My Week Ending 2022-06-19

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.


  • To me, the default answer should be people but I understand the need for robots to get the best from a search engine
  • I’m not sure that every networking term is in this list of 100 but it is a pretty good list of things that you should know


  • Canada and Denmark reach an agreement about the ownership of Hans Island. It’s a great story and I guess it’s a good thing that the two countries didn’t have to go to war to resolve this
  • Some thoughts about using screencasting in the classroom. Some of them I already knew but there were some interesting new thoughts


  • Thoughts from the largest US teacher union about gun control
  • The largest photo ever of New York City – it’s work exploring because you can zoom in so deeply and not lose resolution


  • Logic would seem to indicated that emergency rooms would be better off lately but that’s not necessarily true
  • Crawling under the bed and hoping it goes away isn’t the answer to Monkeypox no matter how good an idea it seems to be


  • If you have a glass shower door, this article may be the best housekeeping advice that you’ve had in a long time
  • Installing old applications is always dangerous and this article reminds us that Android applications are no different


  • This is very important for Microsoft Windows users – there was a major threat that was patched this week. You need to get it
  • I had never heard of the concept of slow biking much less that there was a competition for it


  • This may well be the location of your latest spam caller. I found this an interesting and insightful read. I still don’t appreciate them
  • Stories about Bill Cosby take yet another twist. Seems he’s always in the news anymore

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 17, 2022

Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

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:

  • Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
  • Alexandra Woods – @XanWoods
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd
  • Susan Hopkins – @susanhopkins5
  • Barb Seaton – @barb_seaton
  • Fair Chance Learning – @FCLEdu
  • Kyle Pearce – @mathletepearce 

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

Technology Troubleshooting

This may turn out to be a great tip if you’re a podcaster or otherwise recording your voice and your microphone picks up little noises from this on your desk. In my case, it was simply the act of picking up or putting down a coffee mug.

My solution?

I did a tour of a local brewery and they gave us some coasters as a memory of their visit. I put it on my desk and the microphone stand on top of the coaster. Voila! Stephen Hurley is now not concerned about background noises during our show.

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 18: Up to 67 entries.

Video of the Week

Could you imagine Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen on the stage together? Bruce did a walk-on to celebrate McCartney’s 80th birthday.

Photo of the Week

If you’re in Colchester, Ontario in search of lunch or supper, check out The Wreck. You won’t be disappointed. I know a guy and they just opened …

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 …

… lifeguards?

Photo by Megan Bucknall on Unsplash

First off, Happy Fathers’ Day to those of you who are celebrating.

Apparently, that’s a problem in Toronto right now as they get ready to open swimming pools for the summer.

Lifeguard shortage in Toronto as city pools begin opening

Given the heat of last week and the forecast for next week, this is a pretty sad story. Kids need to be able to hop into a pool and cool off. I always did.

Growing up, swimming lessons were important to my mother and my brother and I took them every summer. One class in July and one in August. I worked my way through the Red Cross offerings and then the Royal Life Saving Society’s Bronze Medallion, Award of Merit and Distinction. I still wear those medallions to this day and wear them on a chain around my neck. I worked long and hard at them and am proud to have achieved them. Eventually, I became qualified as an instructor and an examiner. I was also certified in the National Lifeguard Service. Everything now seems to be brought together as and Canadian Red Cross.

It wasn’t all about the water though. I learned a great deal about teaching and also First Aid beyond the pool.

Throughout high school, I worked as an instructor and lifeguard at the Clinton Pool, then to Seaforth and finally to Pine Lake resort. In the winter, I taught lessons at the YMCA in Stratford. Swimming pools were always in my sight and the jobs paid well. I think teaching was good practice for a later profession. In terms of actual life saving, I do remember at least three times pulling a youngster out of danger and an adult once.

There were fringe benefits also – you get a great tan and, at Clinton, sitting in the tower at the shallow end, you could watch the horse races as the pool was located just off the first/third turn.

For a Sunday, how about your thoughts?

  • we’ll start easy – are you comfortable with putting your face in the water?
  • as a child, did you take swimming lessons? Which ones?
  • did you go on to be a lifeguard?
  • why would there be a shortage of lifeguards in Toronto? Does your community have the same challenges?
  • does your area have a community pool? Ours doesn’t! It was torn down to build the new high school
  • does the proliferation of backyard pools give people the sense that they don’t need to have swimming lessons?
  • when was the last time you did the Butterfly?
  • have you ever performed a life-saving manoeuvre on someone?

How about towelling off and sharing some of your thoughts with us in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday morning post. All of them are archived here.

OTR Links 06/19/2022

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