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Monarch

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July 16, 2018. I took a break from biking in order to run errands and to help gRSShopper adapt to the new environment (including turning on caching to relieve Reclaim's poor CPUs). Meanwhile this monarch butterfly ran some errands of its own in our back yard. https://flic.kr/p/298NZBo

St-Bernatrdin

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July 15, 2018. Watched the World Cup game then went out for what should have been a short ride but ended up being the longest ride of the year. It was warm, conditions were perfect, and I also biked at the best pace of the year, our to St-Bernardin and back, some 74 kilometers. https://flic.kr/p/27NeUfc

Tree Frog

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July 14, 2018. Another hot and humid day, not exactly ideal weather for a frog, but this tree frog seemed comfortable nestled in the buckthorn. I went out for a bike ride today, just a quick 50 km. https://flic.kr/p/Ku7WhF

Mont Tremblant

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July 13, 2018. For our last day at Mont Tremblant we took the gondola to the top of the mountain and hiked the 360 trail. The day was a bit hazy instead of the brilliant blue skies we've been having, but it was still very warm, even at the summit. https://flic.kr/p/297xbov

Chute du Diable

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July 12, 2018. We went into Mont Tremblant National Park for the short hike in to see La Chute du Diable. Another perfect day in the sunshine, followed by an evening show at the Blues Fest. https://flic.kr/p/27Zttwj

Labelle

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July 11, 2018. 25x50 Day 4. Cycled from Mont Tremblant to Labelle along the route of the former Petit Train du Nord through some beautiful northern lakes country. This evening: Sue Medley Band. https://flic.kr/p/27XtKQy

Dawn Tyler Watson

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July 10, 2018. We drove up to Mont Tremblant today and among other things saw a couple blues bands at the festival. We also bought jelly beans, walked around for a bit, and ate pizza. Beautiful day, spectacular weather, and I got a load of photos. https://flic.kr/p/28WKqFL

Feeding Time

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July 9, 2018. There's a whole ecosystem at the tip of the flower, with the hovering bee being only the most obvious participant. Today was a half-work day as I went into the office for a bit. I also continued the server migration to Reclaim. https://flic.kr/p/27TzVJU

Morewood

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July 8, 2018. 25 x 50 Day 3. Tough cycling into the teeth of the wind for 30 km to reach Morewood. Another very warm day. This overgrown yard is on Morewood's main road. https://flic.kr/p/27RE4Pf

A Bend in the Road

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July 7, 2018. 25x50 Day 2. This is a corner long highway 14 where I rested for a bit on my ride to Northfield and Dixson (total distance 71.7km). It was a very hot day and while I had enough water, I still had a bit of leg cramping. https://flic.kr/p/LMzwjs

More Malvas

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July 6, 2018. So we decided to take the car an run a few errands, niot because they really needed doing, but because, well, you know. Also, it was too windy for biking. Tomorrow, though. These malvas are in the front garden and go really well with the grey stone driveway. https://flic.kr/p/28P7FAw

Clarity

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July 5, 2018. Pictured here is our brand new Honda Clarity. It's a PHEV - a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle. What that means is that it runs as an electric car, but has a secondary gas motor in case power, range or speed are needed. We ordered it back in March and took delivery today. So far (after 40 km) I'm delighted with the car. https://flic.kr/p/27tBeip

Queen Anne's Lace

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July 4, 2018. Another quiet day getting a little stuff done, puttering on the computer, picking blakcaps, and getting ready for an exciting day tomorrow. https://flic.kr/p/264QgLS

Huckleberry

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July 3, 2018. We think this shrub growing near the back shed is a huckleberry. Wouldn't that be nice! Another quiet day with a bit of paperwork done, a visit to the bike shop, more reading on blockchains, and some enjoyable World Cup watching (though I really feel for my friends in Colombia). https://flic.kr/p/28MVM1M

The Storm That Missed Us

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July 2, 2018. I spent a very quiet day indoors reading about blockchains. Outside, it was stifling hot. We thought we might get hit by the big thunderstorm, but no such luck. https://flic.kr/p/27ECYjL

Ottawa Champions

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July 1, 2018. These are the Ottawa Senators prospects visiting for the national anthem at the Champions game on Canada Day. It was incredibly hot, but we were treated to an excellent 2-hit shutout by Champions pitchers. https://flic.kr/p/LAkTRj

Warwick Forest

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June 30, 2018. 25x50 Day 1. It was incredibly warm outside today so I got an early start to the bike ride. On the way back from Avonmore I stopped at Warwick Forest to take a few photos. later, while I was stopped and having a drink of water (hydrate! hydrate! hydrate!) one of my spokes popped. Heat expansion plus metal fatigue? So disappointed. https://flic.kr/p/K3dtiz

Black Caps

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June 29, 2018. We have a bumper crop this year of Rubus occidentalis, also known as blck cap raspberries. They grow all over the yard - front, back, deck - and we let them, as they're good for birds and a delicious snack. In the morning drafted a funding call for an ISED program, and in the afternoon completed my time sheets and work plan for 2018-2019. https://flic.kr/p/27zSFBQ

Day-Lily

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June 28, 2018. It's day-lily season in the back yard. Today was focused mostly on a research centre planning meeting, with bits of blockchain research thrown in. https://flic.kr/p/27zRSjo

The Beautiful Game

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June 21, 2018. A lone player at the soccer pitch at the office. At noon there's a group of them, and it looks like they're setting up to play after work as well. Today was mostly a meeting day, which meant just a little extra puttering on newsletter and blockchain research. https://flic.kr/p/25FrXrb

