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    Hyperspace

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    September 13, 2019. Got two paper revisions done and sent today, which make me happy. Now I’m almost set top start on something new. Tonight: No Man’s Sky. This is my space ship traversing a black hole on the way to Galactic centre. https://flic.kr/p/2hfsvmV
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    Paper Wasp

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    September 14, 2019. I spent the day today reviewing and grading entries to an education innovation contest. I also watched the ball game (the less said the better). And I took a quick walk in the back yard to photograph this paper wasp in the asters. https://flic.kr/p/2hfsygH
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    Jelly Bellies

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    September 12, 2019. We were in a bad state when Costco stopped selling Kirkland Jelly bellies, but we’ve discovered that the Bulk Barn has them, so we can satisfy our addiction (we both eat them). Not terribly productive today, but I wrote some notes on blockchain, so that’s something. https://flic.kr/p/2hezJdK
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    Goldenrod

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    September 11, 2019. I sat and stared out the car window at the goldenrod on the front lawn after getting back from taking Polly to the vet. The reason why I like living out here in the country is that it is so full of life. Nothing more important, really.…
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    Coneflowers

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    September 9, 2019. Today was a good day. I got stuff done. I did a podcast interview. I wrote a post. I took this photo of coneflowers in our back yard. I have more work to do today, which I nay or may not do, but it feels good to…
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    Nation River

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    September 8, 2019. It was pretty cool and threatening rain, but I went for a 63 km ride to Cannamore via Embrun, where I stopped for a while to visit family, and Chrysler, where I took this photo of the Nation River. https://flic.kr/p/2hcSrjn
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    RedBlacks

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    September 7, 2019. On a rainy Saturday afternoon the perfect place to be is under the big roof at a RedBlacks game. True, the game wasn’t close, and wasn’t in our favour, but lots happened at it was still fun. Polly, meanwhile, is day-to-day – she has responded well to…
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    Polly at the Vet

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    September 6, 2019. Our 16-year old cat Polly stopped eating and we took her into the vet this morning. This turned into a day of tests and treatment for failing kidneys. There’s probably nothing we can do. But while she’s still active and alert we can make sure she’s not…
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    Big Yellow

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    September 5, 2019. Our backyard is a haven for insects of all varities, which means that these spiders prosper. They are quite large (by Ontario standards). Worked on a paper revision (I hate revisions), did an interview for the October conference, attended a webcast, and got worrying news about one…
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    Painted Lady

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    September 4, 2019. I’ve been moving a bit slowly the last few days because it’s about to get very busy in the fall. I don’t mind – I like busy. Today I revised my workshop agenda and looked at the paper I’m revising, along with watching some videos of talks.This…
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    Costco

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    September 3, 2019. Today’s big moment is having $112.06 in the bank and having Andrea’s list for Costco total $112.13 – but I had planned for such an event so no problem. Just remarkable how close they came. Meeting in the a.m., paperwork in the p.m. https://flic.kr/p/2haH2Yt
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    2000 km

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    September 1, 2019. Cycled up to Devine Road and then back down to Russell, reaching 2000 km for the year just as I stopped by to visit family in Embrun (no one home, sadly). I was at the corner of Devine Road and Boundary Road when Verlander finished his no-hitter.…
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    Dunvegan

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    August 31, 2019. Finally back on the bicycle. It was a little cool but generally beautiful day for a ride, so I went 73 km taking the long way to Dunvegan and back. This is the Kenyon Presbyterian Church Dunvegan. https://flic.kr/p/2h8PBPf
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    Amphitheater

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    August 30, 2019. The photo doesn’t quite convey it, but when the clouds and the land combine like this it feels like I’m looking into a giant amphitheater. This was along Russell Road where I took a back road home scouting out a potential biking route. Good news today as…
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    Crab Apples

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    August 29, 2019. Finally coming out the other end of my cold. I got caught up on a lot of email and small tasks. The highlight was listening to Bryan Alexander’s webcast today. These are crabapples growing on the NRC campus. https://flic.kr/p/2h8537A
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    On the Hoist

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    August 28, 2019. This is the car getting routine brake maintenance at the 25K mark. I took the day off work and hung around St. Laurant mall for a few hours… then the servicing dragged on and on to eventually take 5 hours. Still pretty tired from being sick but…
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    Under the Weather

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    August 27, 2019. Monday was a sick day – no newsletter, no photo, just a day having a nasty cold. Tuesday was better, sort of – I made it into the office and attended a meeting but still spent the day with a headache. https://flic.kr/p/2h7K4D7
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    Ottawa Pride

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    August 25, 2019. Still very much under the weather but we still managed to get out to this year’s Pride parade in the city. The weather was perfect, which made it a lot easier. I have a ton of photos which I’ll post soon. Now I need to take some…
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    Lexi

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    August 24, 2019. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride, but unfortunately I woke up sick, went back to bed, and slept until the afternoon. I didn’t do much of anything all day except wait to recover. This is Lexi, our 13-year old kitten in the sink waiting…
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    Back Yard

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    August 23, 2019. Feeling under the weather today and really only had energy to snap a quick photo outside the back window. This, therefore, is our back yard – yes, where all the flower and insect pictures come from. You can see the milkweed forest in the shadow and the…
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    Polly

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    August 22, 2019. This is Polly. She’s 16 years old and looking more and more frail – though she’s still alert, has an appetite and moves around. We spent more time working on the blockchain-IPFS app today, almost out of time. https://flic.kr/p/2h5mzXS
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    Bee and Goldenrod

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    August 21, 2019. Another photo from the back yard. I was pretty busy today, working on a React-Express app in Docker. Halfway done. I tried to video my work but my experiment with PowerPoint screen recording failed. https://flic.kr/p/2h3xeAo
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    Spider

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    August 20, 2019. This is a spider in the window, photographed after a relatively productive day. The laptop is working, so I was able to get a Docker-based Node app up and running. I had also planned to cycle this afternoon, but I got out of the office late, and…
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    Future Costco

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    August 19, 2019. This is the site of a future Costco on Olgivie Road, where I went for coffee at lunch time. Though we need a new large Costco, I think this location will have all the traffic problems the old location had, and more. I had a nice productive…
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    Innes Road

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    August 15, 2019. An ordinary scene from an ordinary day as I waited to turn left into the Costco on Innes Road. Work involved mostly me trying to make the internet work in the office and the office internet not working. https://flic.kr/p/2h1n8RD
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    Bank Street

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    August 17, 2019. It was a rainy Saturday and hence a day for errands in the city, including this visit to Bank Street. This area was my hangout when I was in my late teens, especially the pool hall and pinball arcade to the right. https://flic.kr/p/2h1opqd
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    Resting

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    August 18, 2019. This is the view from my usual last-stop resting spot just south of Casselman on the final leg of a 71km bike ride. The weather was mixed all day but I avoided the raindrops and had a pretty good ride. https://flic.kr/p/2h1ogwS

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