My Week Ending 2020-04-12

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 hope that it doesn’t come to this for everyone but here are instructions for how to create your own facemask at home.
  • I know that he was playing by the rules with his final Jeopardy bet but there should have been more than just social media embarrassment as punishment for missing the answer by this much.
  • Indeed, the online scum have crawled out from under their rocks at this time promptly inspiring this warning for parents from the RCMP.
  • Hats off to the UAW and Ford Motor Company for making Personal Protection Equipment so quickly.
  • It’s not a good news time for Zoom with its issues making the news everywhere including New York City schools where it is now banned.
  • A Google Doodle where they celebrate the efforts of doctors, nurses, and all medical workers.
  • This is a spectacular “Digital Experience Calendar” with entries being events and times. Every teacher should bookmark it.
  • Stop motion animation is a great deal of fun and you can do so much with the resulting video. Here’s an example of our Prime Minister’s speech coming from Winnipeg.
  • Another Canadian company retools to start producing N95 respirators.
  • Maybe this isn’t necessarily the best of humour for everyone but if you’re a Mathematics nerd, you’ll love it.
  • Good news for kids. In Ontario, the Easter Bunny has been declared an essential service. Not only that, it will be allowed access to your house.
  • I’m sure that the fact that Google offers location data, even if it is for a good cause, will cause some concern from our privacy overlords.
  • Thanks to the release of this recipe, you no longer have to sit at home and lament not being able to get a McDonald’s Big Mac. I’d also like the recipe to Popeye’s chicken for the BBQ too, please.
  • I have no problem with the RCMP checking up on people who have been ordered to be quarantined. At the same time, I hope they don’t catch anyone. I’d like to believe that people know how important this is and are doing it.
  • I’ve never been to the Bay of Fundy but I imagine that it kind of looks like this.
  • Childish is about the only word that I can use on this blog to describe this action that was allegedly taken. I’d still like to make this blog friendly for all.
  • EdTech has really been caught with its pants down during the current lockdown, schools closed situation. There are so many things that could have happen if there were leaders and consultants who understood technology, the issues, equity, connectivity, …
  • This is no doubt the best news story for the planet that I’ve read lately. I just hope that we learn from it and don’t revert if and when live returns to normal.

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 – April 10, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about online teaching, play, resources, and adjusting to the new.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Laura Elliott – @lauraelliottPhD
  • Tina Zita – @tina_zita
  • Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalcon
  • Sue Dunlop – @Dunlop_Sue
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @JCasaTodd

Technology Troubleshooting

During the live This Week in Ontario Edublogs show on voicEd Radio, I was really uncomfortable this week.

It wasn’t the conversations or the topics, it was my right hear. It really hurt.

Throughout the show, I kept pulling the right ear bud out and putting it back in. No matter what I tried, it hurt.

At the end of the show, like I do every time, I roll up the headset and stick it on the desk. After an hour of sitting in one spot and talking, I’m ready for a break. I’d forgotten about the discomfort until Friday afternoon when a couple of friends from Iowa invited me to a virtual happy hour. I grabbed a can of Cowbell from the fridge and got connected. The pain came back.

This time, I took the time to pull it out and I saw why. The plastic gummy thing that goes over the speaker wasn’t there. So, I was hard plastic to whatever was in my ear and it really did hurt.

I hope that I didn’t vacuum it up. A visual search of the floor doesn’t reveal anything so I’m going to get down on all fours and see if it somehow fell behind my desk.

Wish me luck.

Video of the Week

Maybe not completely accurate but does demonstrate the power of distancing.

Photo of the Week

How about these for tailfeathers at the bird feeder? Does he/she think we don’t know?

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


This blog post was originally posted at:

If you find it anywhere else, it’s not original.

Whatever happened to …

… car cigarette lighters?

Thanks to Noeline Laccetti for this idea. I really like it when people send ideas for this regular Sunday morning post through social media, email, or add to the Whatever happened to Padlet.

This bit of memory jogger lets us know just how far society has come.

Santeri Viinamäki / CC BY (

Back in the day, a cigarette lighter was an absolute necessity. Many people smoked; I know my mom and dad did. My brother and I got to enjoy the smoke from the back seat. The lighter was conveniently placed on the dashboard so that both the driver and front seat passenger could easily access it.

My first full-time girlfriend and I used to go out in our car before I got my truck. Fortunately, she lived 3 or 4 towns away and I would drive to get her with all four windows rolled down. I don’t ever recall her complaining of the smell. She would have been sensitive, I suspect, since nobody in her family smoked.

Every vehicle that I’ve ever owned had this functionality although these days, the pop out lighter outlet is called an auxiliary power outlet. And, with society’s need for more and more power, there is one on the front dashboard for front seat people and another in the console between the front seats for use in the back seat. Both Ford and Chrysler (our current vehicles) also have USB ports. For me though, I still have my portable unit from my old Cobalt that plugs into the auxiliary port and has a phone connector on the other end. It seems to charge faster than the built-in USB ports.

For a Sunday, cut through the smoke and share some of your thoughts.

  • do you recall a time when you and/or your family had a cigarette lighter in the car and used it for that?
  • how many ports and what kind does your current vehicle have?
  • what have you ever plugged into the port? My list includes:
    • smartphones (of course)
    • a portable GPS unit
    • a portable cassette player for those time I was out of radio range of a good station
    • a coffee cup heater
    • a chargeable flashlight
    • an iPad
    • a portable battery
    • a portable XMRadio
    • … (can you add to this list?)
  • how do people light up in cars these days?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

This post appeared on:

If you read it anywhere else, it’s not the original.

OTR Links 04/12/2020

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