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  1. Downes

    My Skin


    April 29, 2023. This is the skin on my back, photographed fairly close up. I’m still struggling a lot with itchy skin; the itch sort of migrates, but right now it’s on my back. As promised yesterday, today was a work day; I attended to some coding issues on gRSShopper…
  2. Downes

    The Ridge


    April 28, 2023. It was a beautiful day today, sunny and warmish, with a moderate east wind, so I decided to cycle today and work over the weekend. I did a loop out to Riceville along the Ridge Road and then back to Casselman through St. Isadore. This is the…
  3. Downes



    April 27, 2023. Just another dreary spring day commute. I spent the morning preparing all my slides for my presentation (I didn’t even have time to join the strike over lunch) and then the presentation was postponed for a week. These things happen.
  4. Downes



    April 26, 2023. Lunch at the Thai Express by the Gloucester Costco near work. The scene made me think of those 1950s diner photos. Things haven’t changed, except now the restaurants are brightly lit and more varied, and the food costs ten times as much. In the office today; I…
  5. Downes

    Bridge Out


    April 25, 2023. This is the Touchette Bridge, a key crossing on my usual bike ride to St. Albert. As can be seen, I won’t be using it for a while. Today was another day focused on my newsletter and catching up with paperwork.
  6. Downes



    April 24, 2023. Charlemagne watching me as I go down the stairs. There’s a spot in the front hall where I can interact with the cats at eye level. This is now the ‘petting zone’. The shadow is created by cardboard barriers we installed to prevent them from falling into…
  7. karenatsharon

    It’s ETMOOC#2 Time! Chat GPT


    So like many people I have heard about ChatGPT . Until ETMOOC#2 I hadn’t even used it.

    But it is time. And as usual the best way to try software is to use it so, here is my first interactions with ChatGPT!

    The topic was chosen because one of my …

  8. Downes



    April 23, 2023. Evn if they’re not quite blooming yet, it’s nice to see trilliums all through the forest floor. We went for an 8.7 km walk along the Mer Bleue trail. It was supposed to rain all day, but it didn’t, though trail was pretty muddy in places. Otherwise…
  9. Downes



    April 22, 2023. This is a train with two engines and two cars in Finch, Ontario. I thought it was going to rain all day, but instead the rain held off until evening and the result was a beautiful day for cycling (if you don’t count the 50 kph wind…
  10. Downes



    April 21, 2023. This is the PSAC picket line on Montreal Road outside Mona Fortier’s office. I was out on the line again today – lunch hour only, because it is illegal for me to picket with them any other time (I’m in a different union). I’m *very* sympathetic with…
  11. Downes



    April 19, 2023. This is a squirrel spotted just off Montreal Road as I was headed for lunch at Bobby’s table (some delish smoked meat). The restaurant just happens to be across the road from where striking public service workers were picketing a government office. OK, the office of Treasury…
  12. Downes

    Green Grass


    April 18, 2023. And just like that, there was green grass. I’d swear it was brown yesterday. I’m always amazed at how suddenly the grass returns. I went to the office to work today, a but tricky since none of my office computers is working properly. Oh well, I guess…
  13. plowenthal

    Call for proposals – Engaging Faculty through Faculty Development


    A reminder that JFD is welcoming submissions for its next special section, focused on Engaging Faculty through Faculty Development. For this special section, JFD is seeking brief manuscripts that address but are not limited to the following questions: How is faculty engagement defined within the context of faculty development?What faculty …

  14. Downes



    April 17, 2023. The bottom half of a goldfinch is visible below the rain shield over the feeder. This was a quiet day – also cool and rainy, so I wasn’t tempted to go outdoors – a nice break after last week’s frenzy. Still it included a long meeting in…
  15. Downes

    Joey Vinegar


    April 16, 2023. This is Joey Vinegar and guests performing at the Ottawa Farmers market. We drove into the city to check out the Tamal fesitval (and eat some delicious tamales from various countries) and on the way checked the market; both events were happening at Lansdowne Park. It was…
  16. Downes

    Along the Avonmore Road


    April 15, 2023. Spotted this horse just north of Avonmore on my first road bike ride of the season (the gravel bike is in the shop to be inspected, have the tires reseated, and the dropper post lifted an inch). It was a beautiful warm (but not too warm) sunny…
  17. Downes

    La Bonita


    April 14, 2023. This is a scene from La Bonita restaurant on Ogilvie Road where Andrea and I had lunch. Today everything came at once and everything went long – Andrea’s appointment, three meetings, a trailer hitch installation, trip to the bike shop, two trips to the pharmacy, and a…
  18. Downes



    April 13, 2023. I was only 1.7 km into my ride when the front tire of my bike blew off the rim. I wasn’t really prepared, since I was just planning a short ride, so I also took a 1.7 km walk. It shouldn’t have blown out; I only had…
  19. Downes



    April 12, 2023. This is Julia (left) and Emma on the cat shelf in the kitchen right behind my chair watching the birds at the feeders. This is the first of three medical appointments in three days for Andrea, hopefully nothing major, but they’re doing a lot of looking. Otherwise,…
  20. Downes

    View From the Office


    April 11, 2023. This is what I’m seeing sitting at my desk in the office. Dead plants, blank walls, my own computer (because NRC computers aren’t working properly). I’m posting this as evidence that I actually worked at the office today. Why? Because (as is usually the case) I didn’t…
  21. @ungrac3ful

    Pomp and Extenuating Circumstances


    Hey, me again. Sooooo I’m still in school, but SO close to being done! After going through an extreme family trauma that I truly felt had ruined my life forever, I’m back, better than I have been, and ready to wrap this up!

    That’s a summary of the email my …

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