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Ready for the Big Game

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November 17, 2018. I have y RedBlacks hat and scarf on, and I bought a new heavy coat and boots so I'm ready for the weather tomorrow. Bring on the TiCats. https://flic.kr/p/2cYJMdp

Our German Stars

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November 16, 2018. I worked from home today because of the snowstorm and got the last of the harvesting and publishing issues worked out (I hope). These stars are in our front window and come from Germany - I wasn't invited back to Online Educa Berlin this year, so there's no Christmas markets for me this year. Too bad (but I don't blame them; they're in it for profit, and I didn't make them money last year). https://flic.kr/p/2cSTAro

Speeding Train

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November 15, 2018. I spent the day working on identity and harvesting, creating a video about digital keys. Lots of picky work today. This is a bad photo of the train going by our house. https://flic.kr/p/2abMo3G

Time and Light

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November 14, 2018. This is Alex sitting on my desk impatiently waiting for me to pay attention to him. Today was another day focused on the course, mostly on course content rather than tech. https://flic.kr/p/QLQJaW

Eggs

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November 12, 2018. Today makes three days in a row working on the course and/or gRSShopper (it's a good thing I enjoy the work and find it relaxing). It was also annual flu shot day. These are eggs; I eat one a day at lunch (two on weekends). I can never look at eggs without thinking of George Orwell (Eric Blair). https://flic.kr/p/2btQ9pP

Soldat Canadien

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November 11, 2018. I spent the 100th anniversary of armistice revising a paper on the Cloud and making my newsletter look good in MailChimp. And having a long conversation about self and identity on Mastodon. A day of remembrance well spent. https://flic.kr/p/2cKXVyq

Andrea's Foot

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November 10, 2018. Quiet work-at-home day as I finished off the section on graphs. This is Alex wondering what I'm up to with the camera. https://flic.kr/p/2a48ARA

Cake

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November 9, 2018. This is another one of Andrea's creations, a nice piece of cake, my reward for braving the snow driving home from the office. Spent the day preparing slides for an Intro to Blockchain talk. https://flic.kr/p/2a3cWeG

Frost

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November 8, 2018. Back home, working from the home office, getting caught up on email and doing an interview for the course. I meant to do more but got distracted responding to emails for office-related stuff. https://flic.kr/p/P3xBrt

Politicians

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November 7, 2018. The flight home. Here I am in the small section of Montreal airport where they stuff people into mini-airplanes. The politicians headed to places like Moncton often flow through here. I find it interesting that politicians look, act and dress differently from everyone else, and the contrast with ordinary people (also pictured) is striking. https://flic.kr/p/QEZGoN

Conference Centre

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November 6, 2018. This is the lobby of the conference centre in the Kingdom Tower. Went to the conference in the morning, then out for a short walk (and some Pakistani food at a back-street restaurant) and then to bed at 4pm in preparation for my 4 a.m. flight. Oh joy. https://flic.kr/p/2boReGk

Towers

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November 5, 2018. Talk day. I had completed my slides before arriving so all I had to do by way of preparation was to fret. I prefer working on slides. This is the view from my hotel window. https://flic.kr/p/2boQj9i

Conversation with Ben Werdmuller

Vision 2030: Redesigning Education for the Future

Kingdom Tower

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November 4, 2018. I'm staying here, in the Kingdom Tower. The conference is also taking place here. It's called the Asbar World Forum and it's focused on futurism. The grand opening was today, with the sessions starting tomorrow. https://flic.kr/p/29TtVc3

Diriyah

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November 3, 2018. Woke up this morning in Riyadh, had some breakfast, took a nap, waled around, and then in the evening went for supper with my hosts (and Tomohiko form Japan) and a tour of the area around Diriyah, an old town on the outskirts of Riyadh. https://flic.kr/p/2bfW62c

Lufthansa Technik

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November 2, 2018. I spent the full day traveling; the sun rose while we were over the Atlantic, was a beautiful clear noonday in Frankfurt, and had set by the time I reached my destination. I got some sleep, then was able to write a couple thousand words on the cloud while I was in the clouds. https://flic.kr/p/2bxDfxh

Fog in the Backyard

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November 1, 2018. I got to watch the fog this morning, then I went to the dentist, then I drove to the airport and got onto a plane and left the country. https://flic.kr/p/2bfUofK

Son of Bones

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October 31, 2018. This is our front door today. But it's cold, it's rainy, and it's Wednesday - still waiting for our first Trick-or-Treater. https://flic.kr/p/2baHYDr

Conversation With Tony Hirst

Crows

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October 30, 2018. Spent a good day working on JSON and RSS feeds. Costco on the way home, where I spotted a GINORMOUS flock of crows flying overhead - this is only the tiniest sample of it. https://flic.kr/p/2bac7g2

