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    Snowbound

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    April 11, 2019. I went to Montreal in the evening to be there for an early morning event. During a short walk around the hotel I spotted this poor gnome, head in hand, sitting and waiting for the snow to go away. https://flic.kr/p/Tnz8Qh
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    Domlasoul

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    April 10, 2019. This picture is from York Street downtown where I ran an errand today. I also got a funding review completed and an ethics final report submitted. So, overall, a productive day. I think yesterday’s baseball game (Lordes Gurriel stole *home* in a win against the Red Sox)…
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    Snow

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    April 9, 2019. As I watch another snowstorm outside the window I would like to remind people that back on February 2, some 10 weeks ago, newspapers and media were reporting that a groundhog predicted a quick end to winter. Even the other groundhog that predicted 6 more weeks of…
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    Freezing Rain

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    April 8, 2019. The winter that Will. Not. End. has not ended. Today we got freezing rain. I retired my pepper plants today – they had basically been cooked by the malfunctioning radiator. Spent most of the day reading the ADL report on learning ecosystems. Great stuff. Also did my…
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    Blue Jays

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    Aorul 7, 2019. The blue jays arrived in our back yard today. Not a very good photo, but they were far away and I shot it through a dirty window. Watched the ball game in the afternoon and had a birthday pizza in the evening with family. https://flic.kr/p/2enq7hw
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    Di-Octo

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    March 26, 2019. This is the Di-Octo Sculpture at Concordia University (Hall Building, the old Sir George Williams campus) in downtown Montreal. We were out shopping between ball games in the big city. https://flic.kr/p/2em57ky
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    Hunting

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    March 31, 2019. This is the neighbour cat hunting in the snow in the back yard. Shot through a dirty window in snow or drizzle. Winter has been hanging on, making me depressed, and I’ve lost the will to photograph it. I’ll get it back, but I’ve missed some days.…
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    Waiting…

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    March 20, 2019. Another day spent working on my paper, punctuated by a wistful look at my bicycle, waiting for the spring. Which should be today! In related news, I put a bid on a trail bicycle, the first step in an ambitious adventure. More to come. https://flic.kr/p/2dT4cmR
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    Winter Scene

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    March 19, 2019. It’s hard to believe, but this wintery wilderness scene was photographed in late March just a couple hundred feet from the back door of the building where I work. I took it on my noon-hour walk, a break as I work on a new publication. https://flic.kr/p/2fcgxY9
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    Thunderbird

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    March 17, 2019. This is Andrea’s coffee mug. I bought a pair of them years ago while in B.C. but while beautiful they weren’t well-made, and so mine became unusable. I’ll look for more when I’m in B.C. in May. Meanwhile, today was another day of rest and baseball-watching. Spring…
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    Bearbrook Church

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    March 18, 2019. After a day spent working on a new publication, I decided to take the slow road home, driving down Russell Road instead of the highway. Part of the reason was to find a good photo for the day, which I found here with this little church in…
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    Smith & Ives

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    March 16, 2019. This is the clock in our kitchen. Andrea bought it for my birthday in 2006. Today was a rest day; I watched the ball game on the computer and took a long nap in the afternoon. https://flic.kr/p/RtznSV
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    Fabs

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    March 15, 2019. This is the Canadian Photonics Fabrications Centre, aka the C-wing of the building where I work. I was going for the classic puddle reflection, but it wasn’t really bright enough to work. Spent the day finishing up the finding proposals and (of course) producing a high-quality newsletter.…
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    Behind the Tims

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    March 11, 2019. Spent the morning at a Kubernetes presentation and then reworked my Start Page in the afternoon. Felt stressed all day so I had some donuts at Tim’s on the way home. I shouldn’t, because they add weight, but they do help with stress. As I waited in…
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    Polly At the Stairs

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    March 10, 2019. Cats love routine. Even shy skittish cats like Polly. These days, every time I go down the stairs, she sets up by the railing to get petted while I’m on the way down. So there I am, head at floor level, on the stairs, petting Polly. Every…
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    Fireplace

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    March 9, 2019. This is the enclosed glass fireplace in the centre of the house, with the late afternoon sun streaming through it. It’s really just a propane flame and we really never use it. But it looks nice. I was a little under the weather and took today as…
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    Last Year’s Leaves

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    March 8, 2019. Struggling through to the end of winter; these last few weeks are always the worst. These leaves are hanging onto the oak near my office. I like taking photos of them but it’s usually too cold. Today followed up on an interesting paper on consensus. https://flic.kr/p/2e1F2E1
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    Past the Point of No Return

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    March 7, 2019. We’re past the point of no return, said one of the workers as I watched them take apart this work station in M-55. The wires woven in an out of the concrete floor where what caught my eye. Did a project review today and followed up with…
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    Red Cross Chickadees

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    March 6, 2019. The main cost of supporting Red Cross Alberta fire relief efforts wasn’t the money, it was the steady pulse of follow-up mail from the Red Cross asking for even more money. They are very creative and in this envelop I opened today included a pair of chickadee…
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    Decaf

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    March 4, 2019. I spent the morning putting notes into my connectivism slides, then I gave the presentation in early afternoon. The audio failed, so I had to re-record the presentation on my own after in order to create the audio and video. Long day. This is the exit from…
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    Snow Squalls

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    March 5, 2019. Another day, another presentation. Got into the office relatively early and got to work compiling notes for my Creative Commons talk on the future of OER. This time I made extra-certain that the audio would record (and made a backup recording as well). By the time I…
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    Alex

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    March 3, 2019. I spend another day on the connectivism presentation, finishing up the reading and making slides. More No Man’s Sky in the evening, aided here by Alex in his usual spot between human and screen. https://flic.kr/p/2eZQoxw
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    Logging Truck

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    March 1, 2018. I on’t like logging trucks because they’re too large, drive too fast, and drop bits of bark and whatever behind them. But as I followed this truck I admired the high quality wood (looks like pine) and thought about how much I like wood. So it’s a…
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    Lexi

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    March 2, 2019. This was another good day to work indoors all day, and so I did, digging through papers from the last year talking about connectivism. After that play some No Man’s Sky and took a photo of Lexi. https://flic.kr/p/SVWmkm

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