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  1. Downes

    Villa Lafabregue

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    December 6, 2022. This is where I am staying in Prades. Off-season rates are very reasonable and I’ve been very comfortable here. Went to the market and then had lunch, more conversation about knowing and information. In the afternoon I explored the town of Ille-sur-Tet. Evening was my usual reading…
  2. @Tillysisland

    R0535

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    This is a continuation of the Glitch project for the portfolio. Originally, I planned to find pictures of a flower at different stages of growth to add a more intense glitch to each further phase down the line. Unfortunately, it was really difficult to find any solid images to use, …

  3. Downes

    Prades, France

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    December 5, 2022. I spent the day with Ray and Neus exploring forts and monasteries in and around Prades and talking about ontologies and distributed representation. It was unsurprisingly a perfect mix for me, and we have more time over the next couple of days to do the same. https://flic.kr/p/2o4gtbZ
  4. Downes

    Around the Pyrenees

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    December 4, 2022. This is a rock outcrop where we crossed the Pyrenees at their lowest point, near Girona in Spain north toward the French border. With snowfall in the mountain passes we had to take the long route from Lleida in Spain to Prades, France. It also meant we…
  5. Downes

    The Singer

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    December 3, 2022. To wrap up the conference there was a cultural event where this singer (I don’t know her name, sorry) sang some old standards. As always when I watch a good artist I noticed how the key to success is to fully immerse yourself in the performance and…
  6. Downes

    Rambla de Ferran

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    December 2, 2022. This is the boulevard down the centre of Rambla de Ferran, near my hotel. Today was presentation day; I gave what I thought was a pretty good talk in the morning, attended more of the conference after, and went for a nice evening walk. After that was…
  7. @Sheefa_ahmed

    Give the Gift of WordPress.com!

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    For a holiday gift that’s absolutely brimming with possibility, look no further than our brand new feature which allows any reader to gift a WordPress.com subscription renewal to their favorite website.  

    As a website owner, this is a way to allow your most ardent fans to show their gratitude for …

  8. Downes

    Seu Vella

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    December 1, 2022. I didn’t get a good photo of Seu Vella, Lleida’s distinctive 18th century cathedral, until I crossed to the other side of the river, which I did today to attend the first day of the conference. https://flic.kr/p/2o3v37o
  9. Downes

    Lleida

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    November 29, 2022. This is the side of the old church at Parròquia de Sant Martí, Bisbe, in Lleida. I appreciated the way the symmetry combined with asymmetry and the textures in the fading evening light. Today I got caught up after traveling and planned my presentation coming up Friday.…
  10. Downes

    Barcelona

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    November 28, 2022. This photo is from the back side of Barcelona Sants, where the taxi left me. Today was a travel day, from Prague to Lleida, via an air-to-rail connection in Barcelona. Travel was an all-day affair under less-than-ideal conditions (specifically, being crammed into a discount airline seat). https://flic.kr/p/2o33fkF
  11. Downes

    Banksy

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    November 27, 2022. I started the day with the Banksy exhibit in an old subversive church in central Prague, then filled out the remainder of the day walking some 11 km and taking hundreds of photos. The city feels like Amsterdam; drugs, booze and tourists abound, there’s a lot of…
  12. Downes

    Prague

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    November 26, 2022. This is a Dali sculpture, ‘the Unicorn’, on the banks of the river Vltava as it runs through Prague. I was up early and arrived in the city by 1:30 but with the time change and winter, it was dark by 4 or so. Still, that was…
  13. Downes

    Berlin Cityscape

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    November 24, 2022. This is the view from the top of the Intercontinental Hotel. I was doing an interview and I suggested the elevator because it was likely the only quiet place, but when we got to the top this view unfolded and that’s where we did it. I also…
  14. Reverend

    Some Initial Mastodon Instance Tweaking

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    Now that I have a few instances of Mastodon running in Reclaim Cloud, I figured it was time to start optimizing them for resource usage, storage, and security. This post is an attempt to capture what I’ve done thus far—which is not much—in order to keep track of changes …

  15. @Sheefa_ahmed

    Black Friday: All of Our Deals in One Spot

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    You’re already familiar with WordPress.com, but did you know we’re part of a larger family of amazing products? Automattic provides a range of online solutions, from ecommerce shops to course-creation software to audience survey tools, and much, much more. No matter what’s on your website wishlist this year, we’ve got …

  16. Downes

    Marlene

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    November 23, 2020. This is the Marlene bar at the Intercontinental in Berlin, generally my favourite hangout when I’m at OEB. It was a good place to rest after spending the day delivering my workshop on ethics and analytics (which, I thought, went quite well). I was up at 2…
  17. Downes

    Café LebensArt

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    November 22, 2022. This is Café LebensArt, where I stopped for lunch on a long 14 km walk through Tiergarten and central Berlin. It was cold but I was well layered and was fine. All that hiking experience pays off. I was able to get a reservation to visit the…
  18. Downes

    Back in Berlin

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    November 21, 2022. Inside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It feels great to be back in Berlin. I had a bit of a scare when my carry-on was rejected by the airline, but I receive everything fine. I was able to wander around, do some shopping (for computer gear) and…
  19. Downes

    Zurich

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    November 20, 2022. This is a sculture in Zurich airport, a really good transit point. Drove to Montreal today, got in an airplane, SwissAir, to be precise, and flew to Zurich en route to Berlin. Things were pretty smooth in Montreal, even though I was flying economy. An afternoon departure…
  20. Downes

    Julia

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    November 17, 2022. This is my first photo with the new phone; it’s Julia sleeping on the shelf beside my kitchen chair. More computer problems this morning, with the result being that I missed my only meeting of the day. Spent a couple hours trying to fix it myself, then…
  21. Downes

    New Lyer

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    November 15, 2022. The back of the bus in front of us on the way home from Costco, with the F missing n the ‘New Flyer’ logo. Expecting a computer from Dell today but the order was cancelled for no apparent reason. Had a productive day in spite of myself,…

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