My Week Ending December 2, 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.)

  • Written by an American, this is a wonderful reminder about how unique and terrific Canadian football is.
  • This was really fun to imagine.  I wonder if any of the developers were tempted to use these images?
  • This is an important reminder to really think about how you’re storing batteries that you’re not using.
  • The saddest news to hit Ontario this past week.
  • I tried both of these utilities and neither came up with Linux Mint.  Should I switch or write it off to author bias?
  • Apple gets in on the Hour of Code thing.  Great if you have an Apple store in town.  Otherwise, not so much.  Field trip?
  • I’m all for less creepy ads.  If that happened, maybe I’d stop using an ad blocker.  Well, maybe.
  • Just in case you were doing “Magic across the curriculum” and looking for it in Mathematics.
  • Apple doesn’t look good in this personal opinion of the direction that it’s taking.  How soon before other vendors follow?
  • For the times when the bloggers in your class are out of ideas for a new post.  Lots of great ideas here.   And, great ideas often inspire other great ideas.
  • The classics? and computational thinking.  It was just a matter of time.
  • A great poster or two for the Computer Science classroom.
  • I know that I’m fascinated by the Royal Family.  I didn’t know that they had so many rules though.

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How long have I been blogging?

According to WordPress, I have this many posts on this blog.


I suppose I could do the math or just do a bunch of backward clicking.  The number isn’t important.

These days, I seldom sit down and write a post and then publish it.  If you’re a regular, you know that I automatically have posts appear at 5am.  Unless I screw up and make a mistake.

It’s a nice habit to have; I’m guessing that professional writers who post regularly do the same thing.  I’ve always had this bit of a challenge though.

How do I make reference to a post that hasn’t gone live yet?  Like, for example, this post.  As I write it, it’s 7:32 on Saturday morning.  This one, like all my weekly summaries, will be scheduled to be posted Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm.  Why?  I don’t know; I just picked a time out of the air.  12 hours from my regular posting time seemed to make sense.

But, if you look above, in my summary of posts to this blog, I’ve already made reference to tomorrow morning’s post “Whatever happened to …”.  If I was writing this tomorrow morning after the post went live, I’d just copy the link.  The same goes for the index page on “Whatever happened to” posts.  All that is done now.

So, I’d been using WordPress for quite a long time and it wasn’t until just a couple of weeks ago that I realized that I could determine exactly what the future link of a post could be.  It was sitting there right in front of me.


In the editor, once you have the post scheduled, that little link pops up the actual link to the post.


So, that’s the actual future link for this post which will come out tomorrow afternoon.

Who knew?  Not me.

Sometimes, it’s the little things.

Video of the Week

My earworm from the Grey Cup.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Last night, Jaimie and I paused to enjoy some of the lights in the Navy Yard.


Thanks for reading.



Whatever happened to …

… those old familiar daily sounds?

Sheila Stewart sent me this resource from the CBC Spark.

Quiz: Can you name these nostalgic sounds?

She ran it and got 8 out of 10.  Her husband and I both got 9.

I’ll admit; it was fun and I could kick myself for not getting the one that I missed.

The quiz is simple enough; just click on play and listen to the sound that is played.  You might find it helpful to close your eyes and listen to the sound from “back in the day”.


Please share your score in the replies below.

For a Sunday, some questions …

  • where there any sounds there that were completely unfamiliar?
  • what strategy did you use if the answer wasn’t immediately obvious?
  • would you say that we live in a quieter world now?
  • if you were going to create your own sound clip and challenge others, what sound do you think nobody would recognize or remember?

So, drop off your score and thoughts via comment please.

This is part of a regular Sunday series.  You can read them all here.

If you’ve got a great idea for a post, send me a message or drop it off on the Padlet that I created just for this purpose.

OTR Links 12/02/2018

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