My Week Ending 2020-10-25

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 was a lot of complaining recently about Microsoft adding shortcuts to PWAs in an update. I didn’t notice them here but I don’t see it as a big deal If it bothers you, just delete them.
  • You know, I’ll bet they’re all from Trump supporters. We flipped between Trump and Biden townhalls and thought that Savannah Guthrie stole the night.


  • I found this to be an interesting report on a comparison of web browsers. I live for stuff like this.
  • That Trump and Trudeau differ on their opinion of keeping our border closed is of no surprise to me.


  • There are some interestingly new horror movies in this collection. Can I find them to enjoy before Hallowe’en?
  • You knew that it had to come to something like this. When people coming to Canada are quarantined for 14 days, the NHL won’t be crossing borders soon.


  • I’ve always wondered about that too. Especially when the potential president could have problems in office because of age, who is your Number 2?
  • The big takeaway from the shuffle of students from home to school or school to home is a strong message that we have no perfect plan in education.


  • Yes, we Canadians are paying attention to what’s happening south of the border. Here’s why.
  • The fact that teachers and students are having difficulties with the technologies for online education is another indicator that there really isn’t a plan.


  • If you’re a user of Wakelet, you may find this list of tips and tricks helpful.
  • Every day, there seems to be something new and bizarre surrounding the US President.


  • This echoes my thoughts about online conferences. I hope that subject organizations are going that extra mile to make their own offerings attractive.
  • One of the fallouts of using tap with my credit card is that I seldom see or use cash anymore. I wonder how long before I see the new $1 coin?

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 – October 23, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about slowing down, checking in, a month done, tribute to librarians, and two words instead of one.

The show is available here:

  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary

Intro Song:

Dedicated to the month of October

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

Technology Troubleshooting

I wasn’t disappointed.

As I indicated last week, I was looking forward to an upgrade to my Jabra earbuds and it came on Wednesday or Thursday. The passive noise cancellation now has a friend – active noise cancellation.

It’s a mixed blessing though. It’s so good that I can’t chew gum and walk at the same time. I keep hearing the inner me chomping.

More importantly when you’re walking a dog down a road, facing traffic, it blocks out any of the noise that might be created behind me as a car pulls out to pass.

Still, I’m enjoying being completely alone with my thoughts!

Video of the Week

In memory of Jerry Jeff Walker. Who doesn’t know this song?

Photo of the Week

At the main intersection in old Acton was this Hallowe’en display. I thought that the green really popped on the orange background. Disclaimer – not edited; just taken by my camera while out for a walk.

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 …

… the Great Pumpkin?

We got the bad news this week. For the first time ever, the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin show won’t be shown on free television this year.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! is free on Apple TV Plus for Halloween

Reading the article, the show first came out in 1966. If that doesn’t make you feel old …

It was a show that we watched as a family for years, took a break from at university, and then made it a tradition once I had kids of my own.

It was kind of a goofy premise but, like all the Peanuts shows, just pulled you in like crazy.

Sadly, it’s fallen victim to subscription, pay to play television. Since it requires high speed internet access, we really didn’t consider all the shows that are broadcast in this manner. It was always the Emmys nominations and winners that would remind us that there was this whole other world out there when we’d look at the shows that were nominated and have no clue since we had no way of watching them anyway.

So, the Great Pumpkin has fallen into that category.

Animated shows like this were always great fodder to lure people into workshops dealing with flip animation. We could create our own cartoons but certainly never rivalled Peanuts.

So, this year, you may well be shut off watching this classic. Or will you? You could pony up and buy a subscription or, in a tribute to my complete understanding of copyright laws head to YouTube.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • how many times have you seen “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”?
  • who was the genius behind the Peanuts franchise?
  • what other Charlie Brown shows do you remember seeing?
  • have you ever created your own flip animation cartoon?
  • do you subscribe to Apple TV Plus? Will you watch it this year?
  • what other pay subscriptions have you subscribed to?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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OTR Links 10/25/2020

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