My Week Ending 2019-05-26

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.

  • If you’re running Windows of any ilk, you should have virus protection on and continually monitoring things if you’re connected to the web. Here’s a review of the best according to Cnet.
  • Or, you can run Linux which is a much harder operating system against viruses and increasingly runs great applications. That seems to be the direction of South Korea.
  • If you own an Android, you’ve already done that. But, there are far worse things on the web than worrying about Google and its 2FA.
  • This has been a big story everywhere – politics, technology – I still don’t know how the US and China can be such big trading powers but then the Huawei thing comes along.
  • It was so sad to read the results of this poll. It would be interesting to see how much this sentiment has increased in the past two years.
  • Gamification is something that all classroom teachers should research and consider in their world. Yes, the root is in gaming but the result is anything but.
  • Every year, the question about whether or not to allow your child to take the EQAO test arises.
  • The beginning of real stories about what will be cut to meet the budget cuts. It seems to me the process is backwards; you should start with the program that you want delivered and then decide how to afford it. This time, it’s music that’s on the chopping block.
  • Got a Chromebook for the first time? Here’s a guide. Even if you do have one, there’s bound to be a tip or two in here you didn’t know or have forgotten.
  • I’ve lived through all these changes in the music industry so found it interesting. But, I never owned an 8-track player. (my best friend had one in his car)
  • As long as the Google folks don’t get rid of the two finger tap to bring up the context menu, I won’t be affected. But, if you use ALT-CLICK, you should read this.
  • Somehow, I’m sure that this will end up being blamed on Canada. After all, we’ve been labelled the bad guys in NAFTA. How, it will be weather?
  • At the time of this article, the Raptors were one win away from the NBA finals. After last night, they’re in! Read it to fact check.
  • There are lots of options to the Google Search that so many use. This is a list of them.

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Technology Troubleshooting 

It’s kind of comforting to know that I can make silly mistakes when you see an organization that’s very big and has lots of resources and yet make errors themselves.

I’m talking about Ferrari and the qualifying incident with Charles Leclerc. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m a Ferrari fan.

But, with all the computer technology and strategy masters in the red team’s pits, they elected not to let Leclerc run one more lap in qualifying. The result ended up being out of the qualification series and a really poor starting position in Monaco. It’s a place where there isn’t much opportunity to pass. (or overtake as the Europeans say)

Video of the Week

There’s too much of this going on around here.

Photo of the Week

I think it’s safe to say that beach volleyball is canceled in Belle River.

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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Whatever happened to …

… Checker Flag Speedway?

If you’re a fan of racing, then today’s your day. It starts early but, if you’re committed to the sport, you can watch on television

  • Grand Prix of Monaco
  • Indianapolis 500
  • Coca-Cola 600

I have my chair ready.

There was a time when I didn’t have to go all that far to watch great racing. When I moved to Essex County and let my students know that I was a fan of racing, they were quick to point out that I needed to go to Checker Flag Speedway “out by the airport”. One of my student’s father raced there as a hobby. I was offered a job working in the pits. (I passed)

There’s just something intimate about smaller tracks. The price of entry is very affordable, the racing every bit as competitive, and the hot dogs just taste better! And yes, there are the odd crashes that happen.

In terms of society getting better, often innovations are tried out on racing cars before they ever get to the family vehicle.

Sadly, Checker Flag is no longer in operation. But, there are alternatives within driving distance.

And, there’s kind of a big deal race that happens on Belle Isle in Detroit. Even if you just like the sound of engines, you can hear them from Riverside Drive in Windsor.

Heck, if you just like the smell of burning rubber, there’s always the Comber Fair.

Your thoughts for a Sunday?

  • Do you remember Checker Flag Speedway?
  • Have you ever gone to a local or not-so-local local short track speedway?
  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a vehicle at those speeds?
  • Is there a local track that you know of that I haven’t listed above?
  • Do these names have a significance to you? La Rascasse, Piscine, Anthony Noghes, Mirabeau
  • Do you know what a train race is?
  • Do you think that motor racing is in danger as a sport with the higher price of gasoline and our concerns about environment?

As always, please share your thoughts via comment below.

OTR Links 05/26/2019

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