My week ending January 20, 2019

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.)

  • Do you trust your digital assistant? Here’s a smackdown between a couple of them.
  • I’ve had this discussion recently. Without a person championing things and pushing for new and substantial things, it’s easy to pick the low hanging fruit and thinking you’re doing something worthwhile.
  • Why math matters is all that it should take to read this article. Four years makes it a thing.
  • The Google for Primary students.
  • Bookmark this when someone challenges the logic that Chromebooks are “just a browser”. Today’s Chromebook is not your father’s Chromebook. Unless you’re one of my kids.
  • This is a wonderful Canadiana story about icebergs and stamps. It’s a great reminder of how rich and diverse we are.
  • Bookmark and share this list of growth mindset quotations. They’ll make great quotes for your next presentation.
  • I didn’t think that Canadian currency could be counterfeited. But, if there’s a buck (or $0.75) to be made, I guess there are those ready to make it.
  • I’m one of the 100 million. I’ve had a number of iPhones and Android devices and file management is always a weak part. This is a great alternative, at least for Android.
  • Canada has colourful towns.  Take a tour.
  • Every credit card company should protect you like this. Once a company auto-renews you, it’s tough to get them to stop.
  • Linux with a touchscreen? Yes, please.
  • I’m still curious about electric vehicles. I can see them for short jaunts around town but how about a four hour trip? Ford wants to make it available for pickups.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

voicEd Radio

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

My wife is a happy camper.

As reported here previously, the radio in her Jeep Renegade was a really bad actor in the cold and needed something done to fix it. It has had problems for over a year.

I’m happy to report that we shared another video with the local dealer of it acting up and, as a result, are now in possession of a brand new radio.

So far, so good

Video of the Week

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are on a farewell tour. Who doesn’t like a good Seger song? Or a bunch of them. I have a collection of records and CDs. Youtube enhances things with live performances and collaborations.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

This is a painting from the lower level of the hotel I stayed at in Phoenix. I was walking by, saw it and my neck snapped back as I looked at it. I know her.

Any guesses? It’s a perfect image of a keynote speaker that we had at the Western RCAC Symposium years ago.

Thanks for reading.


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Whatever happened to …

… Major Hoople’s Boarding House?

This week, I had the opportunity to be interviewed for an episode of Noa Daniel’s “Personal Playlist Podcast” for voicEd Radio. It’s an interesting concept where you pick a song that is personally classified as nostalgic, identity, and inspirational. It was an interesting challenge for me since I don’t do playlists. I enjoy all kinds of music and so I typically let iTunes randomly pick songs or podcasts for me to play when I’m out walking.

So, I did some thinking and narrowed things down to two songs in each category before making my final selection. The runner up for nostalgic was “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and specifically the version played by Major Hoople’s Boarding House. Granted, it was a cover of a song from The Tokens but I remember them doing it so well.

Yes, it’s an oldie. It was an oldie at the time too!

Why is this significant? At our high school, we had a lot of dances in the gym on Friday nights. Major Hoople’s Board House always seemed to make a stop once a year. And they packed the place.

When I was on Student Council one year, I was in charge of organizing dances and of course, we booked them! It was a real fund raiser and I remember one of my contributions was to convince the principal to allow students from other schools to attend. All they had to do was show their student card and pay the fee. So, we’d end up with people coming from Seaforth, Goderich, and Exeter to fill the place.

In doing my research for Noa’s show, I was hoping to find a YouTube video of The Lion Sleeps tonight by Major Hoople but couldn’t. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the band is still together. They have a website here. I’m going to keep an eye on it and, if they’re playing in Southwestern Ontario, I’m going to try my best to be there.

For a Sunday, how about a little music memories from you to share.

  • Have you ever seen Major Hoople’s Boarding House?
  • Did your high school have dances where you brought in a live band?
  • Of course, with that many teenagers in one spot, there may have been issues that broke out. Do you have any that you’d care to share?
  • Do you recall any of the bands that played at your high school?
  • Are live concerts a current thing at your school or have things changed?
  • What major fundraising schemes are in place at your school these days?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Bonus points if you share a song from your high school years!

OTR Links 01/20/2019

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