The Harvest

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October 29, 2018. We had a morning fog today and the photo doesn't really do justice to the hayfield with the woods in the distance. Still was worth seeing, though. I had a security briefing this morning and worked on OPML and RSS for the rest of the day (I ran into a nasty 'publish' bug that resulted because I was missing a slash (hence sending a value instead of a reference to a subroutine). https://flic.kr/p/29K1EgJ

Cardinal in the Rain

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October 28, 2018. I spent the day indoors working on a paper. Not that it was very nice outside. In mid-afternoon we had an apple tree full of cardinals, but this was the only one I could photograph before they all took off. https://flic.kr/p/NKm42c

Croissants

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October 27, 2018. Andrea baked while I did some work on the course in the morning, and then in the afternoon we took her croissants and went to visit family. It was her first effort making croissants, and they turned out brilliantly. https://flic.kr/p/NKkMVa

Harvesting Feeds on gRSShopper

Using OPML

Cat Tail

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October 26, 2018. This is the back window of a car parked in our office parking lot today, and it made me start the day with a smile. Good day to just attend to errands related to the course; it's really beginning to take shape and I'll be able to get more experimental as we proceed. https://flic.kr/p/2bk9nZ1

The Semantic Condition

The Semantic Condition

Taking Flight

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October 25, 2018. I stopped on the way into the office when I saw this field full of thousands of geese. I couldn't resist walking up to take a photo of them flying away. The noise was unforgettable. It's a good metaphor for today; I feel I'm finally catching up with things, got some things in the course working, and was pretty relaxed all day. https://flic.kr/p/NE9UD2

Roadside

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October 24, 2018. It turned out to be a beautiful fall day, as this roadside view this morning attests. I'm getting some of the backlog in the course covered, fixing things and adding things. https://flic.kr/p/Qhzg3N

Office Farming

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October 23, 2018. Today was a 100% paperwork day, except for the short time spent watering my office farm. Here you see a nice little pepper forming on my pepper plant. https://flic.kr/p/2cqrbtk

Installing gRSShopper on Reclaim

Conversation with Shelly Blake-Plock

Third Panel

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October 22, 2018. This is the third and final panel at the Symposium today. L-to-R Abhishek Gupta, Tylor Burrows, Nevena Francetic, Stephen Downes. I clipped this from the 9 hour video of the entire day-long symposium, available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVKqWYeJ2VEhttps://flic.kr/p/2aXk6SH

Reception

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October 21, 2018. More work on the course, then I drove into Ottawa for this e21 Symposium reception at Shopify downtown. https://flic.kr/p/2cm79ta

Tarte

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October 20, 2018. While I was working today Andrea baked this quince tarte (which was a very detailed process). It was delicious. Me, I spent the day working on the E-Learning course. https://flic.kr/p/Qdfkt3

AI in Education Symposium - Introduction

The Road Home

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October 19, 2018. This is a cemetery on the side of a rolling hill in Keene, a small town about 8 km off highway 7, which is the route I took from Toronto back home. It took me 8 hours, but it was better than driving on the 401. https://flic.kr/p/2cefHzX

Humber

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October 18, 2018. Another early morning preparing slides, then I gave the second of my talk today. I spent some time getting all the audio and video uploaded, went to the losing reception, then went for a walk around the city taking photos - the polarized lens really brings out the night shots. Finally a couple beer at the Rex to celebrate a week well done. https://flic.kr/p/29sEvyE

Morning

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October 17, 2018. The view outside my hotel window. Spent the morning preparing my talk, then I attended a session and after gave my talk, then dashed back to the hotel room to interview George Siemens, then made it an early night. https://flic.kr/p/2c9DsN7

The Gardiner

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October 16, 2018. This is a view of the underside of the Gardiner Expressway at Yonge Street. This was Day One of the conference, and I attended some sessions, but I also had to go to OCADU to retrieve my lost lens cap (though on the bright side I got a great polarized filter for cheap in the interim). Mostly, though, I was focused on making slides and preparing my talk. https://flic.kr/p/2c9CSnJ

Scarborough

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October 15, 2018. Another day locked in my hotel room (Travelodge by Wyndham Toronto East, in Scarborough), working. This was the view from my window, but the window was so dirty I went downstairs to get a decent photo. I also transferred hotels today, moving to the Westin Harbour Castle midday. Other than that, I didn't see daylight. But I got my report done. https://flic.kr/p/2cedAHK

Markham

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October 15, 2018. I spent the day locked in my hotel room working on my report. In the evening I drove up Markham Road to Markham Village and explored the area (I had seen it on the drive in and was intrigued). This is a storefront art studio where people can come, learn to paint, and paint with other people. https://flic.kr/p/2cedjiF

OCADU

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October 13, 2018. The beginning of a very busy week in Toronto. Drove from my hotel in Scarborough to Lawrence Station, then took the subway downtown to help the OCADU-IDRC celebrate its anniversary. Sadly it was not in this OCADU building (so I still haven't been in it) but just a few doors down. https://flic.kr/p/2aQm8sB

