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  1. Downes

    St. Lawrence River


    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…
  2. Downes



    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…
  3. Downes

    High Falls Conservation Area


    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…
  4. zenas suitcase

    Things to do in Nottinghamshire with Kids


    Things to do in Nottinghamshire is sponsored by Visit Newark, but all the fun and adventure we had is completely our own!  Planning a family day out has definitely got more challenging recently. Despite the fact that Covid has overshadowed our lives for most of the year, it’s doesn’t mean …

  5. Downes

    Lexi in the Kitchen


    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.
  6. Downes



    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.
  7. @carrie_vogel

    5 Key pieces for creativity and life


    Have you ever thought about all those links you click on that market big ideas and plans to boost your creativity, but they all want you to pay for their publications? Or signing up to be bombarded by a series of emails to your inbox everyday… doesn’t that just irk …

  8. natalie

    “Lines Depicting Simple Happiness,” by Peter Gizzi


    “It feels right to be up this close in tight wind

    It feels right to notice all the shiny things about you

    About you there is nothing I wouldn’t want to know

    With you nothing is simple yet nothing is simpler”

    —”Lines Depicting Simple Happiness,” by Peter Gizzi…

  9. Downes



    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)…
  10. Downes

    Cat Couch


    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…
  11. Downes

    Parking Lot


    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.
  12. Downes



    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.
  13. @Michael Dietrich

    Blog Post #4: Arkangel Response


    The episode of Black Mirror entitled “Arkangel” is simultaneously of the most interesting and of the most terrifying pieces of near future science-fiction I have ever seen. For those of you who have not seen this episode, the plot involves an overprotective mother installing her daughter with an experimental software …

  14. Downes

    Soybeans and River


    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…
  15. plowenthal

    Special Issue: Teacher Education in the Online Environment

    Teacher Education in the Online Environment

    Online education – whether in the P-12 or teacher education context – necessitates the routine use of educational technology. Researchers in the field of educational technology have cautioned us to not just focus on the technological tools, but to consider how these tools are …

  16. Downes

    Nation River


    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…
  17. @Michael Dietrich

    Blog Post #3


    There are many benefits that come with living in a country that functions as a democracy. As citizens of a democracy, we have the right to vote in every election, deciding our own leaders and representatives. These leaders and representatives are also usually not in office for life, rotating on …

  18. Downes



    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.
  19. Downes

    Son of Bones


    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).
  20. Downes

    4 Cube Cat


    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.…
  21. zenas suitcase

    Wigwam Holidays Kidsnape Farm Glamping Review


    Wigwam Holidays kindly gifted us a 2 night break at Kidsnape Farm but all thoughts and opinions are our own. I picked the girls up from school and jumped straight in the car to drive from Nottingham to Lancashire for our weekend glamping break at Wigwam Holidays Kidsnape Farm.  As …

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