My Week Ending 2021-08-15

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. They’re posted to the blog under the title OTR Links.


  • I learn a great deal from Google Doodles – this time is was Sarla Thukral
  • Funny and yet true – questions that I would ask Jaimie if he would answer them


  • There are places that even Google isn’t allowed to take pictures of and so here are a bunch of them
  • This is how the Ottawa Catholic DSB is upgrading the ventilation in their classrooms


  • This is a superb collection of cartoons that reveal so much about our society these days
  • So much for free speech. It’s sad that they had to take this sign down


  • This is a superb collection of cartoons that reveal so much about our society these days
  • So much for free speech. It’s sad that they had to take this sign down


  • I loved my cartoons growing up and now I find there are things in there I should have paid attention to!
  • Another list of things that educators should try


  • Field of Dreams was big this week. Of course, it could have been better if the Detroit Tigers had played
  • Just when you think things are going well, the price of gas is poised to jump


  • Get your jab in Chicago or you’re out of a teaching job
  • Some interesting back to school thoughts from some teachers as September looms on the horizon

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 – August 13, 2021

voicEd Radio

Chey Cheney and Pav Wander co-hosted This Week in Ontario Edublogs. It was a great discussion and we went way over time.

Featured bloggers:

  • Chey Cheney – @mrccheney
  • Pav Wander – @PavWander
  • Noa Daniel – @iamnoadaniel
  • Shawna Rothgeb-Bird – @rollforlearning
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Terry Whitmell – @TerryWhitmell
  • EduGals – @EduGals
  • Marc Hodgkinson – @Mr_H_Teacher

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 Friday morning, I do a shout out to Ontario Educators via #FollowFridays. The first one is scheduled for 4:58 since the blog post comes out at 5:00. I like to keep the two of them together.

So, after the post, I’ll take the list of blog posters, copy it, and paste it into a new message to appear at the time. The list is shown above and should work – right?

It was only after it went live that I realize that Twitter had altered one of the names before scheduling. It was the username for Marc Hodgkinson which got altered. I discovered it later and panicked, going back to the source from the blog post where it remained corrected.

I turned to Twitter and it was there that I saw for my very eyes the name being altered. Tres weird. I’ll have to pay more attention in the future.

So, I deleted the original post, created a new one carefully checking Marc’s name and resent it.

Video of the Week

Big in the news this week is COVID passports.

Photo of the Week

If you need proof that someone is driving on the school playground, take your dog for a walk in the morning while the grass is still wet.

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 …

… towel snapping?

Normally, this post is a bit nostalgic and there are things that would be nice to come back. This isn’t one of them.

This memory goes back to my public swimming days. The pool was open from 2-5 in the afternoons and so we’d wait outside for the doors to open. To entertain ourselves, we’d snap each other with our towels.

Done properly, it could really, really hurt. Done properly, we could also snap a fly off the wall of the building.

Later on, when our towels would get wet, the pain that was inflicted was amplified. There was no practical reason for doing this except to be a jerk, I guess. Also, if caught by the lifeguards, it was cause for immediately kicking you out of the pool.

I’m happy to say that this is not something that I see anything of these days. Of course, Amherstburg has torn down the public pool to build the new secondary school so the opportunities just aren’t there. But, I can’t be in everyone’s back yard.

It’s also one thing from my youth that I didn’t pass on to my kids and I’m kind of happy for that. (they learned how to do it elsewhere)

For a Sunday, your thoughts please.

  • did you snap your towel in your youth?
  • how about today? Is it something that you do?
  • have your ever been hit by a snapped towel?
  • did you ever get the advice “you could put an eye out doing that”?

Any words of wisdom about towel snapping? Please leave them in the comments below.

This is part of a regular series of Sunday morning posts to chat about the past. They’re all available here. As always, reach out to me if you have a topic that you’d like to see here.

OTR Links 08/15/2021

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