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    The Back Yard

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    December 9, 2019. This is the view of the back yard from the downstairs bathroom. I’m up early and ready to work from home (due to the internet outage in the office). It was another day spent working on my ethics paper (by now a Major Project). https://flic.kr/p/2hYjwDp
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    Ramp

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    December 10, 2019. I tought for a while wondering why we must always build buildings above ground, creating the need for ramps (which are always awkwardly constructed) and decided it must be because of snow, which would otherwise melt into buildings. This was a quick trip to the bank in…
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    Snow Squall

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    December 11, 2019. It’s hard to see but there’s a vigorous snowfall taking place. This is the Chateau Laurier as seen from the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa. We took the LRT downtown while waiting to have snow tires installed. I also checked in at the office to determine that…
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    Senators Mug

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    December 4, 2019. I spent the day working on my Ethics paper, trying to create a nice video of it. I say ‘trying’ because I learned the hard way that OBS will only support a certain number of image slides. This is in the evening, just before bed. It’s the…
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    NRC Wreath

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    December 5, 2019. The ‘NRC’ logo is there to prevent people from trying to walk through the plate glass in our lobby. The view is of the back of the wreath hung over them. The good news ended there, as I came back to find out that internet on the…
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    Sitting Pretty

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    December 3, 2019. Back from Brazil, taking a rest day before working again. This is Andrea’s chair, and sitting pretty on Andrea’s chair is Lexi, who knows where to find the softest chair in the house. https://flic.kr/p/2hVQ1PM
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    livia Nery

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    November 30, 2019. The day after the conference livia Nery celebrated two things – the successful completion of the conference she organized, and her birthday. This is at the celebratory lunch. Before lunch I went for a walk around the hotel in 40 degree weather taking pictures, and after I…
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    The Band

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    November 28, 2019. I have to say, any lead singer that comes out in pink tights shreds has my support right off the bat. I did my panel session and general conference attending in the morning, then worked on slides in the afternoon. There was also a lengthy lunch, dinner,…
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    Carlos

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    November 27, 2019. This is Carlos Alberto P de Oliveira from Rio, one of my co-presenters in Teresina (and all-round good guy). I didn’t attend any sessions today (since they were mostly in Portuguese and I wanted to spend more time working on the big talk) but there was plenty…
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    Tropical Flowers

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    November 29, 2019. Today was the big day. I was working on the slides right up to the final moment, did a really nice presentation (IMHO) and then (of course) we went out for another longish dinner to talk about it all. These were flowers outside the restaurant; it was…
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    Snow

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    December 2, 2019. This is what greeted us when we landed in Toronto. After a layover, I got into my 10:10 flight to Ottawa. After a three hour delay we managed to take off. Back home now. Cats are very happy. https://flic.kr/p/2hU5ymV
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    Sao Paulo

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    December 1, 2019. Arrived in Sao Paulo early in the morning, had breakfast, stayed at the ‘Fast Sleep’ in the airport, sleeping most of the day, then caught my flight to Toronto in the evening. I had thought about taking my 13 hour layover and visiting the city, but decided…
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    Car Wash

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    November 23, 2019. We ran some errands today, one of which was running the car through the car wash (it’s the fastest and easiest way to make sure all the windows, lights and cameras are OK). https://flic.kr/p/2hQLSFp
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    Dogs in Airports

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    November 24, 2019. This was one of two dogs being led through the Ottawa airport for people to pet and just generally enjoy. He was a very good dog and loved all the attention. Security staff loved the dog, too. For me, it was part of a good start to…
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    The Bridge

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    November 20, 2019. This is the railway bridge at Casselman (I can also see it, at a different angle, from my kitchen window). I’ve been focused on my current paper on ethics, preparing for a trip that might not happen, and watching the days grow shorter as winter extends its…
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    The Plant

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    November 19, 2019. Another day spent working on my ethics paper, and also adding publications to my c.v. As I walked outside under this sky I thought “the mark of a good sunset is that makes you feel small.” https://flic.kr/p/2hNbfXy
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    Base

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    November 16, 2019. In retrospect, I should have built my base in No Man’s Sky on a planet that has more colours. Still, I like my super-heated world, and though there’s zero point to doing it, I’ve been enjoying the task of creating a large city on a world near…
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    Luggage

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    November 18, 2019. Just as I was about to submit my claim, I got a call from Montreal airport saying the luggage was coming in on the 7 pm flight. That was Saturday. Sunday evening I got a call from the Grayhound station in Ottawa. Monday at lunch time I…
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    Nomad

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    November 14, 2019. I’ve started working on my paper on AI and ethics. I also played a bit with some VR as part of a study. I can’t wait to try VR with No Man’s Sky – this is my space ship, ‘Nomad’. https://flic.kr/p/2hNb1d8
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    Geranium

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    November 12, 2019. First day back in the office today and right back into the fray with a meeting. But it was all OK. Spent the day catching up on email. Home tired with only enough time to capture this photo of out three year-old geraniums. https://flic.kr/p/2hNaVhS
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    Roma

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    November 10, 2019. I was up at 4:00 to catch a cab at 5:00 that never showed up. It turns out that it is not easy to get to the airport early Sunday morning in Cagliari. Still, I managed. This mosaic was on display in Rome’s Fiumicino airport – it…
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    Cagliari Botanical Gardens

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    November 9, 2019. I was up bright and early and at the conference to deliver my paper. The presentations ended around 1:30 so I had time to visit the botanical gardens (in the rain). Early night tonight because I have a super-early flight to catch. https://flic.kr/p/2hJ3VJ1

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