My Week Ending October 28, 2018

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


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

  • As a kid, I loved the graphics, the facts, and the trivia that’s found in Ripley’s Believe or Not cartoons.  I’m glad that I found it available digitally.
  • It was the 14th birthday for Ubuntu.  I started with version 4.04 I got on CD-ROM at a poster session at the NECC in San Diego in 2006.
  • Picture in Picture in a browser.  It was bound to happen.
  • Richard Byrne writes a nice post about storyboards and recommends some that you might want to try.
  • Here’s how to install Linux applications on your Chromebook.
  • These facts are priceless.  I know that people often don’t get to the end of Top 50 lists, but you just might with this one.
  • I’ve never tried the Pop! OS but it sounds interesting.  I wonder why more computer manufacturers don’t offer a product line with Linux and develop their own OS.  Consumers would be the winner, not having to pay the Microsoft Windows tax.
  • Everyone suspects that losing a teacher mid-year is not a good thing but now there’s research.
  • This news shocked the Ontario education market.  Of course, there will be a plan to avoid mass cheating and it will be marked consistently from university to university.  The best part is that some education professors will learn the challenge of teaching mathematics.
  • I wonder if doctors actually wanted this.  Now that it’s available will experiencing it be compulsory?
  • This is a great concept.  I wonder if it will catch on with other libraries?
  • Chromebook tips for teachers.  With the growth of the use of these devices, it will be good to take a look at.  Of course, nothing replaces quality professional learning events.
  • The more you learn, the better you are.  This is a new indigenous map.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

Blog Post on

BRING IT, TOGETHER 2018 – The complete schedule is now live.  Have you registered?  It’s also a reminder of the “Bring IT, Together” concept.  Why not bring a group from your school?

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  The latest edition features blog posts from:

Technology Trouble Shooting 

I’ve been a long time fan of advertisement blocking software.  I’m sorry to those who do include advertising on their site.

It’s not that I want to rob you of clicks; it’s just that advertisements have become more intrusive and creepier following you around the web.  And, they require bandwidth.

The breaking point for me was a couple of offenders that wanted to be more attractive than the website that I was actually visiting.  So, I use the built-in ad blocking in Opera and uBlock Origin in other browsers now by default.

There are some websites that just absolutely won’t work without displaying advertising.  My approach now is to either not visit them at all or to open a Private Window and not use an ad blocker there.  I originally tried white listing sites but that got to be too much work.

Video of the Week

Enjoy the fall!  Why don’t we all do this?

My Favourite Photo of the Week

The beautiful reds are on display at the Kings’s Navy Yard in Amherstburg.


Thanks for reading.


Whatever happened to …

… Count Stupid?

OK, this one may be a little obscure for many of you but stick with me.

Growing up, on a very cloudy night, we could sometimes get television on Channel 4 from Detroit, Michigan.  I guess rather than heading off into space, the signal somehow bounced off the clouds.

Then, I ended up moving to Essex County.  I remember reading a story once that, except for New York City, Detroit had more media channels (current listing) than anywhere else in the world.  Of course, at the time, this meant over the air.  There really wasn’t a need for cable television.  As long as you had an antenna, you were good.  You had all of the major stations from both sides of the border (except CTV) and could pretty much be entertained any time you wanted.

So, how do you stand out from the crowd given all this?

Well, in October, WDIV and then WKBD featured Shocktober.  It was basically showing of older, lesser known horror movies that was hosted by Count Scary, who without the makeup was local radio personality, Tom Ryan.

How do I know all this?  I love horror movies and so was a frequent viewer.

But, not the modern type with all the blood and gore.  I like the older ones that were either created with low budgets or the really early ones that were black and white attempts to bring classic horror stories to the screen.  Do they have Bela Lugosi bumper stickers?

Anyway, back to Stupid.  There was another Detroit radio station that featured a couple of disk jockeys and one did a parody of Count Scary (the market was really competitive) called Count Stupid.  So, instead of the Count Scary tagline “Oooooh, that’s scary”, he’d do a silly comedy bit and close with “Oooooh, that’s stupid”.  Driving to work, it was real entertainment.

For a Sunday, your thoughts via comment below, please.

  • Are you a fan of horror movies?  If so, modern or classic?
  • If you’re from the area, do you remember Count Stupid?
  • If you’re from the area or your cable provider carried the Detroit stations, do you remember Count Scary?
  • Maybe you’re not from the area but there have been other such hosts.  Do you remember Sir Graves Ghastly or Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (if you do know of her, I have to declare no relation)
  • If none of the above, did your favourite channel have a horror movie parody as a host?
  • Do you remember how the second show at drive-in movie theatres was often an older horror movie that tacked on to the big name title that was the first show?  Do you remember how the lot emptied after the first movie?
  • Whatever happened to horror moviethons?  Have they gone the way of Hallowe’en and have an orange and black alternative?  Thankfully, this week we have TCM.
  • What’s your favourite horror or Hallowe’en media moment?

As we lead into Hallowe’en this week, you can’t avoid seeing all the decorations.  How about decorating this post with a comment below?  If you’re not a consumer of the genre, let us know why.

Bonus Count Scary clips can be found here.

This is part of a regular Sunday series of posts.  They can all be accessed here.

OTR Links 10/28/2018

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