My Week Ending 2019-12-15

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.

  • In the continuing saga of staging for negotiations, both sides are stating their case financially. From the Heart and Art blog, some math.
  • A big list of “not-very-flattering” things that foreign leaders have said about Donald Trump. It’s not just Trudeau.
  • Chrome extensions for students – but don’t just stop there – teachers can be students as well.
  • This is indeed a problem. My favourite app for my iPad is Twittelator and it hasn’t been upgraded for years.
  • This makes me smile. Much as been said about cursive and its lack of use in schools anymore. With this law, could it be on its way back?
  • I never had anything that ran Windows 10 Mobile but I know at least one person who has moved to Android and may just shed a tear over this.
  • Other than you’d have to take out a second mortgage? Advice against buying the new Macbook Pro.
  • If you’re considering teaching Python, here is a good argument for why it has become so popular.
  • I know that this feature isn’t available at our local library. I checked. But imagine coming home with this!
  • There are so many suggestions about writing resumes. This one feature was something that we were always told to include. Here’s an article that says that’s wrong.
  • This feature for Google Chrome has always been something that you would install an extension to handle. Now it’s built in.
  • This is probably a good feature and yet, somehow, it seems to be the creepiest thing you’d ever want in a browser. It’s a reminder that nothing is private.
  • This is such a bad moment for the US President. And, supposedly the First Lady is working on getting rid of bullying. Yeah, right.
  • I guess we all knew that it was coming. Nothing fails like losing an election. Does this open the door for Doug Ford?
  • This is a great bit of news for Macintosh users. The Opera GX browser is now available for your platform. Even if you don’t use all the features, it’s the coolest looking browser ever.

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Blog posts this week came from:

  • @redknine
  • @tmolouba
  • @AMKeeLCS
  • @WillGourley
  • @MsALambert
  • @avivaloca

Technology Troubleshooting

A challenge when you commit to blogging daily comes when you have company arriving for the weekend.

That’s the case here. Company arriving shortly and not leaving until Sunday.

By then, I’ll have had three posts to the blog, including this one.

Thank goodness for the ability to write now and schedule it to appear later. WordPress does have the ability to do that and to see what the URL to the post will be.

Provided I haven’t messed up and that’s always a possibility, it should all fall in place.

That looks about right.

Video of the Week

What happens when you combine Elvis and Christmas music?

Photo of the Week

From the walls of the Duff-Baby house, a painting showing a meeting of leaders in the War of 1812. Notably, Chief Tecumseh was there and supposedly this was his last meal before a battle that cost him his life.

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


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Whatever happened to …

… Eaton’s stores?

Thanks to Sheila Stewart for yet another great idea for a Sunday morning post. It came in the form of a link to a story about Thunder Bay’s Eaton’s building.

Growing up in a small town, Eaton’s was a big deal for us. We didn’t have a big department store so it was ordering from the catalogue for the most of the time. Every now and again, we would take a trip to London to go to an actual store. It was marvellous, particularly running up to Christmas. It was located in Wellington Square and later at the Galleria.

At university, my wife and I would entertain ourselves by walking through the Kitchener store. We didn’t have money to spend there but it was nice to walk through and just look at things. In Kitchener, it was located at the Market Square Shopping Centre. I lived on bus route 8 and she on bus route 7. Both met at Market Square.

When I went to the Faculty of Education in Toronto, my roommate and his father both worked at the Eaton Centre downtown in the heart of the city. It was huge! Many floors and thanks to my connections, I learned that there was a whole part of the store that the general public would never see but was there to make the whole thing work.

Eaton Centre recently – the geese are still there!

I’ve never been to the store in Thunder Bay, Sheila, so can’t comment there.

Eaton’s always seemed to up their advertising game close to Christmas.

As we all know, the T. Eaton Company is no longer around. It was a sad ending to a Canadian institution. Often, these stores were the anchor store in a big shopping mall. Shopping has changed and Eaton’s demise was just the beginning – Sears, Simpsons, Zellers, … they’re gone now. The big survivor is The Hudson Bay Company.

Do you have any memories to share?

  • I know that the grammar police will be out in force on this post. I’ve done my research – Eaton’s does have an apostrophe but Sears, Simpsons and Zellers don’t. Little help/explanation here?
  • What big, big event did Eaton’s sponsor in Toronto annually?
  • I can only recall visiting the three stores I’ve listed above. Where else was there an Eaton’s?
  • What has replaced Eaton’s in its London, Kitchener, and Toronto locations?
  • What colour was the Eaton’s logo?
  • What’s your department store of choice these days?
  • Is online shopping the writing on the wall?

Do you have any memories of this grand institution? If so, please share in the comments below. (For more information and pictures than you can imagine about Eaton’s, click here.)

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OTR Links 12/15/2019

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