My Week Ending 2021-04-11

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.


  • More interesting features for Windows 10 – I’ve given then a shot – interesting but not life changing
  • I guess that it makes sense that Google “Hey Google” moves even more into our lives and especially if you’re buying Fiat


  • Until this story, I’d never heard of Jackie Ormes the first Black Woman Cartoonist
  • I love reading stories about fabulous architecture from the past – in this case, it’s from Toronto


  • The concept of a VPN is intriguing but there are pros and cons that you need to be aware of
  • Damn hackers are back at it again. Here’s how to see if your information was grabbed from Facebook


  • LibreOffice is still the office suite of choice for me on my computers; admittedly the interface is retro
  • Maybe we’ve become so frustrated with being locked down at home that the idea of educational toys for teaching math are appealing to more


  • These cartoons about parenting will bring out a bunch of emotions for many, I suspect
  • An absolutely fabulous example of beading for story telling or just as medicine for these times


  • This time around, every store is being affected by restrictions including the big box stores
  • And diapers and school supplies are considered non-essential although schools and day care centres remain open


  • Well, that was certainly a short run as Director of Education
  • Good news if you live in France and are under 55 and wanting to get the vaccine

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 – April 9, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Difficult Slices of Life, Real Problems and Retirement.

The show, stored as a podcast is available here:

  • Peter Beens – @pbeens
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Dave Cormier – @davecormier
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp

Opening 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.

Technology Troubleshooting

A blast from the frustrating past.

It seriously took 30 minutes for me to shut down and reboot my wife’s MacBook Pro.

It took 5 minutes to order a Chromebook.

Video of the Week


Photo of the Week

Only a teacher would recognize that this is not a landing spot for aliens.

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 …

… your old high school?

I went to high school at Central Huron Secondary School. It was a rather recent name change – before that it was Clinton District Collegiate Institute.

It had actually two different sections. The new wing and the old wing. The new wing was pretty decent at the time; there was an abundance of electricity in the rooms and new science labs. The older wing had a shortage of electricity and really high ceilings and the curtains had seen better days! It’s interesting to think back on the classes that were offered there – Mathematics, History, Geography, Vocational Studies, Health – at the time electricity wasn’t a commodity in huge abundance everywhere.

The old wing had three storeys; the new wing two. There was no air conditioning at the time but the new wing seemed cooler than the old so you’d like to be there for your classes. Actually, the old part was just unattractive in so many ways.

Thankfully, they didn’t rely on my knowledge of architecture and in recent years have really made it into something. It is actually a unique building for the province. With falling numbers, it’s now the location of most of the classes as the school district has taken over parts of the new wing as a Resource Centre.

I really had an appreciation after watching this video.

Who knew? I certainly didn’t at the time.

I’d love for the chance to revisit the old building. On our trips north, we do swing by various old haunts and this is one of them. We had a class reunion a couple of years ago but it was at a friend’s place rather than at the school. At the school here where I taught, there was to be a 50 year reunion last fall for everyone involved but then COVID came along.

For a Sunday, how about sharing your thoughts? How about a school smackdown?

  • Do you have fond memories of your high school?
  • Has it been renovated, closed, torn down, or something else after your glory days?
  • Would you go back for a tour if the opportunity presented itself?
  • Was your school building strategically placed in your community?
  • Upon graduation, were you an Honours student? I was and still have the plaque to prove it. Fortunately for me, it doesn’t have to be periodically renewed
  • Do you recall what your teams were named? I do and it’s been changed because it could be considered offensive to some
  • Does your school have a YouTube video that you can share?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. If you have an idea for one of these regular Sunday posts, please reach out with your concept, with my appreciation.

OTR Links 04/11/2021

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