's my fault, and there's no diagnostic information I can send them). I have the same problem with No Man's Sky and Civ. Still sick all day. https://flic.kr/p/25Ugqpq

Lovely Nails

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April 6, 2018. The third (and last) of my Starbucks series, taken as I wait in the car line. I was able to review a project proposal but that's about it and I went home still sick in the afternoon. https://flic.kr/p/GiTrHB

Sick Day

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April 5, 2018. I woke up with a fiery rasping in my throat and spent the day on Neocitran and painkillers. Nothing done today; I lay down and listed to the radio in the morning and watched a ball game (Rays vs Sox) all afternoon (it's still on and still tied as I write this). This is Hallway Buddha. He's carved out of a single piece of bamboo. https://flic.kr/p/24v1hjM

Drive Thru

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April 4, 2018. Another photo at the Starbucks. It's a complete coincidence that as I grumble about Tim Hortons a story comes out in the media talking about their damaged reputation. But they deserve it. Today was a good day. I sorted out my flight problems. I got all my websites moved over to https. I had a meeting to plan some work for 2018. And some more things. https://flic.kr/p/HHPZGJ

Senators

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April 2, 2018. It was the last home game of the year and there was a full house for a Senators team that is second-last in the division. That, I think, sends a message. It was a good game, a loss (natch) but we got to see them score five goals. https://flic.kr/p/24Jcz1m

Aunt Marilyn

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April 1, 2018. This is my Aunt Marilyn, my mohter's sister. We see her often when we visit in Embrun for Christmas and Easter and other things. She took me to Man and His World in 1970 and to my first-ever in-theatre movies: Oliver! and Two Mules for Sister Sarah. https://flic.kr/p/24s5y16

String

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March 30, 2018. Lexi insists on playing with string - "it's always string time" - even at the age of 12 or so. So I make sure to take the time to play with her. The rest of the day I spent writing 'Critical Thinking for Educators'. https://flic.kr/p/25GaSqC

Rocks

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March 29, 2018. This is a section of road just past the Alexandra Bridge seen as I drove home from Gatineau. I spent the morning preparing for a workshop and the afternoon doing the workshop, and the evening watching the Blue Jays season opener (about which the less said the better). https://flic.kr/p/FY1KGi

The Nest

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March 28, 2018. We drove back home today and I got some work done and took a photo of this nest in our lilac bush (no eggs in it yet). https://flic.kr/p/Hsozz5

Olympic Stadium

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March 27, 2018. I was still basking in the afterglow of the great Vlady Guerrero Jr. home run when I took this shot. We went for a wonderful visit to the Montreal botanical gardens and them watched a tense pitchers' duel between the Blue Jays and the Cardinals that ended on the best possible note. https://flic.kr/p/24vzn1o

Autographs

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March 26, 2018. Toronto Blue Jay Curtis Granderson signs autographs about five feet from where I was sitting. No, I didn't get an autograph - he has really limited time so I left that for the kids. https://flic.kr/p/22Qo17Q

Polly

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March 25, 2018. Polly is the old lady of our household. Now 15, she is as quiet as ever, skittish, but always willing to come out to be petted as I leave the house. Today is bike tune-up day (maybe I'll get out for a few kilometers this afternoon) and doing some writing before heading out tomorrow. https://flic.kr/p/Hm5Wsj

Lexi

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March 24, 2018. Happy Caturday! This is Lexi, our cat with the perpetual expression that says "I don't really understand what's going on." She actually stopped me from uploading this so I could play string games with her (note: she's 12 years old). Quiet day today listening to the ball game, playing Cities Skyline, and getting to Inbox Zero. https://flic.kr/p/247SGQD

Melting

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March 23, 2018. Friday odds and ends at work - my performance review, doing timesheets, completing an online course (page-turner on security), planning for a project, answering email, and getting ready for some time mostly away from the office. These are trees between two buildings at NRC, and as you can see winter is slowly letting go of its grip. https://flic.kr/p/Hm4Zgh

Ceiling Fan

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March 21, 2018. This is actually the most unused appliance in the house, as we have both heating and air conditioning, and so don't need a big ceiling fan. But there it is. Today's routine was disrupted by an argument over working conditions - apparently I haven't been productive enough over the last 15 years and require closer management and supervision. https://flic.kr/p/22D4yLG

Bulldozer

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March 20, 2018. I snapped this through the car window while waiting for construction to clear up on the Casselman bridge. It's not much of a photo but I had a pretty busy day today preparing slides and participating in a workshop at the School of Public Service. https://flic.kr/p/25mHAQK

Crabapple

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March 19, 2018. The crabapple tree pictured here had a pretty rough year last year; it caught some sort of fungus and most of the leaves shriveled and dropped. If it has another year like that it may be time for the wood chipper. As for myself, on this cold last day of winter I spent the day analyzing interview for data models. Not my favorite thing but I am learning things. https://flic.kr/p/22ALXSN

Yellow

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March 18, 2018. Another day spent quietly watching baseball and playing video games. It was also Andrea and my 20th wedding anniversary. https://flic.kr/p/22y78fL

Reaching Toward the Light

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March 17, 2018. This is a geranium in the kitchen window reaching toward the light. Rest day today, spent watching the Jays win and messing around on the computer. https://flic.kr/p/Hbj9Lw

