My Week Ending 2020-08-02

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.

  • Watching Netflix isn’t an option here but I’ve got lots of browsers available if it ever does happen. This gives some advice about which one to use.
  • While just about all school districts are weighing their options, the Toronto Catholic Board votes to go with regular class sizes.
  • Chromium has been the base for a lot of great new browsers. I’m writing this post using Opera GX. Microsoft apparently is going nuts with all kinds of features of its own in Edge.
  • Not even North Korea is exempt from COVID problems. See who is to blame.
  • When you go back to school, hopefully, it’s with an increased awareness of racism. Here’s a list of things in a generic letter to all White people.
  • It’s good advice for any piece of technology that’s gone wonky on you. I had to do it with my smartwatch this morning – this article sticks it to Windows 10.
  • This is truly sad but I know that many teachers are either creating a will or making sure that their current one is up to date before going back to school.
  • Since the Harrow Fair is cancelled this year, I may just have to eat my way through this menu.
  • Actually, I would have liked to see Donald Trump throw out the first pitch to a baseball game. Apparently, though, you have to be invited first.
  • Usually I don’t share stories for “Beginners” but we all were one at one point in time so here goes.
  • This is an amazing 3D map of the universe and it should come as no surprise that I spend way too much time exploring. Because that’s what I do.
  • Another starters post. This time, Open Badges. Maybe it’s time for education to embrace digital badging seriously as a way to maintain engagement.
  • I have to applaud social media for taking down this stupid video about coronavirus conspiracies. Of course, it’s easy to find when half the population is complaining about it. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve been left alone and all my posts are in place.
  • This post is inspirational and all students should read it. Actually, while they’re at it, all students should install Linux at least one and play around with Open Source software. There’s a whole other world out there.
  • That Python comes out as the top programming really is no surprise for me.
  • I would hope that every school district is working on creating a manual for home schooling in case it comes back to that again. This spring could be excused because nobody saw it coming but there are no excuses now. Breathing deeply does nothing.
  • Major League Baseball and Ontario Schools. I didn’t make the connection but an article from TVOntario did.
  • In case your understanding about Ontario school opening is based on news articles, here’s the source. (it’s not more comforting)
  • I know that, with the school re-opening, people are wondering about how some of the specialized subject areas will be addressed.

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 31, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio with guest Tim King, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about bourgeoisie, being scared, Black hands, tents and summer reading.

Listen here:

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Tim King – @mechsymp
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Idil Abdulkadir – @Idil_A_
  • Lisa Corbett – @lisacorbett0261
  • Alanna King – @banana29
  • David Petro – @davidpetro314

Technology Troubleshooting

I thought that I had finally found the setting of my dreams. I updated Opera GX and one of the new features was the ability to force web pages to be dark by default. I love dark settings.

But …

Dark pages show every bit of dust on your monitor.

Not all pages look good when they’re forced dark. Notably, the WordPress editor. But, there’s a solution in the context menu.

You can force individual pages!

And immediately unforce it.

I love it!

Video of the Week

Rabbit hole warning.

We started This Week in Ontario Edublogs show with a Meatloaf song. That got me digging and my most favourite of his creations …

Will we ever see a concert with a large orchestra like this again?

Photo of the Week

This is what the dog days of July looked like on our patio. Someone had stolen the chair cushion making it just the right height for a head rest.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… lemon gin?

Here’s a new concept. The idea that Ramona Meharg fed me last week serves as inspiration today. Last week, we looked at the LCBO. That got me thinking and then a story came across my timeline (see it below) and it was like an order to do this.

When I was in Grade 13, the drinking age in Ontario had been dropped to eighteen (teachers, let that sink in a bit). So, basically, it meant that everyone in my class was of drinking age.

That opened up an additional option for us for lunch; going out to a local bar. It’s not that we always went there for a drink, it’s just that they had a better and cheaper lunch menu than other places.

For weekends, we would often gather at a friend’s house for a little party and we could legally bring some refreshments. For the guys, it was typically a case of Labatt’s Blue. For the girls, it was one of a pair of flavoured hard drinks – cherry brandy or lemon gin. Since lemon gin could be purchased in a mickey for an affordable price, it was a popular option. I never was fond of either – cherry brandy left me feeling like I needed to brush my teeth and lemon gin always reminded me of flavoured turpentine. Why, I don’t know. I’ve never taken a drink of turpentine.

The lemon gin was mixed with tonic water which I found made both slightly more drinkable.

All this got me thinking about LCBO options these days. I can only remember two flavoured drinks from my youth; today, those options seem to have the major selection on the shelves. There seem to be flavoured vodka and other coolers. I guess they’re perfect for the hot weather that we’ve been having.

From my high school years, I only remember one flavoured lemon gin. It was made by Gilbey’s. Now, they’re not the only game in town.

12 Lemon Gins That Will Add a Delicious Tang to Your Summer G&T

And this appeared in my readings this morning…


For a Sunday, your thoughts …

  • what was the government thinking about lowering the drinking age so that students were “legal”?
  • what do you remember as the lowest drinking age from your school years?
  • would there have been more than cherry brandy and lemon gin available for sale at the time? Remember that we weren’t allowed to actually see the products but had to order by card
  • do you have a favourite flavoured summer refreshment?
  • do you have a gin recipe that you could share?

Thanks, Ramona, for the continuing inspiration. If you have an idea for a Sunday morning blog post, let me know. All of the past posts, including a link to a Padlet to leave suggestions, are available here.

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OTR Links 08/02/2020

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