My Week Ending 2020-05-10

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 will admit that I enjoyed looking at these modified book covers just a little too much.
  • This ban of assault style weapons will last until we decide to elect a Conservative government again and it’s overturned. It should be safer for a while, I hope.
  • Even these days where there are the pundits who have never been in a classroom or were and somehow weaseled themselves out are becoming experts in teaching and putting others down by their words and actions. Where are the teachers indeed.
  • It’s another case of Microsoft adding features to its browser than Chrome doesn’t have. Who wins? Ultimately us who will get a better browser in the end.
  • Why wouldn’t you trust Canadians. After all, we’re just “nice”. The results from this poll could certainly have been predicted not on Canadians and Americans but by the current leadership of both countries.
  • This is a terrific new feature from Mozilla. Great a burner email address on demand. How many times do you want to try something but are required to give an email address and then you on a never-ending email list.
  • This is just sad and an indication of how society isn’t equitable. When people have to go to a parking lot and glum free wifi. Even some teachers have to do that.
  • It might be time for a shave if your beard doesn’t pass the test for a safe breathing connection with a face mask.
  • The net result will be very positive but I agree with the title that it’s sad than a pandemic had to happen in order to kick things into gear.
  • It’s a sign of the times for educational decision making made by the last person to visit the director or superintendent office. Imagine if all the efforts of all of these LMS systems went into creating one super system.
  • This is definitely the time to be a vendor of computers. Record sales have been recorded and finding a new device is becoming a challenge.
  • Such a sad story is presented here about a principal who obviously was loved and respected by many.
  • I’m sure that many parents are getting far too much taste for the job of teacher but there are things that they need to know about the job.
  • There could be a real danger or real value to letting the Gates Foundation imagine what schools could be. Please, please, please, Mr. Gates hire teachers to help.
  • This is a perfect example of “do what I say” and not “do what I do”.
  • I’m going to kick the tires on this Infection Risk Estimator and blog about it in the future. It’s an interesting concept.
  • Since Google is all about communications, it comes as no surprise that they have more than one person to person communication app. Which one is best?
  • Oh Canada! Great news that a treatment for Coronavirus has been developed and is in testing in London.

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#FollowFriday – May 8, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Ergonomics, talking to students, building skyscrapers, wearing hats, & musical advice.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Mark Chubb – @markchubb3
  • Marius Bourgeoys – @Bourmu
  • Sandie Heckel – @SandieHeckel

Technology Troubleshooting

After a few weeks of my Chromebook working well, it’s back to its old tricks of waking into tablet mode. So, I flip on the wireless mouse and the problem goes away.

I reported the problem again and when to the Chromium OS discussion area and somehow it’s comforting that I’m not the only one with the issue.

Interestingly, there are people reporting a similar situation with a particular Lenovo model. The more the merrier, I guess.

Hopefully, it reaches a critical mass so that the issue gets resolved again.

Video of the Week

Watch and enjoy

Photo of the Week

A momma duck seems to be permanently perched on the edge of our pool these days. The squirrel at the bird feeder doesn’t care.

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.


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Whatever happened to …

… hubcaps?

It’s been so long, I didn’t know whether it was one word or two. There are no squiggly red lines under it so I’ll go with one word.

I had a conversation with former ECOO President Peter McAsh this past week. He was taking his car into his dealer to get his snow tires removed. I guess he didn’t look at the forecast! Somehow, we started talking about hubcaps. That got me thinking.

There was a time when every car had hubcaps. They were small metal cups that essentially went over the wheel lugs to protect them from rusting. They were relatively easy to remove; the jack handle typically had a flattened edge and you just popped it off to get at the jacks.

I haven’t owned a vehicle with hubcaps for as long as I can remember. Instead, we’ve gone with wheel covers as a society. They’re much bigger than the old hubcap and cover everything except the tire on your wheels.

And, they’re expensive. Typically, they’re designed from aluminum and have a fancy design and are not just a cover for the nuts. You’re stylin’ with them. On my car, they’re painted silver and on my wife’s Jeep, flat black. We certainly wouldn’t want anyone to steal them so they all come with a locking lug with the key that you should keep with the vehicle.

But Peter’s comment got me curious and so I checked out the offerings from the three local car dealers – Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. Ever vehicle on the lot had wheel covers. Even the lest expensive and certainly that green Mustang had nice ones. There wasn’t a hubcap in sight. In fact, the last time I’ve seen a hubcap was on the police car that we passed while having our weekly outing for groceries.

They’re also available for purchase after you have your car. Our local tire dealer has a link to this visualizer.

Your thoughts for an isolated Sunday morning …

  • do you have hubcaps or wheel covers on your car?
  • can you describe the design of it?
  • if you have a wheel cover, where do you keep the key to unlock it?
  • how fancy a wheel cover do you opt to have? spinning? lighted?
  • can you buy a new car with just hubcaps if you’re not a police service?
  • do you use snow tires for the winter? If so, do you use hubcaps or do you just leave the lug nuts open to the elements? Or do you put your wheel cover back on?

I’d be most interested in your driving style. Please share it in the comments below.

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OTR Links 05/10/2020

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