My Week Ending 2022-01-02

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 such an interesting way of looking at the world when you rearrange things according to population
  • It”s the end of the year and a time to look at the best and worst of things – this time, it’s about technology


  • Kudos to the Town of Tecumseh for doing what the Government of Ontario refuses to do at this time
  • Boxing Day has always been a day for fighting crowds looking for deals but these days, it ain’t the same – this time in London


  • It was sad to read about the passing of John Madden. He came across so well on television both as a coach and later as an analyst – Boom!
  • Who doesn’t like a good volcano – at a distance. Here are some from the past year


  • I like reading “Top whatever” lists because there’s always something I think should be in there but isn’t. Here’s Weird Facts about the world
  • If this story is true about an Alexa recommendation, it should make you stop and think about digital assistants and kids


  • Television networks and news sources like to have yearly summaries of things and one is the list of people that died in the year. This is one person’s list from this year
  • I didn’t see the office in this company logo until I read the article and had it explained to me. I’m getting old, I guess


  • It was sad that Betty White didn’t live to be 100 but she gave us great comedy over the years; for me the best was on the Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • I think that many Blackberry users will have moved on to something else but if they need a push, January 4th is the day they stop working


  • There weren’t any fireworks around here that I knew of to celebrate New Years’ Eve so I lived vicariously through Toronto’s
  • Who doesn’t like wandering around virtually looking at things in Google Streetview? Here’s one person’s thought about the best of Streetview

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 31, 2021

voicEd Radio

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

Featured Bloggers:

  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Peter Skillen – @peterskillen
  • Ann Marie Luce – @turnmeluce
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker
  • Debbie Donsky – @DebbieDonsky
  • Joel McLean – @jprofNB

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

In theory, it sounded like it should work. I have a Chromebook with a typical low end processor like many of the first do. It runs amazingly well. When you buy into the concept of Chrome OS and leave your work on the web, you really just need a computer running the browser.

I had finally decided to bit the bullet on a 2010 MacBook until a family memory said that they were interested in having their own computer. In a project that took way longer than I thought it would, I went through the process of creating a new account and then blowing away everything from my days using it. I had so much there.

It fired up (eventually – do you remember hard drives?) and as long as it’s plugged in, it works remarkably well. After all, it has an Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and when you log in, it runs very nicely. It’s way better than the low-end Chromebooks the school board buys.

I’m looking forward to seeing how long it works out.

Video of the Week

New Year’s Message from the Governor General

Photo of the Week

On social media, you see some great funny things. I think that I’ve seen so many that I just smile and move on. This one below from my friend Carl Frank in Arkansas made me truly laugh out loud. It was the funniest thing that I’ve see for quite some time, I think. Anyone who has ever taken Computer Science should at least smile.

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 …

… Thrills chewing gum?

I believe in Santa Claus. I remember a long time ago that my mother said that if I ever stopped believing, I’d stop getting gifts. So, I believe. These days, my wife is my conduit to him.

For a long time now, I’ve told her about my favourite gum as a kid. It was Thrills gum. There was a Fina station just on the other side of the fence surrounding the school playground and we would crawl under it at recess to go over and buy a pack. I can’t remember the price but I’m sure it wasn’t too much.

Every time we go to a store these days, I’ll scan the gum selections and it’s all the usual products that I’m sure you’d know. Juicy Fruit, Spearmint, Peppermint, … but no Thrills. I’d be admonished by her – “maybe they don’t make it anymore”.

Well, Santa found it. We were out and about and needed a bag of milk and so stopped in at a local small variety store. It was right next to a Macs, now Circle K, and we’ve often wondered how it stayed in business. It’s not accessible; there are 1 or 2 steps to get up and in to this old house that had a variety store on the lower level. She got the milk and that was the end of things. Or so I thought …

Until I opened my stocking on Christmas morning and there was a package of Thrills in there! Unless you’re a connoisseur of gum, it’s probably not something that would immediately be appealling. It’s purple to begin with and it’s slogan is on the outside “It still tastes like soap”.

I think I may have got a few other gifts but nothing as impressive as this!

Sadly, the store that did have it closed on December 31 after 75 years in business. It even made this Las Vegas branded news site. Actually, if you do a Duck search a lot of news places picked up the story first written for the Windsor Star but I just thought that Las Vegas was kind of interesting.

For a New Year, your thoughts?

  • Was this the first time you’ve heard of Thrills?
  • Did you enjoy it as a child?
  • Is it still available for sale where you live?
  • Would you chew purple gum?
  • You can clearly see that there are 10 pieces of gum in the package? Without looking, how many pieces of gum are in your favourite?
  • Do you have a favourite brand of gum?
  • Does it really taste like soap to you?
  • Is blowing bubbles a requirement for you for chewing gum?
  • Do you think anyone in Las Vegas cares about a variety store in Amherstburg?

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

This is a regular Sunday morning fun post. You can check them all out here.

OTR Links 01/02/2022

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