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In Bruges

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June 21, 2017. Took the train to Bruges and spent the day walking around taking photos.There were many more tourists than in Ghent. Bruges is very attractive, but it's also very touristy. Had a nice evening of beer and conversation, the prepared for my 5:30 a.m. morning.

In Bruges

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June 21, 2017. Took the train to Bruges and spent the day walking around taking photos.There were many more tourists than in Ghent. Bruges is very attractive, but it's also very touristy. Had a nice evening of beer and conversation, the prepared for my 5:30 a.m. morning.

BusinessPeople

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June 20, 2017. I was all prepared with anothe photo - the butterfly, from the other day - for my presentation, but then I saw this in the conference room and went with it. What's interesting to me is what different people think when they see it: women would see no women, black people would see no blace people, working people see nothing but men in suits. Me, I look at it and see nobody with long hair. Accomplishments: - deleivered and posted my 'A Model of Personal Learning' tak, Take 2

When We Learn...

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Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

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June 19, 2017. This is one of the back panels of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in the in St Bavo's Cathedral, attributed to the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It was a treat to be able to see these panels (I missed them when I was last in Ghent). Spent the day sleeping and walking around, then a nice dinner in the evening. Early morning tomorrow.

Ghent

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June 18, 2017. Ghent. Arrived just before noon and after seettling in I headed out to enjoy an absolutely brilliant (steamy hot) Sunday afternoon in the city.

Night Flight

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June 17, 2017. I spent Saturday puttering on code (and watching the Jays lose) and then flew to Europe. I don't sleep on night flights any more; I stay awake, and then as long as I can the next day, adjusting to jet lag by extending my waking day rather than shortening it. Also, sleeping on an airplane is dangerous for me - they won't let you use your CPAP, but as the death of Carrie Fisher shows, this can have fatal consequences.

Robin

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June 16, 2017. This is the neighbour's sheed as seen from my kitchen window. What's interesting is that the robin in the centre is very upset about something and making sure everyone in the neighbourhood knows about it.

Riverside Park

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June 15, 2017. This is the riverside park in Casselman as viewed through the car window while waiting for construction. This construction is of new sewage systems in our area; it completely changes your perspective on construction when you're paying part of the cost, as I am with this.

The Future

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Pole

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June 14, 2017. The bend in the pole is not an optical illusion. We live on a corner lot and this pole carries the load, needing no fewer than eight support wires to keep it upright, and warped like a taut bow as you can see. One day it will snap with a very loud bang, but not today. Finished the jquery file uploader today. Most of the hard parts are done.

The Ball Game

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June 13, 2017. Back home after a day working on funding proposal evaluations. Watching the Blue Jays game - about which the less said the better. This is me: dirty plate, Vesuvius mousepad, San Pelligrino water, and a host of other odds and ends.

Farm

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June 12, 2017. This farm is seen as you wait for the light at the Casselman exit on highway 417. more work on the editor today, which I swear will be done soon.

Backyard

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June 11, 2017. We own not one but two garden sheds. Both of which are empty. Anyone know what to do with a garden shed? Spent the day mostly indoors (warm but very windoy) working on my file editor.

Ontario Woods

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June 10, 2017 bonus pic. Just after I photographed the woodpecker this guy walked by, giving me a nice opportunty to showcase the beauty of the Ontario woods.

Pileated Woodpecker

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June 10, 2017. I spotted this beauty on the walking trail east of Russell. It's an adult femaile pileated woodpecker. I had a good 75 km bike ride today, making it all the way to Metcalfe and back.

Time

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June 9, 2017. Another beutiful summer day spent in the office. I actually lost ground today. *sigh*

Buttercups

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June 8, 2017. Beautiful summer day which I spent in the office. :( There were in our back yard.

Clover

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June 7, 2017. This is the first day it really feels like summer. I was insider working all day. *sigh* This is clover in our back yard. Accomplishments: - posted Open Learning, Open Networks

Clover

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June 7, 2017. This is the first day it really feels like summer. I was insider working all day. *sigh* This is clover in our back yard. Accomplishments: - posted Open Learning, Open Networks

Tree

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June 6, 2017. Some days it's just hard to take a photo, because I've been at home and in the office, and that's it. This is at the office. It's a tree. I do love trees, but I've already photographed this one. No matter. Good day, meeting in the morning, coding in the afternoon. Accomplishments: - wrote 'On Rights and Religious Liberty'

Clover

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June 7, 2017. This is the first day it really feels like summer. I was insider working all day. *sigh* This is clover in our back yard. Accomplishments: - posted Open Learning, Open Networks

Tree

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June 6, 2017. Some days it's just hard to take a photo, because I've been at home and in the office, and that's it. This is at the office. It's a tree. I do love trees, but I've already photographed this one. No matter. Good day, meeting in the morning, coding in the afternoon. Accomplishments: - wrote 'On Rights and Religious Liberty'

Golf Course Parking

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June 5, 2017. Along Blair Rad between the 174 and Innes is this golf course. It's land that would be much nicer as a park. But rich people fence it and block people from accessing it. I hate golf. Good day today; after a month of preparaton I wrote my course harvester in one day. It doesn't work, but I wrote it. Tweaks tomorrow.

Under the Dome

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June 4, 2017. Arrived early to get our Josh Donadson bobbleheads, then enjoyed the game as he hit a home run to win it in the 8th, and the drove home. Back in Casselman consoling cats who missed us so very much over two days.

