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    #ClimateStrikeOttawa

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    September 27, 2019. I went downtown today to be one of the few people with gray hair at the Climate Strike protest on Parliament Hill. Because I agree with the protesters – it’s time for action. And we can’t just depend on individual action – not in a world where…
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    The Leg

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    September 25, 2019. Spent the full day with an enthusiastic group of people at Athabasca University doing a workshop on distributed learning technologies, then had dinner with my old NewsTrolls friend and colleague Jennifer. Took a stroll after to take this picture (it’s pronounced ‘the ledge’, short for Legislature). https://flic.kr/p/2hmNtDe
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    Edmonton

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    September 24, 2019. Got up at ridiculous o’clock and flew to Edmonton, spending the bulk of my Tuesday preparing for my workshop. Had a nice meal at a downtown vegetarian restaurant, Kanu Cafe. https://flic.kr/p/2hmLgCr
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    Monarch

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    September 22, 2019. We have a back yard full of milkweed and glowers and are reaping the butterfly benefit. I spent all day today working on my handout for my workshop next week. https://flic.kr/p/2hjjQXX
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    Nation River

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    September 20, 2019. For on of the last beautiful days of the year I took the day off and went cycling up the Nation River almost to Chesterville. This time next year this landscape will be completely different as the windmills come in; I saw them building the bases throughout…
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    Navan Road

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    September 19, 2019. This photo was taken out my car window while at a dead stop on Navan Road. Spent a full day reviewing a proposed UNESCO resolution on OERs. I took this detour because of multiple accidents on the 417, but it was just as bad. https://flic.kr/p/2hibj51
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    CEREC MC XL

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    September 18, 2019. I stopped to take photos and ask questions about this unit I saw while I was at the dentist today (teeth are doing well, thank you). It’s a milling and grinding unit used to make inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, bridges, abutments, and surgical guides all on the…
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    Parked at Costco

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    September 17, 2019. Mixed day today – staff meeting, working on workshop materials, yellow fever vaccination, shopping at Costco (here’s my car, parked there), video games. Productive, but I didn’t get a lot done. https://flic.kr/p/2hhe8kf
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    Thistles

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    September 16, 2019. Busy and productive day today spent preparing workshop materials. Stopped at the new Casselman subdivsion on the way home to see how it’s going, and took this photo of some thistles (the thistles are the exception; almost half the lots are being built on by now). https://flic.kr/p/2hgM5dV
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    Apple Season

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    September 15, 2019. I finished assessing the last of the proposals and then headed out cycling on a cool crisp afternoon. Quite by accident I visited two apple orchards; it’s full-on apple season and people are able to pick their own. The corn and soybeans have also done very well…
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    Hyperspace

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    September 13, 2019. Got two paper revisions done and sent today, which make me happy. Now I’m almost set top start on something new. Tonight: No Man’s Sky. This is my space ship traversing a black hole on the way to Galactic centre. https://flic.kr/p/2hfsvmV
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    Paper Wasp

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    September 14, 2019. I spent the day today reviewing and grading entries to an education innovation contest. I also watched the ball game (the less said the better). And I took a quick walk in the back yard to photograph this paper wasp in the asters. https://flic.kr/p/2hfsygH
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    Jelly Bellies

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    September 12, 2019. We were in a bad state when Costco stopped selling Kirkland Jelly bellies, but we’ve discovered that the Bulk Barn has them, so we can satisfy our addiction (we both eat them). Not terribly productive today, but I wrote some notes on blockchain, so that’s something. https://flic.kr/p/2hezJdK
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    Goldenrod

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    September 11, 2019. I sat and stared out the car window at the goldenrod on the front lawn after getting back from taking Polly to the vet. The reason why I like living out here in the country is that it is so full of life. Nothing more important, really.…
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    Coneflowers

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    September 9, 2019. Today was a good day. I got stuff done. I did a podcast interview. I wrote a post. I took this photo of coneflowers in our back yard. I have more work to do today, which I nay or may not do, but it feels good to…
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    Nation River

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    September 8, 2019. It was pretty cool and threatening rain, but I went for a 63 km ride to Cannamore via Embrun, where I stopped for a while to visit family, and Chrysler, where I took this photo of the Nation River. https://flic.kr/p/2hcSrjn
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    RedBlacks

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    September 7, 2019. On a rainy Saturday afternoon the perfect place to be is under the big roof at a RedBlacks game. True, the game wasn’t close, and wasn’t in our favour, but lots happened at it was still fun. Polly, meanwhile, is day-to-day – she has responded well to…
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    Polly at the Vet

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    September 6, 2019. Our 16-year old cat Polly stopped eating and we took her into the vet this morning. This turned into a day of tests and treatment for failing kidneys. There’s probably nothing we can do. But while she’s still active and alert we can make sure she’s not…
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    Big Yellow

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    September 5, 2019. Our backyard is a haven for insects of all varities, which means that these spiders prosper. They are quite large (by Ontario standards). Worked on a paper revision (I hate revisions), did an interview for the October conference, attended a webcast, and got worrying news about one…
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    Painted Lady

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    September 4, 2019. I’ve been moving a bit slowly the last few days because it’s about to get very busy in the fall. I don’t mind – I like busy. Today I revised my workshop agenda and looked at the paper I’m revising, along with watching some videos of talks.This…
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    Costco

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    September 3, 2019. Today’s big moment is having $112.06 in the bank and having Andrea’s list for Costco total $112.13 – but I had planned for such an event so no problem. Just remarkable how close they came. Meeting in the a.m., paperwork in the p.m. https://flic.kr/p/2haH2Yt
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    2000 km

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    September 1, 2019. Cycled up to Devine Road and then back down to Russell, reaching 2000 km for the year just as I stopped by to visit family in Embrun (no one home, sadly). I was at the corner of Devine Road and Boundary Road when Verlander finished his no-hitter.…
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    Dunvegan

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    August 31, 2019. Finally back on the bicycle. It was a little cool but generally beautiful day for a ride, so I went 73 km taking the long way to Dunvegan and back. This is the Kenyon Presbyterian Church Dunvegan. https://flic.kr/p/2h8PBPf
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    Amphitheater

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    August 30, 2019. The photo doesn’t quite convey it, but when the clouds and the land combine like this it feels like I’m looking into a giant amphitheater. This was along Russell Road where I took a back road home scouting out a potential biking route. Good news today as…
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    Crab Apples

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    August 29, 2019. Finally coming out the other end of my cold. I got caught up on a lot of email and small tasks. The highlight was listening to Bryan Alexander’s webcast today. These are crabapples growing on the NRC campus. https://flic.kr/p/2h8537A

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