My Week Ending 2022-05-08

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 cold and COVID in the same depressing article about the future of health
  • If you think that wireless charging just has to be more than magic, you need to read this article


  • Look at your keyboard – can you tell which of the keys will wear out the fastest?
  • Stellantis invests big time in Windsor and Bramption


  • How much would you pay for “Bliss” – the background image that was made famous by Microsoft
  • Interesting new features added to Windows 11 – check them out


  • Interesting editorial piece from the Washington Post about why Doug Ford shouldn’t get a second term
  • Wordhurdle adds a whole bunch of new functionality to it


  • Nobody bought me a gift for World Password Day
  • If you’re looking for a way to take a kick at Artificial Intelligence, then you need to check out this experiment


  • Is the world ready for password-less logins? Major technology companies think so
  • A free video editing program from Microsoft – Clipchamp


  • I graduated from Grade 13, then it became a year of Ontario Academic Credits, and then went away. Could it be coming back?
  • Microsoft is working on parent-teacher conferences

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 – May 6, 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:

  • Gary Stewart
  • Cameron Steltman – @MrSteltman
  • David Garlick – @garlickd13
  • Deanna McLennon – @McLennan1977
  • Peter Beens – @pbeens
  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Cal Armstrong – @sig225

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

This problem is a really big one for me.

If you follow me in the mornings, I do a lot of reading and share the results to my Twitter timeline. For years, I’ve been using Shareaholic.

Recently, it’s stopped working. I select the share to Twitter option and nothing happens. If I try again, it does create a share but with the wrong link.

It’s the worst of all possible errors – sometimes it actually works. At this point, it’s a noodle scratcher for me

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 – May 8: Up to 54 entries.

Video of the Week

If you’re a lifelong learner, you watch things like this for that one tip you might not know.

Photo of the Week

My mom!

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 …

… lawn darts?

Long story short, they’re illegal in Canada and have been since 1989. But you knew that.

We had a set. I remember that. I don’t remember being terribly enthused about them as a kid. I was more enthused with the horseshoe pits at my Aunt and Uncle’s place. That was fun.

It was also dangerous. I remember a young kid walking into the middle and getting klunked on the head with one of the horseshoes in flight. They were heavy, certainly only resembling actual horseshoes in shape only. They actually more resembled real darts. Just a great deal bigger.

By Mushy – Day 361 – lawn darts at an elementary school rummage sale!! (I didn’t buy ’em), CC BY 2.0,

We did a lot of camping as a family and horseshoe pits were pretty common. We ended up with a set of lawn darts and they were easy to pack to take when headed out for some camping, going to the beach, or just playing in the side yard. I remember them coming with a yellow ring as a target, replicating the horseshoe pit, and red and blue wings to distinguish who threw what. The goal was to throw them into the air and land inside the ring. Of course, the higher you threw them, the deeper they stuck in the beach sand or the dirt. As my friend Dave would say, there’s got to be a science workshop in there somewhere. You’d score by landing the most inside the ring.

The pointed part was made of a heavy metal and so would do big time damage to the target, the sand, and the ground. I can understand the ban since they’d really do a number if they hit a person. Stories abound of injuries and people getting hurt or even killed.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • did you ever own or play lawn darts?
  • did you ever own or play horseshoes?
  • scoring with lawn darts was easy – you were either in the ring or out – how did you score in horseshoes? What was in the ground?
  • from horseshoes, what’s a ringer? leaner?
  • lawn darts were easy to identify by the coloured wings. How did you know whose horseshoe was whose?
  • regular darts and horseshoes are still around. Why would lawn darts be selected to be banned?
  • there are variations of the original lawn dart theme that are available now. What are they?

As with every Sunday morning, I’d appreciate your thoughts. Please share them in the comments below. All of the previous “Whatever happened to …” posts can be accessed here.

OTR Links 05/08/2022

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