Andrea Out Standing in her Field

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June 19, 2018. This is the view outside my home office window into the back yard, where Andrea is tending our milkweed crop. I got my office laptop set up today and ready to run blockchain applications. https://flic.kr/p/JMudsa

Clover

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June 13, 2018. This is a clover in our back yard, photographed in the dark light right before the thunderstorm hit. I spent the day working on Hyperledger Fabric, installing (and learning) Go, setting up Docker, etc. Very productive day, good newsletter too (too bad I have so few remaining subscribers). https://flic.kr/p/JxF5Ne

In the Backyard

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June 11, 2018. These were in the back yard this afternoon - not sure what they are. Tiny roses? Apple? Buckthorn? Got my front teeth repaired today (they look beautiful) and ordered a replacement front wheel for the bicycle. https://flic.kr/p/284tt2A

The Pitch

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June 10, 2018. We went to another Champions game today, this one against a team from Salina, Kansas. It was a brilliant sunny hot day. https://flic.kr/p/25mduw9

Crow

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June 8, 2018. Spotted this crow just outside the office and he seemed perfect for a photo. Eventually I'll get good at photographing flying birds.The weather has finally broken and we're having a beautiful Friday afternoon. https://flic.kr/p/JoSTJk

Broadleaf

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June 7, 2018. Here's another shot on a rainy day from the bathroom window. In this photo I've highlighted one of the broadleaf plants (no idea what it is). Couple of unexpected meetings in the office today but all good. https://flic.kr/p/27Yq7F1

Grass in the Rain

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June 6, 2018. Every morning I look out the window of the bathroom to see the grass and plants growing - because the bathroom is below ground level I get a close-up look at them. This is the grass in the morning rain. I've darkened it to highlight the rain drops. https://flic.kr/p/26Xhf8h

Sparrow in the Rain

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June 5, 2018. Rainy day, ordinary day in the office doing a deep dive into blockchain. https://flic.kr/p/26Fds22

Champ

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June 3, 2018. With no bike to ride today we went to the ball game in Ottawa. This is Champ, the team mascot. It didn't work out so well for the home team, but we saw a triple play, and a good time was had by all. https://flic.kr/p/27L2oZ1

Rideau River

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May 30, 2018. I had one of those days where ripples of controversy follow. An IBM rep at my panel said we needed to privatize health care to save costs; I reminded him that using IBM to privatize the new pay system cost us many times more. I got home in time to attend a town meeting were smarmy town officials tried to explain why the $5K sewage upgrade they pitched last year will now cost us $9K - it was a skeevy effort, consisting of saying that the $5K was just one part of the total cost, and the rest was some amount mandated by the bylaws (that they just hadn't mentioned earlier). So you can imagine how I responded to that (no, not meekly and quietly). The river was at Carleton University, where the panel was located, in the centre of Ottawa. https://flic.kr/p/26Axzk1

Election Daze

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May 29, 2018. It's election time in Ontario. I've voted already, in the advance poll. No, it was not for the red or the blue candidate. I voted NDP because I think things like schools, hospitals, climate and social welfare are important. https://flic.kr/p/27AZbA1

Crane

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May 28, 2018. Back in the office. Looks like they're preparing to wash the windows. I added a 'publish vCard' feature to gRSShopper today. NRC changed its email service, which now doesn't work properly. https://flic.kr/p/26xpRwd

Just Ducky

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May 28, 2018. Yesterday's ride to Avonmore was so nice I did it again. It was equally nice. I took this photo early in the ride (near the sheep from yesterday). I also got the tomatoes and geraniums transplanted. And the Blue Jays won. https://flic.kr/p/24Rzgh5

Steele Road

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May 26, 2018. Despite threats of rain I went out biking and was rewarded with a beautiful ride. This is taken off Steele Road, on the way back from Avonmore. Listened to Lights 'Skin and Earth' a few times while cycling. Got back, bought dirt and ports for the tomatoes and geraniums, and cut some lilacs to make the house smell nice. Played a few hours of Cities:Skylines after fixing a persistent GPU driver problem that was crashing all Steam games. https://flic.kr/p/HVAxZz

Double Decker

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May 22, 2018. Ordinary day in the office, no meetings, just some proposal reviewing and paper revisioning. I took the car to the dealership for servicing after work, and took this photo of St. Laurant Bvld. The flag is the Franco-Ontario flag. The bus is a double decker. And the building is a pretty good restaurant. https://flic.kr/p/24GkDEd

Farm

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May 14, 2018. I was up very early at in the city by seven to spend all day being a judge today at the Canada Wide Science Fair. This is a farm near town. https://flic.kr/p/24qR54G

Trillium

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May 13, 2018. Busy day. Went out for a bike ride to Chrysler (37.6 km) where I found a cluster of trilliums, including this one. Then in the afternoon-evening it was into the city to prepare to be a judge for the Canada Wide Science Fir at Carleton. https://flic.kr/p/24qQQ6S

Pont Abbé Deguire Bridge

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Another bike ride today and this time I made it it St. Albert and back - 25 km. This is a look up an unnamed creek that crosses Guerin road. This is a little off the road looking up the creek. https://flic.kr/p/HeGR5e

Ready to Roll

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April 29, 2018. I heard the weather here was nice while I was gone, but to me April is still cold and grey. This is the neighbour's back deck - they have kids who are clearly ready for summer. So am I. tired of waiting. https://flic.kr/p/JxkZ3f

My Luggage

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April 28, 2018. Flying home from Colombia. This is the transfer to Ottawa, and I had the unusual experience of being able to see my own luggage being loaded onto the plane (and enough time so I could set up to take the photo exactly when it is being placed on the conveyor belt. Arrived home late morning after the red-eye and slept the rest of the day. https://flic.kr/p/H1XayD

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