Centre of Town

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March 16, 2018. This is the stop light at the centre of town (there's another one out by the highway and that's about it). I spent the day analyzing interviews and working on the data model. Tiring work. https://flic.kr/p/FzwpYi

Ceiling

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March 15, 2018. This is the ceiling at Costco. I was under it to pick up some groceries after a day in the office spent analyzing interviews and developing data models. https://flic.kr/p/H6cPQh

More March Snow

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March 14, 2018. I had to take the back roads into the office today because the highway was clogged; this is a scene from those back roads. I had a couple of interviews for my project. https://flic.kr/p/25bxtap

More March Snow

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March 13, 2018. I pulled off the highway and onto a side road on the way in to the office this morning to capture this image. Meetings today, with a presentation on ethics in autonomous and intelligent software at the end of one of them. https://flic.kr/p/FuUpdB

Jellybeans

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March 12, 2018. So tired today. And the Jays lost. I hate time changes. https://flic.kr/p/245kUvW

Keyboard

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March 11, 2018. I finished my blockchain module today and uploaded the code to GitHub. I also wrote a quick article describing what I learned doing this. From where I sit, doing this was much better than any course would have been, and I got an in-depth understanding of blockchain over a weekend. https://flic.kr/p/22mnC5S

Our North Star

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March 10, 2018. When we moved into the house a few years ago it was empty except for this star at the highest point in the centre of the house. We left it as it is. I like it but I never really knew what it was. I still don't - but now after taking this picture I realize it's wire mesh, not cloth as I had always thought. Spent the day watching the Blue Jays win and working on my blockchain code. It's a challenge to make all the pieces work together but there's nothing about it I don't understand. I'll upload it as a stand-alone Perl module when I'm done. https://flic.kr/p/FpA4ar

March Mist

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March 9, 2018. After two days of snow we got warmer temperatures and this mist first thing in the morning today. It was gone by the time I finished breakfast. In the office, I spent the day building a Perl version of a blockchain engine. It doesn't work yet, but it was a great exercise to learn the concept at the deepest levels. You can read for a year and not learn blockchain engines as well as you do by building one. https://flic.kr/p/GUifH9

County Road

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March 8, 2018. Stopped for gas on the way home taking exit 79 instead of the usual exit 66. I like driving along the country road sometimes (I've measured and the time difference is less than a minute), Another quiet day though I did enjoy listening to the ball game this afternoon - Bo Bichet and Vlad Guerrero Jr. both had their first appearances in a Blue Jays uniform (albeit in spring training). https://flic.kr/p/23VHLZo

Snow in March

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March 7, 2018. It was snowing and the highway was pretty bad so I took Anderson and stopped briefly to take this quick photo in Mer Bleu. Another typical quiet day today - a little coding, a little writing. https://flic.kr/p/FmkQY8

County Road

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March 8, 2018. Stopped for gas on the way home taking exit 79 instead of the usual exit 66. I like driving along the country road sometimes (I've measured and the time difference is less than a minute), Another quiet day though I did enjoy listening to the ball game this afternoon - Bo Bichet and Vlad Guerrero Jr. both had their first appearances in a Blue Jays uniform (albeit in spring training). https://flic.kr/p/23VHLZo

Snow in March

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March 7, 2018. It was snowing and the highway was pretty bad so I took Anderson and stopped briefly to take this quick photo in Mer Bleu. Another typical quiet day today - a little coding, a little writing. https://flic.kr/p/FmkQY8

Croquantes

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March 5, 2018. There's a lot to ponder about in this display of granola bars at Costco. Why is one in English? Why is one skinnier than the rest? Who thought of a design that overlaps stacked boxes? My visit to Costco followed a day of working on JSON files and arguing about time entry provisions. Because, you know, I don't work hard enough. https://flic.kr/p/23zbwsF

Croquantes

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March 5, 2018. There's a lot to ponder about in this display of granola bars at Costco. Why is one in English? Why is one skinnier than the rest? Who thought of a design that overlaps stacked boxes? My visit to Costco followed a day of working on JSON files and arguing about time entry provisions. Because, you know, I don't work hard enough. https://flic.kr/p/23zbwsF

Sunset and Wires

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March 4, 2018. Another day working on the gRSShopper harvester, and I actually uploaded some code to github as the stand-alone improvements were worth sharing. This is the view from the front door in the evening, more of an orange glow than a sunset. https://flic.kr/p/228NUoG

Light

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March 3, 2018. I spent the day working on the harvester. There's not a lot of progress to show for a full day's work, but it looks nicer. I encountered some very tricky problems that turned out to be a lot of fun to solve. Good thing, because some of them took an hour. Completely forgot to take a photo, so this is my bedside lamp, taken at the very end of the day. https://flic.kr/p/FdSedg

Tree

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March 2, 2018. Another typical day in the office today. A lot of work; no tangible results. On the way home in the evening light, as you can see from this photo of a tree. https://flic.kr/p/23Kkt6G

The Side of a House

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March 1, 2018. Another typical day, just like yesterday. This is a view outside the car window as I waited at the stop light on Blair Road at Ogilvie. Still waiting for the green. Trying not to be fooled by the record high temperatures into believing that it's spring. https://flic.kr/p/F9q2Jk