My Week Ending 2019-04-07

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, with commentary, from the past week.

  • There are never enough great ideas for utility programs.  Others see things that you might miss.  Here are five tips/hacks for OneNote from the TCEA and Miguel Guhlin.
  • I knew this.  There was a Google Document about education cuts in Ontario but there was no name associated with it.  I tried but couldn’t figure it out from the URL so that is good.  On the other hand, I knew that only Andrew Campbell would keep his nose to the grindstone long enough to put it together.  He has since claimed ownership.
  • You can never have enough free sources for images.  Here’s a new one – at least it was to me.
  • Yes, we hit another April Fool’s Day.  Here’s a collection of what went down for 2019.
  • As if April Fool’s Day wasn’t enough, here’s a collection of other things to celebrate during the month of April.
  • I think that we all know that the best libraries will have a collection of both types of resources.  I wouldn’t want to see any set up exclusively with one of these or another.
  • Goodbye, Google +.
  • A comparison of DuckDuckGo and Google.  Who wins?
  • Three men in a hot tub.  Isn’t there something else that the government could be doing?
  • Denmark is such a civilized society.  Read on to see how libraries can work when you have a decent clientele.
  • What happens when you add captions to everyday objects?  Actually, something that’s quite funny.
  • There’s a great deal of pride for Ontario students and their walkout in many, but not all, camps.
  • It’s been one year since the Humboldt accident.
  • Here’s yer resilience.  Right here.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.


Here’s who I tagged as “Active” last Friday morning.


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Technology Troubleshooting 

I found a solution.  You’ll recall the mystery of the three dots in the top left corner of Google Chrome and Brave Browsers.



I like the dark theme on my computer and I also like the grey dots instead of the default three colours that come with the OS.

I don’t have a solution that’s totally good for me but at least I know that I can replicate it.  It has to do with the Mac OS theme.  Set it to the light theme and everything works OK.  Change it to the dark theme and all you get is the three colours.  Since Chrome and Brave are based on Chromium, I’m guessing that the situation lies there and will report it.

Ironically, Opera, which is similarly based on Chromium works just fine.  Do they have better attention to detail?

Video of the Week

Photo of the Week

In a recent trip to Seacliffe Park in Leamington, after the surprise storm, there turned out to be a science lesson for Jaimie and me.  So, I wonder, if a tree sees its shadow and there’s snow in the shadow, how many weeks of winter remain?


Which side is the north side of these trees?


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

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Whatever happened to …

… music videos?

Hands up if you remember when MTV was announced.  It was big.

Non stop music videos.

It was great.

Not only could you listen to your favourite music but you could see the story behind them!  I remember coming home from work and the kids were glued to the television.

It didn’t stop with MTV.

Next came the Canadian version – MUCH.

Then, BET.

and then CMT.

Or in some order.  I honestly don’t know that!

Somewhere along the line, the music died.

Now, when you flip to these channels, it’s reruns of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Three’s Company, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Friends, The King of Queens, and others.  (I just pulled up the guide on the television and grabbed some of what I saw)

There’s not a movie video in sight.  To add to the pain, these are all in standard definition; no high definition channels seem to be available.

Just this week, I found that there was a new channel on free preview and that was the inspiration for this post.

Yes, it’s also in standard definition too and it’s clumped together with the above channels.  It’s called Stingray Retro and it is devoted to playing music videos from the “80s, 90s &00s”.  It’s now my wakeup channel.

How’s your love of music and knowledge for a Sunday morning?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • What does MTV stand for?
  • What does BET stand for?
  • What does MUCH stand for?
  • What does CMT stand for?
  • What happened to these channels and their music video format?
  • Do today’s musicians create music videos?  If so, what’s their platform?
  • Did the music video format enhance your understanding of the music?
  • Did you have a favourite video musician?  I’ll admit a fondness for videos from Shania Twain, Rod Stewart, Sinéad O’Connor, Aerosmith, and …
  • What was the first video shown on MTV?  Ah, heck, I’ll include it in the post.  It’s also one of my favourites.  The piano player playing two pianos at the same time still blows me away.  And, you could probably point out wardrobe faux pas for each of those in the video.
  • Did YouTube and Vevo kill the video star?

OTR Links 04/07/2019

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