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    Conroy Pits

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    November 29, 2020. Most of our 14 km walk today was en route to and from the Conroy pits. When we got there we discovered that it’s a very large off-leash dog park (which was no problem at all). The trail was snow-packed so it was a bit harder to…
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    Conjoined Twins

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    November 28, 2020. These may be more common that I expect, but it’s the first pair of conjoined mushrooms I’ve seen (and I used to work as a mushroom picker). Today was a work day, despite it being Saturday, first to give a talk online, then to check every slide…
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    Green and Brown

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    November 27, 2020. I’m not exactly sure what this plant is but I like the contrast of the green and brown colouring on the snow. I’ve been preparing presentations recently; this afternoon I recorded one that will be presented next week. https://flic.kr/p/2kbsq58
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    Snow

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    November 25, 2020. This is what greeted me out the front window this morning. It continued for several hours. No matter – I spent the day indoors attending several meetings, worked my way though a bit of a dispute, and outlined my slides for a presentation I’m recording Friday (followed…
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    Breakfast

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    November 24, 2020. This is what I had for breakfast today and have every day – oatmeal plus fruit and (not pictured) maple syrup. Spoon is on the left had side for lighting, not because I’m left handed (I’m not). I spent the better part of the day today writing…
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    Cat Prints

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    November 23, 2020. We woke up to snow on the ground – and in our case, a single set of cat prints on the deck underneath the bird feeder (now full of seeds again now that the grackles have departed). I did some work on data literacy, continued to transform…
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    Cat on a Bag

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    November 21, 2020. This is a view of a cat on a bag, looking straight down. It is, of course, Charlemagne. The bag contained a pair of shoes I bought Saturday. Sunday, with snow in the offing and having already been out, we played it safe and stayed inside. https://flic.kr/p/2ka6CdV
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    Elevated Living

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    November 21, 2020. We went to the National Gallery today to visit the first floor – that’s the exhibit of Canadian Art (there was no special collection this visit). It has changed a bit since the last time I was there, and most notably, now allowed me to take photos…
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    The Diefenbunker

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    November 20, 2020. This is my brother Bill and family. We went to what may be the world’s largest escape room, a full level of the Diefenbunker, a bomb shelter created for the Canadian government during the cold war. It was quite well set up, my first escape room experience,…
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    Zero

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    November 17, 2020. Another cool motorcycle picture (it’s not a trend, I promise), this of a Zero motorcycle we happened to see on the back of a truck. I had my first meeting of NRC’s Research Ethics Board today, which was interesting on a number of levels. My work has…
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    Charlemagne on the Cathouse

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    November 19, 2020. Yes I know, it’s another cat photo, but there’s no way I could really resist taking and sharing this one. Dig his huge polydactyl paws. Did some reading on quantum algorithms today, as well as a couple of meetings on projects. Also converting presentation pages as I…
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    Jean Coutu

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    November 17, 2020. This is a regular stop for distilled water (for my CPAP) and Ricoloas. I tried to capture it as a promo-style shot (couldn’t do much else with cars in the parking lot). Just one meeting today, and I completed a page-turner online course on security (same course…
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    Bank Machine

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    November 16, 2020. Today started out with a meeting first thing in the morning, then a presentation, then did some work to move my presentations off SlideShare and onto Microsoft. Also cashed an insurance cheque from the dental appointment of last week. https://flic.kr/p/2k7HVx4
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    Mont Rigaud

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    November 15, 2020. Cloudy, six degrees, and rain, but we went for a 14.7 hike around the top of Mont Rigaud, which is about an hour east of here, just over the Quebec border on the way to Montreal. The trail was everything I hoped it would be – varied…
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    Charlemagne at the Stairs

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    November 14, 2020. We still have the cat-guards on the stair railings, though they’re almost too big now to fall through by accident. Now every time I go downstairs at least one cat has to play with me between the balusters. Quiet day, mostly a do-nothing day, though I did…
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    The Kittens

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    November 13, 2020. This is what the three kittens look like when they’re gathered by my chair in my home office. Today was flue shot day (yay!) and spent reviewing award nominations, reading up on Research Ethics Board stuff, and wiping out almost all my email backlog. https://flic.kr/p/2k6fHbF
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    Balls

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    November 12, 2020. If you look closely, you can see my reflection in these Christmas decorations at the Shopper’s Drug Mart. I think any time before December is too early. Today was a mix of writing, a meeting, and several sessions at the Open Education conference. https://flic.kr/p/2k5WWRr
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    Emma Playing

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    November 11, 2020. This is Emma enjoying some quality time with me at the end of the day as she chases anything that moves. It ended up being a work day as I caught up on email, did some writing, and prepared for upcoming meetings. https://flic.kr/p/2k5RGX1
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    Late Afternoon Light

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    November 10, 2020. It was another beautiful day today but I was stuck inside working. Still, I did enjoy looking at it outside my window, watching the late afternoon light paint the trees orange. Another presentation today; it’s one of my busier fall seasons, even if I’m not traveling. https://flic.kr/p/2k5gGrQ
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    Rideau River

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    November 9, 2020. It was a beautiful warm sunny day today, and so the perfect day to put on snow tires. So I drive into the city to get the tires changed, brought my bike, and attended the Open Education 2020 conference through the day while enjoying a beautiful ride…
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    Evening Grosbeak

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    Nobember 8, 2020. This is a female evening grosbeak we spotted while walking on the Eastern Greenbelt Tail today. There was a flock of 8 or 10 of them. It was gorgeous out today, 20 degrees and sunshine, and we walked 11.75 km. https://flic.kr/p/2k4H65k
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    The Last Leaf

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    November 7, 2020. This is the last leaf on our mountain ash in the back yard. I thought I’d go for a bike ride, or maybe work on my upcoming presentation, but I have no discipline, and ended up writing a blog post. https://flic.kr/p/2k4jzn9
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    12 Degrees of Freedom

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    I just read a post from Mitch Resnick on the seeds that Seymour Papert sowed, and highlighted for myself this most important statement: 

    “Seymour rejected the computer-aided instruction approach in which ‘the computer is being used to program the child’ and argued for an alternative approach in which ‘the child …

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    Kangaroos

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    November 6, 2020. This is Charlemagne interacting with the kangaroos on the TV (the Animal Planet preview is back on again this month). We wasn’t just watching, he would touch noses and stand up to be closer to them. Not so productive today; one of my weaknesses is that when…
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    Valkyrie

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    November 6, 2020. In between meetings and writing we went to the grocery store today where I saw this really cool motorcycle (since the pandemic started I wait outside while Andrea goes in, because I’m in a much higher Covid risk group). That’s our car right behind the motorcycle. I…
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    Waiting Room

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    November 4, 2020. Our dentist’s office has always been pretty clean, but these days it’s squeaky clean and socially distant as well. I went in for my cleaning and check-up this morning, and for the first time in Casselman, I had no cavities or work needing to be done, even…

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