My Week Ending 2021-04-18

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 checked and, to date, Google isn’t tracking me with the new FLoCed. At least not yet.
  • OK, dumbest thing I’ve heard for a long time. I shudder whenever an episode of Rescue 401 is in Toronto


  • People should try on these 404 messages for style to see if they fit
  • If the thought of the new Google FLoC tracking has you worried, maybe it’s the time to finally switch to DuckDuckGo


  • This actually would be a better problem for Google to solve right now
  • I think that this concept is rather cool – get out of the classroom and go to the beach


  • Well, I did actually know a couple of these things but it’s still nice to read an article like this and indeed find something new
  • Every now and again, you read an article like this and it just confirms that the kids are all right


  • Like many, I watched the Premier’s latest press conference and all all kinds of things running around my mind. Not all of them were good
  • If you’re looking for something new and inspirational to do with your Raspberry Pi, you might look at some of these ideas


  • This looks really interesting and shows that the Ontario Art Education Association are staying relevant to its members
  • How has your community changed over the past 37 years?


  • Ideas if you updated to the latest Windows and got the blue screen of death and would like to get back into your computer
  • This is an important read about how Canada ended up in the third wave

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 16, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Bitmojis, Online Learning, Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

The show, stored as a podcast is available here:

  • EduGals – @edugals
  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal
  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • John Hodgkinson – @Mr_H_Teacher

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

An update on my wife’s newly acquired Chromebook. She now regrets putting me off ordering it for her this long. She’s loving in.

She opened her MacBook Pro that had been fully charged to see that it was down to 27%.

Yep, sometimes the best thing to do is just upgrade.

Video of the Week

You know, I get it. If everyone would then maybe we could take the steps necessary to get our lives back together.

Photo of the Week

When a tulip listens to Doug Ford.

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 …

… Hostess potato chips?

Thanks to Ramona Meharg for this concept for the post.

Was watching a documentary on the invention and development of potato chip industry in USA and how Frito Lay came to be. Got me wondering about the Canadian brand: Hostess chips. They were my favs as a kid. Thought it might make a good Whatever Happened To post for you, if you haven’t already done one on them.

Of course, I hadn’t done this topic. I didn’t know that Hostess Chips were no longer available! I read the article above and realized that I’d missed it!

It’s not like I hadn’t enjoyed them. At our community swimming pool, they had two packaged treats that we’d often get after an afternoon there. On the one side was Cheesey Popcorn and the other side had Hostess Potato Chips. As I think back, there were two flavours – regular and salt & vinegar. Often, we’d see the Hostess truck pull up to deliver and sometimes if you whined enough the truck driver would comp us a bag.

After Ramona’s prompt, I looked around and thought about current offerings at the local grocery stores. We don’t always have chips on hand here at home but, when we do, they’re typically the Sobey branded Compliments if they’re on sale. If we’re having company and I fondly remember that from over a year ago, we’d up our chip factor to Miss Vickies. And dip. If you’re coming over, give us a day to get stuff in!

While back in the day, we had a choice of plain or salt & vinegar, it’s amazing the different flavours for sale these days.

  • BBQ
  • Ketchup
  • Jalapeno
  • Buffalo Chicken
  • Dill Pickle
  • Honey Dijon
  • Cheese and Herbs

I maintain that one of the reasons I kept being added to the CSTA conference planning committee was that I would bring Ketchup flavoured potato chips with me since they’re not readily available south of the border. I always bring Pringles since they won’t crunch when packed into a suitcase. I know it keeps my friendship with Alfred Thompson alive since he’s a lover of them. I will also never forget the look on Angela Maiers’ face when she bit into one of them at an event in London.

So, for a Sunday morning, your thoughts about this?

  • Did you know that Hostess Potato Chips were not around?
  • When it comes to potato chips, do you have a brand loyalty?
  • How do you feel about store branded products?
  • Do you bring in special chips when you have company?
  • What’s your favourite flavour? I’m a Dill Pickle type of guy
  • Dip? or no dip?
  • Are Pringles really potato chips?
  • Can you tell the difference between a store brand or a higher priced name brand?
  • Did I miss a flavour in my listing?

I’d be most interested in your thoughts. Please share them in the comments below.

If you have an idea for a post, why not reach out and share it with me like Ramona did? All the previous topics are stored here.

OTR Links 04/18/2021

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