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Brown-Headed Cowbird

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April 2, 2020. My main accomplishment today was completing my timesheets. No, that's not true, I also took this photo of a female brown-headed cowbird (the male was on the other side of the feeder). Otherwise, I did some work on the Quick Guide and events calendar, along with the newsletter. https://flic.kr/p/2iLERhF

Milkweed

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April 1, 2020. It was a nice day today but I was tired and it was a bit cool so there was no chance for a bike ride. So I stayed inside and worked all day from morning till evening, playing No Man's Sky after supper. https://flic.kr/p/2iLHAHY

Blackbird

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March 31, 2020. Today was a day of four meetings, all on Zoom. Also a day of full sump pump operations. I'm feeling the effects of social distancing. But I'm still doing better than most, a fact not lost on me. https://flic.kr/p/2iLJMyz

Sump

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March 30, 2020. A sump is a hole in a basement to catch water. You use a sump pump to remove that water. When the sump pump fails, you get basement water. When it happens during a pandemic, nobody responds to your calls. This little Canadian Tire replacement burned out after a few hours. https://flic.kr/p/2iKoxMd

Feeding

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March 28, 2020. First thing this morning we took the kittens for their booster shots. Then I cleaned out the bird feeder and stocked it up again. Also, we went into the city for prescriptions. Also, went to the Pet Valu for kitten toys and scratch pads. And we went on a milk run. The rest of the time I spent in my home office working. As I wrote on Mastodon, it felt like a work day today. https://flic.kr/p/2iJUgeC

Whissell Creek

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March 27, 2020. I took a short lunch-hour ride to St.Albert and back; this is Whissell Creek where it crosses Guerin Road just north of St. Albert. Spent some time this morning documenting my Covid-related work for the purpose of obtaining proper time codes; spent the afternoon doing said work. https://flic.kr/p/2iJRsgv

Home Depot

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March 16. 2019. Logged on this morning to a 'president needs this by noon' moment. A few meetings and it's all sorted with a good result. I like that we can deliver on a dime when we need to. Took a quick run into the Home Depot for furnace filters and bird seed. That plus the usual online work was my day. https://flic.kr/p/2iJBEZd

Eagle

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March 25, 2020. I took this mid-afternoon by the Nation River just outside Casselman on lunch-hour bike ride. Until this point I was planning to talk about the tens of thousands of geese I saw along the way. https://flic.kr/p/2iHJxJ8

Bird in a Bush

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March 24, 2020. It just figures that the day I removed the snow tires it snowed all day. This is the day after, with the bird feeder newly popular again. Another day spent working at home (is there any other kind?) - three meetings, and more Covid course review work. https://flic.kr/p/2iHx4gV

The Empty Dealership

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March 23, 2020. I took the car in for servicing and a tire change today (not optional when you live in the country), working from their guest area (better wifi than I have at home). They are practicing social distancing, and sanitizing surfaces, and everything else you need to do. Stopped for gas on the way home; they have a big plastic sheet protecting the clerk (great!) but no way to not touch the nozzle hundreds have touched before. https://flic.kr/p/2iH52mS

Corn Stubble

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March 22, 2020. It was a cold crystal clear day, probably too cold for a ride but I did get out for 13 km in the country. Otherwise I puttered through the day on the computer writing posts and updating the quick guide. https://flic.kr/p/2iGMikc

Mourning Doves

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March 21, 2020. The doves were too large for the bird feeder but since I just filled it yesterday there was plenty of food on the deck. Quiet day indoors today; too cold for cycling at -4 and windy. Maybe tomorrow. Getting my car tires changed Monday. https://flic.kr/p/2iGsYa4

Return of the Geese

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March 20, 2020. We went for a milk run this morning. There was a gorgeous fog covering everything, through which the geese were returning from the south. I only had my phone; I wish I could have gone back with my camera, but there was work to do (more reviewing of a coronavirus course). https://flic.kr/p/2iG6qtY

