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    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…
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    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
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    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…
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    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
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    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
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    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…
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    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
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    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…
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    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
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    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
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    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…
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    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…
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    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
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    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
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    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

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