Year in Review 2016

2016: Year in Review

It seems that 2016 is about to come to a close and, as one does, I look back at many of those things that happened. The biggest thing I did was selling my car, which is still my largest single purchase. It was great to see it drive away with the new owner, who was really happy to have found something in good condition for a price he could pay. I was happy to no longer have to pay for the parking spot, upkeep and insurance for a car I used about once a month.

I did more travel than usual this year. For pleasure, Heather and I went to a resort in Mexico, to Nova Scotia/Cape Breton and to Montreal, and for work I went to Panama twice, to Manchester, UK twice and to Montreal once. Our travel to Mexico and Nova Scotia was related to weddings of our friends. However, in Nova Scotia, we drove all the way to the other end to spend a couple days in Cape Breton, which was great.

I baked some things:

  • cheddar bacon biscuits,
  • ham and cheese buns,
  • milk bread, and
  • rye bread/spelt-rye bread.

I read a bunch of good books (see my goodreads page)

I contributed to the Open Street Map through Missing Maps tasks, HOT tasks and random additions to Brazil. See where I have been mapping and zoom in to see the areas in more detail.

My favorite photos that I took: Shadow landing

Landing in Panama

London 3

Landing in London

Underlit bench

Bench lighting in Manchester

Weekly roundup December 19 - 25

Merry Christmas

It was a busy week of socializing and working. I hope during my week off to catch up on the things that I haven't gotten around to reading in the past few weeks.

Weekly roundup December 12 - 18

Articles/Columns

Peru airs news in Quechua, indigenous language of Inca empire, for first time The Guardian

If fairness is the goal, Liberals should tax health and dental plans National Post

How many Authors does the Prime Minister have for his speeches: A Stylometric Analysis A Blog on Data Analytics

Tweets

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Weekly roundup December 5 - 11

Articles/Columns

How did fake US embassy operate in Ghana for a decade? BBC News

Full Pundit: Liberals melt down over electoral reform National Post

How Canada’s sales tax got wrongly targeted by Trump’s trade warriors Financial Post

Tweets

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Weekly roundup November 28 - December 4

Articles/Columns

How Latin America Pays the Price of Protectionism The Wall Street Journal

The Perfect Fit The New Yorker

Semper Paratus

Tweets

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Weekly roundup November 21 - 27

Articles/Columns

Colby Cosh: The PTSD crisis isn’t a crisis, and inventing one doesn’t help National Post

‘There’s No Law on the Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships by Night The New York Times

Native English Speakers are the World's Worst Communicators BBC Capital

Flathead: The peculiar genius of Thomas L. Friedman. New York Press

Tweets

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Weekly roundup November 14 - 20

Articles/Columns

The Financial Post and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad anti-Toronto Library Op-ed Torontoist

How Cities Stopped Panicking About Fare Evasion and Made Transit Faster StreetsBlog

Do ‘please slow down’ signs really mean anything? Toronto Star

Enough, Kellie Leitch — put down the script CBC

Tweets

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