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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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    On the Hoist

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    August 28, 2019. This is the car getting routine brake maintenance at the 25K mark. I took the day off work and hung around St. Laurant mall for a few hours… then the servicing dragged on and on to eventually take 5 hours. Still pretty tired from being sick but…
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    Under the Weather

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    August 27, 2019. Monday was a sick day – no newsletter, no photo, just a day having a nasty cold. Tuesday was better, sort of – I made it into the office and attended a meeting but still spent the day with a headache. https://flic.kr/p/2h7K4D7
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    Ottawa Pride

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    August 25, 2019. Still very much under the weather but we still managed to get out to this year’s Pride parade in the city. The weather was perfect, which made it a lot easier. I have a ton of photos which I’ll post soon. Now I need to take some…
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    Lexi

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    August 24, 2019. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride, but unfortunately I woke up sick, went back to bed, and slept until the afternoon. I didn’t do much of anything all day except wait to recover. This is Lexi, our 13-year old kitten in the sink waiting…
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    Back Yard

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    August 23, 2019. Feeling under the weather today and really only had energy to snap a quick photo outside the back window. This, therefore, is our back yard – yes, where all the flower and insect pictures come from. You can see the milkweed forest in the shadow and the…
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    Polly

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    August 22, 2019. This is Polly. She’s 16 years old and looking more and more frail – though she’s still alert, has an appetite and moves around. We spent more time working on the blockchain-IPFS app today, almost out of time. https://flic.kr/p/2h5mzXS
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    Bee and Goldenrod

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    August 21, 2019. Another photo from the back yard. I was pretty busy today, working on a React-Express app in Docker. Halfway done. I tried to video my work but my experiment with PowerPoint screen recording failed. https://flic.kr/p/2h3xeAo
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    Spider

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    August 20, 2019. This is a spider in the window, photographed after a relatively productive day. The laptop is working, so I was able to get a Docker-based Node app up and running. I had also planned to cycle this afternoon, but I got out of the office late, and…
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    Future Costco

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    August 19, 2019. This is the site of a future Costco on Olgivie Road, where I went for coffee at lunch time. Though we need a new large Costco, I think this location will have all the traffic problems the old location had, and more. I had a nice productive…
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    Bank Street

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    August 17, 2019. It was a rainy Saturday and hence a day for errands in the city, including this visit to Bank Street. This area was my hangout when I was in my late teens, especially the pool hall and pinball arcade to the right. https://flic.kr/p/2h1opqd
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    Innes Road

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    August 15, 2019. An ordinary scene from an ordinary day as I waited to turn left into the Costco on Innes Road. Work involved mostly me trying to make the internet work in the office and the office internet not working. https://flic.kr/p/2h1n8RD
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    Resting

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    August 18, 2019. This is the view from my usual last-stop resting spot just south of Casselman on the final leg of a 71km bike ride. The weather was mixed all day but I avoided the raindrops and had a pretty good ride. https://flic.kr/p/2h1ogwS
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    2019-08-14-2749

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    August 14, 2019. Five-banded thynnid wasps (Myzinum quinquecintum) cluster on a grass stalk – my guess is they’re ingesting cellulose for a new nest. Worked on the newsletter and background reading on Ethereum clients. I have a sore oblique from yesterday. https://flic.kr/p/2gXitvj
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    Russell Trail

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    August 13, 2019. After work today I took a bike ride along the Russell trail, riding 25 km from Anderson Road to Hammond, and then back again. It’s harder cycling on gravel, but I appreciate the lack of traffic. This followed an ordinary day in the office where I attended…
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    Salt and Pepper

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    August 12, 2019. I went downtown over lunch to pick up a rubber eye protector for my camera viewfinder and took this photo through the window of a closed bar on Bank Street. I liked the shadows, the texture and the contrast. Spent the day working on React apps in…
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    Wasp

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    August 11, 2019. I had planned to go for a ride today but I woke up feeling brutal and decided to sleep instead. So the main activity for the day was watching the Blue Jays game. This is a photo from the front yard of a wasp checking out the…
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    LRT

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    August 9, 2019. This is the LET station at Blair Road, near where I work. Construction is a year and a half late, and they’re having quality issues. They can’t figure out why – but they also approved a tender for the next stage that didn’t meet the technical qualifications.…
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    Hostas

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    August 5, 2019. Today was the last day of vacation this year and I spent it relaxing, writing a short magazine article, and playing No Man’s Sky. These hostas are in our front yard and I used the late afternoon sunlight to try for a bit of a different perspective…
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    The South Nation River

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    August 4, 2019. Today’s bike ride took me downstream to where the South Nation River empties into the Ottawa, through places like Plantagenet, Jessup Falls and Wendover. The wind wasn’t really my friend, and the Jays lost, but it really was a beautiful day for a bike ride. This is…
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    Riceville

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    August 1, 2019. Just a short 61 km ride today on a near perfect day for cycling. I slept in, created a nice newsletter, had lunch, and then did the ride. This cabin is just east of Riceville, northeast of Casselman. https://flic.kr/p/2gMYjJ4

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