My Week Ending 2019-11-10

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.

  • This is something that I’ve always wondered about. It was interesting seeing all the cameras watching me in Niagara Falls this past week. In residential areas, are we safer?
  • This is a very powerful story of coming to Canada and doing well as a result.
  • This will make you think. Is the answer because of competition rather than belief?
  • One of the downfalls of choice or a desire to exempt yourself from programs designed for the public good actually endangers everyone else. It’s not just schools; these people go to other public places as well.
  • I never thought that the browsing wars would be affected this way with the Edge browser. Other than using it on Windows 10 to download something else, very few use it. Will that change?
  • For my teacher-librarian and librarian friends. I’ll bet you can’t read this list and not laugh.
  • Interesting read. I wonder if it caught the eye of anyone at Google? Sure, you can make money but can you make boatloads of money?
  • Good news for my Chromebook. It gets another year to live. I haven’t noticed any appreciable degrade in the battery life so that’s good too.
  • I do indeed think that it is hypocritical and totally pushes the use to a different and more dangerous level. Instead of addressing the issue, this just creates other problems.
  • One of the things that I had hoped to accomplish would have been to provide learning opportunities for presenters such as described here.
  • Of course, not everyone will want the Edge browser on their machine. Strong message here from a Linux user.
  • I found it unbelievable to find out, in discussions at Bring IT, Together, that there are still school boards using Windows 7 as the basis for their image.
  • This was interesting. I hadn’t heard about anyone using Cardboard anymore. Will it return now that it’s open sourced?
  • I’m sure that we could all add to this list but it’s a good start.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – November 8, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

This week’s show recorded live at the Bring IT, Together Conference with special guest Ramona Meharg –

Intro song:

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Tina Zita – @tina_zita
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Deanna McLennan – @McLennan1977
  • Rola Tibshirani – @rolat

Technology Troubleshooting

This probably isn’t a big deal but I hate it when things change.

I used to be able to embed my voicEd Radio show “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” into WordPress. Now, I just end up with a link to the podcast on the site.

I don’t know if it’s something that WordPress is doing or whether voicEd doesn’t like to be embedded.

Or maybe a combination of both.

Video of the Week

Do Canadians really appreciate what it means to be at war?

Wear a poppy tomorrow and attend a service if you can.

Photo of the Week

The Canadian Navy had a boat in town recently and I got a picture. It seems appropriate leading into Remembrance Day to include it here. It was huge and it’s difficult to get it all in with a phone.

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


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Whatever happened to …

… Bozo the Clown?

A friend of mine shared this story recently:

Frank Avruch, who played Bozo the Clown, dies at 89

Of course, the worst of social media kicked in with people noting that the article was over a year ago.

The name “Frank Avruch” didn’t ring a bell but certainly “Bozo the Clown” did. Long ago, in the days before cable television, there was an antenna on the top of our house and if the weather was right, we could get CKLW-TV from Windsor and Bozo was there on Saturday or Sunday mornings. (Or maybe both, I can’t recall exactly.) I do recall that it was extra special when we got a chance to watch the show. It wasn’t on our reliable CBC and CTV channels.

I did some poking around and found out that Bozo was actually a syndication and he was everywhere.

Scroll to the bottom of the entry to see all the places.

What a franchise!

In addition to hosting the show and introducing cartoons, there were all of the stupid gags that were done. And who could forget that red hair pointing east and west.

This was in the days when clowns were generally “good”. As we know, there have been many clowns that have made the movies and television that weren’t so good. And in real life too.

So, for a Sunday morning, let’s clown around.

  • Do you remember Bozo the Clown from your youth?
  • In addition to the show, there were all kinds of Bozo branded products. I remember a friend had a Bozo punching bag. Do you know of any other Bozo branded stuff?
  • There were other famous clowns who happened to be villains. There is only one Cesar Romero though. Where did he play a clown? What other actors played the same role? If you’re a real fan you know that his face wasn’t makeup but caused by something else. Do you remember what it was?
  • There was another Bozo-like clown that was a major product spokesclown. Who was that? Whatever happened to him?
  • People either love or hate clowns. I like them; my wife hates them. Where do you stand?
  • Are there enough people that hate them that you don’t see them at fairs or carnivals anymore?
  • Are they evil?
  • He also generated the ultimate kiddy insult “You’re such a bozo!” Did you ever use that phrase? (Will you now?)

As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the replies below.

If you have an idea for a topic for a Sunday post, let me know. Just add it to this Padlet.

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OTR Links 11/10/2019

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