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    Mer Bleue in the Rain

    April 3, 2024. Squirrel at Mer Bleue forest. Worked from the office today, got 8 years of tax returns off the table, and stopped by at the forest in the wind and the cold cold rain to take a few photos.
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    The Scaley Sky

    April 2, 2024. The nice weather is coming to an end, as evidenced by the sky. Today was spend beginning to end solving a cron problem on my website, the last major issue remaining in the website move. It involved taking apart the authentication in the...
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    Pitcher Plant

    March 31, 2024. This is a pitcher plant from last year seen along our walk around the pond in Glengarry Forest near Alexandria. The rest of the day I spent working on the Europe project.
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    March 30, 2024. We visited my mother today while my brother Bill (centre) drove up with his family from their home near Elora. I also spent time working on my European project.
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    March 29, 2024. Grackle in a tree about 100 yards from me, photographed while sitting in my office chair holding the camera (with the big lens) by hand. Just messing around a bit to test different ways of using it. Most of the day I spent reading arti...
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    The Sun

    March 28, 2024. This is the Sun, photographed in late afternoon using my solar filter. There's a bit of horizontal cloud and a sun spot visible. I'm preparing for the Eclipse coming up soon. Learned so more things, specifically, that the camera produc...
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    March 27, 2024. Barn, as seen on my bike ride (nice day, finally). It followed a day of meetings and puttering. Typical spring day.
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    Epsilon Base

    March 25, 2024. This is Epsilon Base, my newest home in No Man's Sky, the video game I spend far too much time playing. In between bouts of playing the game I worked on restoring my web site and getting the newsletter software running again. https://f...
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    March 23, 2024. The Moon, as seen from our backyard. Photographed using the 600 mm lens. Not as sharp and clear as I would like - I learned a couple things, though it was too cold to go back and try again. I managed to get my website back up today, af...
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    March 22, 2024. Print by someone known as 'Ryan 100' in our room at the Brookstreet. I liked it, through it looked like it was water damaged. It was still the best art in the room. Worked through the morning, drove home at lunch (much easier!) and spe...
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    March 21, 2024. We went to the hockey game, unusual for a Thursday, but I worked from home, then we drove in, checked in at the Brookstreet Hotel (still not a problem-free check-in), and took the shuttle to the game. This is far easier (and safer!) th...
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    March 19, 2024. A look back at the back side of the office where I work. Had an interesting discussion on intelligence and worked to fix my site. That's about it. Still cold.
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    Canada Goose

    March 17, 2024. We went out to the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary today for a short walk in the rain and snow pellets to take photos of birds. Even with the big lens, it's still pretty hard to do. Other than that, today was a work day. https://...
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    March 13, 2024. This is a decoration inside Feleena's, a Mexican restaurant across from the bike shop. They had to drill out the broken bit of extender in order to fit my bike pedals back in. I also paid a visit to an accountant to get started on taxe...
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    March 12, 2024. This is a spot alongside a road a shade under 10 km away from home. It's where I was stranded when the pedal on my bicycle broke off and went flying. It wasn't the pedal that broke, it was just an extender. Took a taxi home. Still - ev...
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    March 11, 2024. A stack of mini batting helmets that were filled with ice cream at a Blue Jays game. Watching or listening to spring training games is one of my favourite parts of the season. Today was another day with struggling productivity, but in ...
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    March 10, 2024. Snow. Even worse than the day before. We didn't even hike because of the weather. I did a little bit of work. But still spent most of it playing video games. No cycling, obviously. The cardinals were nice though.
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    March 9, 2024. Rain. No biking today. A quick photo of a woodpecker on the feeder, that's my creativity for the day. Spent the Saturday playing video games even though I should be fixing a website. Not that people are actually using the website. Despa...
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    Crab Apple

    March 8, 2024. The crab apple tree in the evening light in the back yard. This time of year it doesn't take much to send my emotions spinning; in this case it was an issue with a website that sent me into despair. So here I ham now uploading this phot...
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    March 6, 2024. I bought this in a hotel in Bogota in 2008 or so. Now it sits in my office and I enjoy the memories. It was kind of a down day today, so I put aside anything that resembles work and wrote an article 'On the Sentiment of Rationality'. ht...
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    Kona Sutra

    March 5, 2024. This is the new bicycle; I've been out on it a couple of times now. Though it was a beautiful day today I had to skip a day because of an abrasion caused by the leather Brooks saddle. It needs to be oiled and broken in, maybe not the th...
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    March 3, 2024. Our walk today took us to Pine Grove forest. It's still showing the effects of the derecho a couple years ago, and it looks like they removed a lot of the downed trees over the winter. We listened to the Blue Jays lose another spring tr...
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    Dow’s Lake

    March 2, 2024. The frozen surface of Dow's lake with a sheen of meltwater on it. This was a view as I took an 11 km ride on my new bicycle today. First ride of the year, first ride on the new bike. The bike exceeded my expectations, and though it was ...
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    March 1, 2024. This is CN6200, a train (obviously) on display in front of the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, now for some reason called Ingenium. It was my absolute favourite museum when I was a kid, though I haven't been back since it wa...
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    Dart Trophy

    February 29, 2024. This is from the Edmonton Interpub Dart League (South Central Division), winter 92-93. We finished in 4th place. The trophy has been broken several times and repaired (you can see the tape holding it together). It's from a time when...
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    February 28, 2024. This is artwork on the front of Feleena's, a Mexican restaurant on Bank Street. It's across the street from the bike shop. I was there in the afternoon after spending the morning and lunch hour preparing then delivering my seminar o...

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