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    Kitchen Table Buddha

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    February 1, 2022. This Buddha keeps me company when I’m at the kitchen table being more sociable and often eating supper. I bought it in Ottawa down by the market 10 or 15 years ago. It makes me feel happy. I finished off the last of the work involved in…
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    Behind the Banister

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    January 31, 2022. Charlemagne likes to sit behind the banister upstairs overlooking the downstairs to survey his kingdom. Finished my favicon function today; it works perfectly and it gave me a lot of joy to create it. Now, back to real work, not just fun work. https://flic.kr/p/2n1qT1N
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    Larose Forest

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    January 30, 2022. It was quite cold today but it didn’t feel that bad as we went for a 4 km snowshoe through Larose Forest. I was anxious about the cold and forgot my camera and snowshoe poles, but we carried on regardless. Also added to my favicon function and…
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    The Bubba

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    January 29, 2022. That’s the name of my travel mug, pictured here. It’s all dirty and scraped because it travels with me everywhere – on my bicycle, in the car, on trips, wherever. Saturday today and so I relaxed and had fun writing a new function to auto-generate favicons from…
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    Lunch

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    january 28, 2022. Pretty typical lunch for me. Some squash, a tin of sardines, bread, dried mushrooms, some cheese and an egg. And of course I like to watch Stephen Colbert while I eat. Finished my upgrade to gRSShopper so I can now run it as fully SSL on Reclaim…
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    My Poor Geranium

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    January 27, 2022. I went into the office today and this is what my beautiful geranium looks like after almost two years of neglect. Otherwise, the office was exactly as I left it. I went in to access the corporate intranet, as I need to take a test for a…
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    Shelf Stuff

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    January 26, 2022. This is an assortment of stuff on my office shelf, gathered from various places over the years. Tried to record my gRSShopper video after a long and tiring day and for some reason it failed on the second-last step. Disappointing. https://flic.kr/p/2mZxuRH
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    In Close

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    January 25, 2022. This is a close up view of what my world looks like most days. It’s where I spent the entire day today, which a full-on push to get the code exactly right to support installing and configuring gRSShopper on a cloud network with property security certificates. I…
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    The Waiting Room

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    January 24, 2022. This is the waiting room at the dentist’s office. Yes, it was back in to have a small problem fixed quickly. Easy-peasy in and out. More work on the gRSShopper system today, setting up server_test so it can set up a database on the fly. Looks good.…
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    Snow Angel

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    January 23, 2021. This is an angel at the cathedral in the centre of town. I went for a short walk today instead of the usual hike, because of the cold weather. Otherwise, I spent the entire day working on gRSShopper and watching football (it turned out to be a…
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    Chickadee

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    January 21, 2022. This is a chickadee at the feeder in the back yard. With the recent extremely cold weather, the birds have been flocking to our feeders. Today I spent a full day indoors working on gRSShopper, getting it set up for my next MOOC – my first (I…
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    Looking into the X-Ray

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    January 20, 2022. Today was a dentist day. This is the x-ray that looks inside my jaw. One minor cavity this time, so I’ll have to come back. Today was also Costco day. And I even got some work done, with a newsletter and some background reading on data literacy.…
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    Brush

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    January 19, 2022. View of the brush near my home in late afternoon. I was on my regular walk after a workday that included a number of long meetings. I also produced a decent issue of the newsletter and made some progress fixing the gRSShopper container (I addressed the Ubuntu…
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    No Construction Traffic

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    January 18, 2022. I don’t think there will be any traffic across this field. It’s literally piles of dirt covered by the foot of snow we got yesterday. Maybe it was meant to be put on the other side, where there’s actually a road leading into a residential area. Today…
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    The Snow Storm

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    January 17, 2022. I was up bright and early today and this is what greeted me: nothing but snow. This is the view from the front basement window, my view as I do my daily work on the exercise bike. Today was a day for administrative stuff – I got…
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    Before the Storm

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    January 16, 2022. It has been freezing cold all day with a clear blue sky – here’s the scene looking outside my home office window. We’re expecting the storm to hit overnight, but we have all our provisions stored and are ready for it. Today I played some FIFA, made…
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    On The Shoulder

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    January 15, 2022. Yes it’s another photo of Charlemagne climbing on my shoulder. Dig that huge claw! He basically has an opposable thumb and I’ve seen him pick things up with it (like, say, string). Today was a rest day. I wrote a blog post and then spent the day…
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    Shopping Carts

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    January 14, 2022. The cold wave has hit. These are shopping carts as viewed on a noon-hour trip to Costco. Had an unexpected meeting today, and otherwise started work on that last video. But mostly, it’s cold. Cold cold cold. https://flic.kr/p/2mXBEu6
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    Night at the Tesla Stand

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    January 13, 2022. Long day. Here’s the view in the Metro parking lot. Today started out crappy, with a long pointless and stress-filled meeting. I came back from that participating in a good presentation at the Heads of Learning Forum, and made the day a success by recording my ‘Critical…
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    Tree

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    January 12, 2022. When I went to Cornwall yesterday I picked up some wall hangings so I could block some of the excess light coming through my window. makes for better videos. Today I worked through the last of the slides for the ‘Critical Stance’ video. Getting there, slowly. https://flic.kr/p/2mXyoEp
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    Stickers

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    January 11, 2022. I saw this view at the Tim Horton’s drive-through in Monkland, and appreciated the display of stickers on the metalwork. I was on my way to Cornwall to get my booster. Andrea had her booster in Rockland yesterday and had a bad reaction (or may ate bad…
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    Julia and Me

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    January 10, 2022. The darkness outside and brick inside make it look like Julia is sitting outside while I’m inside. But we’re all inside, of course. The basement ledge, which goes the full length around the house, seems made for cats. Today I spent most of the day working on…
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    Mer Bleue Forest

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    January 9, 2022. This was a spot along trail number 50 in the Mer Bleue forest today, the white snow and poplars contrasting with the orange, brown and green of the trees. It hovered around zero degrees all day and we walked a bit more than 7 km. https://flic.kr/p/2mWov85
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    Cardinal

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    January 8, 2022. A cardinal eats at the feeder in the early morning light. Aftre watchinbg birds for a while, I spent all day creating four slides for my still-lingering course. Sure, I played some video games as well, but most of my time was taken up reading and thinking…
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    String Games

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    January 7, 2022. I have inadvertently trained the cats to expect string games after supper each day. This is Emma dragging the string into position. She is very impatient and will not relent until I’ve tired her right out. Today was a work day; no meetings but I did some…
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    It Starts Here

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    January 6, 2022. I usually celebrate the new year by preparing for the upcoming cycling season. Hence, I’m back on the exercise bike first thing every morning. This year I have a greater purpose; like last year I have a bikepacking adventure planned, but this year I hope to cycle…
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    Library

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    January 5, 2022. This is the local library here in Casselman. I like the way it is shared by two schools. My main accomplishment for the day was to get two videos for my course created. I’m now down to the final bits of the course. https://flic.kr/p/2mVZiPk
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    Maniscopic

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    January 4, 2022. Something that is maniscopic extends, just like a telescope, but for manipulating, not for seeing. I have to think about that for a couple of minutes. This is at the construction site a few blocks from home, seen on my walk. Not so productive today, though I…
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    Spruce Cones

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    January 3, 2022. Bright, sunny and cold, and I was able to take a nice photo of these cones on my daily walk. Last day of the winter break. I made a video, part of my ‘Stephen Follows Instructions’ series, on creating a browser extension. Also the first newsletter of…

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