My Week Ending 2019-12-29

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.

  • My empathy goes out to this blogger. I once had to teach Mathematics to 30 students is a room that sat 24. Doable, I recall, but nowhere near 36 students.
  • I guess because you can go wherever you want in Canada and won’t be bothered or asked about the accent?
  • A great story about Canadian firefighters. I hope that they’re able to make a substantial difference and get things under control.
  • Cheap is good; free is better as they say. Here’s a big list of Free Resources crowd sourced on Rediit.
  • If things are looking promising in Denmark, you just know that Canada can’t be far behind.
  • Every now and again, I’ll take a look when in a story or elsewhere. There is a LOT of Windows 7 still in operation.
  • Because the legions of fanboys like new stuff and don’t mind forking money over to Apple.
  • This is actually pretty much truthful and could work. But, in education, we don’t like being in the open and like to have the opportunity to close the classroom doors. Open concept schools are putting up walls all over the place.
  • I don’t think I would pay to use someone else’s lessons. Knowing me, I’d find fault and would want to change them.
  • I have a friend who swears that he could hear the Northern Lights. Not calling him a liar but I think seeing them would be more impressive.
  • On the other hand, if Betelgeuse explodes, there could be a lot of noise. Can you hear it in the vacuum of space?
  • This is pretty much true. The only place here where you can buy them other than at Walmart are at the used media store. The cool thing is that they also sell record albums. Just saying…
  • It is pretty obvious to any that see me that my personality screams – dog walker – and not by the way I walk, but by my walking partner.
  • I’m a sucker for these articles and yet I keep wondering why if the authors says change them immediately they didn’t come that way from the manufacturer.
  • So, if you have an open source crystal ball, you can write articles about the future of Linux!
  • I’m bookmarking this site on the off chance that we get high speed internet soon. We have the pole in the front yard.

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My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – December 27, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

Since Christmas was on the Wednesday, there was no show this week. But, enjoy a rerun of Run Run Rudolph this time from Kelly Clarkson.

Intro song

Technology Troubleshooting

One of the things that I really like about technology is the option to change the language. There’s nothing better than Canadian English to make this guy feel right at home.

Then, there’s nothing worse than the technology just going ahead and doing whatever it wants.

One of my Christmas gifts looked promising but alas, it serves up American spelling despite my change in settings. Sadly, there’s no amount of troubleshooting to resolve this.

Video of the Week

I was fascinated by this. Lots of great learning about country borders.

Photo of the Week

It was so warm on Christmas day that my daughter and I took the dog for a walk at the beach and dock at Colchester. Look at all the ice; who would have guessed that it was 11 degrees there?

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


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Whatever happened to …

… waterbeds?

Good question and thanks Alfred Thompson for suggesting it.

At one time they were the big thing and now poof they are gone.

I think he nailed it with that one sentence.

They were indeed a big thing and I can remember checking them out at a store devoted to them once. Kind of pricey and you were forbidden for randomly trying them out. Maybe if you were serious about a purchase?

But, in recent times, I’ve haven’t seen one. We have a local traditional mattress manufacturer and our latest purchase was from there. Big display floor; no waterbeds.

But, apparently, they are still available for purchase on Wayfair.

I’ve never owned one. Actually, I’ve never had the desire to own one. But, I slept on one once.

For years, our summer holidays involved dropping the kids off at their grandparents and then my wife and I heading off separately to have our own week of holidays. Typically, we would go to Niagara Falls since there was so much to do there and we really enjoyed the Christmas Store even though it was so warm out in mid-July.

As per our usual, we would check into a hotel on Lundy’s Lane and use that as ground zero for our daily explorations. One year, we decided to get a room with a waterbed – just to try it out. It was more expensive but we were worth it. The bed didn’t have water channels in it. It was just one big bladder and it was so full that it kind of bulged up in the middle. Finally, a chance to try a water bed!

Carefully, I crawled on; I was picturing what kind of mess it would be if I punctured it so I was slow and cautious. It took a bit but finally the rocking motion subsided. At that point, it was just a bed. There was touristy stuff to do so off we went.

When we returned, it was lights out.

But not quite a peaceful sleep. When either of us rolled over or even moved, the water did too. I’ve been on a cruise ship but I think this was the closest I’ve been to being sea sick on a bed. I distinctly remember being angry with the situation and not being able to sleep so had rolled onto my side quickly and smashing my elbow into the wood bed frame that went all around the bed. Hurt, Pain, Ouch!

Fortunately, there was a chair and footstool in the room to help me get through the night. Such was my waterbed experience. It’s not a great story.

How about you?

  • Do you own a waterbed?
  • Have you ever owned a waterbed?
  • I have no doubt that the one that we had in Niagara Falls would have been “first generation” and that the technology improved. Do you think the channelled bed would be better?
  • Have you ever seen a waterbed for sale in a store near you recently?
  • Have you ever slept on a waterbed? Any experiences to share?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I’m sure that Alfred will enjoy reading them. (me too)

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OTR Links 12/29/2019

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