My Week Ending 2020-02-09

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 case you missed it, the President of the United States opened up about his lack of US Geographical knowledge.
  • A heart warming story of London, Ontario students who reached out to a residential school survivor.
  • There’s probably more information in here about the humble ampersand than you’d ever care to know. But, read it and become a trivia expert.
  • This was my learning for the week. I knew that the US had to go through Canada to get to a US park in Washington. I didn’t know that the only way to get to Campobello Island was through the state and read about the challenges that people have ordering cannabis for delivery there.
  • This is kind of depressing. It’s an online interactive calculator that determines how many teachers your school will lose as a result of some of the Conservative policies.
  • The concept of quarantine was been big in the news world-wide. Here are details about Canada’s Quarantine Act.
  • For Macintosh users, here’s a new application designed to help you draw flowcharts. Does anyone remember flowcharts? I sure do.
  • I guess humility is a trait that isn’t a requirement to be president south of the border. Or to be a family member either.
  • A look inside Canadian Forces Base Trenton where some of those who return to Canada will be quarantined.
  • Hey, look. A good news story for Tim Horton‘s. At least, I think it’s a good news story. I know that they were the stop of choice for me when picking up muffins for a workshop.
  • I had to smile when I read this story. I’ve watched so many Border Security shows and marvel at what food people try to bring into Canada. I guess I’m a goody, goody. I don’t even stop at the Duty Free in either directions. I did fill up on gas once on the US side and forgot to declare it when coming into Canada. It made for an embarrassing conversation.
  • I guess the good news in this is that there was nobody in the hottub apparently when it fell into the lake. The bad news is this is another example of how erosion is hurting us.
  • Finally, a good news story about the Ontario government. I hope, for manufacturer’s and farmer’s sake, this works out.
  • Oooh, a new version of Linux. Something to tuck away and think about for a rainy day. At present, I still use Linux Mint and quite enjoy it.
  • The story makes it out like the guy ordering coffee was in the right. Out of common courtesy, I always remove any distraction when I’m talking to someone else. It would take what, 15 seconds, out of his life? If what he was doing was so important, step away until you’re done.
  • While I hate to think that those extensions are bad, I’m glad to read that Mozilla and Google are removing them.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – February 7, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week’s show went without hitch. We talked, among other things about quilts!

This week’s show –

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Intro song

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
  • Heather Swail – @hbswail
  • Helen DeWaard – @hj_dewaard
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd
  • Kyleen Gray – @TCHevolution

Technology Troubleshooting

I wrote about my biggest troubleshooting issue in yesterday’s blog post.

I looked anxiously for news of a fix and checked for an update this morning.

Still nothing.

The problem is that now that I know that it’s a problem, I have this overwhelming desire to actually use it.


Video of the Week

Update from the front.

Photo of the Week

I read that, normally at this time of year, over 60% of Lake Erie is covered by ice and that this year, it’s less than 1%. Of course, while that applies to the harbour on the left and the lake on the right, the dock is exempt.

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


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Whatever happened to …

… marbles?

Sheila Stewart sent me an article with 65 things that kids used to do in recess. Doing the mathematics, that could be one per week for a year so I’ll just tuck this away. There are some great things there. I had an awesome youth! So many things in there that aren’t done today.

So, I picked one to start with.


Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash

Playing marbles was a hit activity in the middle elementary school years for us. The cool kids had fancy purchased marble bags to carry their collection with. I had a custom one that my Mom made for me. A new bag of marbles from Stedman’s downtown was always a real treat.

You’d play various permutations of games with the marbles with the winner getting the spoils. I recall that one of the games required “borrowing” a piece of chalk from the chalkboard ledge as we left the room for recess and then using it to draw a circle, the play space, on the asphalt outside. Playing the game required that you stick your tongue out and clamp it with your teeth as you get the right line and then flick your marble with the thumb to drive an opponent’s marble out of the circle.

Enhancements to the game involved making combo shots and also flicking with the thumb on your non-dominant hand. In most of our cases, that would have been our left hand. We had a name for that which isn’t printable by me in this day and age!

LIttle did I realize at the time that there was a great deal of learning that was going on. Force – you had to stay in the circle after knocking your opponent out. Angles – all kinds of them for the perfect shot or combo shot. Little did I know that it would lead to an understanding in Physics or a career at the pool hall during high school years.

There were unfortunate issues for teachers! You should shake your bag of marbles to distract the class; if you swung the bag by the string, it became a weapon; and heaven help you if your bag fell open and your marbles rolled out all over the classroom floor. Mandatory comment here about Doug losing his marbles.

Marbles were wonderful things to collect. There were different colours, sizes, designs, and some were just mystical when you held them up to the light. These days, I don’t think we have any in the house except for those used as play pieces for board games.

Do kids today know the wonder of marbles or do they just play them online?

For a Sunday, it’s time to share some childhood memories…

  • did you play marbles as a child?
  • are they played at your school? are they even allowed?
  • what’s a Cat’s Eye? Did you know that some are very valuable?
  • what’s the difference between a marble and an alley?
  • can you describe a game that you used to play now or then using marbles?
  • in your youth, were marbles ever a form of currency?
  • can you name a board game that relies on marbles for play pieces?
  • if you had a desire to get back in the game, where would you go to buy brand new marbles?

As always on a Sunday, please extend the conversation with your own marble stories in the comments below. Thanks, Sheila Stewart, for the idea.

For anyone, there is always a standing offer to write a guest blog post for this blog. If you have a memory and would like to write about it, I’d be more than happy to share it here and/or cross-blog it with your blog. That might also give Stephen Hurley and me something to chat about on a Wednesday morning.

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OTR Links 02/09/2020

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