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    Office Trinkets

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    January 27, 2019. A Sunday spent playing in my office. I build a chat engine today – more accurately, I followed instructions on the Feathers documentation website to use the Node.js framework to build a chat application. Loads of fun. https://flic.kr/p/Snzq9h
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    Croissants

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    January 26, 2019. Andrea’s croissants. I had the one on the upper right for lunch. My day, meanwhile, was spent playing with Node.js and Mongo, first with a really bad article on Google Cloud, then on a great article using MongoDB Atlas and Heroku. I built a cloud-based URL shortener.…
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    Mer Bleu Trail

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    January 25, 2019. Easily the best day I’ve had since returning to work in January. I had to detour up Anderson Road because of traffic, but made the most of it by stopping to take this photo. Throat was feeling better. Computer was working. My office-partner made a Tim’s run!…
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    Butter

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    January 24, 2019. The weather was pretty ugly on the drive in but today was overall a slightly improved day. Team meeting in the morning, and screened coop student applications in the afternoon. On the way home I picked up some butter at the Metro for Andrea’s baking. https://flic.kr/p/2emBWdJ
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    Ricola

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    January 23, 2019. Working from the home office today allowed me to miss the snowstorm, pamper my sore throat, and actually get some stuff done – I got a contribution for a book written, and watched Tim Bouma’s presentation on identity. https://flic.kr/p/QCAFDZ
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    Shirts

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    January 22, 2019. I went into the office today and while I got some work done my throat bothered me quite a bit – the offices are very dry this time of year. These are Andrea’s shirts in our closet. https://flic.kr/p/QCArHT
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    Cold

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    January 21, 2019. I burned my throat on hot soup last night and took a sick day today. It was the right call. Not only because of the accident on the highway that would have detoured me on the way to work, but because even a few short breaths of…
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    Frozen Rose

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    January 20, 2019. This is a frozen rose bush as seen from the bathroom window. The snow continued through the day along with brutally cold temperatures. I amused myself by building a GitHub-based website in Node (which was really an exercise in Node routes and testing. https://flic.kr/p/2emVbDT
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    CSIS

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    January 18, 2019. I’ve been framing this photo in my mind for some time, and today the light was just right. Unfortunately the camera wasn’t really up to the task, and my hands nearly froze while I was taking it. So I’ll probably try it again. It’s the CSIS building…
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    Parked

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    January 16, 2018. Today was spent catching up on some tasks and laying out the groundwork for some blockchain projects coming up this year. At lunch time we went to St. Albert to visit the cheese factory. These two ATVs were parked neatly in the parking lot, sharing a space…
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    The Gate

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    January 15, 2019. This is what it looks like when I get home from the office. This is the gated railway crossing, a block over from our house. Just another day in the office wrapping up my post on learning Electron. https://flic.kr/p/2ebKKmY
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    The Second Floor

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    January 14, 2019. This is the second floor of M-55 (the old CISTI Building) at the NRC in Ottawa, where I spent the afternoon in a committee meeting on enabling open science at the institution. In the morning I worked on Part 2 of my blog post describing my experiences…
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    Riverside

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    January 13, 2018. I finished my Udemy course on Electron today (and even got the certificate). Then I wrote Part 1 of my summary of my course experience learning Electron. A day well spent. https://flic.kr/p/2cQsm2X
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    Kitchenware

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    January 12, 2018. We went to CA Paradis/The Chef’s Paradise in Ottawa to get some stuff to support Andrea’s baking hobby. This store has pretty much everything you would need for cooking and baking (and is mostly likely our new go-to for kitchen supplies). https://flic.kr/p/S6d4So
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    Canadiana

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    January 11, 2019. This is a display inside the local grocery store here in Casselman. It reflects the weather outside quite well – cold and snowy. I got a few things done in the office, but overall, the week wasn’t a very productive one. Maybe it will be better next…
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    Alex on the Floor

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    January 10, 2019. Back in the office today. Computer troubles persist but I brought the laptop in and managed to be a bit more productive, exploring the finer details of node.js (in an effort to learn how to diagnose harvester problems in Electron). This is Alex in the front hall…
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    Dentist Office

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    January 9, 2018. Worked from home today and thus was 100% more productive. I also took time over the lunch hour to visit the local dentist for a cleaning and light conversation. Best day of the week by far. https://flic.kr/p/2d3MFim
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    Fire Engine

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    January 8, 2019. As you can see, driving conditions weren’t great. In the office, it was the same, as I encountered one computer issue after another and effectively wasted a second day in a row. My frustration boiled over at times. https://flic.kr/p/2e9PhXP
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    Wilted

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    Janyary 7, 2019. This is what happened to my pepper plants after two weeks in the office. Pepper plants really need their water. It’s also a pretty good metaphor for the day, which was a complete waste of time as my desktop computer decided to crash every ten minutes or…
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    Geraniums

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    January 5, 2019. Spent the Saturday working on an Electron RSS reader. Again, the code on the Udemy course was corrupted. I recreated it, but something doesn’t work. Bleah. These are the geraniums in the kitchen, still surviving. https://flic.kr/p/2e1aXiG
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    Eagle Moon

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    December 3. I bought this lithograph by Roy Henry Vickers at an art shop in Metrotown in 1990 when I was in Vancouver – yes, it is the same trip when I attended the Connectivism conference. I also attended a CFS conference that week, stayed in New Westminster for a…
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    Bathroom Tile

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    January 4, 2019. I’m still in deep focus mode studying Electron for the holidays. So the only photo for today is this one of the tile on the bathroom floor. I’ve spent enough time studying it, surely it deserves inclusion in the photo album. https://flic.kr/p/2cF9Lwi
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    Grocery Day

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    January 2, 2019. Like everyone else, it seems, we chose today to go into Costco and stock up on groceries. Today was otherwise a rest day – I didn’t even do any work on Electron (I’m waiting for Udemy to fix a corrupted download file). https://flic.kr/p/2dXYhG6
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    Alex

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    December 29, 2018. I’ve been pretty focused on learning electron and haven’t been thinking of things like photos. Still, I managed to take this one of Alex in the kitchen. https://flic.kr/p/2bceLqN
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    Last Day of the Year

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    December 31, 2018. We got the car back today – yay – and did some shopping at St. Laurant while we were in the city. Then back home, took a nap, set up the new docking port, and watched videos. Yeah – New Years and Netflix. https://flic.kr/p/RPUYdb

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