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    Ottawa Champions

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    July 1, 2018. These are the Ottawa Senators prospects visiting for the national anthem at the Champions game on Canada Day. It was incredibly hot, but we were treated to an excellent 2-hit shutout by Champions pitchers. https://flic.kr/p/LAkTRj
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    Warwick Forest

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    June 30, 2018. 25×50 Day 1. It was incredibly warm outside today so I got an early start to the bike ride. On the way back from Avonmore I stopped at Warwick Forest to take a few photos. later, while I was stopped and having a drink of water (hydrate!…
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    Black Caps

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    June 29, 2018. We have a bumper crop this year of Rubus occidentalis, also known as blck cap raspberries. They grow all over the yard – front, back, deck – and we let them, as they’re good for birds and a delicious snack. In the morning drafted a funding call…
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    The Beautiful Game

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    June 21, 2018. A lone player at the soccer pitch at the office. At noon there’s a group of them, and it looks like they’re setting up to play after work as well. Today was mostly a meeting day, which meant just a little extra puttering on newsletter and blockchain…
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    Andrea Out Standing in her Field

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    June 19, 2018. This is the view outside my home office window into the back yard, where Andrea is tending our milkweed crop. I got my office laptop set up today and ready to run blockchain applications. https://flic.kr/p/JMudsa…
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    Clover

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    June 13, 2018. This is a clover in our back yard, photographed in the dark light right before the thunderstorm hit. I spent the day working on Hyperledger Fabric, installing (and learning) Go, setting up Docker, etc. Very productive day, good newsletter too (too bad I have so few remaining…
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    In the Backyard

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    June 11, 2018. These were in the back yard this afternoon – not sure what they are. Tiny roses? Apple? Buckthorn? Got my front teeth repaired today (they look beautiful) and ordered a replacement front wheel for the bicycle. https://flic.kr/p/284tt2A…
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    The Pitch

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    June 10, 2018. We went to another Champions game today, this one against a team from Salina, Kansas. It was a brilliant sunny hot day. https://flic.kr/p/25mduw9…
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    Crow

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    June 8, 2018. Spotted this crow just outside the office and he seemed perfect for a photo. Eventually I’ll get good at photographing flying birds.The weather has finally broken and we’re having a beautiful Friday afternoon. https://flic.kr/p/JoSTJk…
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    Broadleaf

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    June 7, 2018. Here’s another shot on a rainy day from the bathroom window. In this photo I’ve highlighted one of the broadleaf plants (no idea what it is). Couple of unexpected meetings in the office today but all good. https://flic.kr/p/27Yq7F1…
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    Grass in the Rain

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    June 6, 2018. Every morning I look out the window of the bathroom to see the grass and plants growing – because the bathroom is below ground level I get a close-up look at them. This is the grass in the morning rain. I’ve darkened it to highlight the rain…
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    Champ

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    June 3, 2018. With no bike to ride today we went to the ball game in Ottawa. This is Champ, the team mascot. It didn’t work out so well for the home team, but we saw a triple play, and a good time was had by all. https://flic.kr/p/27L2oZ1…
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    Rideau River

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    May 30, 2018. I had one of those days where ripples of controversy follow. An IBM rep at my panel said we needed to privatize health care to save costs; I reminded him that using IBM to privatize the new pay system cost us many times more. I got home…
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    Election Daze

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    May 29, 2018. It’s election time in Ontario. I’ve voted already, in the advance poll. No, it was not for the red or the blue candidate. I voted NDP because I think things like schools, hospitals, climate and social welfare are important. https://flic.kr/p/27AZbA1…
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    Crane

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    May 28, 2018. Back in the office. Looks like they’re preparing to wash the windows. I added a ‘publish vCard’ feature to gRSShopper today. NRC changed its email service, which now doesn’t work properly. https://flic.kr/p/26xpRwd…
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    Just Ducky

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    May 28, 2018. Yesterday’s ride to Avonmore was so nice I did it again. It was equally nice. I took this photo early in the ride (near the sheep from yesterday). I also got the tomatoes and geraniums transplanted. And the Blue Jays won. https://flic.kr/p/24Rzgh5…
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    Steele Road

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    May 26, 2018. Despite threats of rain I went out biking and was rewarded with a beautiful ride. This is taken off Steele Road, on the way back from Avonmore. Listened to Lights ‘Skin and Earth’ a few times while cycling. Got back, bought dirt and ports for the tomatoes…
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    Double Decker

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    May 22, 2018. Ordinary day in the office, no meetings, just some proposal reviewing and paper revisioning. I took the car to the dealership for servicing after work, and took this photo of St. Laurant Bvld. The flag is the Franco-Ontario flag. The bus is a double decker. And the…
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    Farm

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    May 14, 2018. I was up very early at in the city by seven to spend all day being a judge today at the Canada Wide Science Fair. This is a farm near town. https://flic.kr/p/24qR54G…
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    Trillium

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    May 13, 2018. Busy day. Went out for a bike ride to Chrysler (37.6 km) where I found a cluster of trilliums, including this one. Then in the afternoon-evening it was into the city to prepare to be a judge for the Canada Wide Science Fir at Carleton. https://flic.kr/p/24qQQ6S…
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    Pont Abbé Deguire Bridge

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    Another bike ride today and this time I made it it St. Albert and back – 25 km. This is a look up an unnamed creek that crosses Guerin road. This is a little off the road looking up the creek. https://flic.kr/p/HeGR5e…
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    Ready to Roll

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    April 29, 2018. I heard the weather here was nice while I was gone, but to me April is still cold and grey. This is the neighbour’s back deck – they have kids who are clearly ready for summer. So am I. tired of waiting. https://flic.kr/p/JxkZ3f…
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    My Luggage

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    April 28, 2018. Flying home from Colombia. This is the transfer to Ottawa, and I had the unusual experience of being able to see my own luggage being loaded onto the plane (and enough time so I could set up to take the photo exactly when it is being placed…
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    Medellin

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    April 22, 2018. Flew to Medellin today, which took longer than it should have because my flight was cancelled. Fortunately wifi in the airport lounge was excellent so I spent the delay editing photos and watching the Blue Jays game. Arrived in time for supper and to get caught in…
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    Bogota

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    April 21, 2018. I took the Transmillennial from the airport hotel where I’l staying to the city centre and wandered around on a gorgeous Saturday taking pictures and enjoying the noise and the atmosphere. I alo wrote a blog post, “The Morality of the More Powerful”. https://flic.kr/p/JhPKof…
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    Turtle Power

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    April 9, 2018. By my count, two turtles equals five Iron Men. These are what I suspect are pinatas in the Whole Foods Store, where I went at lunch. Despite being ill, it was a good week, as I managed to finish three papers. Kind of makes up for the…
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    Robin

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    April 18, 2018. The robin in the tree was singing up a storm this afternoon. Probably not happy songs either as the weather continues to resemble winter more than spring. Had a frustrating CPAP appointment this morning and worked on a report this afternoon. My cold continues to linger but…
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    Icemageddon

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    April 16, 2018. OK, Icemageddon is perhaps an exaggeration, but we did have an icy coating over everything this morning, with the result that I stayed home for the day and worked on papers. Still struggling with my stupid cold. https://flic.kr/p/23uVNSy…

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