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On the Land

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June 17, 2019. I took a personal mental health day today. No work, no newsletter, no stress, nothing but lots of sleep and a long bike ride in the country on what was a perfect day. https://flic.kr/p/2gg9ixS

Los cubanos

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June 16, 2019. We finally got to see the Cuban national baseball team today as they played a doubleheader - we saw all of the first and part of the second before heading to Bella Vista for a Father's Day get together with family. Lovely day; too much sun, maybe, but I'm not complaining. https://flic.kr/p/2gfjHu5

Glow Fair in the Rain

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June 15, 2019. It was a nice plan - go to the Glow Fair downtown and then catch the Cuban National baseball team playing the Ottawa Champions. The ball game was rained out, and the Glow Fair was just rained on. Still, we persisted, taking in as much as there was remaining in the rain, one of the highlights of which was the group of artists painting rain-drippy murals. https://flic.kr/p/2gf4yQ8

Milkweed

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June 14, 2019. We have a bountiful crop of milkweed in our back yard, carefully cultivated over a number of years to provide food for monarch butterflies. Good day today, got some stuff done, including an evaluation report on a funding proposal. https://flic.kr/p/2geJkRP

The Neighbour's Backstop

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June 13, 2019. This consriction sticks up above a very large hedge between the yards. It reminds me of the backstop we built in our yards when I was a kid (my father and I built it). Ours was *way* better, with four sturdy posts and proper chain link fencing, and it went up about 12 feet, with a mast for a flag. Of course, we had a lot more room to work with. https://flic.kr/p/2geJuaK

Common Ringlet

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June 12, 2019. Spent the day catching up on a backlog of recordings, publications, and other stuff that needed to be added to my website. This Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia) was enjoying the sunshine in the back yard. https://flic.kr/p/2gdbVXm

Dewberry Trail

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June 11, 2019. I went for a ride on Dewberry Trail in Mer Bleu after work today - I left a bit early because I'm also presenting online tonight at 10 (still in the future as I type this). The morning I spent studying Git some more (it's a brilliant piece of software with simply awful documentation and usability). https://flic.kr/p/2gcGFp2

Dinking from the Tap

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June 10, 2019. Busy and productive day. After a short meeting, I spent the rest of the day working on revisions to a paper, which I sent off in the afternoon. That was it; evening of rest, including making sure the cat has a nice stream of fresh cold water to drink from. https://flic.kr/p/2gcnLuW

Cows in the Shade

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June 9, 2019. Another pastoral scene from the neighbourhood as I went for a 50k ride in a roundabout route to Moose Creek and back. Hot day, lots of sun. https://flic.kr/p/2gbvF8e

Yellow Field

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June 6, 2019. What caught my eye was the brilliant shade of yellow-green this field on Anderson Road showed, so I had to get a photo, even though I knew it wouldn't really capture it. More work on reveal.js and Github, and I prepared a set of slides for a talk I'm giving next week. https://flic.kr/p/2gaeYzG

Grass

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June 5, 2019. Spent a day working on GitHub - my objective here is to create for myself a rock-solid knowledge of GitHub (which has eluded me for so long) so I can use it for OER projects. This is grass outside the bathroom window. https://flic.kr/p/2gaeUGS

First Butterfly

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June 4, 2019. This is the first butterfly of the year, seen through the screen window. I went around for a better photo, but it flew away before I could take it. Short team meeting, then work on slides.js and reveal.js as experiments in HTML. https://flic.kr/p/2gaesbr

Back Yard

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May 3, 2019. I had a generally unproductive day today, aside from reading a whole pile of articles for the newsletter. This is our back yard looking out over the gazebo frame. Loving all that green. It should start to make me feel better within a week or two. https://flic.kr/p/2g9gv7D

Dogwood

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May 2, 2019. This is a Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus Stolonifera) growing in the front lawn under the power pole. Grows into a shrub (if it lives). Watched the ball game (bleah) and studied the inner workings of Git on this cloudy rainy day. https://flic.kr/p/2g9gdwC

Warwick Forest

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June 1, 2019. Went out for a 47km ride today to Berwick and Warwick forest. I would have made it an even 50 but I was in a rush to get home in time for tonight's RedBlack's game. https://flic.kr/p/2g7nYKN

Lilacs

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May 31, 2019. Lilacs in the front yard (ok, technically, the neighbour's front yard, I think). My favourite spring flower. We had a 'town hall' meeting about the new NRC strategy this morning. The contributions from our research centre have taken a step backward, in my view. All AI, no People-Centred Technology. I left the office today with the feeling that my work isn't valued and that I'm not respected as a researcher. It's not a good feeling. https://flic.kr/p/2g6LjUu

