My Week Ending 2021-12-12

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’m not sure that my wife could put up with me around all the time in a tiny house
  • Formula 1 drivers enjoy the finest things – a comparison of lifestyles between Max and Lewis


  • David Garlick has written a book about his reflections from being a principal in my former school board
  • Kids do the darnedest things – this time smuggling a pet goldfish to school in a sippy cup


  • Don’t come to the Ontario Parliament if you’re not vaccinated
  • A sweater with your COVID QR code? There was a time when we worried about privacy


  • A report that Windows’ Notepad is getting an upgrade – I didn’t know that people actually used it. Gulp. I guess I’ll have to test it when it comes here
  • I’m more likely to use Google Docs since I work on a couple of different computers during the day. It announces upgrades


  • More bad news for schools here in Essex County; more classes are sent home due to COVID infections
  • There’s been a great deal said and reported about this new Pantone colour; I’m not sure that I would ever use it – I’m a green kind of guy


  • Mickey Dolenz’ throughts about the passing of Michael Nesmith
  • I hate popup ads; I hate the scammers that are behind these things; I hate the fact that it sometimes ends up in sad stories like this


  • I agree with this – rectangular smart watches don’t look right. Round ones are bigger, but look more natural
  • You should do good things with technology in schools – this articles shows how to use Mind Maps which I use all the time

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 – December 10, 2021

voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Melissa Turnbull
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Jennifer Brown – @JennMacBrown
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Tammy Axt – @MsAxt

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

Technology doesn’t have to be technical is the moral of this although it started out with a technical bent.

After the storm on Friday night / Saturday morning, Jaimie and I were out for a walk and I noticed that the fibre for our internet access had bent out of the eavestrough where it normally is tucked away, out of sight.

After the walk, it was a quick fix. I just grabbed the ladder from the garage and went up and tucked it in, but I did look left and right. All of the remaining leaves seemed to have fallen into there. Maybe that’s why it bent out.

So, it was up and down the ladder picking out soaked leaves and throwing them to the patio and the yard. Raking is in my future.

Video of the Week

Such sad news this week of the passing of Michael Nesmith

Photo of the Week

Where my youngest daughter works – best Mexican food in town.

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.


This blog post was originally posted at:


Whatever happened to …

… the Monkees?

Yesterday’s passing of Michael Nesmith was sad news and another part of my childhood gone. The Monkees was a favourite television show and one of the ones that my mother allowed my brother and me to watch. Our TV time was carefully monitored and limited.

To be honest, I think that we didn’t find the humour and visual antics all that funny. We probably were a little too young to appreciate it, perhaps? The real engagement was with the music that they’d play during the show. Sometimes, it was in sync with part of the storyline and other times it was the group together on the stage performing.

Regardless, it was the one show that would pre-empt any other playing that we would have to do as kids.

The show wasn’t on television for a long time but the music made it a good time. There were all kinds of stories about the members wishing to leave and they did at various times. The Monkees kept the brand and various permutations and band reunions came back at various times.

I had forgotten about this until an email from my brother yesterday wanting to know if I still had my green touque. It was a Christmas gift so many years ago.

Sadly, three of the original band members have now left us.

For a Sunday morning, I’d be interested in your Monkees thoughts.

  • In the list above, there’s one Monkee missing. Who?
  • The Monkees were made for television and only one was actually a musician before the band formed? Which one?
  • Who was the heartthrob of the group?
  • Have you ever seen any or all live? (We saw Davy Jones)
  • Who was Michael Nesmith’s mother? What did she invent?
  • Do you have a favourite Monkees song? If pressed, I’d probably say “Pleasant Valley Sunday”
  • One of the Monkees has a different name from his TV character. Which one?
  • I can’t help but think that their video that played during their songs was MTV long before MTV was a thing.

For a Sunday morning, do you have any answers to the above or other Monkees memories? I’d appreciate reading them in the comments below.

This Sunday post is a regular thing around here. You can read them all here.

OTR Links 12/12/2021

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