Ranking everyone

It was a great musical weekend here – the 2018 and 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows were broadcast on HBO – and we were fixated.

So many great names, so many great songs, so many great memories.

We enjoyed both shows and found the 2018 induction show particularly relevant with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, and Bon Jovi among others standing out as they were inducted.

Don’t know these performers. Shame on you! <grin> They’ll live on in YouTube videos though.

Now, I’m an impatient person. While watching one induction, I wanted to know who else was being inducted! We can thank search engines for that ability.

As I’m constantly doing, I fell victim to a click bait story.

All 221 Artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ranked From Best to Worst

The top five are tough to challenge…

  • Chuck Berry
  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • Elvis Presley
  • James Brown

Although you might want to challenge the order. The lengthy list was so worth the time to scroll through to see where Springsteen was, wondering why Crosby, Stills, and Nash didn’t have a Young, seeing Ronnie Wood’s name appear more than once (Rod Stewart too) and noting the influence of various forms of music in the big picture.

Of course, the author of the article got the order wrong. 😊 But, then again, who could order 221 artists and get it right? The comments at the bottom are testament to that. It’s an opinion piece, folks. Don’t sweat it. Thankfully, some of the commenters provided some of the missing artists so that they might be considered for future years.

What was impressive to the show was that, because it was shown on HBO, there were no commercials. What a refreshing way to watch an award show as opposed to commercial television. It was a complete game changer and I don’t use that expression often.

And still, I went to bed wondering about the list. How could anyone rank numbers 220 and 221 that low?

OTR Links 04/30/2019

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Blog abuse

Yesterday was EdCampLdn.

It was yet another great day of learning for me. Plus, it’s a chance to meet people face to face that I’d “known” for a while online.

One of the things that impressed me was that, with all these educators together in one spot, I didn’t hear a phone ring or send off a notification all day.

Including my own. That wasn’t surprising because I have my phone set to vibrate for notifications and they’re sent to my watch as well. It was going off all day, constantly. There were the usual Twitter notifications but most of them were coming from my blog.

Now, normally bloggers get a kick from people commenting but my blog was literally getting hammered with comments. In an environment like this, opening up your blog and messing around isn’t right so I sneaked a screen capture and investigated it once I got home.

This one blog post was being hit over and over with spam. How do I know spam as opposed to legitimate comments from “Juan Shurtleff”? I copied a substantial part of entire comment and did a search for the text. The same comment appears on blogs all over the place.

I guess it’s small consolation but Akismet did identify 94 of these comments as Spam but 30 still got through as approved comments. A bunch of mouse clicks later and I’d clean it but more kept coming. I finally threw in the towel and disabled comments on that particular post.

Lots of questions abound.

  • Why me?
  • Why this post? If you look, it’s four years old.
  • How long would it continue if I didn’t turn off commenting?
  • Since I’ve turned off commenting on that post, will it move to others?

It was a downer for an otherwise great day of learning.

Do any of you experienced bloggers have advice or insights?

OTR Links 04/29/2019

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

My Week Ending 2019-04-28

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.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week.

  • There were survivors in the Notre Dame fire. Lots of them. Read about it here.
  • This is an inspirational story that shares how a community can come together to combat big business and bad dealings.
  • I don’t know how something can qualify to be in the “top 10” when you’re talking about computer techniques but these are worth a look if you’re a Chromebook user.
  • And they blew it. Any Boston fans now?
  • If you’re a user of OneNote, you’ll find all kinds of things to do with it in this article. It also lets you take notes.
  • I don’t have any sympathy for these people. They put me in danger and put you in danger.
  • Until I had read this article, I had no idea that Microsoft had developed another programming language. Didn’t Google and Apple also do so?
  • It’s actually pretty easily done if you want to do add extensions. But, someone wrote an article to make sure you don’t screw up.
  • Maybe you’re not using OneNote but Google Keep instead. Here are some tips.
  • I cut my drawing teeth with Windows Paint. It’s good to read that it’s not scheduled for the digital dump just yet.
  • Does anyone really need an i9 processor? There are still lots of higher end looking PCs running with i5s. If this sounds like it’s coming from a cheapskate, you’re right.
  • You knew this was coming. School districts aren’t going to have the wide variety of courses to offer that they once had. The timing was a bit surprising for me.
  • We decided that we were going to plant a new tree in our yard. It’s not going to make a different like 50 million but it’s a start.
  • If you’re concerned about detecting whether or not you are using incognito mode, this will show you how to prevent it.

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Technology Troubleshooting 

This was a strange one even for me.

I went into an online meeting on Friday morning like I’d done so many times. Only this time, I couldn’t hear anything.

I tried every technical thing I could.

  • made sure the speakers were plugged in and on
  • turned up the volume
  • left the room and reentered
  • checked the settings in the room
  • and probably a whole bunch of other things

It was too bad. I had time before the meeting to set up my reference notes on an external monitor connected to my laptop. The connection was HDMI.

Guess what? My computer decided to use that monitor with no speakers as my default output. Whaaaaa?

A couple of clicks later and I’d returned the output to where it should be.


Video of the Week

Photo of the Week

The only good thing about a morning rain is the rainbow.

Please join me daily and I hope that you check in next Sunday for a summary of my week.

Thanks for reading.


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