My Week Ending 2020-03-08

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.

  • It’s a good propaganda move but the reality is that the only time you’ll get a politician into a classroom is to get their picture taken. Kids are in best behaviour and the event lasts 10 minutes. There’s not a chance that a Minister of Education would spend a whole day there.
  • This is an informational and actually quite funny about the way that teenagers are written into books. It extends to television and the movies too.
  • So, Microsoft wants to be your anti-virus everywhere. Currently, it’s free; can they resist the urge to start charging?
  • Tim Horton’s meets COVID-19. They’re planning to give away reusable cups on March 10 but they’ve decided to stop filling reusables now because of the virus. Another hit for Tim’s.
  • This is interesting. We’ve talked about a new face for the Canadian $5 bill. But, why not have more than one face? So many great Canadians to celebrate.
  • Mathematics can be like magic in the hands of the right person. Could that be you? Check out this trick.
  • There are files on your computer that should be encrypted just because. Here’s how to do it in Windows 10.
  • I could have told you this. Computer Science isn’t a mathematics discipline; it’s one of communications.
  • If those darned license plates had been created properly and tested before making them available to the public, maybe the Premier wouldn’t have to get angry when asked about them. Then, he and the Minister could continue to complain about the Liberal plates. Egg on face.
  • The Woz has always liked attention. This article indicates that he thinks he might be “patient zero” for COVID-19.
  • Pretty soon, we’ll have fond remembrances of Google’s hamburger menu and how the really cool presenters used to say “hamburger” a dozen times during presentations.
  • This move only makes sense. I feel sorry for the students who are involved and how they worked to come up with the funds for the trip.
  • I’ll bet that some of you are doing this right now. It just takes a principal or superintendent that wants to stamp something on their school.
  • Some day, someone is going to want to pay me money to take apart something as expensive as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and I’ll enjoy it. Actually, I’d do it for free as long as I got to keep the phone afterwards.
  • The longest, friendliest border in the world has taken some hits the past three years. Now it hits a software company.
  • Here is a great shot on the Pythagorean theorem. I played way too long with this. Love it!

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 – March 5, 2020

voicEd Radio

There was no show this week.

This week’s show – nil

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week for my Friday blog post came from:

  • Sue Dunlop – @Dunlop_Sue
  • Jessica Outram – @jessicaoutram
  • Heather Theijsmeijer – @htheijsmeijer
  • Melissa Lavoie – @MelizzaLavoie
  • Tim King – @mechsymp
  • Peter Cameron – @cherandpete
  • Shelly Vohra – @raspberryberet3

Technology Troubleshooting

My Chromebook saga continues!

There was another update this week but the problem persists although not as bad as it was. Previously, if I woke the computer from sleep, it would go automatically into tablet mode.

Now, it seems to remember the previous application that I used.

If it was tablet, then it will switch to tablet. If computer, then computer…at least for a little while and then it switches back to tablet mode.


Video of the Week

Clear as mud.

Photo of the Week

Here’s the reason there was no This Week in Ontario Edublogs show on Wednesday. My wife and I were on the road to welcome a new family member.

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


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Whatever happened to …

… metal slides?

“Doug – you’re such a hard a$$”. How many times have I heard that? I think I can tell you why – I grew up playing on metal slides. I can think of three in my hometown – one at the public school, one at the town park, and one at the drive-in theatre.

If you look around at all the parks in town these days, there are a variety of slides. Twisted, straight, bumps, and other variations. The common thread that runs throughout though are that they’re all made of a plastic composition. Kids have it so good today.

Growing up, we sure didn’t have such variety. In our world, you’d climb up and slide down. A great source of fun. At least by our standards.

When we’d get bored, we’d think of variations to get even more enjoyment.

  • walking up the slide
  • dumping a bucket of sand from the top and then sliding down to pick it up and wonder why we were itchy in certain body places
  • hang by our knees over the cross braces
  • run at the slide at full speed and hit the ladder mid-stride

Despite all this, my strongest memory was how HOT the slide got on a sunny summer day. I did have one friend who had one in his backyard and we’d take a garden hose and run water from the top to cool it off. I should have patented the concept. We had a water slide before water slides became cool.

Do you have any sliding memories?

  • do you remember a metal slide from your childhood? Where was it?
  • today’s slides end up landing in a rubber synthetic surface. What did slides of yesteryear land you in?
  • have you ever walked up a slide?
  • other than going up and sliding down, what other games did you play on a slide?
  • can you identify a metal slide still in operation?

As with any Sunday, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

And, check this out. With the great amalgamation of townships and towns, our township did have an old-school playground that was taken down. Yet, they did leave a metal slide in the middle of the field though. I honestly can say I’ve never seen anyone use it though! It just stands there all alone waiting.

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OTR Links 03/08/2020

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