My Week Ending 2019-08-25

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.

  • A Tall Dark Stranger adds gold to his collection. Watching the replay shows how easily it was done.
  • This would be a great exercise for any Business education class. Go ahead and BackRub, er, Google the original names to find out why they changed.
  • There are a lot of good reasons to use the Brave web browser. Many of them are captured in this article.
  • Here’s a standard for classroom design. Does yours have all 12 of these things? Why not?
  • The article identifies these extensions specifically for struggling students but they’re good for everyone.
  • If you’re a map lover like me, you’ll spend way too much time discovering the visual content shown here.
  • I’m not sure that I would trust any salesperson to provide this advice for me. Some of the arguments seem kind of old school to me.
  • I’ve played around with many different launchers for Linux and I’ve come to take a liking to Cinnamon. Here are some tips.
  • We are not alone. Scientific proof. Well, more like speculation but interesting to read and opportunity to wonder.
  • I’m actually glad that the links to the sources for some of these dangerous distros wasn’t given. I’m the type of person that might check them out.
  • I have been playing around with the Developer version of Chromium Edge and quite like it. Now, it moves to Beta.
  • If you read the news and believe then you probably will agree that turnabout is fair play.
  • This needs to be read everywhere. Discoveries and invention by women that ended up being claimed by men.
  • I haven’t tried this password keeper by Mozilla. It probably should be added to my to-do list.

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#FollowFriday – August 23, 2019

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This week’s show – with special guest host Lynn Thomas.

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Blog posts this week came from:

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  • @hbswail

Technology Troubleshooting

My walking partner and I had an interesting technology moment this morning. It’s funny now but sure wasn’t at the time.

Eventually, high speed internet is coming to our neighbourhood. We have a pole in the front lawn to prove it. But, down at the intersection, the line will be buried. So, the contractors have been digging holes and running cables. (At least that’s what we’re hoping; we just see miles of orange!) When they’re done digging, they fill the hole and plant some grass seed.

So, we’re there just doing our early morning walking thing. Unbeknownst to us, there was a lady with a bathrobe and slippers on and she was out to turn on her lawn sprinklers for the new grass. In the best of ready, fire, aim, she turns the water on and then moves the sprinkler heads so that she’s not watering the road or a guy and his dog who happened to be walking along.

Video of the Week

Great dog walking music.

Photo of the Week

Such a sad picture to see the green algae floating on top of a beautiful blue Lake Erie at Cedar Island Beach.

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


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Whatever happened to …

… real pinball machines?

Thanks, Sheila Stewart for sending me a couple of suggestions for a Sunday post. And, she tweeted about it.

I’m going to go with this one first.

Growing up in a small town (Geesh, starting to sound like Jonny Harris here), there were two places to spend your lunch during the high school years. One was in the cafeteria at the school and the other was at German’s Pool Hall. The decision about which way to go often depended upon the weather.

The Pool Hall was a popular place and definitely for males. The only time I can remember anyone of the other gender coming in was when someone’s mom was looking for their child.

In the place, there were three pool tables and either two or three pinball machines. It wasn’t unusual to see lineups for all of them.

While some of the pinball machines were replaced on a rotating basis, I remember one that was always there. Doodle Bug.

Now, there was skill in playing this. In theory, it was all timing and reaction. But, the best players had a great deal of body motion as they tried to will the steel ball to the desired bumper.

These things were absolutely mechanical which meant lots of repairs necessary. The whole gaming bed would raise to reveal the electronics underneath. Of real importance was this little ball on a piece of wire that would make contact if the machine shook too much and generated the dreaded “TILT” message, ending your game.

Today, as Sheila notes, it’s pretty difficult to find an actual working pinball machine. Even Niagara Falls where there always was a place to enjoy them seems to have moved on. Every now and again you see them pop up on Storage Wars and they sell for big bucks if they work.

For a Sunday, how are your memories?

  • did you ever play a pinball machine?
  • do you remember one by name like I did with Doodle Bug?
  • have you ever seen a person cheat at the game? How?
  • there is a presence of pinball these days but digital on portable devices or on computers. Do you have one?
  • pool halls did have a nasty reputation in the day. Why do you think this was so?
  • for the female readers, would you stay away from a pool hall because it was deemed to be a male domain?

I’d love to read your responses and memories of these things. Please do so in the comments below. You can revisit all the past Sunday posts here.

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OTR Links 08/25/2019

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