My Week Ending September 23, 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 guess it comes with the job.  As a librarian, who better to know the answer to everything – even the strange things?  If you can’t ask a librarian, who can you ask?
  • Great parenting advice.  It makes you wonder, though, if some parents are expecting this and others don’t, why kindergarten teachers drink.  <grin>  Put it in context; there has been lots said about high schools preparing students for university.  How about for those first days of kindergarten?
  • There are lots of “tar spots” on maple leaves around here.  Here’s an answer explaining why and if you should do something about it.
  • My mother would not challenge this premise!
  • Backups are crucial.  There’s lots of good advice here.  I can remember a time when it meant multiple diskettes, then writing a CD, then writing a DVD, then backing up to an external hard drive.  Now?
  • Little libraries are very popular in Essex County.  Here’s a bit of history.
  • I enjoyed this collection of road signs from around the world.  I think the most bizarre one I’ve seen around here is advice about how to turn right, crossing a bicycle lane.
  • Just wow.
  • Ghostery now has a browser.  What’s better?  A browser with the Ghostery extension or a devoted browser?
  • It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents.
  • I got my upgrade to Chrome.  It’s got some re-arrangement of items and an even more rounded look.
  • Finally!  Respect for older programmers.
  • A story from the student perspective about their walkout on Friday.  If Friday was a PD Day for some, will those students choose a different day?

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

It was a very trolly week for me.

First, I shared on social media the new CBC for Kids website.  I was tagged in it with a lot of others.  Lots and lots of people liked the concept and it was retweeted over and over.  That brought out a bunch of anti-Trudeau and anti-CBC messages.  They were very unkind and I felt badly for the website developers.  Constructive criticism can be helpful but this sure wasn’t.  The accounts, when tracked back, appeared to be less than human and content was just negative.  Because of the content, I debated blogging about it on Wednesday but went ahead anyway.  I was a bit worried that it might end up in spamish comments but fortunately, none made it to the light of day.

Next, I had a run-in with a “digital media specialist” who didn’t understand how something digital and media worked.  Rather than taking it private which is your first step in resolving issues, this person elected to go public and continue the issue when I tried to explain it.  Apparently my explanation wasn’t sufficient and my way to solve the situation wasn’t satisfactory.

I write this next one off to just a sign of the times.  I had a friend request on Facebook from a name that I recognized.  The picture was right too.  I was very careful and clicked through to the account.  The bizarre thing was that the account had no content except for the name and the picture.  Now, you’d think something like that was kind of odd but probably a one-off.  Nope.  There were two other requests with the same thing.

The solution in these cases was relatively similar.  It involves bringing out the “axe” the social media service provides.  As in, I’ll block you.  It’s not perfect but it’s the best that can be done.

Even dog walking was no way to hide from it.  Jaimie and I are walking down the road Saturday morning, on the gravel, minding our own business.  This guy in a Lincoln comes at us and throws both of his hands up in the air and actually lost a bit of control of his car.  Fortunately for us, we had plenty of room to move to our left without having to bail for the ditch!  Trying to give the benefit of the doubt, I figured that there must have been oncoming traffic for the guy in the Lincoln.  Nope.  I guess he must have been having a bad day or doesn’t like dogs.  I don’t think I owe him money.

I’m not sure what the “axe” would be in this case.  My first thought was to take a picture of the license plate but that might provoke things further.  Hopefully, our paths won’t cross again.  Jaimie likes his walks.

Video of the Week

This was Little Brown Jug time in Delaware, Ohio.  Two elimination races and then the Jug itself.  What was really interesting was the second elimination.  Every now and again, you’ll see an inquiry where a horse (truthfully, the driver) has committed an infraction.  In this case, the winner of the elimination, Stay Hungry, had two inquiries lodged against him.  I’d never seen that before.

Finished first, placed fourth.

The incidents point to the value of pylons rather than the old hub rails.  If there had been the traditional rail, there could have been some serious accidents.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

A new sign on the road around here this week.

But, what does it say?  It all depends on the perspective!

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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.