My Week Ending 2021-06-13

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.


  • A nice collection of funny things attributed to Americans so I don’t know about the fact checking but still funny
  • The first female goaltender selected in the OHL is from Parkhill – I hope that she does incredibly well


  • Yeah, but wait until Windows 11 – one person’s love for Chromebooks instead of a Windows laptop
  • Ryerson’s status is torn down – what will happen to the universities name?


  • You can’t blame kids – so many things are off the books now and this must look so appealing
  • This may be the best thing that you read if you’re going to be implementing “coding” with your students


  • A huge upgrade to the Vivaldi browser may make many want to check it out now and see if it can replace what you’re currently using
  • The Toronto District School Board has a new director of education – is there a tougher job in the province – I wish her well


  • This is a kind of neat representation of the internet as countries
  • Some information about the new mathematics to be taught in Grade 9 – maybe they can pay off their debt before Grade 10?


  • Ontario hotspots can start getting their second shots of COVID vaccine on Monday – the moving target moves again
  • In case you slept through the eclipse, here’s a report complete with pictures. It was foggy here…


  • It may be that many people don’t care but I, personally, am happy to see the full URL return to Google Chrome
  • It might cost you a bit more to get your eyes checked in Ontario in September

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 – June 11, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about taking care of yourself, home offices, anti-racism, leadership, and presenting.

Featured bloggers:

  • Lynn Thomas – @THOMLYNN101
  • Laura Wheeler – @wheeler_laura
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Terry Witmell – @TerryWhitmell
  • Helen DeWaard – @hj_dewaard

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

I was really frustrated writing this post. I was using the Vivaldi browser and, as you might guess, there’s a lot of scrolling doing up and down the page as I write it chronologically.

Every now and again while scrolling, the text would shrink and I’d had to whack CTRL-0 to get it back to regular size. It was frustrating to the point where I was going to switch browsers.

The last time it happened, I stopped and paid attention. I think we all know that we get into a routine doing this and such is the life here. However, I took a moment and located the cursor. It was right over top of the text resizer in the bottom right corner. Vivaldi is the only browser that I have that has a bottom status bar and so it wouldn’t happen anywhere else.

Just a reminder to me that most computer screwups are self-inflicted. I whispered an apology to my browser.

Video of the Week

Geese in Lakeshore, ON.

Photo of the Week

A final goodbye to my Bose earphones. My daughter borrowed them and they didn’t survive the laundry.

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…

… Consumers Distributing?

From the Padlet, this suggestion from Jennifer King.

Consumers Distributing
My brother and I loved going there with my mom! Ahhh…the smell of the newest Panasonic electronics! Flipping those page-protected pages! 

Wow, this takes me back! In the day, catalogues were the way that we ordered things from everywhere. In our small rural town, there was a Simpsons-Sears outlet but it did take a week or so from ordering to receipt of product. We could drive to Stratford and the Consumers Distributing store there. The concept was the same – you didn’t actually see the product on shelves, you filled out an order form and someone went into the back and picked up your order from inventory, if it was in stock.

The archive mentioned in the video is located here.

Later, at university, we did a spin on that. To kill time as poor university students, we’d wander the Eaton or Simpsons store to look at the product first hand. But, it always seemed to be a bit cheaper to go to Consumer Distributing (or Consumers, as we called it) in downtown Waterloo or to the Westmount mall and get it from Shop-Rite. Later, when we moved to Essex County, there was a Consumers store in the west end of Windsor. Sadly, like all good things, these stores came to an end and are not around anymore.

I’m smiling at Jennifer’s description of the protected pages in the catalogue! You would indeed flip your way through there looking at the products. I don’t recall them as being anywhere clean! Bizarrely enough, as I walked the dog and wrote this post in my head this morning, I could remember two specific products from there – my first clock radio, a Panasonic with flipcards for the digits and an RCA colour television for my parents for their 25th anniversary.

For a Sunday morning, do you have any memories of Consumers Distributing? Please share them in the comments below.

  • First, for all my English experts, have I mastered the apostrophe in these store names? I’ve seen them included but it seems to me that there isn’t any at all in any of these stores
  • Do you remember any specific purchases you made from Consumers?
  • Consumers Distributing and Shop-Rite had very distinctive colours – do you remember them?
  • Can you remember slipping and sloshing through a tile floor at Christmas time due to the heavy traffic bringing in snow and slush?
  • Like Jennifer (I’ve always loved her style), I felt Consumers was the place to go for electronic products at the time. They seemed to have a more modern and complete collection, at least in their catalogue
  • Over the past while, I think we’ve all ordered online. What would you consider today’s equivalent to Consumers Distributing?
  • Would their business model have survived in our COVID lockdown days?

As always, please dig through your memories and share some of them with us below.

If you have an idea for a future post like Jennifer did, please reach out with it to me directly or via the Padlet.

OTR Links 06/13/2021

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