My Week Ending August 19, 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 is a testament to watching cartoons and reading comic books in my youth.  I got almost 100% on this quiz.
  • Word Clouds were a thing and then they weren’t.  Then they were again but then not.  Most often, people use web services to create their own clouds.  But, for the computer studies student, here’s a tutorial for creating them in Python.
  • I hadn’t thought about the country Chad for years, it seems.  This article describes some things that you might not know about it.  For me, it certainly was an interesting read.
  • Infographics are an interesting way to convey a large amount of information in a short piece of time.  This time it’s about Emotional Intelligence.
  • It’s not something that I immediately want to do.  A Chromebook booting Windows 10?  You’re going to need a substantial Chromebook to do this.  Why not just buy a Windows computer and install the Chrome browser (or others) for a lesser price?  I need to be convinced.  Running Linux is something that I might find more appealing.
  • Whether you use Google Classroom or Microsoft’s EDU environment, this article has you covered.  Of course, there are those that use other LMS systems and then there’s the crowd that use none of the above.  They tap, tap, tap away on their iPads.
  • Your school would have to not have a policy banning cellphones in order for this tutorial about taking better selfies to be useful.
  • There was a time when finding a book worm in a library was a cool thing.  But, what other animals have been found?  Some make sense but wild turkeys?
  • I’d never heard of Julia as a programming language.  Interesting read here.  Would you switch?
  • This is a wonderful tribute to Aretha Franklin.
  • Perhaps one of the better ways to use Twitter in the classroom.  Creating an online book?  Modelled by the Toronto Public Library, there’s got to be good educators looking for ideas for the upcoming school year using social media.  Low entry point but potentially a high ceiling.

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

For all the “high quality manufacturing” that Apple claims to have and the fan-people are quick to talk about, when things go wrong, they really go wrong and sometimes bizarrely.

This week, my Macbook Pro’s trackpad has decided to act up.  Now, as I always go, I tend to blame myself.  Maybe I spilled something on it?  Maybe I spit on it while writing a blog post?

Searching on the internet reveals that it’s a real problem with all kinds of solutions suggested. One of the more interesting ones is here.

I’ve tried them all.

  • cleaned the trackpad
  • pressed the opposite corners
  • checked to see if the battery had expanded (surprisingly a common problem)
  • mashed the trackpad with the palm of your hand
  • used a mouse and turned off the trackpad
  • stopped using the stupid thing

I’m currently on the last option.  I’m writing this post on a 2010 Sony Vaio running Linux Mint and it’s still like a brand new machine.

If anyone has any good ideas, I’d like to hear them.

I know, I know – start saving to buy a new computer.  I’m on it.

Video of the Week

Please enjoy.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

We took a cruise on the Detroit River this past week – in the rain!  Regardless, I got some interesting pictures that showed a new perspective.  Here, through the rain is an up look of the Ambassador Bridge.


Thanks for reading.


Whatever happened to …

… lemonade stands?

Thanks to Sheila Stewart for the inspiration for this post.  This past week, she sent me this article…

Lemonade Stands: Rule Breakers or Kid Makers? Ask Pete

There’s enough in the post to raise your anger but that’s not the point for this post.  Let’s think about the original concept of the lemonade stand – a chance for kids to make some money.

I remember reading about it once and my mom suggested that I try it.  Looking back, it was pretty much guaranteed to fail.  We lived off the main drag in a small town.  So, it wasn’t like there was much foot traffic that would have been passing us by.  My brother and I set up a stand – we used Kool-Aid and charged a dime.  Our only customer was the guy that worked with my dad and walked to work.  He negotiated us down to a nickel.

Fortunately, our mother was understanding and didn’t charge us for the mix or the sugar.  Or the cups that we had on the stand either.  Our stand was actually a card table that we took outside.  We did have a little bit better luck later on having a stand at the hospital’s penny sale.  But, I didn’t leave our community as a rich man.

These days, I live in a bigger community but I can only remember one lemonade stand this past summer.  Inflation has kicked in; while they had the same sized cups that we used, the price was now $1.  I got the sense that we were the only customers!

There are just so many other options; as I think about a walk along the main street, there’s a Mac’s Milk with its big slushy machines, a couple of other convenience stores with the same setup, two Tim Horton’s who are now in the lemonade business, McDonald’s who has featured cold drinks this summer, and a number of restaurants.  There just doesn’t appear to be much room for the little entrepreneur anymore.

What are your thoughts for a Sunday?

  • have you seen a lemonade stand this summer?
  • did you operate a lemonade stand in your youth?
  • where’s your favourite place for a cool summer drink?
  • what do you think about legislation as appears in the article shared and the little entrepreneur?
  • lemonade or limeade or something else?

Please share your thoughts via the comments below.  It will be fun to read your thoughts.

And, if you have an idea for a future post, please share it with me like Sheila did.  I have this Padlet set up just for this purpose.

OTR Links 08/19/2018

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