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    Costco

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    February 18, 2018. After a quick trip to Costco I spent the day coding and listening to the new Brandi Carlile album. This is our local Costco. https://flic.kr/p/2379b6V…
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    Winterlude

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    February 17, 2018. We went skating on the canal today. It was Andrea’s first time and she did really well. I did much less so, though I did manage to stagger around a but. We also had BeaverTails, walked around the ice sculptures, and enjoyed the whole atmosphere. https://flic.kr/p/EMsVCT…
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    The Nest

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    February 16, 2018. I’m sure this has been there all year – maybe even longer – but I didn’t notice it until today. It’s not the greatest photo but I wanted to record it for posterity. It’s just outside my office, by the parking lot. Mixed bag today: wrote a…
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    Chickadee

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    February 15, 2018. Frustrating day as it took all day to do the OPML code on gRSShopper. I kept making silly errors. On the way home I took a short walk in the forests by Mer Bleu. I only had the compact camera with me and got some so-so photos…
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    Gloucester Centre

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    February 14, 2018. Pretty good progress on gRSShopper today as I turned my attention to the admin functions. Took a break at lunch to go to Gloucester Centre, a very small mall with a large food court. https://flic.kr/p/EJd6Xt…
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    Evening Trees

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    February 13, 2018. A day of interviews and project work. There was an absolutely gorgeous sun pillar on the way home, but by the time I got in it had disappeared, leaving me with nothing but this feeble excuse of a sunset. That’s the view out the front across the…
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    Riverside Hospital

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    February 12, 2017. Technically it’s the Riverside campus of the Ottawa Hospital, but I think of it as Riverside Hospital. It was time for our annual check-up and I’m pleased to report that my blood pressure is normal, my cholesterol is good, and all the other indicators are as they…
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    Alex

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    February 9, 2018. Where would photo of the day be without cat photos. Long day of interviews and project work. Came home very tired. Took this photo at the end of the day. https://flic.kr/p/EAtVea…
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    Nap Time

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    February 10, 2018. I was pretty tired all day until I took an afternoon nap. This is the scene that greeted me when I woke up, Lexi on the left and Polly on the right. Woke up refreshed and did some stuff on gRSShopper in the evening. https://flic.kr/p/24cGw71…
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    Esso

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    February 8, 2018. Our local Esso station got a facelift over the last few months and now looks all shiny and new. It’s where I go some time to get gas. Like today, for example, on the way home (hence the deep evening light) from an ordinary day in the…
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    Snowscreen

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    February 7, 2018. I spent the day in my home office watching the snowstorm outside through this screen window while doing CSPS interviews and the tiniest bit of coding (working on the harvester again, just tweaks). https://flic.kr/p/Ev7hwp…
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    Don’t Panic

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    February 6, 2018. Worked on the CSPS project interviews all day today. But the highlight of the day was mid-afternoon when I watched the launch of Falcon Heavy. This is the Tesla Roadster flying toward Mars, as photographed from my monitor. https://flic.kr/p/234wnvS…
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    Don’t Panic

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    February 6, 2018. Worked on the CSPS project interviews all day today. But the highlight of the day was mid-afternoon when I watched the launch of Falcon Heavy. This is the Tesla Roadster flying toward Mars, as photographed from my monitor. https://flic.kr/p/234wnvS…
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    Inside My Fridge

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    February 5, 2018. I spent the day coding…. shhhhh. I’m not supposed to be doing this. I’m supposed to be doing some other as-yet unassigned (but definitely not e-learning) work. But I got the viewer working. :) Costco run in the evening. This is the inside of my fridge after…
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    Tesla at Night

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    February 3, 2018. I spent the day coding gRSShopper. Did a quick milk run to Metro in the evening. The Tesla pumps were all lit up and ready for use. So far: no Teslas. But I’m sure it won’t be long. https://flic.kr/p/KaVaT2…
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    Evening Light

