My Week Ending 2021-08-01

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.


  • If you’re looking for some way to rename your home network, check these out. My daughter’s is “Free Viruses”
  • Canada and the United States are not on the same page for the reopening of the longest, friendliest border in the world


  • I think that including “Googling” as a skill on a job application is a stretch but maybe it’s what they were looking for
  • In Canada, we’re anguishing over the history of residential institutions but the United States has a history in this as well


  • This post took me back to the good old days of gaming where everything was done in blocks
  • This is good news for dog owners in LaSalle and those who live in neighbouring communities with dogs


  • The Cleveland baseball team has a new name and it’s about time
  • Teachers, parents, children all are asking this question


  • If only the provincial government was as wise as the province’s nurses who understand what is needed for the fall
  • We’ve been creating the classroom of tomorrow for as long as I can remember – here’s a current look


  • I suspect that it will be a couple of years before face to face conferences return and even then, the rules will be different
  • The “other” university in the city of Waterloo will be taking a look at its namesake – could they return to the name Waterloo Lutheran University?


  • This is an incredible collection of images from Olympic Summer games from the past. Some of the outfits would hardly pass as athletic apparel these days
  • It has been snowing in Brazil and many are seeing it for the first time. It’s hard to imagine but pictures don’t lie

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 – July 30, 2021

voicEd Radio

Guest Elizabeth Lyons joined the voicEd Radio show this week. In addition to a brave blog post on her behalf, we took a look at a lot of things through the eyes of this wonderful teacher-librarian

Featured bloggers:

  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Helen DeWaard – @hj_dewaard
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Jessica Outram – @jessicaoutram
  • Alanna King – @banana29
  • Deborah Weston – @DPAWestonPhD
  • Peter Beens – @pbeens

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

Every week, Stephen Hurley has complained that he can hear an intermittent hum from my audio feed when we do the “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” show.

I’m guessing that it might be the fan coming on on my computer.

I looked around and I had a paper coaster from Rickard’s Red beer and put the base of the microphone on it. His complaining has stopped.

Have I found a solution or is he just mellow this summer?

Video of the Week

Not good news and yet there are still those that refuse to get vaccinated.

Photo of the Week

Great advice from a friend who is now at a distance.

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 …

… car ash trays?

Jaimie and I walked our regular morning route this morning and there are no big fires to report based on the blog post from yesterday.

The incident reminded me that today’s cars are missing a standard feature from days gone by … the ash tray.

When I was young, my mom was a smoker and there was always an ash tray in the dash of our cars. Part of cleaning the car was taking and emptying that thing. Quite frankly, it was not a pleasant thing to do.

Later, when I owned my own vehicles, they did come with one as well. Not being a smoker, I used mine as a place to store change. You know – pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. It was really handy when those pieces of currency actually would let you purchase something at the drive through, parking lot, or at the car wash. These days, not so much.

As I was walking, I was trying to remember the last time I owned a vehicle that had one and I couldn’t remember that far back. Certainly, my newest car doesn’t have one; they now use that space on the dash for USB ports. I did go to the Ford website and poked around and it’s now an option. For 30 bucks, I could have an Ash Cup Coin Holder – Without Lighter Element. Talk about both worlds. As for lighting your cigarette, I guess you’d have to bring your own matches!

I also thought of cigarette brands over the years. A few come to mind.

  • Du Maurier
  • Rothmans
  • Cameo
  • Sago

The government, of course, is trying to tax everyone out of smoking but they haven’t succeeded completely. Plus, if you go to a store to buy them, you specifically have to go to a counter and ask for them. No self serve that I can think of these days. I do remember cigarette vending machines from days gone by.

So, for a Sunday, your thoughts….

  • does your current vehicle have an ash tray?
  • if not, can you remember the last vehicle that you had that actually had one?
  • there are some people that actually “roll their own”. Know anybody?
  • would you buy a container as an option for your vehicle? Even as a change holder?
  • can you think of any brands that you could add to the list? My memory is only from Canadian variety stores but I can think of others that I’ve seen advertised on US television stations in the past
  • why aren’t cigarette manufacturers advertising on television any more?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I always enjoy reading them.

If you have ideas for a future topic for this regular Sunday morning post, please add them to the Padlet I created for this purpose.

OTR Links 08/01/2021

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