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
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#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.

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Be safe.


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The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

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