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    February 4, 2018. Super Bowl Sunday. I didn’t watch a minute of it. I spent the day coding gRSShopper. Yes, I’m obsessed. This is the evening light shining into my office, an interesting mix of warm reds and cool blues. https://flic.kr/p/22KuAr4…
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    Tesla at Night

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    February 3, 2018. I spent the day coding gRSShopper. Did a quick milk run to Metro in the evening. The Tesla pumps were all lit up and ready for use. So far: no Teslas. But I’m sure it won’t be long. https://flic.kr/p/KaVaT2…
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    Evening Light

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    February 4, 2018. Super Bowl Sunday. I didn’t watch a minute of it. I spent the day coding gRSShopper. Yes, I’m obsessed. This is the evening light shining into my office, an interesting mix of warm reds and cool blues. https://flic.kr/p/22KuAr4…
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    Inside My Fridge

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    February 5, 2018. I spent the day coding…. shhhhh. I’m not supposed to be doing this. I’m supposed to be doing some other as-yet unassigned (but definitely not e-learning) work. But I got the viewer working. :) Costco run in the evening. This is the inside of my fridge after…
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    Blue Moon

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    February 2, 2018. This has bothered me for a while. not that the info-television is permanently “temporarily out of service”. I can handle that. It’s the moon. Or specifically, the stars inside the dark area moon. *sigh* Ordinary day today, with a relatively fast (Ottawa Friday) commute. https://flic.kr/p/K56Z14…
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    Oak Cluster

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    February 1, 2018. Sunshine, snow and the oak leaves still clinging to the trees outside M-55 at the NRC campus. Ordinary day today: drive to work, work, drive home through a snow squall. Ah, spring, why do you linger so? https://flic.kr/p/K3sF1M…
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    Super Blood Blue Moon

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    January 31, 2018. I was up bright and early to catch the setting moon as the special eclipse started. The rest of the day was ordinary, except for the snowstorm in the evening which gave me a two-hour drive home. https://flic.kr/p/FRpSib…
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    PEBHAK

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    January 30. “Problem exists between human and keyboard.” Back into the routine today. Work. Costco. Cat. https://flic.kr/p/22BWqgR…
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    Art Connoisseur

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    January 29, 2018. While I was away my print arrived. It’s an A.J. Casson print titled The Blue Heron. It was an auction bid for a local charity at the Metro store here in Casselman. Still deciding where to put it. But the main thing is, Alex approved of the…
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    The Secret Passage

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    January 28, 2018. On the way home from Bayonne in Charles de Gaulle Airport. I just noticed this unassuming entrance by accident to a secret passage that runs the length of terminal L behind all the shops and gates. I wasn’t until I got home that I also noticed the…
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    Cambo-les-Bains

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    January 27, 2018. I had hoped to go to San Sebastian but there wasn’t time, so I took a bus into the country and visited the small Basque town of Cambo-les-Bains in the Pyrenees foothills. It was very peaceful, very picturesque, and not even raining! https://flic.kr/p/JYn4ZZ…
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    Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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    January 26, 2018. The conference organizers and I went down the coast, first to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and then to Hondarribia in Spain. One of the highlights was this church in which Louis XIV was married to Maria Theresa of Spain on June 9, 1660. The three-tiered balcony is exceptional (but not…
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    Biarritz

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    January 25, 2018. The weather only got worse on Thursday and I ended up cold and very wet after walking in the driving rain to take photos if Biarritz on the Bay of Biscay coastline. Worth it for the views, though. https://flic.kr/p/23RrzZb…
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    Nive

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    January 24, 2018. Bayonne was shrouded in mist this morning as we walked to the conference venue. This was the view as we crossed the Nive River on our way. I gave y talk in the morning and went to the school for lunch some activities after (I had a…
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    Djébelle

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    January 23, 2018. Sitting in the Adour River in front of the fortress in Bayonne this is the Djébelle, waiting for spring. Today featured a reception with dignitaries in advance of tomorrow’s conference presentations. https://flic.kr/p/EeZtMp…

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