The Railway Bridge

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March 19, 2020. I spent the day reviewing a Covid course and working on e-learning resources. I was able to get out for another bike ride - my third of the year - a short and chilly 12 kilometers. This is when I'm really enjoying the benefits of living in the country. The drawback? I could really use better bandwidth. Anyway, this is the railway bridge here in Casselman. https://flic.kr/p/2iFS6FY

The Home Office

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March 18, 2020. This is my home office, hard at work. I haven't tidied it up for this photo; this is the working office. I've been focused on Covid-related e-learning support, something that is becoming my job these days. No complaints; I have a home, a job, good health, a family, and kittens. I am very fortunate right now. And focused on how I can help everyone else get through this. https://flic.kr/p/2iFQzpr

Frozen Nation River

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March 17, 2020. One nice thing about working from home is that I can get out for a quick 8.8 km bike ride between online meetings. This is a view of the nearby Nation River, still mostly frozen. https://flic.kr/p/2iFfr4w

Cedar Seeds

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March 16, 2020. Spent the day working from the home office, which is where I will be based for the indefinite future. Set up an automated user-populated calendar for events helping people move online. This is cedar from the hedge beside the house. https://flic.kr/p/2iEYBWb

First Ride of the Year

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March 15, 2020. It was below zero, but it was a bright sunny day, so I got out for my first bike ride of the season. :) 9.7 km doing some back roads on the gravel bike. Caught up on some email, edited the Quick Guide, made some posts. https://flic.kr/p/2iECCw8

Blackbirds

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March 14, 2020. Back at the Costco today, everything was quiet and normal. Back home, a quiet afternoon, watched the birds (a red winged blackbird and a starling) on the bird feeder. https://flic.kr/p/2iEiXiR

The Plague!

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March 13, 2020. Friday. Arrived at the office only to find it was closed because we had two presumptive cases of coronavirus in the building. OK, went to do grocery shopping at Costco, and couldn't even get in. This was the Metro in Casselman, with long lines as the survivalists bought all the paper products. Update: it was all back to normal by the next day and the survivalists are nowhere to be seen). https://flic.kr/p/2iEerop

Mer Bleu

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March 12, 2020. Stopped at the Mer Bleu trail on Anderson Road on the way home from the office. Got my computer issues straightened out. Updated the quick guide. Other odds and ends. https://flic.kr/p/2iEh7qS

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Kitties

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March 11, 2020. Charlemagne and Julia. Working from home today. Some updates to the quick guide, but I spent most of it updating my blockchain and distributed technology notes. Yes, I have too many interests. What of it? https://flic.kr/p/2iDupUi

Supplies

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March 11, 2020. Finished up my quick how-to guide today and did some more work on the ethics paper. Also announced the upcoming ethics MOOC. Regular Costco run on the way home. It looks like business as usual in there. No I did not buy toilet paper. https://flic.kr/p/2iDuo8Y

Sublimation

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March 10, 2020. I've missed a few days of daily photos - that's what happens when I'm in the zone and busy. This was the sublimating snow on the way in to the office. I woked on my quick how-to guide for online learning. https://flic.kr/p/2iDyvxD

The Rose in Winter

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March 4, 2020. A nice day today; worked on Chapter 4 of the ethics paper (this is the one with all the ethical codes, so it's slow going) and listened to the ball game. Also played with cats, which makes me happy. https://flic.kr/p/2iAJ9Pg

Morning Mist

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March 3, 2020. It was above freezing this morning and in the brilliant sunlight there was a pretty mist to look at on the whole drive into the city. Today was a meetings day, but I did get an ethics application (for an upcoming MOOC) submitted, so there's that. https://flic.kr/p/2iAos2T

