My Week Ending 2021-10-17

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 daily under the title OTR Links.


  • I totally agree with this summary of web trends and how they’re irritating. The article suggests some ways to address them
  • Bixby comes to Windows. I’m one of those people who don’t use voice assistants all that often except maybe to set a timer. I can type more accurately than I can speak


  • In these days when we want to “social everything”, it’s an interesting read for teachers and student privacy
  • As logical as this advice seems to be, what do you do when a student just comes out and asks?


  • The advice here is pretty good if you want to run Firefox on your Chromebook but you really need a beefy Chromebook to get the performance you want
  • This is a great little article if you want to do some professional learning on your own – I’ll bet you see the best teachers you ever had in here


  • In case you were looking to hire a hacker, here’s the going rates
  • If you never took Astronomy, you can catch up with Google Sky Map


  • If it’s time for you to explore the Great Wall of China but you don’t have the money to fly there, Google has you covered
  • I think microcredentialing is a terrific idea, particularly for ongoing professional learning within a school district


  • If you’re from the Essex County area and would like to adopt a dog, check this out
  • I’m not a real fan of using Emoji so probably wouldn’t have even noticed that they’re not 3D in Windows 11


  • I was guilty of distro hopping and tried many before I landed on Linux Mint and it’s been my goto ever since. Well, I also have Ubuntu on multiboot too…
  • This article claims to have all the things that have changed from Windows 10 to 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 – October 15, 2021

voicEd Radio

This is a mostly weekly radio conversion with Stephen Hurley on voicEd Radio where we talk about some recent writing from Ontario Education bloggers. It turns into a Friday blog post. Here are the people you need to be following.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Nilmini Ratwatte Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Joel McLean – @jprofNB
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Kristy – @2peasandadog
  • Paul Gauchie – @PCMalteseFalcon
  • Mike Washburn – @misterwashburn

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the shows are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.

Technology Troubleshooting

You might not know this because you don’t do a #FollowFriday marathon thingy like I do. Twitter, for the most part will come up with suggestions when you’re typing a person’s handle. It really speed the process.

It’s recently got better.

Before, it would work well and then just stop working for a bit. At that point, I’d have to type the whole name and do it accurately. It would only show up as a mistake when I pulled together the Wakelet of all of the messages I sent.

Things have got better on Twitter’s end and it now suggests for the whole hour that I devote to doing this on Friday morning. It makes the finished product look so much better.

Look at that – not a mistake in the bunch I captured or the whole collection.

Video of the Week

I had to learn this the hard way.

Photo of the Week

My daughter’s Christmas Moose out on Thanksgiving

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 …

… Seymour Butz?

I probably could have put in “crank phone calls” but this seemed more liable to get your attention. My inspiration for this was yesterday’s post about vandalism. There was a time when “vandalism” was just a crank phone call away.

A lot of the plot lines from The Simpsons date back to a time that those of us from a certain age can appreciate.

Crank phone calls were one of those things. Make a phone call and have some fun with a winning line or two.

Is your refrigerator running? Yes. Well you better go and catch it.


Call a random number and start singing happy birthday!


Is Mister Wall there? No. How about Misses Wall? No. Then what’s holding up your ceiling?

I’m sure that you can come up with better. For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • What happened to crank calls? I haven’t had one in years
  • Have you ever been crank called? How did you respond?
  • Back before we used smartphones, we had a phone on the wall. How could you get your phone to call back to the person who just cranked you?
  • Do you have a better crank calling line than the ones I’ve included above? PLEASE – reply with your best lick
  • These days, we have other problems with bizarre phone calls. How frequently do you get spam calls? Will you join me in court waiting for the Canada Revenue Agency to arrive?
  • These days, these type of callers spoof the number they’re calling from. How does that work?

I’d sure love to read about your thoughts with crank phone calls. Or, go ahead and crank reply to this post!

This is part of a regular Sunday morning feature. You can access them all here.

OTR Links 10/17/2021

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