My Week Ending September 16, 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.)

  • It comes as no surprise that Vivaldi might appeal to Linux users.  After all, you can tweak darn near everything with it.  I have it installed on both my Macintosh and my Linux boxes.
  • For teachers who want to create a class newsletter.  Follow the instructions here and your class will definitely stand out.  There should never be a shortage of content.
  • There was no shortage of stories about Premier Ford’s plan to invoke the notwithstanding clause.  Here’s one of them.  I’ll be honest here; I had to do some research to find out just what the clause means.  The radio and television news makes it sound so simple.
  • I remember when a friend showed me how he could unlock his Windows computer using facial recognition.  By the time it actually worked, I could have typed a password at least a dozen times.  Now, the concept comes to Chromebooks?
  • Again, a two-parter learning experience for me.  I did correctly guess who was the distributor of the credit card.  The one that got me was Canada having six major banks.  I only knew of five which was the answer given to me by Wikipedia when I looked.
  • Maybe Microsoft is upset that you can’t install Edge on a Chromebook?  Now, there’s a warning when you try to install Chrome on Windows.  (Firefox too)
  • Speaking of Microsoft, they’re moving into downtown Toronto.  Maybe a CTRL-ALT-DEL will fix things on the QEW.
  • These comics describe klutsy Doug so well.
  • If you’re looking for a green screen project, try to outdo this simulation of flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence.
  • And here’s how the Weather Channel did it.
  • Communication is important to parents.  Here’s the story of one school district (not surprising which one) which reached out to parents to explain what’s happening with Health and Physical Education.  Shouldn’t all school districts be doing this?
  • This is absolutely fabulous and should be inspiration for any class that’s taking pictures.  It’s all in the timing and the composition.
  • Or try this concept out.

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

This annoying WordPress thing has shown up recently.

I was prepared to point my finger at the latest Google Chrome update but I’m writing this in Firefox and the situation exists here.

Regular readers will know that I like to include links to things that I reference in my posts.  Just look at all the links already added above.

I’ll continue to do that but there’s a little thing that’s happening that’s bothersome.  When I insert the link and click on OK, WordPress shoots to the top of the post instead of staying where the link just went in.

It means remembering where I left off and scrolling back to continue on.  Maybe it’s my lack of attention span but I find that I’ve lost my train of thought more than once.  Perhaps I should write first and link later.

Then, I’ll end up forgetting the link.

Video of the Week

Proof that Hurricane Florence is big news, world-wide.

But it’s not the only severe storm in town.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Not technically a moor but would be a good setting for a novel with the fog and all that.


Thanks for reading.


Whatever happened to …

… leaf games?

Not to be confused with Leaf games, which is another topic.

It’s started around here.  Usually, it’s the big maple tree out back that starts to drop its leaves.  At this point, they’re still green which always confuses me.  Shouldn’t they have changed colour to autumn gold, orange, or red before falling?

But it has indeed started.  Just enough falling to make it feasible to mulch them with the lawn mower.  There will come a time when that won’t do the trick though and leaf management becomes a big job.

As a youngster though, leaves falling were just plain fun.  We’d do all kinds of things with them.

  • glue them to presentation boards as highlights for school projects
  • take turns shoving them down the back of friends’ shirts so that they itched and were annoyances, not in a bully fashion but it was just the thing to do.  It certainly made for some itchy classroom days if it was your turn to be on the receiving end
  • we’d rake them into a huge pile and then bury ourselves in them or just use it as our own high jump pit.  The net result was still leaves that filled your clothes and itched
  • help dad rake them to the front yard where we’d have a big pile of leaves
  • then, when he wasn’t looking, we’d come speeding down the hill on our bikes and drive through the pile sending them everywhere (which resulted in going back to the previous step)
  • taking a bunch and stuffing old pants and shirts and making leaf people that we would sit on the lawn chairs on the front porch (a pumpkin was involved too)
  • related to the above, my mom would always have a fall theme going on with our front window and it involved carefully placed leaves
  • throughout the town, everyone would rake their leaves to a pile at the front of their yards and would burn them.  I distinctly remember the smell of burning leaves and the smoke that it generated
  • again with the bikes, driving through burning piles of leaves upped the danger factor a great deal

Much of this fun doesn’t exist anymore.  By bylaw in many places, you can’t burn leaves but rather have to rake them and place them into bags that are then collected for composting.  Much of the fun and joy above doesn’t exist.  Besides, I’m not sure that I would do that to my current bicycle.

For a Sunday, do you have any leafy memories?

  • could there be a more perfect decoration for school projects?
  • are you still able to burn leaves or does your community insist on other ways to get rid of your fall collection?
  • do you have a favourite colour for a fall leaf?
  • just how long does an oak leaf last?
  • have you started raking and doing other leaf maintenance things already?
  • do you do your own composting?
  • does your community have a composting program?
  • if you or your community compost, do you access it in the spring when you’re planting?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.  No matter who you are or where you live, autumn leaves have to factor into your life somehow.

This is part of a regular Sunday morning series of memories.  You can access them all here and contribute to the Padlet if you have a great idea for a post.

OTR Links 09/16/2018

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