Snowscape

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March 2, 2020. Inspired by a recent photo by Alan Levine, I took this photo of the snowscape in out back yard. His photo was better, but mine exists. Finished converting the ethics bibliography this morning and got back to work on the main article again. The trick to this ethics book will be to not let it languish. It's always a challenge for me to finish things (once I've taken all the notes *I* know how the book will read, so there isn't the incentive to actually write it). https://flic.kr/p/2iApF8M

Destroyed

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March 1, 2020. Our kitten toys don't last very long. We got this just 48 hours ago. It is now being retired. This is its hood side; nothing remains of the back except shredded stuffing. I spent the day today finishing and posting my response to Weller. I feel a bit guilty, because I could have been doing productive work on, say, the ethics paper. But I wanted this out and done. https://flic.kr/p/2iAkCZ7

Vaccination Day

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February 29, 2020. It's like the Chicago song: Saturday at the Vet. We took the three kitties in for their vaccinations. They responded really well to the combination of antibiotics, deworming, eye drops (for Charlemagne) and ear cleaning (for mites). Ah, rescues. But now they're all strong enough for shots, and that's what they're getting today. Because we want them to live long and be happy. And they were calm and happy and had no problems at all, because they've learned to trust us. Back home for the afternoon, I continued writing my response to Weller. https://flic.kr/p/2iAoecQ

After the Storm

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February 28, 2020. The streets were cleared today, mostly, but there was a thick blanket of snow covering everything. Even so, I went into the office today. I had other plans but I started reading Martin Weller's book and as a result started writing a response to it. I also wrote a Part 2 for my introduction to Fastpages. https://flic.kr/p/2iAoay7

Snowstorm

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February 27, 2020. I was supposed to be in Toronto for the Big Data Challenge today, but with the train cancelled and this snowstorm on the horizon, I spent the day working on the big old ethics paper from home. Mostly what I did was write a script to convert my inconsistent hand-written references into RIS so I can import them into Zotero and output them in MLA or whatever like a real researcher. P.S. that's not the storm bending the pole, it's always like that. https://flic.kr/p/2iApoGa

Easter Bunnies

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February 26, 2020. It's way too early for easter bunnies, but there they were in the Metro (I resisted; I was only there for milk). I was supposed to travel to Toronto today, but my train was cancelled, then a winter storm hit, so I stayed home and worked on the ethics paper all day. https://flic.kr/p/2iy5U5s

Feather

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February 25, 2020. I spotted this feather in the snow on my way to my car in the parking lot. It was interesting the way it actually melted into the snow. Meeting in the morning, newsletter and ethics paper in the afternoon. Also did part of a proposal for a firefighting training project. https://flic.kr/p/2iy75xf

Holstein Cat

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February 24, 2020. This is one of the neighbours' cats. We call it 'Holstein Cat', for obvious reasons. It has a regular route through our back yard, right under the bird feeder (tbh the route was there before we installed the feeder). Had a productive Monday morning, getting paperwork off my desk. https://flic.kr/p/2iy3gGo

Chickadee

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February 23, 2020. This is another one of our bird friends, a tiny chickadee making the most of the feeder. Watched the ball game today, worked on sorting photos, and write a quick 1-page opinion piece. https://flic.kr/p/2iwVhHV

Baseball's Back

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February 22, 2020. It's the first game of spring training. Yay! It's a bit weird this year, because the televised games are on SportsNet, not MLB.tv. Still haven't figured out what to do for audio, which is how I follow most of the games (can't watch TV while out biking). https://flic.kr/p/2iwtsZz

Colour!

