My Week Ending 2021-06-27

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 didn’t buy a new computer on Prime Day. Did you? Here’s a post that suggests what you might want to get
  • If you’re looking for a summer drive, think Kingsville. Here are a few reasons why and I’ll tell you there’s more


  • I hadn’t thought about Mr. Dressup for a long time but this brought back memories. Kids today wouldn’t get it
  • A very good observation about what it’s going to take to make schools safe this fall and it’s not about vaccines


  • Imagine having a classroom again – what are some things about classroom culture that you might want to create
  • I get sick hearing all the information about the Delta variant but there are good reasons to be cautious


  • Brave, the security web browser, has released a Beta of a search engine to compete with you know who
  • For the most part, Pfiser and Moderna are interchangeable. But, media steps in and people have preferences


  • From Windows 1 to now, I’ve worked with all of the versions and so enjoyed this memory through the various icons used
  • Here’s a maker project using Lego and lenses from cheap smartphones


  • This is good and important information if you’re going to buy a Chromebook – they have expiry dates
  • If you have a child entering school in September, these are some of the things that you might want to work on this summer


  • One of the builders in the computer science community is Alan Turing – this is a pretty complete description of his contributions
  • We had a huge rush in the tick population earlier this spring – here’s why – and why I admire myself in the reader after every dog walk

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 25, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about privilege, leadership, glitching, reading lists, and reflection on a year of teaching.

Featured bloggers:

  • David Garlick – @garlickd13
  • Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Rabia Khokhar – @Rabia_Khokhar1
  • Kelly McLaughlin

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

There was a lot of excitement about the details about Windows 11. Then, there was a lot of concern.

It appears to be free and an upgrade to Windows 10 with a big caveat. It uses TPM which is something I’d never heard of before and is something that older computers don’t have.

There’s an app to check for that. It’s available here.

I appear to be able to run Windows 11. I wonder if there are any other gotchas on the horizon.

Video of the Week

This seems to be the learning topic of the week thanks to Microsoft.

Photo of the Week

Heavy rains can be rough on wheat.

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 …

… pool halls?

There was one very common gathering place for us as teenagers. It was the pool hall downtown. We’d go there to eat lunch during school days and hang out after school.

The front part of the pool hall had a cash register area, they sold magazines and candy but the big draw was either the bowling alleys or the pool tables. There were two bowling alleys on the left and three pool tables on the right running the length of the building. In terms of the pool tables, there was a billiards table at the front and two pool tables behind.

Particularly at lunch, we’d rush to get there because only a limited number of people got to play. You’d yell “Lights on 3” and the manager would turn the light over table 3 on and the clock would start. You’d pay for the right to play in 15 minute intervals and pay on the way out.

For the most part, we’d play on the back two tables and the billiards table out front was reserved for serious players. If the vice-principal needed to track down anyone truant from school, this would have been one of his first stops. We were serious about this, using applied physics. Angle of incidence equals angle of reflection. Force equals mass times acceleration. It’s pretty heady stuff.

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

At one point, my parents bought my brother and I a smaller table for at home. We had to set it up in the basement and even finding a location was an indication of how much room a setup typically takes. I suspect that this may be the reason for the lack of pool halls anymore; they just take up too much room. You can put a lot of arcade games into the same place.

I’d be hard pressed to tell you where to play a game of pool around here anymore. There was a place just outside town with an arcade and one table but it closed down due to the lockdown. And, sadly, the old pool hall in my home town has long since closed.

For a Sunday morning, your thoughts …

  • can you name a place in your community where you could actually go and play a game of pool?
  • in the game of billiards, there are 15 red balls and a number of other coloured balls. Can you name the other colours and point value of each?
  • two tools of the trade are blue chalk and baby powder. What for?
  • before you start, you need to get a cue. Typically, you’d take one from the rack on the wall and you’d roll it on the top of the pool table. Why?
  • one of the rules is that you need to keep one foot on the floor at all times. There are times when that’s physically impossible but there’s a tool for that. Do you know what it is?
  • one of the worst things you can do is “scratch” while playing. What is that?
  • the pool hall was definitely a male attended place. Why don’t women typically go there? After all, there are some really good players you see on television at times

I know that there are lots of crime movies where transactions were done in pool halls but it also can be a place for gathering and gaming. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Please let us know in the comments below.

This is part of a regular Sunday morning series of posts. You can check them all out here.

OTR Links 06/27/2021

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