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    Taking Flight

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    October 25, 2018. I stopped on the way into the office when I saw this field full of thousands of geese. I couldn’t resist walking up to take a photo of them flying away. The noise was unforgettable. It’s a good metaphor for today; I feel I’m finally catching up…
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    Roadside

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    October 24, 2018. It turned out to be a beautiful fall day, as this roadside view this morning attests. I’m getting some of the backlog in the course covered, fixing things and adding things. https://flic.kr/p/Qhzg3N
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    Tarte

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    October 20, 2018. While I was working today Andrea baked this quince tarte (which was a very detailed process). It was delicious. Me, I spent the day working on the E-Learning course. https://flic.kr/p/Qdfkt3
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    The Road Home

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    October 19, 2018. This is a cemetery on the side of a rolling hill in Keene, a small town about 8 km off highway 7, which is the route I took from Toronto back home. It took me 8 hours, but it was better than driving on the 401. https://flic.kr/p/2cefHzX
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    Humber

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    October 18, 2018. Another early morning preparing slides, then I gave the second of my talk today. I spent some time getting all the audio and video uploaded, went to the losing reception, then went for a walk around the city taking photos – the polarized lens really brings out…
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    Morning

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    October 17, 2018. The view outside my hotel window. Spent the morning preparing my talk, then I attended a session and after gave my talk, then dashed back to the hotel room to interview George Siemens, then made it an early night. https://flic.kr/p/2c9DsN7
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    The Gardiner

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    October 16, 2018. This is a view of the underside of the Gardiner Expressway at Yonge Street. This was Day One of the conference, and I attended some sessions, but I also had to go to OCADU to retrieve my lost lens cap (though on the bright side I got…
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    Scarborough

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    October 15, 2018. Another day locked in my hotel room (Travelodge by Wyndham Toronto East, in Scarborough), working. This was the view from my window, but the window was so dirty I went downstairs to get a decent photo. I also transferred hotels today, moving to the Westin Harbour Castle…
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    Markham

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    October 15, 2018. I spent the day locked in my hotel room working on my report. In the evening I drove up Markham Road to Markham Village and explored the area (I had seen it on the drive in and was intrigued). This is a storefront art studio where people…
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    OCADU

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    October 13, 2018. The beginning of a very busy week in Toronto. Drove from my hotel in Scarborough to Lawrence Station, then took the subway downtown to help the OCADU-IDRC celebrate its anniversary. Sadly it was not in this OCADU building (so I still haven’t been in it) but just…
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    Bexley

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    October 12, 2018. I missed my turn and had to take a back road, which is where all the best photos are. This is just a bit north of Bexley, Ontario. I started the day with a three-hour session on blockchain, then spent the rest of the day taking the…
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    Fog

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    October 11, 2018. I had a late evening and darkness was falling through the fog on the drive home, but I still managed to take a side road and capture the essence. Fog was also a good metaphor for the day, a day that did not go even remotely as…
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    Crown

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    October 10, 2018. It was a brilliant beautiful day today, feeling more like summer than mid-Autumn. These were the trees in our back yard. I started the day was an early meeting, then went to the dentist to get a crown, then ran some urgent errands, then continued work on…
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    Fading in Fall

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    October 9, 2018. It was misty and rainy this morning and I liked the way these former flowers looked framed by the downstairs bathroom window. Worked flat out on my upcoming course today, finishing up the website and building the activity centre. https://flic.kr/p/2bSMDRQ
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    Geranium

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    October 8, 2018. I spent the entire day – a holiday! – working on my E-Learning 3.0 course. Here it is , still a work in progress. We also brought in the geraniums this weekend. This one in particular is inside for its second winter. It had a rough summer…
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    The View From My Office

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    October 5, 2018. This is the view from my office. I spent the day putting together my slides for an upcoming talk in November. It’s unusual for me to do slides so far ahead of time, but this means I won’t need to do them when things get really busy.…
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    Water

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    October 6, 2018. Today I spent all day – a Saturday! – writing for my upcoming course. I got the bulk of the synopsis text done (this will also be the basis for future work). Now it’s taking shape! The year of research is coming together. This is well-deserved water…

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