My Week Ending December 16, 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.)

Are you looking for a way to follow up on the success that you had during the Hour of Code?  This might give you an idea or two.

I’ll bet that @nobleknits2 would get a kick out of this project.

Are Chromebooks last minute gifts on your part?  Here’s a suggestion about what to buy.

I never really understood the Dewey Decimal system so I can’t vouch for the truth in this story.  But it’s still a good read.

This is definitely one of my favourite television shows.  My favourite episode was when the guy from Texas who brought a gun just assumed that Canada was another state.  I hope that they do reboot the show.

It wasn’t just Google.  I tried searching for “idiot” on a number of search engines and the picture results were all the same.  It’s a testament to do good things so that you get found well and a lesson that you really shouldn’t just search for one word if you’re expecting decent results.

I suspect it won’t be too long before there are safety nets in place everywhere.  To date though, the most visible thing is a warning that the site you’re visiting uses cookies.  Has anyone ever left the site because of this?

This is a big collection of educational software with security/privacy ratings attached to each.  If I was a developer, I’d be sitting up and paying attention and doing my best to address the concerns.

A reminder to never let your guard down.  The bigger you are, the greater the chance that hackers are going to try to get you.  This time, it was WordPress.

Mississauga takes the lead, banning references to indigenous mascots.

This is something that every computer using educator should read.  We espouse the higher order thinking skills side of things.  How?  Here are some ideas.

The amount of water that’s pumped from under Guelph is just staggering.  What’s the cost?

Tips about how to make photos better.  It’s really not new news, but I know that I’ve become lazy over time.

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Opening song …

Technology Trouble Shooting 

So, I switched to the new Gutenberg editor here on WordPress.  I had tried it before but switched back.  Either it was glitzy or I wasn’t smart enough to figure it out; it just wasn’t worth it.

Things really have changed.  It’s much smoother now and, hopefully when I schedule this post for later this afternoon, it will be good.

The only thing is my routine for this post.  Using the old editor, I got into the habit of overwriting a blank post with last weeks and then just editing over top.

I couldn’t figure out how to do that with the new editor so I went old school and copy/pasted from last week.  The weird thing is that the text that is normally black is now the sort of grey that appears as a result of the theme that I’m using.

I haven’t looked yet but I hope that it publishes well and doesn’t require a great deal of editing.

Video of the Week

What to expect if you visit Amherstburg during River Lights time.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Marketing 101.  Make your product stand out from the rest.  As I was waiting for my wife to check out at the grocery store, I explored the beer aisle – looking for a buck-a-beer.  It looks like everyone uses colour to try and stand out from the rest.

The real key, though, is to price yourself a bit cheaper than the rest!

Thanks for reading.


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