My Week Ending 2021-08-22

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.


  • If you’re doing some research about what computer to buy for students as they return to school, this article might help
  • We’ve been working on getting assessment right for years, decades, centuries – maybe it’s time to avoid exams


  • Our local hospital is going to start publically tracking the vaccination status of patients
  • Eight ways to check out that website that you used to use a long time ago – it was fun tracking down old newspapers


  • These invoices from the Ontario Conservatives originally looked like just another false bit of social media until we found out they weren’t
  • This quite a good collection of information for parents whose child may be the youngest in any classroom


  • It was bound to happen – the news media only has a certain amount of time and reporters so some things get ignored
  • Toronto bans indoor singing or assembles this upcoming school years


  • The term “stalkerware” is becoming more familiar – here’s how to find and remove it from your devices
  • The MPP from Chatham-Kent-Leamington says he’s not going to be vaccinated as ordered by Doug Ford


  • Three of our town managers are now longer employed by us. Details to follow perhaps
  • Important information about Delta and how kids are at risk


  • I used “God Mode” a long time ago. It’s an interesting way to tweek and get more from Windows. Now, do it in Windows 10
  • Not a good piece of information for Microsoft – people are not liking the look of Windows 11

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 20, 2021

voicEd Radio

Paul McGuire was the guest host for This Week in Ontario Edublogs and shared a musical and principal perspective on things

Featured bloggers:

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Dave Cormier – @davecormier
  • Tina Bergman – @blyschuk
  • Heather Lye – @MsHLye

This week’s show:

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

When turning it off and then on again and it doesn’t work…

Use the internet to find out the next step – do a factory reset.

I hate doing a factory reset on anything because that means doing some research and finding everything that you want to have installed. It also implies that the technology screwed up because I did something.

On the other hand, it now works…

Video of the Week

Will he be allowed in the legislature?

Photo of the Week

The dock at Colchester is never the same.

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 …

… horseshoes?

Not to be confused with horse shoes which horses still wear.

I was driving by a campground the other day and saw people playing this game where they were tossing brightly coloured pieces of plastic from one side to the other. How the mighty have fallen, I thought.

There was a time …

My fondest memories come from my aunt and uncle’s park where they had a couple of horseshoe pits. A pit was a boxed in area of sand with a metal post stuck in the middle. From a distance, you’d throw a horseshoe (and over sized replica of the real thing) at the post. You’d play against another or you could play in pairs. It wasn’t a game for little kids – the horseshoes were entirely made of metal and were fairly heavy. I seem to remember that you had to be 14 to play.

During family reunions, it was a chance for a competition among the adults. I remember a cousin-in-law from the other side of the family who would smoke a big cigar while tossing these things very accurately.

Eventually, there came a time when they went away. I’m guessing the insurance or number of accidents had an effect. It’s been so long since I saw real horseshoes that I thought maybe they’d been banned. But, there still is a Horseshoe Ontario organization and there are places where great players play competitively.

For a Sunday…

  • have you ever played horseshoes?
  • do you know what these terms mean?
    • ringer
    • leaner
    • out of court
  • do you know of a kid friendly games based on the original horseshoes?
  • if you’re not playing horseshoes at a family reunion these days, what game has replaced it?

As always, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday morning blog post around here. If you have an idea for a future post, reach out to me (@dougpete on Twitter) or add your idea to the Padlet I created for this purpose.

OTR Links 08/22/2021

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