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    Office Farming Update

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    February 28, 2019. As you can see, I can now grow thumbnail-sized red peppers. The problem is that the header fan doesn’t work, to the plants literally bake. So they dry right out. Anyhow, I did my presentation this morning; it went well, I thought, and got some administrative stuff…
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    String Time

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    February 27, 2019. The joke is that it’s *always* string time. Put the finishing touches on my presentation, built a blockchain wallet from source (someone else’s code, not mine) and had a generally good day. https://flic.kr/p/SQvbkb
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    Alarm Bell

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    February 26, 2019. No, we didn’t have a fire drill. But when we do, this bell is very very loud. And I always look at it each day thinking ‘maybe today is the day it will be photo of the day’. I did have a good day today, very productive,…
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    Old City Hall

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    February 21, 2019. I spent the day at the Big Data Challenge in Toronto, then walked back through the Lawrence Market and then along Queen Street, where I took this photo of Toronto’s old City Hall. All photos on this trip were with my old beat-up Sony Car Zeiss (the…
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    Tuba

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    February 20, 2019. Arrived in Toronto and went for a walk along Queen Street. At one point I peered inside a window to watch this tuba band. It was a long day with a morning meeting and a 5-hour train ride. https://flic.kr/p/24hjEBT
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    Mirror

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    February 17, 2019. I spent yesterday and today working on a presentation about Electron (making a presentation is a great way to review what I know) save for a quick trip to the Metro where Andrea went in while I played with my trusty Sony compact cam. https://flic.kr/p/2dK4rR9
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    Tracks

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    February 19, 2019. The sun is setting later and later these days, allowing me to actually get daylight photos on the way home. These are the tracks just outside Casselman, a b-roll shot among a bunch of Super-Moon shots that didn’t really work out (not enough zoom on the Sony).…
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    Twilights

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    February 16, 2019. The Christmas lights are still up; it’s been three years now. I really have to take them down because they don’t work any more. Here they are seen against the yellow twilight. Spent the day working on Electron again; it’s going pretty well. https://flic.kr/p/2dFFsHS
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    Chicken

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    February 15, 2019. We got this chicken from the annual arts and crafts fair in Moncton right near our new house about a week after we bought it. That would be 16 years ago now. It hangs in our kitchen. Productive day with a longish meeting about open science near…
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    Ice

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    February 12, 2019. It was -15 or so when I took this photo so I didn’t linger. This ice on top of the snow in front of the building where I work is a left-over from last week’s freezing rain. Later today it will be covered with a foot of…
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    Sunrise

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    February 11, 2019. The nice thing about seeing the sunrise when I get up in the morning is that it means the days are getting longer again and I’m not getting up in the complete darkness any more. Installed, fixed and ran Gephi today and created some graph visualizations from…
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    Stars

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    February 10, 2019. The afternoon light is shining through the living room window, turning everything a pale yellow. The stars came from Berlin a number of years ago. The moving box remains unopened from when we moved here in 2015. We are not very good at settling into a new…
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    Sparty

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    February 9, 2019. This is Sparty, Ottawa’s mascot for the last 1000 games or so. I don’t know where he got the name, unless someone confused Rome with Sparta some time 1000 games ago. Anyhow, it was a fun time at the game and we won 5-2! https://flic.kr/p/2dA7XUd
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    Namaste Frog

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    February 8, 2019. While I’m sure there would be no objection today, the history of culturally-themed lawn decorations is not good. Did more with Docker today. You’d think I would know it inside and out by now, but this stuff isn’t as obvious as you might think. Also, there’s always…
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    Office Farming

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    February 7, 2019. The pepper crop is coming along. Pepper plants need a lot of water, and while they enjoy the radiator, they’re suffering from being dried out by it. Worked more on Docker today. https://flic.kr/p/QUzYsK
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    Garage

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    February 4, 2019. I never had a proper garage before moving here to Ottawa, so even though it looks a bit messy, I’m actually quite happy with it. And it gives me another aspirational task to do: organizing the garage. https://flic.kr/p/2eA2C7C
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    Fig

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    February 2, 2019. This is the fig tree in my home office, with the blue frozen winter landscape out the window in the background. I spent the day in this office working away on node and Mongo and Heroku. https://flic.kr/p/23YHpYX
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    Red Polished Jug

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    February 1, 2019. I was at the University of Ottawa today conducting interviews for the summer co-op position. On the same floor was a tiny classical antiquities museum. This jug with incised linear designs dates from 2100 to 1900 BCE. https://flic.kr/p/2dbm6Jk
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    Meeting Room

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    January 31, 2019. This is where we have our team meetings – a few of us here, and by videoconference to people in three other cities. You can see my coffee cup, phone and computer on the table. After the meeting I did time sheets, I sat in on a…
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    Roof Work

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    January 28, 2019. I was pretty sympathetic with the people working on the roof on this freezing cold day. As it turns out, the noise of the work right above my office caused me to leave early so I didn’t have drilling sounds in the background for my online presentation…

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