30 December 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:
Landing in Panama
Landing in London
Bench lighting in Manchester
25 December 2016
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.
18 December 2016
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
11 December 2016
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
04 December 2016
How Latin America Pays the Price of Protectionism The Wall Street Journal
The Perfect Fit The New Yorker