My Week Ending 2021-02-21

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.


  • If you’re interested in ditching Google and doing something for the planet, you might want to consider the Ecosia search engine
  • There has been a great deal of talk about SpaceX as an internet provider – here’s a link to get you up to speed


  • Tab groups is a feature that finally has come to the Google Chrome browser – here’s how to use it
  • There has to be a lot of takeaways from teaching during COVID. Do we want to return to lectures or is there something better?


  • Let’s hope that there are no more delays and excuses so that Moderna can deliver the doses they promised
  • Goodbye Mac operating system. You’re not in the top two any more


  • Some simple and yet powerful suggestions about how to evaluate educational technology
  • Weird Canadian jobs to think about. Guarding the Stanley Cup, I wouldn’t classify as weird though


  • Photomath is an interesting application and they just raised a whack of money
  • You knew that this had to happen. The Blue Jays wouldn’t be able to play in a Canadian division like the Maple Leafs


  • The backlash against Facebook is an interesting topic to follow. India has now been contacted
  • If you are interesting in programming in the year 2021, Python needs to be in your portfolio. Here are some courses


  • If you’re going to ditch LastPass, here is a list of alternatives
  • The sales price of this house in Kitchener isn’t exactly a BIA moment

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 – February 19, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about politics, patience, applications, and professional practice.

The show is available here:

  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Debbie Donsky – @debbiedonsky
  • John Allan – @mrpottz
  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal
  • Beate Planche – @bmplanche

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

Sometimes, it’s the simplest of all things.

Above, I’ve got a link to a Wakelet with all the FollowFriday references in it. For the longest time, it was just a copy and paste of the link and it goes into place.

Starting last week though, it became a mess. Instead of just pasting the link WordPress tried to embed the Wakelet which would be cool if it worked. But it didn’t.

I tried a number of things with no luck.

As a last resort, I typed a space before pasting the link. Success!

I love finding new solutions to problems.

Video of the Week

Here’s where part of our tax dollars go

Photo of the Week

Word apparently got out that last week I had shared a picture of geese on the Detroit River at the King’s Navy Yard. The ducks arrives to multiply the number just floating around.

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 …

… snowmobile static?

How’s this for inspiration? I was out shovelling the driveway after the big dump we had earlier this week and the guy or his kid from down the road went flying by on a snowmobile in the farmer’s field across the road. Later that evening while I was thawing out, someone went up and down the road and across the farmer’s field behind me. Might have been the same guy?

I just kept watching television. And started thinking…

Growing up, my parents had a snowmobile and I would have been that person/people flying on the snow. But that’s not the point of this post. Again, it was about television. At the time, we had a massive selection – Channel 8 from Wingham north of us, Channel 10 from London south of us, and Channel 13 from Kitchener east of us. On really cloudy nights, occasionally we could pick up Detroit. I can remember having to go outside to rotate the antenna when I was young until later when we moved to the big time and got a router in the house to do it. No more fighting with my brother to see who had to go outside.

So, sitting at home watching television, our street sometimes was like a dragway for snowmobiles. I know that the car speed limit would have been 50km/h but the snowmobiles were considerably faster. And — they would cause static to appear on the television as they swooshed by. It was momentary, to be sure, but annoying all the same.

For the most part, we’ve gone digital which eliminates all this. Digital, by its nature, is either there or not there. No fuzzy static inbetween. If there’s a problem, it just cuts out. When we bought our first digital television, we also installed a digital antenna on the roof. In the Windsor/Detroit area, there are so many channels available “over the air”. And, unlike satellite or cable, they’re not compressed so in theory you can get better pictures and sound. I can’t personally confirm this but do like the additional channels that stations now offer. So, instead of just Channel 4, we now get 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, … Don’t tell the CRTC but we can also watch the Super Bowl and see the commercials first hand.

The changeover was a big thing.

This video has some static for old time’s sake. I checked and the channels seem to be now digital.

Digital is just so much better. In addition to broadcasting just the show, the digital signal also has information right on the screen about the broadcast.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • do you go back far enough to remember analog television and the interference issues?
  • were some antennas better than others for reducing static?
  • do you watch television over the air or have you gone completely digital?
  • have you ever wondered why over the air television is free and the same channel and same commercials cost you a monthly fee through satellite or cable?
  • do you even watch commercial television these days or are you a user of streaming services over the internet?
  • do you pay for services that stream over the internet? Do you have recommendations for the best of the best?
  • does it seem like overkill to watch old television shows or movies with their poor quality and a 4:3 ratio on your high end television with 16:9 resolution?
  • lest we get too far from the original premise, do you or did you ever own a snowmobile?

I’d be most interested in your reflections. Please share them in the comments below. Please continue the conversation.

OTR Links 02/21/2021

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