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February 21, 2020. Came into the office this morning and saw that the paiters had been at work overnight adding colour! to our hallway. I'm so happy they didn't choose grey. Anyhow, I now live behind a yellow door frame. Did zero productive work today, but got two large paperwork type items off my desk, so it was a good day. https://flic.kr/p/2iwppBM

Garlic

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February 20, 2020. Today was shopping day, first at Costco, then at Metro, where I photographed these giant cloves of garlic. No, I did not buy any. Good progress on ethics today as I dug into some historical documents on biomedical ethics. Good stuff. https://flic.kr/p/2iw454G

Kitties in a Bucket

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February 19, 2020. OK, not really a bucket. But they're all doing better after a (scheduled) visit to the vet for a check-up and (as it turns out) more antibiotic, anti-worm (precautionary), eye medicine (for Charlemagne, who had an eye ulcer), and an ear cleaning (for yeast). Ah, rescues. https://flic.kr/p/2ivKsB4

Fish

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February 20, 2020. It was snowy and sleety outside, not a good day to drive on the highway, so I worked out of the home office and made quite a bit of progress reviewing and summarizing codes of ethics. This fish is a pad I put under my computer to make sure it gets good air circulation for the fan when I'm playing GPU-intensive video games. https://flic.kr/p/2ivFHPx

Winter Woods

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February 17, 2020. I took a day off work today (and ended up working on my newsletter and ethics book). I took a quick run to the store, stopping to take a photo of some local woods (and to take a break from cat photos). https://flic.kr/p/2iuwHzi

Emma

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February 16, 2020. This is Emma, who like to climb the sides of the kennel. She's the smallest of the three, but far from being the runt, she is the most energetic of the bunch. Julia is doing better today and all three kittens had strong appetites. https://flic.kr/p/2iuc23P

Andrea Holding Julia At the Vet

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Febrary 16, 2020. Our quiet Saturday was interrupted when Julia began showing signs of distress. We drove into the emergency vet in the city, and while there, got her eating and drinking some. She also got five hours of hugging. She tested negative for dread diseases, but it looks like she has a respiratory infection, so we got some antibiotics. She's back home again and doing a bit better. https://flic.kr/p/2itXwyv

Julia and Charlemagne

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February 14, 2020. No surprise: it's kittens. This is Julia in the forefront (the quietest and calmest of them) and Charlemagne in back. Today was a bad-internet day at the office, which slowed me down, but I got a couple of sections done on the ethics book. And not much else. https://flic.kr/p/2itnrFH

The Kitties Have Landed

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February 13, 2020. Please meet our clowder of kitties, born exactly two months ago, and new to our home today. This is Julia (left), Charlemagne (middle) and Emma (right). Julia and Charlemagne are polydactyl. https://flic.kr/p/2isWgJj

Lunch Time

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February 12, 2020. There has been a lot of activity around the bird feeder recently; this is pretty typical. Today I worked on the ethics paper and caught up on some reading. https://flic.kr/p/2isCkE5

Blue Jay

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February 11, 2020. It's just coincidence that I was able to capture this beautiful photo just as the Blue Jays spring training camp is starting, but there it is. I spent the entire day today writing a post on educational research. https://flic.kr/p/2isuA5H

Waiting for the Train

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January 10, 2020. These are the tracks and crossing just in front of my house. It has been quiet recently as the blockades have shut down train traffic. I am more or less in sympathy with the blockade, not so much out of solidarity with indigenous people (though I am) but because I just think expanding oil is a bad idea. Spent the morning today doing a survey and the afternoon adding to the ethics paper. https://flic.kr/p/2isuxFK

The Kitty Kennel

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February 9, 2020. It's pretty quiet in the house with only one cat, but we're planning ahead as we contemplate finding some rescue kittens that need a forever home. Quiet day inside again; I wrote an article, I explored Svelte, and I wrote some posts that were in the hopper waiting to be written. Very slow progress today, but I was in utterly no hurry and enjoyed it all. P.S. the kennel is to keep them safe while they're very young. https://flic.kr/p/2irJGWD

My Friend the Sparrow

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February 8, 2020. We decided to stay in today because the weather was pretty ugly. The sparrow in our back yard didn't have a choice. But I had a nice day just puttering with computer projects, mostly cleaning up my old photo files. https://flic.kr/p/2irNrtv