My Week Ending 2019-06-09

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.

  • As well it should. This Google decision may be the biggest thing that’s happened to Opera, Brave, Vivaldo, Firefox, and maybe Edge.
  • I’ve always had this paranoia ever since I started using computers with microphones and cameras. How do you ever really know that you’re alone?
  • I think the worst thing I ever saw in my classroom was a spider or two. I’m so much luckier than this Florida school.
  • Grab these posters (they’re free) for your classroom bulletin boards, windows, etc.
  • This is a brave newspaper article from a laid off teacher from Parry Sound. It would be good if more would do this and flood the media. Perhaps the federations could pay for articles.
  • If you’ve ever wondered how long the Queen has been head of state, this timeline against US presidents will but it into perspective for you.
  • If you’re interested in a leadership position with a subject council, read this.
  • I suspect that the term “best” would be up for challenge for many but if you’re bored and want some very good streaming content, check this out.
  • Every web browser should be doing this. Kudos to Firefox for their efforts. I hope that this leads the way.
  • I just wish that I had a bunch of $1 000 bills tucked away that I could contribute to this recall.
  • I wonder if this would make Google a co-conspirator if you get a ticket for looking at your phone while driving.
  • If you’re looking for advice for how much that iPad should be used as a babysitter, read this.
  • I’m a sucker for these “Cheat Sheets“. I always tend to find something new in there. Isn’t that what learning’s about?
  • Details about Stadia appear. I don’t have the bandwidth. Do you?

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – May 24, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

Opening song this week:

The latest #TWIOE show features blog posts from:

Technology Troubleshooting

It was a bizarre check.

I went to use an application on my phone and it refused to work because it said that the version installed was out of date. Not normally a biggie. I went to the Play Store to do the update.

It turned out there were 23 apps waiting to be updated. Wow.

So, I tried to kick start it but they wouldn’t come through. I did what I always do – tapped harder but still nothing.

On a whim, I turned off the VPN on my phone and everything started downloading.

Lesson learned. Not understood completely, but learned.

Video of the Week

For Stephen, a story in a song…

Photo of the Week

Kudos to the town of Leamington. As part of their repaving work, they’ve made the ultimate accessible parking.

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 …

… Pantry cookies?

This is a real question, looking for an answer!

My grandparents always had Pantry Ginger cookies on hand. They came in a red box with a clear cellophane cover. They were an odd shape; not round but with swooped in sides and flat. The name Pantry was stamped in the middle of them.

They weren’t particularly sweet – just crunchy and had a nice ginger taste to them. I’d forgotten about them until a few years ago when I happened to notice them on the shelves at Sobey’s. I impulsed bought them and my wife became a new convert! We enjoyed them for a while and then they were no longer on the shelves. We went to the two other shopping options in town No Frills and Walmart but couldn’t find them there either.

What to do? What to do? I turned to the internet and, for the life of me, couldn’t find reference to them or even a picture of the box. The closest I could find was another person who misses them here.

It was a bit confirming that I wasn’t living in a world of my own making up memories.

For a Sunday, your thought please…

  • Do you remember Pantry cookies?
  • Are you a fan of ginger or gingerbread cookies? They don’t appeal to all.
  • What’s your favourite ginger cookie? Recommendations?
  • Have you ever had a favourite product that just went away with no forwarding address?
  • Most importantly – are they still available where you shop and I’m just isolated?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

OTR Links 06/09/2019

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