My Week Ending 2021-12-19

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.


  • The last bit of objectivity in news reporting is leaving Fox News
  • Ubuntu is working on a cloud based OS to compete with Chrome OS


  • The greatest Christmas show ever and how to stream it
  • If you’re in a classroom, you know that you can feel alone and wish that your administrator would do something – here are some suggestions


  • What Ontario truly needs is for a government to come out with one strong set of rules and no exceptions for vaccinations
  • I had to smile when I read about this; I used Google Toolbar years and years ago before better alternatives came along. Now, it’s officially put to rest


  • From a science website, some thoughts about what Omicron will mean as winter approaches
  • I’m more likely to use Google Docs since I work on a couple of different computers during the day. It announces upgrades


  • This is a neat concept – having students created a snowman and facilitated over the internet
  • I think that this move by Microsoft will be well appreciated – right now, things bounce between the Control Panel and Settings – it’s going to end up in Settings


  • We saw it coming and many think that it’s too late but Ontario is now headed back towards stricter rules
  • If you could distribute test kits, would you choose the LCBO? It’s certainly not equitable as shown in this opinion piece


  • Yes, McDonald’s French Fries are absolutely tasty and here’s why
  • Microsoft is also in the certification business and there are a lot of things that you might want to study

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 17, 2021

voicEd Radio

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

Featured Bloggers:

  • Rob Ridley – @RangerRidley
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Laura Wheeler – @wheeler_laura
  • EduGals – @EduGals
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker
  • STAO – @staoapso
  • Mary Walker Hope – @mwalkerhope

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

Sometimes, there’s technology that can only be solved by someone else.

My wife loves her Jeep Renegade but there’s a recurring issue. Built into the computer system is a reminder to the owner that it is time for an oil change. You’d think that resetting that would be part of a routine at the dealership. Yet, we’ve had to do that lots of times.

I’ve done some searching to see if the solution can be done with a combination of things when you’re sitting in the driver’s seat. Lots of suggestions online but none that work.

It appears that only a computer at the dealership will suffice.

Video of the Week

If you’re like me, you’re wondering about this…

Photo of the Week

Moonlight in Belle River

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 …

… cufflinks?

I’m starting to think that Sheila Stewart is doing a big house cleaning with the jewellery items that she’s suggested in the past month for topics.

But, this is a fun one. Thanks again, Sheila.

In my life, I can recall three cases when I had cufflinks and wore them. The first was with my “going to church” outfit. It added to the ritual of wearing a tie. Another was with my tuxedo for our wedding and then in the first couple of years of teaching, my parents had given me a shirt that required them and a set for Christmas.

They’re not the most convenient thing to wear. First of all, I needed to roll up the double cuff to put them in. The left one was no problem. Roll it back and put the cufflink in. But, being right handed, putting the left one in took way longer than it should. Rolling was awkward and then getting the little thing in the holes was quite another. If there was someone in the room with me, it would be time to ask for a little help.

I looked around and apparently have long since got rid of them but Unsplash had this great photo.

Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

I can’t think of a more useless piece of jewellery. Church and the wedding were short term events but I have nothing but bad memories from using them at work. They would clink against the blackboard when writing and I’m the type of person that typically rolls up my cuffs a few times for comfort. With a shirt designed for cufflinks, it means actually taking them off. So, what’s the point of me wearing them in the first place.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • When you think of cufflinks, do you think of special dress shirts or day to day shirts?
  • Do you own a pair of cufflinks or know of someone who does?
  • Do you or a person you know where them regularly these days?
  • Are they still part of a tuxedo rental package?
  • Suppose you had a set of them that you no longer use. How do you get rid of them? There are lots of listings on Facebook Marketplace but I wonder if they actually move?

As always, I’d appreciate your thoughts one way or the other on this topic. Please do so in the comments below.

If you have an idea for a topic, please reach out like Sheila did.

All of the previous posts reminiscing on things are available here.

OTR Links 12/19/2021

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