2017-06-03-9332

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Brett Gardner tees up the first of what would be four home runs for the Yankees in the 8th inning off Jason Grilli. So it was a 7-0 loss for the Blue Jays.

Markham

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June 2, 2017. This is the view from the hotel room in Markham. Worked through the day today - odds & ends on the editor, and reviewing funding proposals - and then a five hour drive to the Big Smoke. Ball game is still on, and looking forward to the games tomorrow and Sunday.

Supper

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June 1, 2017. This is my usual supper: a piece of salmon on some mixed vegetables. To the veggies I've added chili pepper flakes and smokey paprika, and the fish is glazed with maple-pepper-chipotle. The salmon, btw, is farmed salmon, so it's sustainable.

Bell

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May 31, 2017. This is a bell I bought last year at a temple in Chiang Mai. It hangs in my kitchen and often rings when I brush by it. Good dday today; the Blue Jays won this afternoon and I got the last of the major form fields completed. Now back to the main project - setting up alternative db structures for various gRSShopper services. Whee hoo! (Been looking forward to this weekend all day too).

Anderson Road

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May 30, 2017. Another view of Anderson Road where it meets Innes, my usual detour when there's a panic on th 417, which there was today. Got my file upload system working perfectly (yay!) in a pretty productive day.

Creeping Flox

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May 29, 2017. Did some funding evaluation this morning, then worked on the file upload function through the afternoon. In the evening, booked tix for the Blue Jays vss New York this weekend. :)

Wrapped in Sunlight

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May 28, 2017. Another beautiful day - we wnt into the city to restock and then I spent the rest of the day wrking

St. Joseph Street Creek

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May 27, 2017. Nice 50 km ride today and spotted this great scene just south of Embrun on St. Joseph Street. Good ride today, felt good the whole way (no wind and nice temperatures help).

Geese

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May 26, 2017. These geese were feasting on the NRC lawn as I left the office. People say geese are a nuisance, but these geese were eating dandelion seeds, whch sounds like a public service to me.

Lexi

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May 25, 2017. More practice taking cat portraits.

Alex

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May 24, 2017. Practicing my portraiture on Alex. Spent the day coding; but by bit it advances. Getting pretty good at Ajax/JQuery.

Polly

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May 23, 2017. Polly is like a ghost these days but I caught her in the living room before she could scoot to her hiding place. Accomplishments: - new driver's license - new health care card - new Costco card

Lilacs

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May 22, 2017. We had to get a new lawn mower today because the old one has died and you can't live out here with a bad lawn. We'd be pariahs! That was about all I did this holiday Monday. Lilacs are at the side of our driveway.

Apple Blossoms

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May 21, 2017. Day of rest. Watched the ball game,played with a bit of coding, took this photo of gthe crabapple tree in bossom.

Ottawa Tulip Festival

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May 20, 2017. Back home, and spent the afternoon at the Ottawa Tulip Festival at Lansdowne Park.

Jardin del Arte

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May 19, 2017. One last look at Mexico City before I depart. This is an early morning look at Jardin del Arte from my hotel room window, the view I had all w eek.

My Twitter Advertsers

My list isn't as long as Audrey Watters's, weighing in at only 23 pages (to her 33). Note that all of these companies are wasting their money, as I block all Twitter advertisements.

Twitter says: "Tailored audiences are often built from email lists or browsing behaviors. They help advertisers reach prospective customers or people who have already expressed interest in their business.Learn more

You are currently part of 2689 audiences from 1338 advertisers.
You can opt out of interest-based advertising in your personalization and data settings. This will change the ads you see on Twitter, however it won't remove you from advertisers' audiences."
Twitter is on the bubble. I don't expect I'll be using the service by the end of the year.

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Mexico City

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May 17, 2017. A day off today, but I ended up having to hustle ths afternoon to cancel credit cards and such after involuntarily donating my wallet to a needy person in Mexico City's old city.

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

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May 16, 2017. Centerpiece monument from UNAM, where I gave my talk today. After my talk: lunch, then sleep.

Mexico City

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May 15, 2017. Walked about 10 km taking photos, went nowhere in particulr, which is always the best place.

Watching You

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May 14, 2017. Flew to Mexico today. This is a view from the lounge at the airport in Montreal.

Robin

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May 13, 2017. Spent the day working (it ws cold and rainy anyway) and only had time to take this picture of a robin. Accomplishments: - final draft of 'Open Learning, Open Networks' submitted.

Des Pins

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May 12, 2017. This is the LaRose Forest at the end of Rue Des Pins near Limoges. The road is being extended, nibbling at the edge of the forest. It needs to be protected from this sort of encroachment, or it will disappear. P.S. mosquitos out in full force.

Lights

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May 11, 2017. Yeah, yeah, I'll take them down. Next weekend. After all 15 months is long enough.

Tulips

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May 10, 2017. This is on the front lawn. They didn't grow last year, but surprised us by making an appearance this year. Another coding day, frustrated by a drop-down select list that wouldn't work. It works now, though.

Paint Shop

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May 9, 2017. A few days ago I bought a couple of Muskoka chairs from Costco. Today I went to the paint store for some stain for them; this is a scene from inside the store. Accomplishments: - slides and presentation for an internal committee describing the CSPS project