My Week Ending 2022-04-17

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.


  • As a Canadian, I really shouldn’t care but I did long enough to read this comparison between CNN and FOX news
  • Of course, there are passport problems these days – we couldn’t get past COVID successfully


  • If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the summer, these lakeside places may be just the ticket
  • While we’re still getting updates to Windows 11, speculation is all about Windows 12?


  • This is a feature that I keep wishing would show up in a Windows update but word is that it’s not important to developers
  • I don’t know – do people enjoy deleting files so much that you need six different ways of doing it?


  • For those that don’t have time to delve into everything, “At a Glance” can be a saviour and supposedly it’s going to get better
  • Not everyone is happy with the leadership in the current sixth wave of COVID


  • The Ottawa-Carlton District School Board passes a motion to return to masking
  • A nice collection of educational things to enjoy on YouTube


  • Could this update be a record maker for fixing the most number of issues in one release?
  • It’s been interesting following the story of Elon Musk and his attempts to take over Twitter


  • Current explanation of inflation explained by analyzing a cheeseburger
  • A great timeline of software engineering that should be a resource for any Computer Science teacher

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 – April 15, 2022

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voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a blog post/show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers. Stephen Hurley and I use their writing as the basis for a conversation.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Kristy – @twopeasandadog
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker 
  • Jen Aston – @mmejaston
  • Melissa Turnbull – @missmturnbull
  • Arianna Lambert – @MsALambert
  • Mike Washburn – @misterwashburn

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

As I’m writing this post to schedule for tomorrow afternoon, I found that I didn’t schedule last week’s summary post. It was just sitting there waiting for me to finish it.


Look what I made

With all the Wordle craze, I of course blogged about it earlier but also created a Wakelet of all the Wordle clones I could find. Once created, I’ve been adding to it daily, it seems. I guess it’s presumptuous to think I could do it all in one session. It certainly has taken the online world by storm

My collection is available here:

Update – April 16: Up to 50 entries.

Video of the Week

I find things like this fascinating

Photo of the Week

When you just need to get your butt warmed up.

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 …

… Mac’s Milk?

When we lived in town, it was a quick and easy way to pick up, yes milk, and other necessities. Things were a bit more expensive but the convenience more than made up at times.

On Sundays, I used to walk over to the one that was about three or four blocks away and pick up the two Detroit Sunday newspapers and return home to spread them out on the rec room floor. It was always a challenge to get done before the kids got into them.

These days, that store is now a Super Plus Convenience, another one is a Super Green Convenience, and yet another one is a Mini Mart. I guess they were out of ways to describe something as Super. Yet another one is a Circle K.

A Google Streetview screen cap from 2009, it’s now Circle K.

That seems to be the brand that the traditional Mac’s Milk has become. Wikipedia still describes them as “is a chain” so maybe there are still some. I can’t remember the last time I saw one or went into one. If you’re a regular reader of this Sunday post, you know I’m going to ask you shortly.

What got me inspired to think about this is an annual tradition in these parts that do go back a long way to the days of Mac’s Milk. A local farmer shows up with a huge collection of potted flowers already wrapped and ready for purchase for Easter Sunday. The tradition continues, this time in the Circle K parking lot.

For a Sunday, how’s your memory?

  • Do you still have a Mac’s Milk or Mac’s Convenience store where you live? If now, what has happened to it/them?
  • Can you remember any products that were specifically branded Mac’s or were for sale only there?
  • What was the original logo for the brand? Do you know its name?
  • Do you get and read a Sunday newspaper? What happened to the two papers from Detroit?
  • Admittedly, the corner convenience store has a higher price than going to a supermarket. Will you pay it or will you go to that big store?
  • Did you ever work at a Mac’s or other convenience store? What was it like?
  • What was the name of the greatest convenience store comedy show ever based in Toronto?
  • While we’re at it, whatever happened to Becker’s Convenience stores?

How about sharing your thoughts about this in the comments below?

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

OTR Links 04/17/2022

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