My Week Ending 2020-01-12

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.

  • I’ve always been a fan of alternatives to Microsoft’s Powerpoint. One reason is that I’m too cheap to buy it and I’ve seen so many bad presentations from people who can afford it or have someone else buy it for them. Some of the alternatives just seem more interesting and engaging.
  • Ottawa isn’t a place that we visit all that often but do get there every now and again. So, it always seems like it’s changed already.
  • Probably a good read for everyone, not only those who have elected to pay the big bucks for AirPods. Earwax is gross everywhere.
  • When you fly in an airplane, you just assume that all of the maintenance has been done. You don’t walk around and inspect. Actually, you’re not even given that opportunity. It must be sickening to look out the window and see a wheel come off though.
  • Sony is getting into the electric car business. I’m still at a loss to identify places around here to charge one though.
  • Sadly, stories about people actually constructing something with technology in the classroom rather than some of the more passive approaches are few and far between. Portfolios are a good construction activity.
  • The concept sounds kind of sugarish and gross to me but I will try Timbits cereal when they appear in the grocery store.
  • For someone like me who is impressed with sandbars, these are absolutely gorgeous.
  • I’m in the camp of believing that we’re not alone in the universe – just our part of it. Could this be the sign that there are others out there?
  • What if the fix for Y2K was just a patch and pushed solutions off to a future generation and that generation is us?
  • This is a good article for computer science teachers to read about even though it uses the term “coding”. I know that most prefer “programming” but the premise here is that it should be taught differently.
  • If it was Google or Microsoft that was scanning your images, it would be spying but if it’s Apple, it’s OK. Forgetting that, child abuse needs to be stopped everywhere.
  • Much has been written and said about Harry and Meghan moving to Canada. I’m happy to see them doing what works for them and not some centuries old concept.
  • If this truly is our native language, then I’m totally illiterate.
  • I’m in love with any article that indicates that coffee is good for you.
  • There hasn’t been much, if anything, good written about the Boeing 737 Max airliner. This isn’t good.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – January 10, 2020

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

This week’s show –

Special appearance from Diana Maliszewski

Intro song

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @MzMollyTL
  • @jcasatodd
  • @DebbieDonsky
  • @MrsLyonsLibrary
  • @DrDWestonPhD
  • @banana29
  • @leftyeva

Technology Troubleshooting

This is troubleshooting advice that’s good for everyone.

Although, who writes cheques anymore these days. But, I’ll bet that you do sign contracts.

The advice is to make sure that you write the year out in full – 2020 lest you just get used to the short January 12, 20. It doesn’t take a professional counterfeiter to change that to January 12, 2010.

Another good piece of advice is to put a bit of flourish or extra to your writing. Even something as simple of ensuring that you finish the date or your signature off with a period that’s really noticeably ensures that it’s your writing.

I draw the line at drawing a heart though.

Video of the Week

We’ve lost another amazing musician.

Photo of the Week

The rising water is going to float the sandbox pretty soon! Until then, the waterslide is an option.

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


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