My Week Ending 2021-05-16

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.


  • Of course, Google would do something special for Mothers’ Day
  • I know that I’m married to a nurse but it just seems to me to be fair that they get better pay at this time if doctors are


  • I found this story particularly disgusting and a reminder to keep your guard up when you’re headed into stores – those on commission or quotas may be particularly aggressive
  • I think this is so appropriate and if I lived nearby I would want Dracula to jab me with my vaccination. What could go wrong?


  • I certainly do. There was a time when commenting on the blog made it worthwhile – but that was in the days when people actually visited your blog. There are so many other options these days
  • I was curious about Clubhouse when it came out but was only available on iOS products. That was a show stopper for me and I don’t see any value in it now


  • This is an issue around technology that has largely gone unthought of in public but really should be addressed
  • I had to read this story when I saw the word “dung” in the title


  • It’s hard to believe that the government for big business would make a $4.4B financial flub
  • Obviously, a great deal of money has to be thrown to schools to make significant changes but something needs to be done


  • Time really flies – have Chromebooks really been around for 10 years?
  • If you were thinking that you might go to Toronto this summer for the CNE or Indycar or …, think again – it’s all cancelled


  • Some good ideas here about asking questions
  • It’s so scary to think that 2000 people have had to be moved to another part of the province to find a hospital bed

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 – May 14, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Interviews, Teaching Ontario, Perspectives, Time, and Daily Habits

The show, stored as a podcast is available here:

  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalcon
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Joel McLean – @jprofNB

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

Spring can be a frustrating time of the season if you have a backyard pool like I do and are too cheap to hire someone to open it for you like me.

In a typical spring, we would have a storm one day and I’m out there with the hose syphoning off the water. Then, before I can get the cover off, it rains again.

This spring is typical COVID. Everything is topsy turvy around here. But we have a stretch of days where there is no rain predicted and I had the hose going all day yesterday.

With no rain in sight, I just need to get out and scoop off all the maple leaves which are still soaked and then the cover should easily come off.

Then, it will be time for the maple tree to release its keys and the poplar tree its fluff.

Wish me luck.

Video of the Week

A guy can wish, can’t he?

Photo of the Week

Sometimes, the best beach is on a Tip.

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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