My Week Ending 2022-06-12

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 Queen and Paddington Bear – what’s not to like
  • I know that Google Fanboys think the company can do no wrong – here are 10 times when they flopped. Their biggest strength is that they keep on trying to innovate


  • It’s been exactly one year since the horrible event in London Ontario taking the lives of a Muslim family.
  • One of my favourite daily reads is the Leadership Freak and this article about courage really spoke to me


  • Everything is bigger and more expensive in Saudi Arabia including the purse for a golf tournament
  • Some tips for cleaning your laptop computer. They will last exactly until you want to use it again


  • A quickie time waster – someone’s collection of the worse images from Google Streetview – I’d seen some of them before
  • Horrible news about a school threat with the Lambton-Kent District School Board and how they handled the day


  • When the renewal price of the driver’s licence in Ontario was dropped, that was the big story but the rest of the story is that you still have to renew
  • This isn’t good news if you’re a user of Microsoft Word – be careful of that document that was sent to you


  • If 3.14 was good enough for you for the value of Pi, you’re not going to like to have to memorize this
  • This temporary tax cut can’t come too quickly for most Ontarians. I know that I’ve made some stay at home decisions rather than fill up on gas


  • When a computer is listed at $1.850 off, you have to ask how much markup and profit is there in the product to begin with
  • If you believe that pictures speak a thousand words, you’ll love this post. I did

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 – June 10, 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:

  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Jennifer Aston – @mmejaston
  • Melissa Turnbull – @missmturnbull
  • Marc Hodginson – @Mr_H_Teacher
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

Technology Troubleshooting

This blog post needed to be trouble shot today. Of all days, today, I plan to go to Dresden to the harness races. I need to be on the road by 10.

I started writing it in Microsoft Edge and it locked up.

I restarted writing in Firefox and tried to save a draft because I could go to the rec room and watch the Formula 1 race from Azerbaijan on the big television. For some reason, it wouldn’t save.

In both cases, the Wednesday TWIOE show would not imbed. I was just going to use a link instead.

So, third time’s a charm. I’m writing in my recliner chair with my Chromebook. This is the third start I’ve made today. So far, so good.

If this goes live at 5pm, you’ll know I was successful.

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 – June 11: Up to 65 entries.

Video of the Week

If the writers of Law and Order are looking for script ideas…

Photo of the Week

This is actually a Facebook memory from six years ago. It was a hot day so we had the air conditioning on. Jaimie approves.

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 …

… Canadian flag etiquette?

I got thinking about flags recently when this made the news.

Pride flags stolen at local schools: Board

It brought back a lot of memories and I’ll credit Lord Baden-Powell for my understanding … as a Wolf Cub and later a Boy Scout.

Photo by sebastiaan stam on Unsplash

There are rules, yes rules, about how the Canadian flag should be flown. I can’t remember whether I learned all this to get a badge or if it was just part of the deal of being a member of the group.

Some of the things that I remember from those times …

  • the Canadian Flag is always flown by itself on a pole
  • when flown in the same place as other countries, it is always flown in a “position of honour” which means that it should fly higher than other flags or if they are at the same level, the Canadian Flag is always flown on the far left pole as you face it
  • the Canadian Flag is never flown at night
  • the Canadian Flag is never dipped as someone passes
  • the Canadian Flag should be folded and then broken as it gets raised
  • you should always fly a Canadian Flag on a pole that has a finial
  • the Canadian Flag is flown at half-mast to show a sign of lost but should always be raised and then lowered to the position
  • when a Canadian Flag develops holes or rips, it should be replaced. The original flag should be burned or torn into strips
  • as a scout, we should salute the flag when it passes and there are two different types of salute depending on whether or not you’re wearing a hat

There are probably other things that I’ve long forgotten! There is an entire page about the Canadian Flag and the etiquette that should be followed here.

For a Sunday, are you up to date with your flag rules and etiquette?

  • were you a Boy Scout or Girl Guide?
  • one of my memories above is either incorrect or the rules have changed. Which one?
  • there is an occasion when the Canadian Flag should be flown upside down. Do you know?
  • what does a Scout salute look like?
  • Lord Baden-Powell was known for fighting in a war. Which one?
  • the Canadian Flag is easy to know which way is up. The United Kingdom Flag is not so easy. How do you know if you know if it’s flying correctly?
  • if you are flying a Canadian Flag on your car, where should the Flag be positioned?
  • what is the rope on a flag pole called?
  • if you’re flying the Flag horizontally, which way does the Maple Leaf point?
  • there actually is one flag that should be flown higher than the Canadian Flag. Which one, and under what conditions?
  • when did Canada get the flag we see now? What did we have before?
  • think back this past week, did you see the Flag being flown incorrectly?

I’d be interested in your understanding of Canadian Flag etiquette. Please share them in the comments below. If you’re not from Canada, it would be interesting to see your thoughts about your own flag.

This is a regular Sunday morning feature here. Please feel free to let me know ideas for a topic you’d like to see discussed.

All of the previous articles can be found here.

OTR Links 06/12/2022

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