My Week Ending 2019-06-30

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.

  • So, I have both Opera and Chrome installed on this computer – among others. Here’s a comparison of those two.
  • Here’s something about AI and security. This time, it’s about Walmart but it makes you wonder how many other companies are doing this as well.
  • I enjoyed reading about these secrets from McDonald’s employees. Some of these I suspected, others I had no idea.
  • If you’ve got a soft spot about education like me, you may find some of these stories bringing a tear or two.
  • I think this is a great marketing scheme on the part of McDonald’s.  I almost feel bad that it exploded on them!
  • I would guess that many people think that Google will support their Chromebook until the end of time. Nothing could be further from the truth. Find out when your support ends.
  • All employers have rules about things you can and cannot do on the job. Here’s some from Microsoft.
  • That does it. No more nude sunbathing for me.
  • This is one of those “30 Things” posts that you see all the time. In this case, I’d be up to eating my way through the list.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about the new Windows terminal. I wonder how many people even use terminal any more.
  • There are two things about this – first of all, it’s funny to think that people would follow driving instructions that didn’t make sense and didn’t any of these people look ahead of them?
  • If you’ll let Google get you stuck in the middle of nowhere, I guess you’ll let it predict how many people will be on your bus.
  • It’s good to see that Microsoft is bringing tracking protection to Edge. It will up the ante for all developers to do the same.
  • A funny to read and yet believable stream of comments from a librarian.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – June 21, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

Opening song this week:

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @L_Bottrell
  • @cashjim
  • @dcarruthersedu
  • @stepanpruch
  • @Roosloan

Technology Troubleshooting

This is a strange one that I’ve yet to find a solution for and so suggestions are most welcome.

It comes in the category of intermittent which is the worst to trouble shoot.

Recently, when I put my computer to sleep or shut it down immediately, there’s this annoying hum that comes from the powered speakers. If it happened all the time, I’d point my finger to the speakers themselves.

But, it only happens once in a while.


Video of the Week

Photo of the Week

It’s fish fly season in Essex County. They really got in the road of a trip to Leamington yesterday. I know they’re called all kinds of things in various locations. They appear for a week or two in June/July and then are gone, leaving collections of overweight seagulls.

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 …

… penny bubble gum?

Of course, the question might be kind of moot since we abolished the penny!

But this certainly has fond memories for me.

  • at the checkout counter, Mom would often throw in a couple for my brother and me as a treat
  • we’d take pop bottles that we’d find in the ditch into the garage and exchange them for gum
  • it took a while, if I remember correctly, but I did learn how to blow bubbles
  • of course, it was forbidden in school, but that didn’t stop you from sucking the sugar from it and then snapping a quick bubble when the teacher’s back was turned
  • there also was a never-ending supply of gum stuck on the bottom of our desks
  • then there was the scare that there were spider eggs in the gum. It didn’t deter us though
  • you had to unwrap these correctly so that you didn’t tear the comic wrapped on the inside – some were the original Dad jokes, I think
  • bubble gum evolved – in pricing from 1 cent to 2 and then 5 cents a piece. It then came in strips like chewing tobacco and then a “log” of gum that you’d chew off just as much as you wanted

These days, I’m still a gum chewer – just not a bubble gum chewer. My gum doesn’t come individually wrapped anymore. It’s got a crunchy cover and comes in a plastic container holding sixty pieces. (I need at least two to get a good chew.)

How good is your bubble blowing memory?

  • do you remember penny bubble gum?
  • were you a gum chewer? Are you one today?
  • what was the character’s name in the comic that came with Bazooka? Did you know “he” has a page devoted to collecting the comics here?
  • who else made penny bubble gum?
  • is Juicy Fruit a more mature entry into the gum chewing field?
  • if you’re a teacher, is gum allowed in your class?
  • if you’re a teacher, do you still peek under the desks or tables to see what’s sticking around?

How about sharing your thoughts via comment below?

OTR Links 06/30/2019

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

When it’s got to be right

When architects are doing what they do best, they need the best of details. This resource, Dimensions.Guide has them covered.

So, let’s say you’re designing an arena or building a net for your home hockey rink, you want it to be correct down to the last detail, right?

Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world. Created as a universal resource to better communicate the basic properties, systems, and logics of our built environment, Dimensions.Guide is a free platform for increasing public and professional knowledge of life and design.

This is a fabulous resource and just a great deal of fun to explore.

When it comes time to use any of the drawings, you’re offered them in .SVG, .DWG, or .JPG format.

OTR Links 06/29/2019

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