What now?

Like many people, I’ve been following the events in Ottawa yesterday and today. Actually, I started by following a group of truckers who circled up and down Huron Church Line in Windsor before they headed east. I had an appointment in the city and so had to find a way to get there without getting caught in the trucks.

Eventually, the trucks headed off east on the 401 to join others in Ottawa to supposedly protest the requirement that truckers were not allowed to cross the border unless vaccinated. It’s a pretty big deal for the truckers who have elected not to get vaccinated.

As I followed the news yesterday and today, those involved are there for those reasons and more. Many are critical of the Prime Minister for decisions made for people crossing the border (they need to be vaccinated). The Prime Minister is in isolation because he’s been supposedly exposed to the disease. The leader of the Conservative Party indicated that he would meet with the group but at the time of me writing this post hasn’t yet. Or, at least it’s not been reported.

I should point out that I’m not neutral on this. Both my wife and I have had three shots as of the first of the year. We’re careful to mask up when shopping and, reluctantly have purchased some things online. We prefer to go to the actual store.

It seems to me that the event in Ottawa has become more than what was originally intended. I’m seeing reports of very upsetting activities. The original intent was to be a chance to present to Parliament their concerns and it’s become very loud and seeking attention from the media. The most disconcerting was the defacing of the Terry Fox memorial and dancing on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

I’ve had many of my friends from south of the border checking in, asking me what the heck is going on. It’s hard to explain how a seemingly innocent protest has evolved into what we have now.

Now, for the record –

  • I hate that I can’t go into a restaurant
  • I hate that I have to wear a mask and carefully slink into stores if I’m out buying something
  • I hate the fact that I have to consider everyone that I run into as possibly a carrier
  • I really hate that we haven’t figured out a solution yet

But what I really hate most of all is that we’re not all on the same page. If there was a solution, you’ve got to believe that we’d be working it. It doesn’t go a day when we hear from medical officials and their recommendations are simple enough. Get vaccinated and wear a mask.

It’s a simple enough approach and everyone should be doing it.

I can’t believe that the Federal government is sitting on the ultimate solution and are just keeping it from us. And, it’s not just them – hospital care is a responsibility of the provinces. Are they all sitting on a solution and using this to keep us in line? Hardly.

I’m fearful that, with all that I’m seeing in news reports that we’re going to see a big breakout again as they’re not masked in Ottawa. My hat goes off to those places that have shut themselves down to prevent the non-masked people from entering.


OTR Links 01/31/2022

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My Week Ending 2022-01-30

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.


  • This is an interesting take on the history of Toronto television which I don’t think I ever saw until I went to university
  • Here are a number of jobs with Google right here in Canada and you don’t need a degree


  • I would have thought that Lewis Hamilton would use last year’s loss as inspiration to do better this year but he might not even race. Here’s who might take his place
  • The truckers used Windsor as a starting point to head to Ottawa and it messed up things around the Ambassador Bridge


  • I had forgotten about the game built into Google Chrome that is suitable for playing when you don’t have an internet connection
  • I was disappointed with the results of the Buffalo NFL playoff game – some thoughts about the NFL’s overtime rules


  • If you want to feel old, then check out this list of phrases the author is convinced are being phased out
  • Dropbox is going to cause grief to Macintosh users


  • What do you do with an old school? The town of Leamington is going to make it into a subdivision
  • I really appreciate a good cartoon and this is a nice collection of them


  • It’s too late for me to do this but if you have a boss that needs inspiration for making a team work together
  • If you ever need inspiration about how to use your storytelling abilities, this might be it


  • This “super-school” has long been promised for Kingsville but they’ve still not started digging to build
  • This is a useful tip about how to restart Chrome extensions without restarting the Chrome browser itself

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 – January 28, 2022


voicEd Radio

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

Featured Bloggers:

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Alexandra Woods – @XanWoods
  • Terry Greene – @greeneterry
  • Edugals – @EduGals
  • Chey and Pav – @StaffPodcast
  • Gonul Turkdogan – @turkdogan_gonul 
  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary

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 and is downloadable as a podcast later.

Technology Troubleshooting

I’ve got this bizarre problem with Twitter, and Twitter only, with my Chromebook, and on my Chromebook only.

It occurs in two places. One in a reply to a message and secondly in the messages that appear bottom right on the screen. Part of each areas ends up pixelated. Check this out, if I wanted to reply to a message.

My Chromebook is fully updated and I’m using the default display settings.

At present, I have two solutions.

  1. Suck it up
  2. If I magnify the screen to 150% and it looks like a Commodore PET display, it goes away. Of course, I don’t get much on the screen.

It’s driving me nuts and I’m looking forward to finding a solution some day.

Video of the Week

The big news this weekend.

Photo of the Week

They don’t come any more handsome than this guy.

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 …

… typewriters?

When I wrote this post Proof that people will argue about anything earlier this week, I started thinking about writing something about this for Sunday.

It was all about typewriters and typewriting. In high school, I took the Business and Commerce option and that meant taking Introduction to Business and Typing in Grade 9. The Business was great and I did well but I was in the neighbourhood of 60 in Typing. That Christmas, they replaced manual typewriters with electric ones at my dad’s office and I got a used typewriter for a gift.

It became an infatuation for me and I would take my school notes every night and type them out at home. Bizarre, huh? It actually worked well; my typing abilities went up and retyping notes helped raise marks in other subject areas. Win, win.

It turns out that I’ve actually written about the concept of typewriters a couple of times previously. I’m going to share the links to both of those posts rather than writing a new one.

You might be interested in going back to these posts and seeing if you had replied originally and if your opinion is still the same. One of the reasons this blog is called “off the record” is that it gives me license to change my mind at any time.

I can tell you that typewriting (or keyboarding as we call it now) was one of the greatest skills that I developed. Since my further studies at university were in Computer Science, I could hammer out my code in no time flat. Later, as a teacher, my tests and examinations were pretty reasonable to read since I typed everything.

And … here it comes … I always had two spaces after punctuation and still do so today. I do acknowledge that this post is written in that form. WordPress removes one of the spaces and I don’t see any way to override it.

If only that was all that I had to worry about in this world.

BTW, I had fun reading the responses to those original posts. They were very insightful. I do appreciate them.

And back to the original question for this post … I haven’t a clue. I haven’t actually seen a real typewriter in years.

Have you?

I always finish with a question or two. Let’s make this an easy one. Maybe, if you’re of a certain age.

  • There’s something incredibly unique about typewriters in the beginning classroom in school. What is it? (hint – think pedagogy designed by a manufacturer and not a teacher)
  • My typewriter was made by Underwood. Can you name another typewriter manufacturer?

This is a regular Sunday morning post. If you have an idea for a future post, please reach ut to me with your suggestion. All of the previous posts are available here.

OTR Links 01/30/2022

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