My Week Ending 2020-09-20

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.


  • I’d never heard of MediaTek until I bought my Chromebook with it as the processor. A very reliable machine and now there are more on the way.
  • I’m pretty sure that my mother covered most of these things about using public restrooms but if can you need a refresher.


  • It is sad that it took the Coronavirus to have some work done to Canadian schools but it should help in the long run.
  • A truly sad note about lack of library books for students when the TDSB re-opens their buildings.


  • The public school board in Windsor and Essex County blames their computers for delaying the release of secondary school schedules and communications with parents.
  • Ask me if I ever thought that something like this would happen in London Ontario and I would have said no until this past week.


  • Probably because you don’t pay taxes. But, don’t sweat it; the Ministry didn’t talk to teachers either. Student view.
  • This diamond is absolutely huge! I feel like a pauper when I look at my wife’s that was purchased years ago by cobbling together quarters.


  • I could use this feature. Behind me is the bathroom so anyone who is on my Google Meet could see what’s happening.
  • Here’s your chance to support Ontario onion farmers. There are reports of salmonella in American onions.


  • So, Apple decides to trash Chromebooks. It seems like just yesterday they were trashing Windows with their Mac vs PC advertisements.
  • Who would have thought that Inuit art would have ended up in Detroit. The good news is that it’s been recovered and there’s a plan.


  • The report of cases of coronavirus in schools doubling overnight should cause concerns everywhere.
  • With the announcement of more restrictions in Ontario, could we be looking at another shutdown in Canada?

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 – September 18, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about calendars, camping/school, shields, new positions, and lessons learned.

The show is available here:

Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
Jennifer Aston – @mme_aston
Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
Rola Tibshirani – @rolat

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE every Wednesday morning at 9:15 on voicEd Radio.

Technology Troubleshooting

In August, I got a new phone. It wasn’t a lust after purchase but my old one decided to brick itself one night. In fact, it bricked so hard that it made a noise and work me up from a sleep. These don’t tell you these things when they say don’t sleep with technology.

My old phone wasn’t that old. I think it was three years old but I tried every trick that DuckDuckGo and I could think of to no avail.

So, it was off to the local The Source where I got myself a new Samsung phone. I switched from the S series to the A series. The neat thing though is exploring how much more a phone is capable of doing in just three years.

Yes, the processor is far more powerful but so is the version of Android. Things do work a great deal better. I’d had hit and miss experiences with things like fingerprint and facial recognition in the past. Not so with this new puppy. It works so well I can’t believe that I lived without it in the past.

And, having a battery that actually lasts a couple of days is pretty awesome too.

Video of the Week

I love this.

How many teachers have tricks up their sleeves?

Photo of the Week

This was the first time I’d seen this. I was standing at Amherstburg’s Hosta Gardens at the base of a tree and noticed this.

A root decided it wanted to go somewhere and the path of least resistance took it through the gaps in the interlocking bricks. Notice that it had to push its way through!

Thanks for reading.

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Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… the Mary Tyler Moore Show?

This classic comedy show debuted yesterday in 1970 and ran until 1977. Do the math and feel old! Growing up, it was one of the shows that we always watched as a family and everyone would laugh at the genius in the writing and acting.

More than just being a great comedy show, it was one of the first television shows that really showed that a woman can be single and self-sufficient.

We always enjoyed when our cousins from Minnesota showed up and would point out the real life buildings that would pop up periodically.

Beyond Mary, though, there were so many great characters – Lou, Sue Ann, Rhoda, Murray, Phyllis, and of course Ted. At university, we would watch and would appreciate “Ted shows”.

If you made me pick a favourite show, it would have to be the one where Chuckles the Clown dies and the staff goes to the funeral. Mary had been stoic all episode until …

I’m not alone in this feeling.

Classics live on and this show is often available on networks today for viewing. My wife and I continue to enjoy the show and never tire of seeing repeat episodes.

Your thoughts?

  • Did you grow up watching the show?
  • This show was played before a live audience as opposed to many modern shows that just have laugh tracks dubbed in. Does that require better actresses and actors?
  • Can you think of a comedy show that you like better than this one?
  • Will any shows today have the longevity of this classic?

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments.

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OTR Links 09/20/2020

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