E-Learning 3.0

Personal Learning vs Personalized Learning: What Needs to Happen

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In Conversation With George Siemens

Bexley

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October 12, 2018. I missed my turn and had to take a back road, which is where all the best photos are. This is just a bit north of Bexley, Ontario. I started the day with a three-hour session on blockchain, then spent the rest of the day taking the scenic route to Toronto through Bancroft and Beaverton. https://flic.kr/p/29f2x7A

Fog

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October 11, 2018. I had a late evening and darkness was falling through the fog on the drive home, but I still managed to take a side road and capture the essence. Fog was also a good metaphor for the day, a day that did not go even remotely as planned, with technical glitches and disappointing results. I'm still really liking the work I'm doing, though, so I'm forging on. https://flic.kr/p/2bSP9ZY

Crown

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October 10, 2018. It was a brilliant beautiful day today, feeling more like summer than mid-Autumn. These were the trees in our back yard. I started the day was an early meeting, then went to the dentist to get a crown, then ran some urgent errands, then continued work on the activity centre. Time's running out, and this is not how I planned to spend the day today. https://flic.kr/p/2ayFh4T

Fading in Fall

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October 9, 2018. It was misty and rainy this morning and I liked the way these former flowers looked framed by the downstairs bathroom window. Worked flat out on my upcoming course today, finishing up the website and building the activity centre. https://flic.kr/p/2bSMDRQ

Elearning 3.0 - Introduction

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Geranium

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October 8, 2018. I spent the entire day - a holiday! - working on my E-Learning 3.0 course. Here it is , still a work in progress. We also brought in the geraniums this weekend. This one in particular is inside for its second winter. It had a rough summer - one of the windstorms lifted it up and ripped it out of its flowerpot. We never did find the flower pot, and we just planted this in the earth. Now it has a new pot and a new lease on life. https://flic.kr/p/2asMmsM

Waving Back At You

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October 7, 2018. This is my Aunt Marilyn waving back at herself. I spent the day - Sunday! - working on my course, finishing off the synopsis and then messing around with the beautiful design for the pages - keeping it simple but elegant. In the evening the family celebrated Thanksgiving at the local Boston Pizza's party room, which really was a great place. Props to the waitress who did a wonderful job. Here's the full set of photos. https://flic.kr/p/PGBV9C

Water

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October 6, 2018. Today I spent all day - a Saturday! - writing for my upcoming course. I got the bulk of the synopsis text done (this will also be the basis for future work). Now it's taking shape! The year of research is coming together. This is well-deserved water at my bedside in the evening. https://flic.kr/p/2bQB1kP

The View From My Office

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October 5, 2018. This is the view from my office. I spent the day putting together my slides for an upcoming talk in November. It's unusual for me to do slides so far ahead of time, but this means I won't need to do them when things get really busy. https://flic.kr/p/2aJL8Lj

The Angry Dawn

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October 4, 2018. This was the sky that greeted me first thing this morning. The rest of the day was quite the opposite, a fairly relaxed day doing housekeeping office work and getting caught up after my trip. https://flic.kr/p/2aCcNgN

Sparrow in the Weeds

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October 3, 2018. Spotted this sparrow at the Streetsville GO station on my way home. Went to downtown Toronto for a meeting, then on the train straight to Casselman. https://flic.kr/p/MXRKin

Streetsville

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October 2, 2018. I gave my talk in the morning, took a nap, returned for the rest of the conference after lunch, then went for a walk in Streetsville an old former village now completely surrounded by the city. Cool interesting area and I'm glad to have discovered it. https://flic.kr/p/2ayDKcU

Streets of Mississuga

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October 1, 2018. Conference day, spent indoors, mostly (though I did scoot out toward those buildings to pick up a cheap webcam). Wrote an article, prepared my slides, got everything ready for the talk tomorrow. https://flic.kr/p/2ayDamC

Continuing Professional Development: Looking at Old Problems in New Ways

The Semantic Condition

Rest Day

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September 30, 2018. Very much a rest day. I went for a walk around this industrial suburb to take some photos, had lunch at a Japanese restaurant, took a nap, watched the last Jays game of the year, and puttered online for a bit. https://flic.kr/p/2bw1SJJ

Train Day

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September 29, 2018. This is the train pulling into the station at Casselman. I was able to walk here from home, and to take the train (plus a bus) to Meadowvale in Mississagua. It's nice to finlly b able to take advantage of this feature of Casselman; having the train was one of the reasons we moved here (but the train schedules and pricing haven't been cooperative). https://flic.kr/p/2bAbYAP

Nose In

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September 28, 2018. This bee has a face full of flower as it scrounges for a late September meal. There are still lots of flowers in the back yard, but they're getting scrawny. https://flic.kr/p/2bs9Gtb