Hospital

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March 30, 2019. This is the corridor outside the sleep lab, where I went for a consult and for a new CPAP. I haven't been able to focus on my work in the office because of conflicts. These wear on me and I find them very hard to deal with. https://flic.kr/p/2g6Laqo

Crabapple Tree

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May 28, 2019. This is the crabapple tree in the back yard, flowering this year after a year off last year. It hasn't always been healthy but I still hold out hope for it. Staff meeting today, another meeting, and a day spent pining for the fjords. https://flic.kr/p/2g6KYWh

Home Again

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May 27, 2019. Back home for a day of rest and recovery from jet lag after an evening flight from Vancouver. These tulips greeted me on the front lawn. https://flic.kr/p/2g5up5a

Gift

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May 26, 2019. Spent the day flying back from Vancouver to Ottawa. This is the speaker's gift from the CNIE conference (which is really quite something). https://flic.kr/p/2g3SRib

Vancouver - Kitsilano

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May 24, 2019. Day 3 of the conference wrapped up at midday and or the afternoon I wandered around Vancouver's Kitsilano district, ending up at Granville Island. Flickr.

UBC

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May 24, 2019. Conference Day spent on the UBC campus.

I'm On a Boat

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May 22, 2019. Gave my talk this morning and spent the rest of the day conferencing. Then visited Jon Dron's boat on False Creek with some friends, sampling fine scotch and white IPA.

Room with a View

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May 21, 2019. This is the view outside my room at UBC in Vancouver. I spent most of the day in that room resting up and preparing for my talk tomorrow.

Vancouver - Wreck Beach

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May 20, 2019. Got up at five this morning, drove the truck into the airport and caught a WestJet flight to Vancouver. Took a nap, then walked from my room at UBC down the hill to Wreck Beach - as you can see, it was cold and rainy and the beach was bare. But I did take some lovely photos of the wildlife. https://flic.kr/p/2eztj4k

Cattle Castle

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May 19, 2019. Today it' known as the Aberdeen Pavilion, but when I worked at Lansdowne Park in the 1970s it was known as the Cattle Castle. We drove into the airport, rented a truck, when to TD Place, visited the Farmer's Market (and aforementioned building), watched the Avengers movie, drove back to Casselman, picked up a heavy an oversized mirror I bought while biking the day before, and returned home. https://flic.kr/p/2eLF7QN

Isolated

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May 18, 2018. I got out on the bicycle today for a 47km ride to St. Isadore and back, taking some side trips on some back roads. Nice ride; it felt good, though it was still too cold. https://flic.kr/p/2fX483B

Too Cold

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May 16, 2019. Since Monday is a work day, my long weekend started today. Other than being able to sleep in, I didn't get much out of it. Stayed indoors all day, except for a quick Costco run. https://flic.kr/p/SbtJJR

Base on an Extreme Planet

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May 16, 2019. I've been stranded on an extreme planet for several days now - not because I can't leave, but because I need to survive several days to satisfy a quest. Survival is no problem (I've only played more than 300 hours of No Man's Sky) but what to do? I hunted storm crystals until I got tired of it, then worked on my Extreme Planet Base, which is my best base yet. Oh yeah, I also finished a paper and sent it off for publication. https://flic.kr/p/2fWNKEV

Trillium

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May 15, 2019. This is Ontario's provincial flower and they're in full bloom right now in the forest down by the river. Today was slow - a dental appointment to start the morning, then working on the paper in the afternoon, with a 12km short bike ride over lunch. https://flic.kr/p/2fQufu3

May Flowers

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May 14, 2019. We're not sure exactly what these are (and yes, we searched) - are they lilies? Scilla? Chinodoxas? No idea. I hope the fly (disguised as a bee) knows. Anyhow, they're growing in the front garden. No progress on the paper today - had a long staff meeting and other conversations. All good; no stress. https://flic.kr/p/2eGL4y1

Ash Flower

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May 13, 2019. Another scene from our backyard, as the trees are finally turning green. I spent the entire day working on a paper about badges and blockchain. https://flic.kr/p/2euV9Ce

Sunday Ride

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May 12, 2019. Went for a shortish 38km ride to St. Isadore (where this river crosses the highway) and back. The less said about the Blue Jays game the better. I also edited and uploaded all the photos from yesterday - click here to view the sethttps://flic.kr/p/2eFmA9y

