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    Spider

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    August 28, 2018. Today I spent some time trying to get my laptop to work on the network and some time working on the content viewer. This is a spider Andrea found in the back yard. https://flic.kr/p/29eMFyZ
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    Alex

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    August 29, 2018. I had a couple of good meetings today, but the space in between was filled with frustrating and pointless distractions. Also, I working on my presentation for tomorrow. This is Alex, looking sympathetic. https://flic.kr/p/27S9yEw
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    Pride

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    August 26, 2018. We attended the Pride parade in Ottawa ready to brave the rains that never came. I have dozens and dozens of colorful photos that I’ll post later. Meanwhile, here’s one from Bank Street just after the parade. https://flic.kr/p/2auzHnR
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    Wet Cat

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    August 22, 2018. Was up to Plantagenet in the morning to launch a project, and then worked from the home office this afternoon. That’s how I spotted the neighbour cat lurking in our back yard. I really like working in the home office; I wish I could do it more.…
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    Vultures

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    August 18, 2018. 25×50 Day 18. I didn’t notice them at first but there are two vultures on the roof of this abandoned pioneer home at Glenburn.I cycled 73km to the Ottawa River at Wendover, the first time I’ve made it to a river from home. https://flic.kr/p/N6bkJE
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    Damselfly

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    August 15, 2018. This beauty (specifically, a male male marsh bluet (Enallagma ebrium) damselfly) was hovering around the back yard. Today was a warm damp day I spent catching up on paperwork, doing blockchain research, and following ball games – a so-so game between the Tigers and the Chisox and…
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    The Chrysalis

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    August 14, 2018. Today wasn’t a very good day. Not because I got nothing done – I actually got quite a bit done. But there was the fire alarm and I got wet waiting out in the rain and I was really tired in the evening and I couldn’t get…
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    Boneset

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    August 13, 2018. This is a newcomer to our back yard this year. “Eupatorium perfoliatum or boneset is a common North American perennial plant in the aster family.” Today was a beautiful summar day; sadly, I spent most of it in an office. https://flic.kr/p/28FYvax
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    Autumn Joy

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    August 12, 2018. It’s not autumn yet, and that’s why these sedum flowers have not yet turned pink. But they’re getting close. Today was a wipeout – I was up till 2:00 a.m. after the football game, and up early, and took a nap, and went to bed early –…
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    Caledonia Road

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    August 11, 2018. It was a beautiful day for a ride Saturday and I took advantage of a light wind and cool tempratures to post my best speed of the year. Then, in the evening, we watched our RedBlacks defeat Johnny Football. https://flic.kr/p/28Ywqxq
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    Elderberries

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    August 10, 2018. You have to look closely but there are nascent elderberries growing here in the red twigs that used to hold white flowers. Had a couple meetings, got a new CPAP mask, and worked on gRSShopper Chatter until the internet dies at the office. https://flic.kr/p/27eASKQ
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    Common Ringlet

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    August 8, 2018. Another workday. I spent some time working the bugs out of the gRSShopper initialization script. Also did some work with the newsletter RSS-MailChimp setup. This is a common ringlet butterfly from the front yard. https://flic.kr/p/27bB8SG
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    Tent Caterpillars

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    August 6, 2018. I put the back wheel from my old bike onto my new bike and was able to get out for a 57km ride. Sadly, I also had two flat tires (but these had nothing to do with the switch). It was *very* hot so I didn’t pause…
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    White Coneflowers

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    August 5, 2018. These are backyard flowers, which means a day spent inside. Today I worked on installing Mastodon’s perl module (failed), setting up boxes with Zeit Now (partial success), watching a Champions game online (success) and a Jays game (loss). Also did a bit more reading on blockchain. https://flic.kr/p/29QRDFZ
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    Little Tomatoes

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    August 2, 2018. I headed out on my bike ride and lost a spoke not even 4km in. The bike shop replaced it under warranty, but it was a lost day. Here are our tomatoes beginning to bear fruit. I agree that I should have spaced them out more, but…
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    The Ladderarians – 2

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    August 3, 2018. 25×50 Day 14. This time my ride was successful and I did a loop around Larose Forest through Bourget and Limoges. Part of my intent was to visit Village Gagnon, a local historical site, to document this Ladderarian cross. I also took a whole set of Village…
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    Goldenrod

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    August 1, 2018. Took a rest day from biking and finished up my analysis module for gRSShopper. This is in our front yard – we have very impressive goldenrods lining the front walk. https://flic.kr/p/MDFe6C
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    The Ladderarians

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    July 31, 2018. There are several crosses on display like this around the region characterized by ladders and sometimes arrows. This is the largest and most ornate of them. I’ve tried to find information on them online and had no success, so I simply refer to them as the Ladderarians.…

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