My Week Ending 2021-05-30

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.


  • For those who have updated their Windows 10 instance (and who wouldn’t), here are some tips
  • Even though I’m not a Leafs fan, I was sickened by the hit to John Tavares and it was great to read that he was out of the hospital


  • If everyone read this article and recognizes how Google is struggling with fake news, they’d take their own personal second thought on what they read
  • Ticks are the most disgusting things going these days and they seem to be everywhere


  • As if over exposure to screen time wasn’t bad enough going into the pandemic, how will it be handled when we get it behind us?
  • Is this the time for banks to be raising their fees?


  • A look at Startpage if you’re in search of a new search engine
  • To be honest, I don’t wave when I sign off Zoom but somehow I feel like I should be. Here are some thoughts about that


  • As a user of many browsers, reinventing them was a story that I just had to read and wonder out
  • I find the musing over hybrid classrooms for the future incredibly interesting. Those that promote it have no idea. If it’s the solution, you really haven’t looked at the problem fully


  • You really need to be using a password manager these days – this is an article that addresses the topic with suggestions for free solutions
  • For people around here, D.M.Eagle Public School has an awesome location but it’s seen better days. Plans are for a new school


  • A sign of the times. What do you do with a closed department store? Make it a vaccination centre
  • Long story short – it’s the fear of missing out…

Blog Posts on
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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 28, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about a twist in higher education, brain breaks, teaching online, blossoming students, and driving with music.

Featured bloggers:

  • Terry Greene – @greeneterry
  • Svjetlana Vrbanic – @lanavrb
  • Tina Zita – @tina_zita
  • Lise Farquhar – @L_Farquhar_IB
  • Laura Elliott – @lauraelliottPhD

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

My big troubleshooting incident this week involved my wife’s new Chromebook.

You can read about it here.

It’s kind of a long story but has a happy ending.

Video of the Week

It was really chilly and rainy this week and I stayed inside. I treated myself to this concert which was an awesome reminder of what a great talent Canada has in Burton Cummings.

Photo of the Week

I know this was used earlier this morning but it still was a sad moment to see part of our history dragged away, leaving tire marks.

May be an image of grass, tree and nature

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 …

… metal slides?

A piece of my kids’ childhood got dragged away this week.

May be an image of grass, tree and nature

Jaimie and I noticed it while out on our morning walk after the big rainfall. Long before we were part of Amherstburg, we lived in Anderdon Township and the township had its own park. You can see the tennis courts off to the left. The park itself had a number of play places for kids including this rather large metal slide. You’d climb the 10 or so steps and then go flying straight down.

Growing up, we had one like this at our school, in the community park, and at the drive-in movie theatre. They were great. You just flew down them and landed either on your feet to walk away or into this pit that ended up being created by kids landing on their feet or other body part.

I guess there were a couple of challenges – on a hot summer day, the slide got really hot but you could mitigate with water or sand and the other challenge was the speed with which you flew down the slide. It was great for the older kids and the younger ones would have mom or dad pick them up and plop them on the slide about half way up for safety purposes.

There were variations on this theme. Some of the fancier ones had a little level part to slow you down a bit on the way down. Another variation I remember at Boblo Island theme park where they had a huge slide with multiple lanes and you’d sit on something that resembled a burlap sack and you just flew!

I guess our slide’s days were numbered. These days, you’re more likely to see something plastic, in bright colours, with all kinds of twists and turns and very slow. They aren’t very high so really don’t attract all ages like the metals ones did.

Your thoughts for a Sunday …

  • does your community have a classic metal slide or have they been replaced as well?
  • does your community school have slides on site?
  • have you ever injured yourself on a slide?
  • on that theme, are you a head-first or feet-first type of person?
  • what about playground surfaces? We grew up with pea stone and sand. These days, it’s most common to find some sort of rubberized surface. What’s it like in your world?
  • if you’re still fortunate enough to have a drive-in movie theatre, how do kids pass the time before the show starts?

As always, I hope this sparks some memories and your willingness to share those memories. Please do so in the comments below.

If you have an idea for a future post, please reach out to me on Twitter (@dougpete) or drop off your thoughts in the Padlet created for this purpose.

OTR Links 05/30/2021

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