What made Disco suck

Warning, this will be one of my long rambling stories but I hope to tie it all together by the end. It’s what you think about when you’re dog walking in the rain on a Sunday morning.

On my Facebook timeline the other day, I got one of those increasingly frequent warnings “Someone hacked my Facebook account” messages. Technically, it’s not true but a way for the bad guys to make other connections. As I do when I get messages like this on Social Media, I do a search for myself to make sure that someone hasn’t impersonated me. I hadn’t but there were a few people with my same name. I always find that interesting because I always thought I was unique.

After people, it starts to populate the search results with posts that my name was found in. That was interesting.

This one came from 2020.

I don’t normally do these sort of things but music is music.

I had to smile as I read the comments. I figured – what the heck, it’s over two years old, I’ll throw it out again. A number of people responded and it was interesting to see the suggestions. A popular suggestion was The Bee Gees. Yes, it really was interesting.

But, it was actually an incorrect answer.

I saw them at the gym at the University of Waterloo when I was there. The place was packed and I remember just a couple of things from the concert. First of all, they had this big Disco ball suspended from the ceiling (remember the Disco theme lest I’ve strayed too much…) and how it made it appear as though there were stars around the gym as they finished the show with …

Spelling their’s.

My roommate at the time turned me into new musical interests. He had a terrific stereo and I quickly became a fan of The Strawbs and Max Webster to name a couple. He also taught me about Angel Sleeves and Discwasher to keep records in great shape. I still have those albums. It’s still easier to bring up any music on the Google smart speaker though and you’re guaranteed no pops or crackles.

I played the song and, in conversation on Facebook, I noted to myself that I didn’t think it was Disco music. I also thought about this song. And, really, what would it matter if it was?

I wouldn’t classify this as Disco either.

So, what is Disco?

Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States’ urban nightlife scene. Its sound is typified by four-on-the-floor beats, syncopated basslines, string sections, brass and horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars.

Thanks, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco

Reading the Wikipedia article really took me back to artists, clubs, fashions, etc.

At the time, local radio to us was the station at the University of Waterloo. It ran a range of music and late nights had our favourites in rock. None of it was what I would call Disco music. In fact, the phrase “Disco Sucks” was all the rage to talk about the music that was played on the popular stations at the time.

An event of the times, “Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park” was big.

So, back to the original message – what made Disco suck? In my mind, the answer is those of us who believed it at the time. Indeed, we did go to see Saturday Night Fever so I guess I didn’t walk the walk all that much. The soundtrack is here.

This morning, I listened to the soundtrack and I also listened to a Bee Gees concert.

I enjoyed it, for the most part. Jaimie will tell you that I had a bit of an extra skip to our pace. I don’t see it as a regular change in my listening routine but was nice for a change. I must have heard a lot of it way back then; I knew so many of the lyrics.

I even checked my record collection and I have a couple of albums filed between Beatles and Be Bop Deluxe. My roommate also taught me to store albums alphabetically so that you could find them later.

It’s actually a shame that you don’t hear their music played on radio anymore. Today, it undoubtedly wouldn’t be a regular diet but it does change things up a bit.

The answer to the question – Bruce Springsteen – and it was an old high school friend, now living in New Brunswick, that first guessed it successfully.


OTR Links 01/30/2023

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My Week Ending 2023-01-29

It was an interesting blogging week. I enjoy it when my thinking takes me to new places. Plus, I got an interview. What’s not to like?


You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.


  • Kind of a click-bait article but I’m always looking for new ways to work with Android
  • This is an interesting dilemma for schools


  • Here’s an alternative to Microsoft’s Notepad – I still like Notepad but should I switch?
  • This is an insight as to how Amazon works with its new location in Elgin County


  • Many people have given up on concert-going because of ticket prices – here’s what’s happening with Madonna in Vancouver
  • Are you looking for an alternative to Microsoft Word? I use LibreOffice myself


  • This is helpful to check the status of your battery on Windows
  • Why not use ChatGPT to make your next presentation better?


