My Week Ending 2019-06-17

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.

  • I always coded the answer to every program that I gave my students. It was my way to make sure that the instructions given and the techniques needed for solution were reasonable. I was always impressed when they came up with better answers than me.
  • If this comes to fruition, I may be done with Chrome for good as a browser. I already use Opera or Firefox for the most part. But not on my Chromebook. It’s still Chrome there although the others are installed on the Android side.
  • This is a Kiefer for Ontario politics and our Premier.
  • These are great pieces of advice for keeping track of your passwords and making them more difficult to guess.
  • I think I’ve probably bought my last Apple product. The price is just so high that you just don’t feel like you can update until you get the very last penny’s worth of use from them. Then, the latest and greatest is Sooooo expensive.
  • The ban on single use plastics is coming. What’s to stop you from doing a self-imposed ban right now?
  • I’ve always felt that the Google suite was missing a decent graphic and drawing program. Here are some suggestions.
  • We all hate geese for the mess that they leave behind. But, as this video will attest, they can be darn cute at times.
  • This is an interesting article to understand the latest trend in logo design. I know a certain community that needed to read it.
  • Who doesn’t love Sphero? Here’s a great wiki collection of activities to mess around with. Great for that summer workshop you’re planning.
  • It’s a sad time for optional secondary school courses in the province. Here’s what’s chopped in Hamilton Wentworth.
  • It’s coming up on summer and that means it’s Ant time. Here are some non-chemical ideas for getting rid of them.
  • I’ve never been asked to take a quiz about fake news. I wonder which of the statistics here about Canadians I would be.
  • Will this be the next fad in programming? Can we kiss our traditional tools and programs goodbye?

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Technology Troubleshooting

Well, I learned a valuable lesson this last week about the block editor in WordPress. I was in the middle of writing a post and the power went out.

Fortunately, I was on my laptop and so the battery kept things alive. Normally, the power comes back momentarily and life goes on.

But not this time.

In the meantime, WordPress was doing its best to “Save Draft”. I’ve seen this before when the power went out. It never ends well. So, I decided to play it smart. I opened a document in LibreOffice and did a select all from the blog post and copied it. I went to LibreOffice and pasted. We’ve all done that a million times, right?

The only thing that pasted was the last block!

So, I went back and repeated the procedure and got just the last block again. Just to confirm my stupidity, I tried again with the same results.

What to do. Internet was live but WordPress wasn’t able to back it up.

Surely, the developers at WordPress must know about this. I went menu hunting and found this.

Bacon saved; lesson learned.

Video of the Week

I’ve never really understood this sport but since it’s on television…

Photo of the Week

It’s been so wet around here. We’ve had a run on snakes. This one matches the colours of our new mulch.

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 …

… toothbrushes?

Thanks, Sheila Stewart (@sheilaspeaking) for the idea.

She sent me this inspiration…

Yesterday I stood for about 10 minutes looking through the rows of toothbrushes at shoppers drug mart. I finally found one with bristle contour and size and texture and…. that I thought would be suitable and thought to myself “whatever happened to the basic toothbrush?” Haha.. if you need a silly topic sometime!

Actually, I don’t think it’s a silly topic. After all, it’s a life’s profession for dentists and dental technicians!

Photo by Alex on Unsplash

Thinking back to my childhood, I don’t suppose that I was much different from most kids. I hated brushing my teeth. I’d try to sneak out of the house to get to school before mom nagged me. Ditto for after supper and then going to bed. It was always the same question.

Did you brush your teeth?

If we said yes, often we had to prove it with a kiss. For us, there wasn’t much technology involved. Just a plastic stick with some clear plastic bristles. There was nothing fancy about the toothpaste either. It was either Colgate or Crest; whatever was on sale.

Things certainly are different now. I can picture both the local Rexall and Shopper’s tooth aisle. Product everywhere with all kinds of promises for whiter teeth, better hygiene, and great breath all the time with fewer cavities. And they’re all ergonomically designed for the best performance, I guess. The only time I even get the opportunity for an old-school plain tooth brush is the freebie I get when I make my annual visit to the dentist.

These days, I use an electric tooth brush – you know the one that’s shaped like the tool the dentist uses. And, it’s got a timer for each of top and bottom, inside and outside. The first time I used it, I realized that if the timer was true, I didn’t spent nearly as much time brushing all my life!

Your thoughts for a Sunday.

  • These days – electric or manual?
  • Crest or Colgate or something else? Do you have product loyalty?
  • Were you a handful as a child with your parents going nuts trying to get you to brush?
  • How about your own kids? Do they brush without nagging?
  • After all that work, did you end up with cavities anyway?
  • How many times a day should someone brush?
  • How about flossing? Are you a regular flosser?
  • Do you think Sheila really spent 10 minutes looking at toothbrushes?

As always, please your fresh breath thoughts in the comments below.

This is part of a fun series of posts that appear on this blog on Sunday mornings. You can check them all out here.

OTR Links 06/16/2019

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