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    Julia

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    October 28, 2020. I don’t know why cats sky away from cameras, and our Julia is the shyest of the lot. Today was another busy day in a busy week (the best sort of week) – I’ve been catching up on tasks that have been sitting there, for example, completing…
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    Dead Milkweed

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    October 26, 2020. The cold has come, the rains have started, and they even had some snow in the city today. I was indoors all day presenting at and attending the ePIC 2020 conference on open recognition. I like doing presentations because they always push my thinking, but they can…
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    Mer Bleue Bog Trail

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    October 25, 2020. Andrea and I went for a 9 km hike along the Mer Bleue Bog Trail today. It was a crisp 7 degrees but sunny and nice. The trail out was great, but on the way back, well, it was a bog. Still, it was great exercise and…
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    Emma on the Rug

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    October 24, 2020. The expected rains did not materialize but it was still an indoor day for me as I prepared my Open Recognition Networks talk for Monday. This is Emma waiting patiently for food. Or string games. or something. https://flic.kr/p/2jZ1Qbk
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    St. Lawrence River

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    October 23, 2020. I could not resist getting out for a ride on what is for sure the last nice day of the year. So it was about 90 km to the St.Lawrence River and back. I also had a nice lunch at Rockin Rhonda’s in Avonmore (while taking part…
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    Kitties

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    October 22, 2020. This is why you don’t want to split kitten siblings up. That’s (from top down) Julia, Emma and Charlemagne. We bought another cat couch today, though we evidently don’t need it. Today I spent working on a talk for next week on open recognition networks. Some good…
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    High Falls Conservation Area

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    October 21, 2020. I took a walk after work down to the river to take a few photos of the High Falls Conservation Area. It’s a really nice area and it’s only a few minutes to walk. Today was another day focused on data literacy, but I need to begin…
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    Lexi in the Kitchen

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    October 21, 2020. Even with the excitement of the kittens I make sure Lexi is well tended with regular tuna and attention. She is also the catalyst for string games, which the kittens love. Today was focused on data literacy, again. https://flic.kr/p/2jXEShq
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    Dogwood

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    October 19, 2020. I saw this dogwood by the deck in the back just glistening in the rain and had to make it today’s photo. This morning I did a seminar on personal learning and through the afternoon I did newsletter posts and reading for data literacy. https://flic.kr/p/2jXbgA7
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    Corn

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    October 17, 2020. I was able to get out for a 60 km bike ride today to Russell and back, and visited family along the way for an hour and a half or so (all is well with them I’m happy to say). This is dried corn intended (I believe)…
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    Cat Couch

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    October 16, 2020. We picked up a cat couch at the store yesterday and they took to it instantly. At any given time now, there will be one cat or another in the cat couch. Today was another data literacy day – I’m making good progress, I’ve identified some key…
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    Parking Lot

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    October 15, 2020. I know my life may appear glamorous in my social media photos, but sometimes it’s ordinary, as in the case of noon today when we drove into town to get some groceries. Still deep into researching data literacy literature. https://flic.kr/p/2jW9zxV
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    Bread

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    October 10, 2020. This is a loaf of Andrea’s bread. I can’t overstate how good it is to have home-baked bread in the house. Today was a quiet indoor day spent puttering around with Angular and other web frameworks and creating OLDaily posts. https://flic.kr/p/2jTk9Na
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    Soybeans and River

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    October 9, 2020. This is a soybean field by the side of the nation river, seen during a short bike ride after work. Today was another day filled with work on data literacy; I’m getting a pretty good sense of the development of the concept over the last 15 years…
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    Nation River

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    October 8, 2020. It was too bright and too windy to frame this photo, so I just fired off a bunch of shots and hoped for the best. I took it on a short but cold bike ride after work. Today was a day of back-to-back-to-back Zoom meetings, plus a…
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    Wasp

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    October 5, 2020. Andrea came in today to say the wasps were swarming on the goldenrod by the back deck. Definitely worth a photo! Had a couple of meetings today, documented my week-end work, and cleaned my desk of accumulated clutter from several months of work. https://flic.kr/p/2jPU7jA
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    Son of Bones

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    October 4, 2020. This year I’m relatively early with the Hallowe’en decorations. This is the third year for Son of Bones. Another quiet day in today, messing around with more code (and could also be called a work day if pressed). https://flic.kr/p/2jPUSYw
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    4 Cube Cat

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    October 3, 2020. The cats survived our short trip away just fine, as I knew they would. This is Charlemagne (notice his right eye was permanently damaged by his infection before his rescue). Quiet day in today messing around with code. If pressed I could call it a work day.…
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    Brebuf

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    October 2, 2020. We drove home from our short Tremblant vacation today. This is the scene at the village of Brebuf, just a few kilometers in from the resort. It’s hard not to have a visceral response to the beauty. https://flic.kr/p/2jNtb4c
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    Ridgeline

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    September 30, 2020. We took the gondola to the top of Mont Tremblant and went for a hike inside a cloud along the Summit Trail,a winding path along the ridgeline that has the appeal of (as Andrea said) being uphill in both directions. Maybe, but it was also beautiful, with…
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    Bee Sting Cake

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    September 28, 2020. Andrea made this cake in preparation for our short vacation. It’s a yeasted cake with pudding in the middle and absolutely delicious. Today I gave a seminar in the morning and did some writing in the afternoon, getting as prepared as possible for a few days off.…
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    Back Yard

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    September 27, 2020. It was a bit windy for cycling today, and anyhow I had my fill yesterday, so I tayed in, watched the ball game, and prepared some posts for next week’s OLDaily. Work tomorrow then a few days in the Laurentians. https://flic.kr/p/2jLYUjC
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    Hunting

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    September 25, 2020. This time every year we get an influx of ladybugs (or something similar) into the house. The kittens love watching them – here’s Charlemagne (with his many extra toes) hunting them on the ceiling. A couple of longer meetings today having to do with data literacy and…

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