My Week Ending 2019-08-11

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.

  • Growing communities need more schools. Finding the perfect location for them isn’t always easy.
  • For me, I either faked the answer or made up a big list and saved it for a trip to the library.
  • I don’t know about you but I would use KDE. It would be a nicer approach and stop endless configuring to try and get the same effect.
  • If you’re tired or leery of Google Chrome, here’s a good article about how to migrate to Firefox.
  • This is good news. I wonder how long it becomes before you could take your existing computer into a store and just have them replace the internals and you walk away with an upgrade. There’s so much on a computer that doesn’t actually need to be thrown away.
  • A good Computer Science story from places other than Ontario where it remains an optional course with no growth in sight. Supporting some initiatives for your students is a start but a concerted effort right through Grade 12 is needed.
  • Who doesn’t like going out on a warm humid evening and enjoying fireflies? Apparently, this is a good year for it.
  • Great suggestions for decluttering. Now, if I could just get my butt into gear and make some of this happen.
  • Claris is back! Hands up if you remember Clarisworks. It never was all that intuitive to me. I don’t think different, I guess.
  • The Big Mac undergoes a facelift. Will it make it better?
  • If you’re looking for a little summer professional computer learning, then ECOOcamp Peterborough is for you. The success from Owen Sound heads east.
  • Here’s an article that will take you back to Teachers’ College. Do you remember Jean Piaget?
  • LibreOffice is my go-to office suite for local use. It’s now upgraded to version 6.3.
  • What does it say about you if you have “suffered” through just about all of these?

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – August 9, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

There was no voicEd Radio show this week but there was a blogpost!

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @Dunlop_Sue
  • @staoapso
  • @raspberryberet3
  • @mcguirp
  • @PCMalteseFalcon
  • @AMKeeLCS
  • @mediasee

Technology Troubleshooting

It’s Sunday and time to complain about another issue with the new block editor with WordPress. See the list above of the blog posts that I used in my Friday post?

  • @Dunlop_Sue
  • @staoapso
  • @raspberryberet3
  • @mcguirp
  • @PCMalteseFalcon
  • @AMKeeLCS
  • @mediasee

Suppose I want to add one more name to the bottom of the list. @dougpete say. I’d copy it and paste it, right?

Nope. Intermittently, and that’s the worst part, it would also copy the original group as well.


Video of the Week

I wish I had remembered this song when I wrote yesterday’s post…

Photo of the Week

Inspired by Jennifer Aston, we now have wild flowers planted around the place. I swear these doubled in size over night.

Thanks for reading. Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting.


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Whatever happened to …

… white tennis balls?

Thanks to Anne Shillolo for this suggestion posted to the Whatever happened to … Padlet.

What ever happened to… white tennis balls? We were travelling a week or so ago and really tired, and the only restaurant nearby was a Cages Sports outlet. It was in St. Jerome PQ and turned out to have amazing all local food and beers. And lot of big screen sports events playing. For some reason, while watching tennis, I remembered the original white tennis balls. I remember when I first played with the greeny yellow ones. Maybe 1976 or so at the U of W courts. The colour was called Optic Yellow. Now you never see white ones… @anneshillolo

I can remember the white tennis balls from my youth although the sport wasn’t tennis. It was baseball.

You see, my father was a really good pitcher. My brother and I would play catch with him all the time. Playing with a real baseball was a killer since he could throw it so hard. We would end up begging to play catch with a tennis ball instead. It sure stung but not nearly as much as a baseball. There were other issues too. My dad was a lefty and so the ball actually had a tendency to rotate and move in a different direction that anyone else I played with (we were all righties). Plus, with the tennis ball, it had that fuzzy surface designed to put spin on the ball to help it change direction. Put that in the hands of a pitcher and he could throw a curve ball that looked like it just dropped off a table. I distinctly remember times where I’d reach high and to the right only to miss the ball which passed me low and to the left.

The other neat thing about tennis balls used for baseball was that you could hit them a mile with a bat. It was there where you could really appreciate the trajectory of the ball.

Tennis balls were the universal gaming accessory. I can remember playing hockey, jai alai, and dodge ball with one. No volleyball though!

As for tennis, at the time, I don’t recall any tennis courts in the town at all. There was one hot shot who played competitive tennis and I think he had to go to Goderich to play. The rest of us basically bounced the balls off the solid walls of the school as we played back and forth making up our own game. It was only when I started my teaching career that I found out that was a real sport called racket ball!

As for the change from white to the yellow/green colour, I seem to remember something about yellow/green playing better with television when they started televising night time tennis.

I’ve got to share this picture – yesterday, after reading Anne’s suggestion, Jaimie and I did our morning walk which takes us by the tennis courts in one of the town parks. It’s always a good place to find a few discarded tennis balls. Can you see the one in this picture?

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • are you a tennis player?
  • can you remember a time when tennis balls were white?
  • why are there double lines along the left and right sides of the court?
  • if a ball hits the line, is it in or out?
  • have you ever jumped over a net let you see on television?
  • tennis balls are a necessity in education these days. Where do you use them?
  • why can’t you buy just one tennis ball?
  • did you ever play games other than tennis with one?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

If you have a suggestion for a Sunday morning fun topic, please add to the Padlet like Anne did. And, please join in for a weekly memory sharing.

OTR Links 08/11/2019

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