My Week Ending 2022-05-22

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.


  • I love it when someone explores a piece of software and reveals things about it that I didn’t kjnow. This time, it’s Google Maps
  • A homicide in Grand Bend? Seriously?


  • My kids’ secondary school is closing in June and there was an open house to go through and see it one last time
  • The Ontario Federation of Labour has been tracking Doug Ford and showing the results here


  • A throwback video to Bring IT, Together ECOO 2013 – the first one that I co-chaired and we moved it to Niagara Falls
  • Abortion is a big topic right now south of the border – here are three employers that will pay travel costs to get one


  • Don Cherry was trending on Twitter so I clicked to find out way and he’s taking his ball home and not playing with Ron McLean. Sorry American readers, this really is a big deal for us Canadians who enjoy hockey and intermissions
  • Amherstburg is celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee although as I type this on Saturday morning, it’s raining and lightning and there’s a Weather warning in effect


  • I’m quite impressed with the Microsoft Edge browser and am now kicking the tires on Macintosh and it isn’t bad
  • Kids today have it so easy – now use artificial intelligence to write your essays for you – is the day of essays for assessment over?


  • Kids today have it so easy – now there’s a website where you can simulate that next job interview
  • Great advice if you’re leaving your job – actually any time you’re going to abandon your technology, make sure you completely remove yourself from it to ensure your privacy


  • Fiddleheads are a real treat – here’s how they get found and picked
  • DuckDuckGo dukes it out with Google over privacy

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 20, 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:

  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Melissa Turnbull – @missmturnbull
  • Lynn Thomas – @THOMLYNN101
  • STAO – @staoapso

This week’s show:

There was no voicEd Radio show this week, but the blog post from these great bloggers was still fun to research and write.

Technology Troubleshooting

It’s always a challenge when operating systems are updated but the apps that run on them break because of the upgrade. I’m going through this with one of my favourite online games Boggle with Friends.

Until this past week, Boggle was a good actor.

But, this past week, Samsung updated their operating system and Boggle is having issues with it. If you’ve ever played Boggle, you know that speed is the success to winning. But now, if I get going really fast, the application locks up.

The first time it happened, I just kept tapping and swiping until I lost the game. Now, I recognise the lockup immediately and force quit it and get back as quickly as I can. I do lose some seconds but I can finish the game.

I’m sure that I’m not the only one and that a fix will be coming. I just need to be patient.

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 15: Up to 56 entries.

Video of the Week

The big news this morning was a tornado touching down in Gaylord, Michigan. Holy cow!

Photo of the Week

Woodpecker at work in the side yard.

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 …

… Euchre?

When I get one suggestion, I listen, when I get two, it’s like an order that a post has to be written. So, a shoutout to Ramona Meharg and Aviva Dunsiger for this one.

They ignored my pinball reference but zeroed in on Euchre and Ramona replied with a bunch of exclamation marks. I had to write this.

Cards and board games were big in our house growing up. Every Sunday after church, before my brother and I could go out we’d have to play some Bridge or Euchre with Mom and Dad at the kitchen table. In fact, my wife wasn’t allowed to marry me until she played one hand of Bridge. Needless to say, she did, but when the four of us would get together, Euchre was the game of choice.

Playing Euchre became a valuable life and soclal skill.

When we’d have stags for friends or just crash someone else’s stag, there were always tables to play Euchre. It was also an event at the Fish and Game or at the Legion.

But the best memory was at high school. As Grade 13 students, we lobbied and got to take over the old board office’s meeting room as our lounge, er, study hall. It had this big beautiful wooden table that took up most of the room. We managed to scrounge some old couches and chairs for the perimeter. I also brought in a dart board that never really had a place to be in our house but hung up nicely over a corkboard.

That table was the centre of attention and as soon as there were four people in the room, a Euchre game would break out. Yes, we would go to the Pool Hall downtown for lunch but the lounge was great for before and after school and during spares, er, study hall. Our vice-principal was known to drop in periodically to see if we needed a fourth at times.

I remember one of my Grade 13 teachers telling me that we were the most closely knit class that he can remember. Do we attribute it to good friendships, having our lounge, or playing Euchre?

For a Sunday, don’t let me trump you. Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • were you a Euchre player in high school? Where did you play?
  • did a teacher or principal/vice-principal ever play with you?
  • do you still play Euchre?
  • do you play with Jokers?
  • do you count with twos and threes or with fives? (as an aside, I saw a counter made with an old plastic cap with a movable pointer that kept score at a flea market – it was marketed as a Euchre counter)
  • what cards are removed from a standard deck of cards to create a Euchre deck?
  • what’s a bower? What’s the difference between a right bower and a left bower?
  • what does it mean to renege?
  • what is the advantage of “going alone”?
  • what is a lay-down?
  • have you ever played three-handed Euchre?
  • is Euchre just another casualty of digital device gaming?

I’d sure like to hear from the Euchre players out there!

This is a regular Sunday post around here. You can check them all out here and, if you have a suggestion for a topic, please reach out.

OTR Links 05/22/2022

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