One of Many

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May 11, 2019. We went to the Chefs Paradise for breadmaking supplies, visited the tulip festival, and had supper with family in the ByWard market. A typical Ottawa day. https://flic.kr/p/2eF5ja1

Alex

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May 10, 2019. It's always hard to get the attention of a sleepy cat, and Alex is the sleepiest. It's probably because he's up at night trying to eat my hair. Good day overall today, with some editing, some project review work, and some reading. Just like yesterday. https://flic.kr/p/THW1fA

Posing

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May 10, 2019. This is Lexi assuming her "I'm so cute" pose as I take her photo. Did some project review work, more editing on a collaborative article, and some reading. https://flic.kr/p/THVPku

Goldfinch in Flight

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May 8, 2019. It's virtually impossible to get a photo of a goldfinch, let along one of a goldfinch in flight, but I got lucky with this shot of one in our backyard today. Another day spent working on the paper collaboration, and also, I picked up my new pair of glasses (yay!). https://flic.kr/p/2erBgw8

Angus

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May 7, 2019. Spotted these angus cows on the way home today. Future angus burgers, I thought (I have no idea whether this is true; they may be show cows for local Highland games). I spent most of the day working on a paper collaboration, plus a little time at a meeting. https://flic.kr/p/2fQzgEi

Think Safety!

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May 6, 2019. These signs popped up all over the NRC campus today. Meanwhile, I had a surprisingly busy day, welcoming a new co-op student, getting a new ID badge, and updating a funding proposal review. https://flic.kr/p/2fKYgff

Hyacinths

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May 5, 2019. These hyacinths are the first flowers to make an appearance in our garden this year. It was finally a beautiful sunny day today (which I spent resting and watching the ball game). https://flic.kr/p/25cXn2a

Willow Flowers

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May 4, 2019. Got out for my first 50km bike ride of the season. Cold and cloudy. But there are signs of spring, like these willow flowers along the road. https://flic.kr/p/TDQDsC

Algonquin Park

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May 3, 2019. Today was spent driving home from Barrie. This is just inside the west gate. Another first for me - the first time I've been to Algonquin Park. https://flic.kr/p/2eo6aWD

Orillia

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<ay 2, 2019. Started the day by completing my newsletter, then went back to Borden for the tech Expo, then drove up to visit Orillia, which I had also never seen before. Made it an early evening. https://flic.kr/p/S1ypT4

Barrie

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May 1, 2019. This is downtown Barrie - my first visit to the city. I spent the day at Base Borden at a learning innovations conference, and in the evening we went to a microbrewery called Flying Monkeys. https://flic.kr/p/2fL8Sxk

The Road to Borden

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April 30, 2019. This is a scene somewhere past Perth on the road to Borden, a Canadian Forces base north of Toronto, near Barrie, where I'm talking tomorrow. This drive followed this morning's doctor's appointment. Check-up. All good so far. https://flic.kr/p/RZCc3x

Ladyhawke

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April 29, 2019. This is a merlin, also known as a ladyhawk (falco columbarius). No doubt attracted by all the birds out back, it was perched in one of our trees just as I got home from the office (I really wish I had a big lens and clear windows). All set for travel tomorrow. https://flic.kr/p/2fDCjFu

Grackles

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April 28, 2019. Spent the day working on slides for next week - didn't rush, just added slides in a leisurely fashion. Also watched the ball game, which was fun. Cold day outside, but the grackles are out doing their thing. https://flic.kr/p/2fHvCw8

Vladdy Weekend

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April 27, 2019. This is a blurry picture of Vladamir Guerrero Jr. as seen through my monitor, taken with my camera. I think it represents well the environment surrounding his first two games as a Blue Jay. I watched them both, both were wins, and I've been enjoying this. https://flic.kr/p/2fBWSSu

Stairs

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April 26, 2019. Pretty good day today. I got the next draft of my paper finished, and wrote a post. These stairs are tucked into a corner of M-55 -- they seem like nobody uses them, but someone must, because someone takes the time to post a 'closed' sign in winter. https://flic.kr/p/2eiDFqz

Bite This

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April 25, 2019. Living the Westboro lifestyle. I was in the trendy part of Richmond Road this morning for a client meeting and took some time to have a street-food style lunch (which was delicious) and to pick up an Ortleib bike bag. This afternoon I finished the draft of a paper and made a final push for some travel funding - I might have to have a public fundraising campaign if NRC won't pay the conference freight. https://flic.kr/p/254vve2