My Week Ending 2021-03-21

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.


  • I certainly can not go this far in decimal places with Pi. I’m kind of a 3.1415926 type of guy
  • Anymore, it’s tough to find a desirable house for less than $500K but here are some if you’re shopping for one


  • Google Chrome continues to get better, adding all kinds of improvements all the time. Look out Windows
  • This brought back great memories for me for the year I lived in Toronto. I may write a Sunday post about it some time


  • If you’re ditching LastPass because of any number of reasons, you’ll want to get your passwords out of there. Here’s how
  • School closed – not directly from COVID but because they couldn’t get enough teachers


  • Not to make you feel old but did you know that Dennis the Menace is now seventy years old?
  • Pass this along to new fathers or old fathers looking for inspirational things to do with their kids


  • If you’re a power user in the browser, have you checked out Opera’s Workspaces feature?
  • Given our concerns about privacy and how so many are doing things online these days, this should be a default instead of an optional setting


  • For those who are interesting in vaccine updates, this tells you everything about the Astra-Zeneca vaccine which is looking like my option here, delivered by a local pharmacist
  • Speculation about what might happen in Hamilton leads to the concept of a lockdown. Start blogging again, my Hamilton friends


  • Star Trek fans will remember Sulu played by George Takei who I always admired because he could make that ship do anything. Here are his thoughts about the attacks on Asian Americans made by the former president
  • Live captioning will be interesting to see when it comes to Chrome. Maybe I’ll finally get the lyrics right

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 – March 19, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about some recent writing from Ontario Edubloggers.

The show is available here:

  • Terry Whitmell – @TerryWhitmell
  • Laura Elliott – @lauraelliottPhD
  • Jessica Outram – @jessicaoutram
  • Richard Erdmann – @rerdmann
  • Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalcon

Intro Song:

Closing Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio. Note the new time. After four years, I’ve been bumped forward half an hour.

Technology Troubleshooting

For the first time since I started doing this weekly summary of my week, I screwed up royally.

If you read it, and I hope you do, you’ll notice that I use the same format every week. WordPress makes it really easy with a “copy a post” option. So, in a perfect world, I would have copied the March 14 post, changed the content and then published it on the 21st.

However I guess it was too early in the morning when I started this post. Instead of copying the post, I edited the post on the 14th.

Hence, it’s now gone and scheduled for the 21st.

My bad.

Video of the Week

If you’re a fan of the Eagles, you’ll love this. Joe walsh looks like he’d be fun to hang out with.

Photo of the Week

It’s Spring! It’s still very cold over night though. But, on the morning walk, I see that Mrs. A. down the road has her orange yard sale signs ready to go. I hope that I can remember to take a photo of them later today. As it turns out, the signs were never put up out at the road but rather near the garage. It would have been kind of creepy to walk up the laneway to take one.

You can enjoy last week’s picture.

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 …

… knock knock jokes?

When I was a kid, this was a chance for you to be a live close up comedian.

Knock Knock jokes were great for the purpose. They were short, to the point, and actually easy to remember. After all, there’s nothing worse than forgetting where you are headed half way through telling a joke. Well, maybe one thing worse and that’s starting to laugh because you know the punch line is coming.

My favourite? How about

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
A little old lady.
A little old lady who?
Hey, you can yodel!

Now, you can’t sit there, reading this post, and not have a knock knock joke come back in your mind.

How about telling us your favourite or just what came back to mind in the comments below?

This is part of a regular Sunday morning series “Whatever happened to …”. You can read them all here.

OTR Links 03/21/2021

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