My Week Ending 2020-12-20

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.


  • This is an annual update from the Google letting us know what people are searching for on the search engine
  • Another feature in a browser, this time Brave, that respects your privacy. It’s interesting how these features roll out everywhere except for …


  • I’m still undecided whether this is a great feature or just about the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard of
  • This may be the type of bad news that people looking for the antivirus are dreading to hear


  • If you can’t walk through and see Christmas lights, here are some places where you don’t have to leave your car
  • Not all VPNs are created equal. You might want to avoid those in this list of eight


  • The Beatles definitely changed a lot of things and this takes a look at their effects on Christmas
  • Those people who are afraid of needles will want to get behind the development of a pill to fight COVID


  • Where were you when Google went down. I was asleep so didn’t freak out like many others
  • Failure is always an option, I suppose, but let’s hope that teachers are using it as an absolute last resort


  • Classic Christmas watching which has to include Charlie Brown
  • One school name change because of past deeds; how many more will be coming?


  • Paul McCartney releases a new album
  • This was the most sickening story that I’ve read in quite a while. An update reveals a happy, I hope, ending

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 – December 18, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about December’s word, honest, PD, poetry, and Christmas songs.

The show is available here:

  • Beth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Laura Wheeler – @wheeler_laura
  • Jessica Outram – @jessicaoutram
  • Terry Greene – @greeneterry

Intro Song:

Closing Song:

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

Technology Troubleshooting

As announced earlier this week, I’m going to take a little break from blogging. The routine that I follow to write something every day is nice but there are times when I feel like a gun to my head.

I should be back in the new year. Or next Friday.

Video of the Week

Never stop learning

Photo of the Week

Never mind – I’ll drive

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 …

… calendars?

I’m thinking specifically of those paper ones suitable for hanging on the fridge. I grew up with one on the side of the fridge and every family event was recorded there. The rules were “if it’s not in the calendar, it’s not happening”.

Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash

There was a time for the month of January that we actually had two calendars on there as reference because things do happen in the new year and you record it in the old. Then, somewhere along the line, my mother would go through and move recurring events on the new calendar and add any phone numbers or addresses that had been added in the margin to the master phone book.

I’ve got to give a big shoutout to whoever thought of the 13 month calendar as it simplified things. It backed the transfer process up to February.

It seemed like every business in town had a calendar created to promote their business with branding and we would ultimately have to pick and choose which one to keep. If it wasn’t bad enough doing that, my father-in-law would always wrap one of his leftovers and give it to us as a Christmas present.

These days, we have a duplication of effort here. We do have a calendar that is hung on the fridge with magnets. My wife likes to see “life at a glance” and so the paper tradition continues. We no longer get them in the mail from local businesses so it’s a matter of either her picking one up while in town or me giving her one as a present. She’s a sucker for birds or anything with cardinals. Calendars at bookstores are not cheap.

I just went out to the kitchen to check and our calendar is from Racicot, the local Chrysler Jeep dealer and it’s got a calendar magnet from a local dentist (who we don’t go to so figure that) that’s at the bottom to keep the page from flying up.

As for me, my events are kept electronically so that I can access them on phone or computer as needed. It’s such a busy time; I have three daily “Walk the dog” reminders and a couple of Zoom beer events with friends along with the odd other event.

We’re getting close to the end of the year so calendars might take on increasing importance so please share your wisdom.

  • Of course, you and your family had a common calendar when you were young. Where was it and how did you use it?
  • Do you still us a paper calendar at home or work?
  • Have you gone completely paperless and your calendar is on your phone? Do you share it with others?
  • Have you ever put something in your calendar (either format) that you wish you could have made secret?
  • Despite keeping your calendar accurate, there must have been events that you missed. Do any stand out?
  • Do you have a look or theme that you like to use in a calendar?
  • Will your calendar needs/uses change in 2021?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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OTR Links 12/20/2020

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