  • Windsor does have the best code YQG – Your Quick Getaway – but it does start with Y like every other Canadian airport
  • If you ever wanted to know where an image came from – this might help


  • If I only had this when I was studying programming, I would have received a grade of 100%
  • I’ve reconnected with a number of former students and it’s been such a positive experience. Facebook has allowed me to connect with some former teachers. I did get admonished with on because I still called him Mr. Addison


  • It’s interesting that we have to go online to find 3D animals
  • Supposedly, this will make Google Chrome faster and more efficient

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – January 27, 2023


voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a blog post/show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers. Stephen Hurley and I use their writing as the basis for a conversation.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Sheila Stewart – @sheilaspeaking
  • Deanna McLennan – @McLennan1977
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Laura Wheeler – @wheeler_laura
  • Daphne McMenemy – @McMenemyTweets

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

Peace playlist

A playlist of the songs of Peace that we open and close the show with.

Technology Troubleshooting

It’s funny how things come together.

Yesterday, I was reading an article about how Microsoft was going to force me to upgrade to the latest release of Windows 11. I got my back up and told me that nobody tells me what to do with my computer.

I turned it on and the update was happening.

To be honest, nothing seems to have changed with what I do on the computer and I haven’t poked around.

There still is a nagging issue though; I never turn the computer off intentionally it seems. I just close the lid and let it sleep. However, 5 nights out of 7, the computer ends up turning itself off. It doesn’t happen during the day; just at night.

I can’t figure this one out yet.

Video of the Week

Just a little smile

Photo of the Week

We went on a marina visit trip yesterday just to take a break. Two pictures stood out. The first is the Guyitt Homestead which was featured as a post earlier on this blog. I stood on the roadway and took the picture after doing the unforgivable – swiping to blow up so I could see more detail and it actually worked not too badly. It’s in rough shape.

This second one is me trying to be artsy and, if you know me, I’m not. We were at Port Glasgow on the “other side” of the pier and the sun shining down gave what I think is a beautiful picture. I love the reflection on the lake.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… pay telephones?

It’s been kind of a Sheila Stewart week around here. I used her post Wednesday morning on This Week in Ontario Edublogs which meant it was added to Friday’s blog post, and I’m back with some inspiration from her for this morning. Any more and I’ll have to add her to the payroll.

A while back she sent me this story from Thunder Bay.

Tbaytel to decommission remaining public payphones

So, what has happened to them?

My first girlfriend was a long-distance call away. That’s how we measured distance then. Seaforth was a local call but Goderich was long distance. Anything on the other side of Seaforth was long distance. There didn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason. There was a section in the phone book that told you where you could call locally. It wasn’t up for discussion.

I was allowed one short telephone call to her a week. Usually, it was no problem but periodically Mom and Dad would be out of the house and so my brother used it as an opportunity to sit in the kitchen and try to listen to me on the phone. Of course, that was bothersome and so I’d load up with some change and take off downtown to the one public payphone. You have to realize how important this was; I had to physically pay as opposed to the family phone where it magically went away.

Thanks to Google Streetview, it’s still there. (as of 2013)

We’re debating here whether it’s still there or not. That’s something to check out next time we make a visit.

There were a couple of payphones at the high school as well but who goes back to school in the evening? There was one at the pool hall but too many ears.

We had a discussion as I thought about this and we honestly couldn’t come up with the location of a public payphone in our town these days. Of course, most people carry smartphones and so they probably haven’t thought about going to a payphone in years. I know that I haven’t.

There always seemed to be a couple in every secondary school I could think of and I know that some administrators claimed or threatened to have them turned off when classes were in session.

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash

Public payphones tried to keep up with technology; you may recall that you could make a phone call and charge it to your credit card. Even that couldn’t keep the technology reaper away though.

I guess we’ve just moved on. Thank you, technology.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • do you have a public telephone in your community?
  • when was the last time you used a public telephone?
  • do/did public payphones accept incoming calls?
  • in addition to the public payphone going away, I can think of a number of jobs that would have gone away with them. Can you?
  • when you walked by a public payphone, did you ever check the change return to see if someone left a quarter and you became the owner of it?
  • have you ever gone to a different town and stopped to use the phonebook in a public payphone as a way to get directions?
  • why do public payphones seem to be prone to damage by vandals? They seemed to be popular targets for spray paint and physical destruction. They have an interesting spin on “phone off the hook”.
  • is long distance even a thing these days? I know that I can call all over North America with no extra charges on my smartphone

As always, I hope that this inspires you to leave a comment. Please do so.

This is a regular Sunday post around here.

You can read all the past posts here.

OTR Links 01/29/2023

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