My Week Ending July 1, 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.)

  • This was a fun post and served as a reminder that I used to spend too much time in front of the television watching cartoons.  It’s a quiz to see how many characters you recognize.  I’m almost embarrassed with how well I did on the quiz!
  • Here’s another post from a Chromebook promoter to identify things that the Chromebook can do.  I always read these, looking for ideas and inspiration to get the most from mine.
  • Pawn Stars is a favourite show around here and we were sad to hear that the “Old Man” died.  This was a story with some facts about the gentleman.  Last night, there was a special on television with the entire show staff sharing their thoughts as well.
  • Here’s some inspiration that might help me out with my Sunday “Whatever happened to …” series.  It’s a list of things that today’s kids will never know.
  • There’s nothing new in the state of computers, right?  How about a Chromebook with a built-in whiteboard?
  • One of my favourite all time pencils was a Staedtler.  How they’re making a stylus for Chromebook?  I’ll just have to buy one when they come to market.
  • If you like soccer, you like it really well and are probably obsessed with it.  Go overboard with statistic dashboards here.
  • Alexa hits the classroom?  If everyone gets the same answer, is it because they’re cheating or is it because they’re all asking the same question?
  • Did you know that all of these comics and graphic novels were created by Canadians?  I didn’t.
  • It’s July 1 and the tariffs go into place today.  Here’s an idea about how they might work.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

Blog Post on

  • Plan Now for #BIT18 in November (I know I shared this previously but I’ll do it again here.  Please share it with your social network and those within your district, particularly those with PD money.  I’d like to meet as many people as possible this fall.  I also get to chair the ECOO Annual General Meeting.  After a year of doing the Board of Directors online, it will be nice to see real faces of people that the organization serves.)

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Technology Trouble Shooting

OK, Google.  – This was bizarre.  My wife and I, along with Jaimie went to the Romney Township Beach on Saturday just because.  It may be the world’s smallest beach but it’s still a fun visit.  My wife asked me a question and I gave my stock answer – I don’t know but I’ll bet that Google does.  I pick up my phone.  “OK, Google – blah, blah, blah”.  The response?  “I can’t answer that because you’re not online.”  Sure enough, I looked at the screen and there was no data connection.  Now, this was a rural setting so maybe I’m out of coverage.  We tried a couple of “OK Googles” on the way home with no success.  We even did the standard reboot and turn off and on again. Still nothing.  When we got home, there was a queue of things that came across once I got connected to wifi.  But, there was absolutely no data.  I did what ever technology using person did – checked Twitter to see if others were reporting the same thing.  Nada.  I DMed Bell Support and am waiting for a reply.

The good news?  It appears to have resolved itself – data was there last evening for the dog walk and this morning.  It was a bizarre experience that I’d never had before.

The bad news?  I still don’t know what kind of plant we saw growing at the beach.

For my PRIDE friends

Open a Google Spreadsheet and put a P in Cell A1.  R in Cell B1.  I in Cell C1.  …etc.

Try it.  You know you want to.

Video of the Week

I couldn’t get this TED video to embed but it’s worth the click to watch this 9 minute video about Filter Bubbles.  I’d love to have someone analyze me and describe what kind of bubble I create and learn in.

Do you ever wonder what “other” things that people interact with other than the ones that are visible and publicly promoted?  Do you feel you live in some sort of filter bubble?

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Guess who decided to go for a walk one morning this week?  To say we’re obsessed with her parenting skills is absolutely true.


Thanks for reading.


Whatever happened to …

… the Canadian Red Ensign?

Happy Canada Day!

Everyone knows what the Canadian Flag is, right?  We even have the Great Canadian Flag flying at the foot of Ouellette Avenue in Windsor.



But it wasn’t always our flag.  Before 1965, Canada’s national flag went through a number of variations.  Officially, the national flag was the Union Jack although it was more commonly seen to be the Canadian Red Ensign.


Thanks, Wikipedia – Public Domain

As a Cub Scout, I remember drawing, colouring, and understanding the Red Ensign.  There’s a lot of history buried in that flag.  The most bizarre thing, I remember at the time, was the varying widths of the white stripes.  Flags of similar design are used throughout the British Empire and in various military units.

I vaguely remember the controversy when Prime Minister Pearson set about coming up with a new flag.  Growing up in a conservative community, we were ready to leave the country if there was no blue in the winning flag.  I remember the local newspaper running a poll and the town favoured a design like the current flag only with one of the bars being blue.  Obviously, our community was wrong and it decided to stick around as part of Ontario.

Today, you can see the Red Ensign in various formats including many provincial and military flags.

Your thoughts for a Canada Day.

  • Are you old enough to remember the Canadian Red Ensign?
  • In your community, can you still see a flag based on the Red Ensign?  Where?
  • Have you ever seen a Canadian Blue Ensign?
  • What does it mean if you intentionally fly a national flag upside down?
  • What kind of flag has a gold fringe around it?
  • Can a Canadian Flag ever be flown at half mast?
  • Can a Canadian Flag even be in a position such that it touches the ground?
  • In Canada, where does the Canadian Flag appear when flown next to flags from other countries?
  • Can you fly another flag on the same lanyard as the Canadian Flag?
  • Do you know what it means to “break the flag”?  Have your ever broken one?

Can you show your Canadian Flag etiquette knowledge and protocol?

Please do so in the replies below.

OTR Links 07/01/2018

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.