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    Darth Fader

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    January 14, 2020. I was just sitting at my computer in the kitchen and noticed that the shadow on the wall looks like Darth Vader. Well, to me it does. Meeting in the morning, ethics paper in the afternoon, along with a little work dedicated to setting up my new…
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    Tree

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    January 13, 2020. The subject of this photo isn’t the tree, it’s the weather. It was a heavy grey day with mist in the air and cold that permeated everything. The tree, meanwhile, is outside the office, which I abandoned when the internet went down. https://flic.kr/p/2if6G1k
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    Metro

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    January 10, 2020. This is a display in our local Metro, where I stopped to buy milk and noodles. Today was devoted to the ethics paper again, where I made quite a bit of progress (but where progress right now is being measured in paragraphs, not pages). https://flic.kr/p/2ie2PKv
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    The Bridge

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    This is an image from my city in No Man’s Sky. I devoted the first half of the day to adding a few paragraphs to my ethics paper, and the second to continuing construction. Why am I building a city in No Man’s Sky? No reason. There are many cities…
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    Cookie

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    January 9, 2020. This was in my lunch today, a cookie made by Andrea. I split the day between working on the ethics paper and setting up the new computer (efforts to run Docker failed because of IT policy, yet again). https://flic.kr/p/2icFhfY
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    Hallway Buddha

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    January 7, 2020. Normally this buddha sits in the hallway, but we don’t really have a hallway, so it is temporarily sitting on my table. Still cool, though. Not so productive today (meetings always take away from my edge). https://flic.kr/p/2icsjaA
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    Lexi

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    January 8, 2020. Explored converting PDFs to text today. Lex was no help, but I did learn some stuff about PDFs. In the background you can see hallway Buddha and the geraniums. https://flic.kr/p/2icsoVY
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    Breville

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    January 5, 2020. The old Krups coffee maker finally gave up the ghost (the electronics gave out) and so we welcome a new Breville coffee maker to the house today. It takes a bit to get used to, but it certainly seems to make good coffee. https://flic.kr/p/2ibqipp
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    Snow at CSEC

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    January 6, 2020. This is a bit of forest alongside the CSEC building. We had snow today, and the drive into the city was as bad as I’ve ever seen it. Productive day, though, working on my ethics paper (still!). https://flic.kr/p/2ibsJRf
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    Freezing Rain

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    December 30, 2019. We took a quick walk in the park to get freezing rain pictures, then drove toward Fergus to visit Bill, Shirley and family. The ice wasn’t that thick in Orillia, but there were some pretty spectacular scenes on the road. The roads themselves were good, though, rewarding…
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    Nest

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    December 29, 2019. With the forecast for freezing rain, we decided to wait it out in Orillia. Instead, we took a walk in the park along the lake, looking for interesting things like this nest. https://flic.kr/p/2i8n55c
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    Algonquin Park

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    December 31, 2019. We could take the 401 to visit relatives, and suffer through the misery, or we could take the northern route through Algonquin Park. In theory it’s an extra couple of hours – but as Bill points out, it’s never just 5 hours on the 401; there’s always…
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    Trantor

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    December 14, 2019. I spent most of the day working on my ethics paper, and also a couple of hours reviewing a paper. Evenings these daya I play No Man’s Sky, which for me means working on my base/city I call Trantor. It may be the largest city in NMS,…
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    Spin Cycle

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    December 15, 2019. I cleaned up the basement and prepared the cycle after a bit of a hiatus, because it’s time to get back on the bike to prepare for next summer’s cycling season. https://flic.kr/p/2i1yJQC
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    Winter Food

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    December 13, 2019. I’m on to winter food now – a warm and nourishing broth of egg noodles, vegetables, tuna, gumbo soup mix, and ghost pepper for bite. It was back to the ethics paper today, which is slowly taking shape. https://flic.kr/p/2hZEuBa
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    Cups

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    December 12, 2019. I took a day off from the ethics paper to write a proposal for a May conference (a Canadian conference, so I don’t get booked onto an Air Canada Rouge nightmare). Back home to play No Man’s Sky. These are my various travel mugs. https://flic.kr/p/2hZBNDL
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    The Back Yard

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    December 9, 2019. This is the view of the back yard from the downstairs bathroom. I’m up early and ready to work from home (due to the internet outage in the office). It was another day spent working on my ethics paper (by now a Major Project). https://flic.kr/p/2hYjwDp
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    Snow Squall

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    December 11, 2019. It’s hard to see but there’s a vigorous snowfall taking place. This is the Chateau Laurier as seen from the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa. We took the LRT downtown while waiting to have snow tires installed. I also checked in at the office to determine that…
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    Ramp

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    December 10, 2019. I tought for a while wondering why we must always build buildings above ground, creating the need for ramps (which are always awkwardly constructed) and decided it must be because of snow, which would otherwise melt into buildings. This was a quick trip to the bank in…
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    Senators Mug

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    December 4, 2019. I spent the day working on my Ethics paper, trying to create a nice video of it. I say ‘trying’ because I learned the hard way that OBS will only support a certain number of image slides. This is in the evening, just before bed. It’s the…
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    NRC Wreath

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    December 5, 2019. The ‘NRC’ logo is there to prevent people from trying to walk through the plate glass in our lobby. The view is of the back of the wreath hung over them. The good news ended there, as I came back to find out that internet on the…
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    Sitting Pretty

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    December 3, 2019. Back from Brazil, taking a rest day before working again. This is Andrea’s chair, and sitting pretty on Andrea’s chair is Lexi, who knows where to find the softest chair in the house. https://flic.kr/p/2hVQ1PM

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