My Week Ending 2020-07-12

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.

  • “Mistakenly”, eh? I’ve done a lot of work with photos and the before / after images of this are completely different. Someone did some deliberate editing.
  • The bottom line is that society is prepared to pay for the higher prices. People want all the features they can get.
  • Two hours is a major, major improvement in battery life. This upgrade needs to be done immediately.
  • This is really strange. If Apple and Microsoft both go without Intel processors in the future, are we left with just really powerful Chromebooks?
  • Articles about racism in Ontario schools is something that all educators and administrators should be reading and change practice as a result.
  • Finally, there was good news for Kingsville and Leamington as they’re allowed to open to Stage 2. Now to do something about the living conditions of those migrant workers.
  • There definitely are risks in everything that you might want to do outside your personal bunker. This infographic shows one view.
  • I find this so sad. Part of the rich experience of going to university is making new friends from people from all over the world.
  • If individuals are going to get anti-racism right, they’ve got to be inspired by role models taking the lead. If the withdrawal from advertising major sports teams is what it’s going to take, I’m all for it.
  • I’m always somewhat happy that my gear doesn’t make this list. Hopefully, my vendor is aware of what’s happening in the world. There are actually so little that you can do to tweak your router.
  • If you’re looking to expand your vocabulary, why not start with some of these words.
  • Can Trump be double dog dared to sit in a classroom? How about Ford?
  • I’ll admit that I am one of those people who have hung on to a now obsolete Macbook Pro. It still runs nicely but I’ll have no hesitation whatsoever of reformatting and putting Linux on it when the time comes.
  • All my teaching career, I have been spoiled by having great Directors of Education and they’ve all been teachers. Yes, there are business decisions to be made but that’s what the SOB (Superintendent of Business) is for.
  • It takes a lot of laws to make COVID recovery apparently and many of the things included have nothing to do with COVID.
  • I’m still amazed that the news media is even covering the things that Scheer is doing. But, if what’s he’s doing is putting others in danger, yeah, cover it.
  • Everyone wants to have a crystal ball to see what the fall will look like for schools. Here’s Macleans’ vision.
  • A bigger question should be – why would you want your Linux to look like Windows? Linux is lovely and so intuitive these days. Don’t fear it; embrace it.
  • I did a couple of the cognitive tests in the article and I guess I could become president of the United States. Maybe one question should be “Why would you want to be president?”

Blog Posts on
doug … off the record

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

#FollowFriday – July 10, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio with guest Matthew Morris, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Summer Breaks, Cancel Culture, Family Engagement, Research during COVID, and more.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • With Equal Step – @WithEqualStep
  • Anna Bartosik – @ambartosik

Technology Troubleshooting

How did everyone make out during the big storms that went through the province last week?

Around here, the power was out for about four hours. That seems like a lifetime; fortunately, I was blogging at the time on my Chromebook. Power? We don’t need no stinking power. Of course, when I was done, I had nowhere to save it so I just cautiously put it to sleep.

We went for a drive into town to get a sense of how spread the outage was and there seemed to be no house lights on anywhere. When we did get into town, power was on there. And, something neat. The ice cream place which is normally the anti-social-distancing place was completely empty.

Bonus! Ice cream to go with a dog walk.

When we returned home, eventually the power came back and my blog post uploaded and to the end user, it looked like nothing happened. I was a bit worried since it probably was about half-written and posted and it could have looked pretty gruesome had the power not come back on so that I could proofread and post the final.

Video of the Week

If there ever was an anthem for the summer of 2020, this has to be it.

Photo of the Week

I mentioned in one of my Whatever happened to posts that there has been a real shortage of possums around here this year. On the other hand, there are rabbits everywhere. This little one was caught motionless in the front garden, hoping I didn’t see him/her.

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 …

… clotheslines?

Again, inspiration from Sheila Stewart to follow up on her wonderful post last week about washing detergent.

Of course, after things are washed, they’re dried. Around here, for the most part, things get thrown into the dryer for the task. It’s right next to the washing machine so the convenience can’t be overlooked. When possible, we try to do things in non-prime time.

But, this morning with the breezy coolness after yesterday’s storms we’re hanging the sheets on the clothesline! It’s not done regularly – to be honest, these days, it’s largely a place for bathing suits and towels and a driving hazard when I’m cutting the lawn.

Growing up though, it was the only game in town. There was this big pole at the corner of four neighbour lots and we all had clotheslines from the back of our house to the pole. In our case, it was just outside what we called the “back kitchen” on the top stair. You’d put the basket of wet stuff beside you and we had a six quart basket full of clothes pins. The basket would be considered a collectible by today’s standards. Probably the pins too! Everything got hung up out there; we had no modesty!

This was always a point of conflict with my brother and me over who did what. Somehow, washing always seemed easier than hanging things out to dry later.

Photo by Caspar Camille Rubin on Unsplash

Between washings, it had an additional functionality. We had this old hula hoop that was broken but would nicely fit over the line. It made a great target for throwing baseballs and footballs through.

Our car even had a makeshift clothesline on it. When we’d go to the beach at Goderich or Bayfield, our bathing suits would hang over the cars antenna through the top and one leg. It would flap in the breeze but would be dry by the time we got home.

At university, I got into dryers bigtime. Living in an apartment, there weren’t too many other options. Fortunately, the landlord had some pay machines in the basement. In today’s environment of hyper-sensitivity, I wonder about sharing dryers! (joking, but were they ever cleaned?)

I’ll let you finish the post with your own stories.

  • Dryer or clothesline? Into which camp do you fall today?
  • Have you always had a dryer or did you come to it at some point growing up?
  • Do you do laundry in the off-hours or when you need it?
  • Do you own either or both these days?
  • How and wear do you dry bathing suits?
  • In the movies, particularly with a setting of New York City, it isn’t uncommon to see clothes drying on balconies. Why don’t we do this / allow this?

Please share your drying stories in the comments below. We’re all friends so air your dirty laundry!

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OTR Links 07/12/2020

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