My Week Ending 2020-05-24

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.

  • This new feature in Windows 10 would probably be much better in a big work environment. There’s not much to sniff on the home network.
  • We know that schools will eventually re-open and that they’ll be different from what they used to be. In the meantime, we can watch what’s happening schools that are opening up before. Here, it’s Denmark.
  • Other things will be opening up as well. Professional Baseball is one of them and here are some of the proposed rules. Spoiler – spitballs aren’t possible.
  • Times are tough all over. Even Queen Elizabeth and all that she owns/operates like tourism are suffering from lack of business.
  • Blended learning is in your future. You just know that. Sophia Mavridi shares a post talking about how to moderate.
  • Fonts have fascinated me. In this story, they unload on the letter “G“. At least, Comic Sans didn’t make the discussion. That’s always wrong.
  • I think it’s only right to be surprised and concerned. How can anyone who has been paying attention for the past two months not realize that they need to wear a mask when out in public.
  • This will be interesting to follow. Apple stores have always been a place for mass humanity to play around with things. What does the new reality bode for them? Will people behave?
  • If you are feeling different these days, it’s normal. In this article focused on anxiety, there’s a good explanation about how it sneaks up on you.
  • One of the big takeaways for homes after all this is that the home computer just isn’t going to cut it. If you’ve had concerns, there is good advice about Chromebooks in this article.
  • I don’t think it’s just universities. It could be any school or any business or any restaurant. How quick before lawsuits follow?
  • We certainly live in a topsy turvy world. Microsoft is now embracing Linux and they were on the wrong side about open source.
  • I think that we all are impressed with the way that New Zealand handles a lot of things. What would our society think about a four-day work week?
  • When school re-open, we know that social distancing will be a necessity. How does it work in classrooms that are already packed? Michigan offers a solution.
  • We know that there are haves and have-nots in terms of online equity. This COVID time has amplified this.
  • The goal of this article might have been to slam teacher unions but peel back the skin and it only makes sense that they’re at the table to any discussion about re-opening schools.
  • This is a big deal in Windsor-Detroit. The fireworks on the Detroit River between the two cities. It’s been postponed but not cancelled. Great news. There are some caveats but that’s OK too. Hopefully people understand.
  • Even in our local community group on Facebook, people are debating whether or not they should have to wear a face mask. No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service has been the motto for a long time. I have no problem if No Mask gets added.

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 – May 22, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Drive-ins, Grace, Meaning, Boots and the Future of Education.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Sue Bruyns – @suebruyns
  • Beth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Ramona Meharg – @ramonameharg
  • Shelly Vohra – @raspberryberet3

Technology Troubleshooting

A few years ago – actually quite a few years ago, my wonderful wife bought me a comfortable chair for those times that I sit at a desk and do computer work.

I’m starting to see that I’m reaching the end of the life of the chair. It’s still comfortable but the leather or leatherette or whatever the construction is has begun to wear out.

I’m seeing holes and tears in the covering. Like any good Canadian, I’m patching them with duck tape and that works. But, my lovely brown chair now has black patches here and there.

I’ve started to look at chairs. It would be nice if there was a “black chair” and a “brown chair” but have you looked at your favourite office supply store lately?

Of course, the ones that catch my eye are not the ones on sale.

Little help?

Video of the Week

This will get you thinking.

Photo of the Week

There could be a million reasons why this was on the road. The one reason why not would be student transportation! It was surprising and also hopeful to see it on the road.

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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