1. Downes

    Charlemagne at the Stairs


    November 14, 2020. We still have the cat-guards on the stair railings, though they’re almost too big now to fall through by accident. Now every time I go downstairs at least one cat has to play with me between the balusters. Quiet day, mostly a do-nothing day, though I did…
  2. natalie

    Free E-book Saturday – i-Land – A double Irish and a Dutch


    After returning from a break in a Tunisian holiday resort and with arising team differences at her new Internet guru company, the troubled customer service agent Avoka goes for a weekend to meet an ex-colleague and a new flame. Together they plan to start their own business offering e-bikes and …

  3. Downes

    The Kittens


    November 13, 2020. This is what the three kittens look like when they’re gathered by my chair in my home office. Today was flue shot day (yay!) and spent reviewing award nominations, reading up on Research Ethics Board stuff, and wiping out almost all my email backlog. https://flic.kr/p/2k6fHbF
  4. Downes



    November 12, 2020. If you look closely, you can see my reflection in these Christmas decorations at the Shopper’s Drug Mart. I think any time before December is too early. Today was a mix of writing, a meeting, and several sessions at the Open Education conference. https://flic.kr/p/2k5WWRr
  5. Downes

    Emma Playing


    November 11, 2020. This is Emma enjoying some quality time with me at the end of the day as she chases anything that moves. It ended up being a work day as I caught up on email, did some writing, and prepared for upcoming meetings. https://flic.kr/p/2k5RGX1
  6. pransy

    DIY – Hair Mask For Dry , Damaged Hair


    Start of the winters mean my hair go super dry and its the time to pamper my skin and hair.

    So here I am sharing with you the easiest nourishing hair mask that you can try on today for smoother hair.


    Milk : 4 Tbsp

    Honey : 1 tbsp…

  7. plowenthal

    Special Issue Call for Proposals Theme: Informal Learning in Online Social Communities


    Special Issue Editor
    Enilda Romero-Hall, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, IDT Graduate Coordinator,
    University of Tampa, [email protected]


    In education and training settings, we often discuss the term informal learning to address learning experiences that do not follow a specific curriculum and are not restricted to a specific environment (Richter, …

  8. @Michael Dietrich

    Blog Post #6: Genetic Modification


                As technology becomes more and more advanced, so does our ability to genetically modify human beings. It had gotten to the point where we may very soon have the technology to directly genetically modify human embryos. Obviously, something like this is going to have huge ethical implications, and as of …

  9. @Kim

    As A Source


    Primary Source:
    As a primary source for the 90s, Saving Private Ryan works very well. The movie was made and released at a time when the World War II was being discussed and remembered after the 50th anniversary of D-Day a few years earlier reminded people that not many WWII …

  10. @Kim

    Compared to History


    The true historical accuracy of the film lies not in the greater story, but in the details, given that the film was loosely based on a real incident and never claimed to tell a true story. When it comes to the story, the movie is based on the story of …

  11. Downes

    Late Afternoon Light


    November 10, 2020. It was another beautiful day today but I was stuck inside working. Still, I did enjoy looking at it outside my window, watching the late afternoon light paint the trees orange. Another presentation today; it’s one of my busier fall seasons, even if I’m not traveling. https://flic.kr/p/2k5gGrQ
  12. Downes

    Rideau River


    November 9, 2020. It was a beautiful warm sunny day today, and so the perfect day to put on snow tires. So I drive into the city to get the tires changed, brought my bike, and attended the Open Education 2020 conference through the day while enjoying a beautiful ride…
  13. @Michael Dietrich

    Blog Post #5


    The idea that we will one day be able to produce virtually everything for a cheap cost is certainly an enticing prospect. It’s no exactly like that idea is outside of the realm of possibility. So much of our stuff is produced in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and other third world …

  14. @Kim

    The Film


    The film Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998 from director Steven Spielberg and starred a large handful of big names in Hollywood including, Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, and Tom Sizemore. The movie is based on a true story from WWII about four brothers who joined the armed …

  15. Downes

    Evening Grosbeak


    Nobember 8, 2020. This is a female evening grosbeak we spotted while walking on the Eastern Greenbelt Tail today. There was a flock of 8 or 10 of them. It was gorgeous out today, 20 degrees and sunshine, and we walked 11.75 km. https://flic.kr/p/2k4H65k
  16. Downes

    The Last Leaf


    November 7, 2020. This is the last leaf on our mountain ash in the back yard. I thought I’d go for a bike ride, or maybe work on my upcoming presentation, but I have no discipline, and ended up writing a blog post. https://flic.kr/p/2k4jzn9
  17. Downes

    12 Degrees of Freedom


    I just read a post from Mitch Resnick on the seeds that Seymour Papert sowed, and highlighted for myself this most important statement: 

    “Seymour rejected the computer-aided instruction approach in which ‘the computer is being used to program the child’ and argued for an alternative approach in which ‘the child …

  18. Downes



    November 6, 2020. This is Charlemagne interacting with the kangaroos on the TV (the Animal Planet preview is back on again this month). We wasn’t just watching, he would touch noses and stand up to be closer to them. Not so productive today; one of my weaknesses is that when…
  19. Downes



    November 6, 2020. In between meetings and writing we went to the grocery store today where I saw this really cool motorcycle (since the pandemic started I wait outside while Andrea goes in, because I’m in a much higher Covid risk group). That’s our car right behind the motorcycle. I…
  20. Downes

    Waiting Room


    November 4, 2020. Our dentist’s office has always been pretty clean, but these days it’s squeaky clean and socially distant as well. I went in for my cleaning and check-up this morning, and for the first time in Casselman, I had no cavities or work needing to be done, even…
  21. Downes



    November 3, 2020. I knew it was going to be one of those days when I awoke early to find snowfall on the ground. For me, it was a Day of Four Meetings, including a conference presentation first thing, so I spent a lot of time on Zoom and Teams.…
  22. Downes

    Forest Red


    November 2, 2020. This is some forest as seen in the sunset from our front door. Busy day today as I prepared and ran a presentation in the morning and then spent the afternoon preparing for another presentation. These presentations are important to do – they’re where my ideas come…
  23. zenas suitcase

    Beautiful Parks in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire


    With so many people looking for nice places to walk and parks to visit as the second lockdown begins, I thought it would be useful to share a list of all the parks in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire you can visit at the moment.  The good news about this lockdown is …

  24. @Michael Dietrich

    Mini Project #2: Alone


                I am awoken from a deep sleep as the alarm loudly goes off. I open up my eyes. I look over to my alarm clock before clumsily shutting it off. 8:00am. The alarm never fails to go off at this time every morning. I sigh and turn over, burying …

  25. Downes

    Pine Grove Forest


    November 1, 2020. We went for a 12.3 km walk in the rain today through Pine Grove Forest, part of Ottawa’s Greenbelt. It gave me a chance to test out my new raincoat (I got it mostly for cycling but the forest walk was a good test). We had a…
  26. Downes

    Dogs Dogs Dogs Dogs Dogs


    October 31, 2020. I used this photo of my ceiling as an example in a transcript. When I look at our ceiling I see multiple images of dogs – the knots form eyes and a snout. It’s an example of how we recognize images, how they emerge out of chaos.…
  27. Downes

    Evening Light


    October 30, 2020. The days are getting shorter and busier. The leaves are almost gone. I wrapped up a fair chunk of writing for data literacy and my colleague finished off the document with a flourish of professionalism – loved it! Also, more meetings today. https://flic.kr/p/2k2hZKU
  28. Downes



    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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