My Week Ending 2020-07-19

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.

  • There will come a day when we get faster internet access here. We do have a smart television and my plan is to use it that way. But, others are still using dongles.
  • This was an interesting and important read for me. Of course, Canadians are proud of our history with the Underground Railroad, but how about racism here?
  • Alfred Thompson documents his experience from Day 1 of the CSTA Conference which went 100% online this year.
  • It’s probably a good thing to consider. With all laptops getting slimmer, adding a lens cover can thwart the ability to fully close.
  • When the Toronto Star complains about things in Ontario education, it’s worthwhile noting. Here they’re talking leadership.
  • I guess it’s only natural. If you’re in an Atlantic province and see an out-of-province license plate, you might want to keep your distance. I found a Michigan plate on the side of the road the other day. How did that get here? Border’s closed, isn’t it?
  • I have this feeling that, some day, I’m going to wake up and Dr. Fauci has been fired. He seems to have few friends in the White House these days.
  • That Apple, and now many Windows PC switching to ARM should be a wakeup call for Intel.
  • I doubt that this list of 15 things covers it all but it covers enough of teacher concerns that the Ministry needs to be paying attention to teacher concerns about reopening school buildings in September.
  • And yet, our Premier is “confident” that students will be returning to school buildings.
  • That should generate some outrage. Open school buildings but dropping French?
  • I always do the activities listed in article like this just to see if there’s a function in Google Home that will change my life. Also on my phone. I feel at a loss though since they seldom get adopted as a new way to do business.
  • Sometimes, I feel badly when I’m sharing stories that take shots at things in the US since I have so many good educator friends there. But this is an action that should absolutely disgust everyone.
  • If and when we get that promised high speed fibre internet, I’ll be checking out the Peacock offerings.
  • This is an article about how museums are functioning in these days of pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.
  • Good for this young lady exciting others to learn to code. I hope it’s more than the spirograph approach that we see adults get excited about.
  • I love Slack. And Google’s noticing. Actually probably they’re noticing other people but making Gmail more like Slack is a great idea.
  • I wonder if this French version of Black Lives Matter is visible from the Trump Tower?
  • Actually, many people in the US have shared their opinion about the infamous Rose Garden ramble. I just happened to catch this article from Stephen Colbert.

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 17, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio with guest Melanie White, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Racism in Yearbooks, Virtual Learning and Looking Ahead to A New Way of Doing Education, what students are taking Mathematics, and a look at learning commons not from a teacher-librarian perspective.

Listen here:

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Jason Lay – @jlay02
  • Franziska Beeler – @franziskabeeler
  • Alice Aspinall – @aliceaspinall
  • Laura Beal – @BealsyLaura

Technology Troubleshooting

It’s Sunday morning and a chance to watch Formula 1 racing, one of my pleasures. It’s raining in Hungary with a wet track. It’s the stuff that separates Formula 1 from many of the other types of races in North America.

They will race.

So, the question becomes one of “which tyre do we use?”

It makes for an even more exciting race to see the team decisions; most went with intermediate tyres but one went with full rain tyres.

Then, it dries up and they switch to slicks. But, there’s rain on the way.

Running in and out of the pits raises the excitement level.

Fortunately, it’s not something that we have to deal with in our own cars. All season and four season tires handle it all.

Unless, of course, you go whole hog and put on snow tires for the winter.

Video of the Week

I flipped to a new radio station yesterday and this was the first song I heard. I hadn’t heard it for a long time.

Photo of the Week

It was a hot day and so guess who got a bath alfresco. Not a happy dog. Even less happy when told he had to stay outside and dry off.

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 …

… popcorn?

Recently, a friend of mine shared this image. He didn’t realize that this was still available for sale.

I can’t remember the last time that I had some of this but I don’t have fond memories. It seemed that it was overly dry and sweet. I don’t recall if being available in town but something that we saw if we made a trip to London. It always seemed like a lot of packaging for a little popcorn.

Popcorn has always been part of my life. On Saturday nights, when we watched Hockey Night in Canada, we would pop some. If we wanted some, we had to make our own. We had this old pot and you’d put it on the stove with some oil in it and three kernels of popcorn. When one of them would pop, we were allowed to pour in the half cup of kernels and the pot was sealed with a piece of tin foil. Things would just pop and it was fascinating to see them pop into the tin foil and eventually just lift the foil a bit to let you know it was done. Thinking back, I realize now that the half cup was indeed science and not just dumb luck.

That same pot would come with us on camping trips and we’d pop over an open fire. It had a somewhat smokier taste to it! Other people had a mesh device for popping corn over a campfire.

Over the years, popcorn has always been there. After swimming at the town pool, we often would get the gift of a bag of Cheesie popcorn and would be pretty much orange by the time we got home. We’ve made popcorn in a frying pan and, at university, there was this big deal – a hot air popper. If you liked your popcorn really dry, this was for you.

Probably the tastiest popcorn is available at movie theatres where you get them in $20 tubs drowning in butter and flavoured to your liking.

Nowadays for us, popcorn comes in little paper pouches that go into the microwave. Our microwave actually has a popcorn setting but it’s a little long for a typical bag of Compliments popcorn. I like the popcorn a little toasty; it reminds me of camping I guess, but I’m reminded I’m not the only popcorn eater in the house.

But the very best popcorn these days around here is sold in a bag. It’s called Popper’s Kettle Corn, made and sold by a small business in Harrow. Recently, it’s become available in the grocery store but traditionally, we buy them at the Farmer’s market or in gatherings like the Harrow Fair. Sadly, that won’t happen this year.

What are your feelings about popcorn?

  • how far back does your memory of popcorn go?
  • did you ever enjoy any of that sweet popcorn candy?
  • if you make your own at home, how do you make it these days?
  • have you ever chipped or broken a tooth by chewing down on an unpopped kernel?
  • do you have any family traditions or superstitions about the popping of popcorn?

Please take a moment to share them in the comments below.

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OTR Links 07/19/2020

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