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.


This blog post was originally posted at:

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.