My Week Ending June 17, 2018

Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.

Readings (You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Here are a selected few from the past week.)

  • I totally agree with the premise of this post.  The Science Department should have a department head and the name “Head of Sciences” gives real credibility to the subject area.  Like “Head of Maths”, it doesn’t necessarily roll off the tongue because we’ve been so ingrained with the previous name.
  • Yes, I spent way too much time playing around with this.  I really appreciate it when someone who truly knows what they’re doing takes the time to create illusions for me to look in to.  Mesmerizingly.
  • This is a post that should make librarians think about what, if anything, they offer over the summer.  What a great way to prove the value of libraries to the community.
  • I suppose this is a good idea if you’re trying to wean someone off Windows and onto a Linux – make Linux look like Windows.  I appreciate that designers have done their best to make this happen; I personally prefer my Linux to look like Linux.  But it’s so flexible, you can make it look like anything you want.
  • This post about bats in libraries and eating bookworms gathered a lot of interaction with people this past week.  Who knew?
  • It’s like learning to write in the English language these days.  It’s not that we didn’t study English properly, but there are so many mistakes and suggestive spelling goofs that there are times when incorrect spelling starts to look correct.  So, it never hurts for a little review.
  • This a post that I hope that people share and re-share until the message gets out there and understood.  There’s nothing more sickening that hearing a story about a child or a pet that dies trapped in a car during the summer.
  • Incognito Mode – do you think you know everything about it?  It’s a powerful name for something that does less than what most people think.
  • If you pay attention to how your browser is working, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  I’m starting to see it more frequently.  I go to move my mouse to close a tab and get a popup that says something to the effect “Are you leaving already?”  I really find that creepy.  I know that it’s technically possible to track mouse movement on a page but this just bugs me.  I keep thinking I’ll just not go back to the site but whatever damage could happen will already have happened.
  • Yet another reminder about mental health and taking care of yourself.  This is entirely focused on teaching and it’s something that everyone should read.

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Technology Trouble Shooting

A New Icon – We spent the weekend at my son’s place and, the first thing that that happened when I looked at my phone, was that there was a software upgrade.  Great!  I’ll use his WIFI to download it instead of mine.  It took maybe 15 minutes and then I was off.  But, there was one thing that kept bugging me.  There was a new icon in the header.  I tried everything that I could while still trying to be a good guest to figure out what it was.  Finally, I asked him if there was something on the network that was new to my phone.  No.  So, we kept digging and found that either Google or Samsung had changed the data compression icon.  I slept well last night.

Success, I hope

As I sat down to write this post, I do what I normally go.  I open last week’s post so that I could replicate it.  Then, for some reason, I scrolled down the right side of the editing screen and noticed this.  Wow.  This could be a real timesaver.

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I selected last week’s “My Week Ending” and am writing in it right now.

Now, one of two things could happen.

  1.  It could do exactly what I’m hoping.  I’m writing this post by just writing over the content from last week.  If that works, I’ve found a new efficiency.
  2. I could end up clobbering last week’s post and have two of the same on the blog.  I hope that doesn’t happen.  I’ll leave last week’s post open in a tab just in case.

This may be no big deal to you but it could be everything to me!  I’ll find out later today when this post goes live.

Video of the Week

Something that today’s youth may never need to know.  But, it was a mid-programming-life crisis for me.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Our neighbour has a pasture that floods in the spring.  For the last number of years, we’ve had a female and two male ducks join us in May/June.  It’s dry now – really dry.  But that doesn’t stop Mother duck from laying 9 eggs (or so I’m told).  The problem is that her nest is right beside our mailbox which is right beside a road where cars go whizzing by at 80 km/h, the local road care people cut the grass, and the postal worker drops off the mail.  The nest is probably 1 metre from the road.

Can you spot her in this picture?  A female duck is nicely hidden; the male would really stand out.

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Thanks for reading.


Published by dougpete

The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

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