My Week Ending 2020-08-09

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.

  • Prediction from the London Free Press, the school reopenings won’t last more than two months.
  • This is so sad. It’s a news story to let us know that the Pocket Rocket, Henri Richard passed away.
  • Forget students – every person who uses Google Chrome browser or Chromebooks could be more productive with these shortcuts. The mouse has made people lazy.
  • The knowledge about dogs contained in this article about dogs is probably true but I do pamper my family member and will probably ignore them all.
  • The local Catholic Board was the first district that I had noticed that had released its reopening plans. Except for connections on Facebook, there hasn’t been much said about it. Since busing is shared with the Public Board, I suspect there will be a lot of similarities.
  • It was interesting to note that it’s not just Canada, US border cities are missing us as well.
  • You shouldn’t be buying out of country onions at this time of year anyway. Support local and don’t get the salmonella.
  • Finally – an article about the bus drivers that will be taking all these students back to school. They have concerns.
  • I’m not a user of TikTok so don’t particularly care about the app but it could lead to bigger problems if Donald Trump doesn’t like any other app. China may not be the only country with a digital firewall.
  • What I’d really like is for Windows 10 to be able to run Gnome. That would be so much cooler than another revision/backslide for the Windows Start Menu.
  • Saskatchewan may be forced to close before Ontario schools without masks or reduced class sizes.
  • It’s pretty obvious that student and parent input into opening decisions isn’t being looked for but here are some questions to ask.
  • I have yet to hang my mask over the rear view mirror. I do put it in my pocket and in the car console though. Some tips for storage of your mask.
  • This serves to let you know how nasty the upcoming US election is going to be. Photoshoppers will come at a premium price.
  • Good for Toronto Health to come out and have concerns about the province’s reopening plans. It seems to me that the same rules for going to the shopping mall should at least be the minimum for schools.
  • From the roots of pedagogy, there’s a great deal to learn from this opinion piece about how teachers are treated.
  • If you ever aspired to be a mermaid, go to Montreal and you can take classes.
  • Kudos to the student who apparently broke school rules for posting that infamous picture of a crammed hallway in a Georgia school. It got her suspended for a bit but was “good and necessary trouble”.
  • I guess I’m happy to know that there actually is a plan and followup for tracking those in Canada who are supposed to be quarantined.

Blog Posts on
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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 – August 7, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio with guest Deborah Weston, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about school policies, inclusive classrooms, going back to school, rethinking literature, and indigenous leaders in mathematics and science.

Listen here:

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Deborah Weston – @DrDWestonPhD
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Deborah McCallum – @bigideasinedu
  • Heather Theijsmeijer – @HTheijsmeijer

Technology Troubleshooting

Last week, I noted the dust on the monitor issue with dark background on screens. No matter how clean things are around here, the static draws in dust.

I used to keep one of those Swiffers within reach to clean my screen and it worked nicely but then I found a couple of giveaways that we had at the OSAPAC booth at ECOO Conferences from years gone by.

Smaller, much more convenient and portable. The irony of the dust specs on the laptop lid I’m using as a background should not go unnoticed.

Whatever happened to OSAPAC? The website is now but it hasn’t been updated in a while and there are some things broken on it.

Video of the Week

The facts contained in here might help you win a trivia contest sometime. If not, you’ll just be a bit smarter.

Photo of the Week

Catching the sunset at just the right time of evening.

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 …

… disco?

That was our mantra at university. My roommate had a great stereo system and all kinds of wonderful music that he stored in milk crates. We’d do our homework every night (we both studied mathematics and computer science) while listening to great music. Led Zepplin, Meatloaf, Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, etc.

It was a nice change for me; I was never allowed to have music on when living at home and doing school work. The thought was that it was distracting. It didn’t hurt me, it seems (or maybe I could have done better, who knows?) and I listen to music all the time now when working.

At present, I have the Flashback 70’s channel playing as I type this – currently Cowgirl in the Sand by Neil Young & Crazy Horse. It’s actually the most frequented station as I know most of the songs and can hum along while doing whatever it is I’m doing. The thing is, though, the 70s were also big for disco. Somehow, I hum along with those too. And I know most of the words too.

As I write this post, I’m reminded of how many great artists disco exposed me to or how it affected careers of others.

Donna Summer – so hard to just pick one from this fabulous artist

Rod Stewart – we all wanted hair and a voice like his

We even attended a Bee Gees concert at the university where they closed with this. They had a huge disco ball suspended from the ceiling of the gymnasium and a spotlight that gave us the stars.

I’m not sure how I learned initially about these songs as they certainly weren’t in his collection and I don’t recall listening to pop music at the time. Grudgingly, I did go and see Saturday Night Fever. Didn’t everyone?

There were memorable moments as well. Steve Dahl tried to destroy disco. And then, there was this.

So even today, years later, these songs still get played on the now “oldies” channel along with others. Right now, it’s “Year of the Car” by Al Stewart.

If you subscribe to satellite radio, there is even a channel devoted to it. What was “it”? My thought was it was the beginning of a whole genre of dance music. You certainly can’t sit still when some of it is playing. It introduced so many electronic instruments as well.

Ranker has this listing and I’ll admit that I know most of them and their lyrics from days gone by. At the same time, I can’t remember why I walked into this room

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • What’s disco? (If you answer with a shoulder shrug, you’re too young for this post … move along)
  • Disco sucks. Yes or No – discuss
  • What New York nightclub was famous in the disco years? (Hint: it’s also the name of the satellite radio disco channel)
  • If you’re old enough to know what disco is and listened to it, how about dropping the titles and artists of your favourites?
  • Did you listen to the Bee Gees before they started doing disco?
  • Have you ever seen Saturday Night Fever?
  • Do you work better with background music or do you prefer silence?

I suspect many of the readers of this blog have some disco memories so please share them in the comments.

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OTR Links 08/09/2020

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