My Week Ending 2021-01-17

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.


  • Another advice piece about how to “maximize” learning during COVID
  • It was with mixed emotions that Parler went down. The good is that it stops the conversation about hostile actions; the bad is that it stops conversation


  • Fortunately, the free childcare program was expanded but I would suggest that it wasn’t expanded enough
  • When this is all over, here is a list of small towns and villages in Canada that are worth visiting


  • New features to try in Windows. You might not use them right away but it’s nice to know that the operating system is evolving
  • You’re not going to get by these police with your fake license plate. But at least make it from metal


  • You can never have enough ways to get and keep student attention in class
  • Time management applications for students. Now, you just have to get them to use them


  • More details are shown for Windows 10X and some think that it looks amazingly like Chrome OS
  • COVID killing high school exams isn’t the worst of things


  • It seems to me that this is far too late since kids and teachers have been back in classrooms and breathing
  • I can barely remember the Nixon impeachment but I don’t think it’s nearly as divisive as what we’re seeing now. In my mind, there is no comparison to Trump


  • This is an interesting list of considerations if you’ve ever wanted to get started podcasting
  • Inspiration if you’re looking for ways to use Jamboard with your online class

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 – January 15, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about daily lesson plans, stress of teaching, activies, oneword, and Twitter

The show is available here:

  • Tammy Axt – @MsAxt
  • Cal Armstrong – @sig225
  • Peter Cameron – @petectweets
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Shawna Rothgeb-Bird – @mmeshawna

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

I am been over the moon with the fibre coming right into the living room. Fast internet; great television. Maybe we’ve got more channels than we need?

In the midst of viewing a show waiting for football yesterday, the show stuttered a couple of times and then the screen went blank with the less than helpful instruction to watch some other channel. But this is the one that I want. After about 10 minutes, I gave in and tried to switch. The screen went dead and eventually a message to reboot appeared. After doing that, it went totally blank. And football had started.

The Bell Support website wasn’t helpful and there was no discussion on Twitter about a network problem. I was offered the chance to trouble shoot which I did and it stalled when trying to upload the results with a DNS problem. In the meantime, football was playing oblivious to my problem.

Then, I remembered the advice I’d used for so long. I walked over and unplugged it, went to get a drink, and then restarted. Nothing promising. Fortunately, the television is also connected to an antenna so I switched to that and watched football over the air. Crisp and clear and not coming from a Canadian channel with the same commercials repeated over and over.

Eventually, during a commercial, I flipped back to Fibe and was surprised to see a cog wheel and a status bar indicating something was downloading. Back to football and next commercial, I flipped back. Two cog wheels and downloading. Looks serious. Back to football.

A couple of commercials later and the old familiar message to press the OK button and we were back in action.

Sometimes, it just pays to be patient. And, it was interesting to see that my default troubleshooting advice to others actually worked for me.

Video of the Week

Maybe a little history before Wednesday?

Photo of the Week

A certain element of culture within the town has been lost with the construction of the new secondary school. Gone are four ball diamonds, a skateboard park, and community swimming pool. None have been replaced so far. I wonder about these murals that adorn the side of the school. Will they be moved to the new school or just left unattended.

Thanks for reading.

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Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… tail gunner guy?

You have to be of a certain vintage to remember this. It came back to me during this morning’s dog walk. It’s incredibly foggy here and the temperature is messing with zero. I knew that we were going to be in for an experience when I hit the sidewalk and almost ended up on the ground. No snow but so slippery.

I had to keep Jaimie going though; he loves his walks. We live on a concession road so the entire trip for me was walking on the gravel on the side and he in the grass to the left of the gravel. I was happy to see maybe one or two cars on the road. Hopefully, it’s a sign that people are staying home.

It would have been nice for the roads to have been salted but maybe that’s part of the master stay at home plan by the Ministry of Education.

It wasn’t always the Ministry though. Back in the 1970s, there was a Department of Highways and they went to television to tell people to be smart about snow ploughs.

You’ve got to watch the whole thing to get the reference to tail gunner guy if you haven’t seen this commercial for a while.

For a Sunday, …

  • Even I was very young when this commercial was released. Did we have an epidemic of people running into snow ploughs back then?
  • Do you think the commercial was effective? Would it be effective today?
  • When was the last time you saw a commercial for a snowplough?
  • What do you do when you come up on a plough? Pass it? Drive on the freshly cleared road?
  • I can think of two very big salt producers in the province. Can you name them?
  • How does your driveway get cleared in the winter?
  • Have you ever got caught behind a convoy of ploughs?


The above wasn’t the only commercial of the time. Do you remember this one?

And, of course, Mr. Plow

OTR Links 01/17/2021

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