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    Workspace

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    December 20, 2020. I got some extra cables today and set up the KVM switch, so this is what my workspace looks like now, Alienware on the right and NRC computer on the left. It’s a nice cozy place for working or for playing video games. I also cleaned out…
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    Weed

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    December 19, 2020. This is just a weed along the railway tracks near the house. But it also has the honour of being the first photo loaded, edited and uploaded using my new Alienware computer. I had to tear myself away from my videogames in order to do it. https://flic.kr/p/2kiw1yJ
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    Display Ports

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    December 16, 2020. This is the back of my Alienware, looking at the display ports (and HDMI) on my graphics card. It was too small for me to see easily so I just took the photo. I ordered a KVM switch (keyboard-video-mouse) so I can seamlessly work with this and…
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    Three Cats in a Box

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    December 15, 2020. My new computer arrived today! This is the box it arrived in, which was of great interest to the cats. They were all lined up, all three looking at me, but when I went to take a photo Julia bailed. Morning was all meetings; afternoon was all…
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    Cat Couch

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    December 14, 2020. This is a scene from my home office. We’ve installed a cat couch in it so they can sit in comfort and watch me work. They like it when I’m in meetings (as I was today) so they can hear me talk. I uploaded my 7th and…
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    Burrs

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    December 13, 2020. We went out for a Sunday afternoon hike again today, this time back to Mer Bleue and familiar terrain. It was colder today, and the trail was mostly frozen, but there was like snow (though a lot of ice). Still beautiful. The best bit was spotting a…
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    Cart Corral

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    December 12, 2020. Scene from inside the car while waiting for Andrea to get milk. The big news today is that my new computer, ordered back in November, is finally in transit. Should be here by next Friday. I did some work for a project, typed up the transcript for…
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    Thermostatic Mixing Valve

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    December 11, 2020. This is a thermostatic mixing valve, the last bit of plumbing from this week, It began with cooler hot water, then was a leaky hot water tank, and finally this repair. I had honestly never heard of a thermostatic mixing valve before. But now I know all…
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    Traffic Cone of Love

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    December 10, 2020. We took a quick trip in to the Costco and I indulged my new habit of taking a photo walk, and this time found these cones. We received a very large surprise in our mail today, one that left me speechless, and will make a big difference…
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    Snow-Covered Weed

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    December 9, 2020. We had a good snowfall today creating a nice scene from the basement window into the background. Today I gave another online class, did some data literacy reading, and worked on converting presentations a bit more. https://flic.kr/p/2kfS1pZ
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    Black on Black

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    December 8, 2020. I actually thought there were two black cats when I took this photo (just by reaching up with my camera – it was late) but it was only one. This week has been busy with multiple presentations – today, for example was my appearance at the Online…
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    Evening Light

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    December 7, 2020. Started the day offering an online course, then jumped immediately into an online meeting, then spent the rest of the day working on my newsletter and fixing presentations. This was the scene outside my office window, another cold and windy winter day. https://flic.kr/p/2kfuAmh
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    Electric Circuit

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    December 6, 2020. I found what looked like a good walking route for a cold day and, as a bonus, found a place to plug in our car at the Fallowfield train station, where we would start. It was a new company, Electric Circuit (previously I’ve only charged the car…
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    Welcome

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    December 6, 2020. This mural is on the side of the Ottawa Public Library in Gloucester. I think it’s quite good. It’s an outcome of a small life change – when we go to the Costco, instead of going to the pharmacy and getting a bag of chips and a…
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    Innocent

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    December 4, 2020. This is Charlemagne. Look how innocent he looks sitting on the counter. Look more closely at his left paw. Isn’t that cat fur? From some other cat? Yes it is. Innocent indeed. https://flic.kr/p/2kfdKS6
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    En Formation

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    December 3, 2020. I went for a walk while waiting for Andrea in the Costco and encountered these training buses en formation. Today I learned a bit more about quantum algorithms, added conditional formatting to gRSShopper, and did a little writing. https://flic.kr/p/2kdctUd
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    Reindeer

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    December 1, 2020. I got out for a very brief walk today to photograph these wooden reindeer on the neighbour’s front lawn. The rest of the day, it rained. I did a short talk on data repositories and equity during a meeting this morning and attended an anti-surveillance teach-in this…
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    The Morning Crowd at the Bird Feeder

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    November 30, 2020. Now that there’s snow on the ground and the grackles have left, the backyard bird feeder is back in business and is attracting a steady trade of sparrows and chickadees. On today’s mainly rainy day I spent the build on my time working on data equity, as…
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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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