My Week Ending 2022-06-26

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’m a big fan of infographics – this one is about mountains and rivers
  • The North America Cup is the big harness race from Mohawk Raceway – here’s what happened – read about Campbellville’s newest millionnaire


  • With a click bait title about the death of Google, it was an interesting read – we have so many alternatives these day
  • A powerful essay about the state of use of personal technology in schools and an inspiration for me to write one of my own


  • Sometimes, I hate reading about new features dropping in a different distro of Linux and get the urge to change. This time, it’s Manjaro
  • If you’re worried about advertisements tracking your movements, here’s a review of the latest and best for 2022


  • Now that high speed internet access is more available, a video editor online becomes a possibility – Clipchamp – and it’s free
  • An interesting read about local (to me anyway) educator Natasha Feghali is a not-so-local location


  • Everything you ever wanted to know about JPEG software but were afraid to ask. I doubt it’s going to change the way I use them, but it’s nice to know
  • In 2022, what are the best presentation software? Find some oldies here and some new titles


  • This is kind of interesting – don’t read it if you work in IT – but can a business run without you these days?
  • An essay from Margaret Atwood predicting what happened yesterday


  • I suspect we’re going to see more of these – letters from employers in the US indicating their support for going to another state for an abortion
  • Another reminder that you need to renew your license plates in Ontario

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 24, 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:

  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Bonnie Stewart – @bonstewart
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Doug McDowall – @dougzone2_1

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

Technology Troubleshooting

I had a relatively long drive yesterday. Since COVID, it’s only the second or third time that I’ve purposely left Essex County. I met Stephen Hurley in Port Stanley for lunch. Of course, we went to GT’s on the Beach.

The experience didn’t make me love driving on the 401 any better but I was cognizant of the price of gasoline. It varied from 2.04.7 to 2.12.9.

One of the things that my car has is the ability to check out km/h. With air conditioning ON, I was getting 8.2 km/h. With it OFF, it was 7.4. Big message in there 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 – June 18: Up to 67 entries.

Video of the Week

Remember when it was safe to go online?

Photo of the Week

A nose over the register with air conditioning and a cold tile floor is just the recipe for the hot weather.

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 …

… white nurse’s uniforms?

Thanks to Alfred Thompson for the idea. If you have an idea of your own for a future post, please reach out with it.

Did you ever do a “what ever happened to” on white nurse’s uniforms with white caps? Seems they all were “scrubs” in different colours and designs these days. More practical I guess.

This post will be a little different as I’ll have an expert read and fact check me before I schedule it later this morning. You’ll have to appreciate the risk I’m taking as this is going to require attention to detail and proof that I’ve been listening. I’ve been doing research in the pool as we deal with the heat just to refresh my memories

Years and years ago, I was in university and my wife was in college/hospital learning to be a nurse. As Alfred notes, nurses were dressed in white back then. I never fully appreciated all that goes into looking professional as a nurse but I sure did then.

The uniform was indeed white. White cap, white dress, white pantyhose, and white shoes. The cap was made of cotton and it was common when visiting her to see it dipped in starch and water and stuck to the fridge door until it dried and then folded properly before being worn. The dress and pantyhose were pretty nurse-like. The shoes looked like a solid military boot. They also had to be cleaned and polished so that they were sparkling white. Until this, I had no idea that you could buy white shoe polish.

Of all this, the shoes seemed to be the ones that were most important. First, working eight-hour shifts and then twelve hours, nurses were constantly on their feet. It wasn’t uncommon to have breaks or meals shortened or lost because of emergencies on the floor. I remember the eight-hour shifts:

  • Day shift – doing patient care for “their side” of the hall and being expected to react quickly when a doctor made rounds – charting
  • Afternoon shift – all of the above plus dealing with the public during visiting hours – charting
  • Midnight shift – all of the above plus extra care when a bell rings so that the patient didn’t wake up the others in the room or all – charting – missing a good next day as you slept during the daylight hours

Except for the charting, all of the work was standing up on a terrazzo floor and walking from patient to patient.

Then, there was the hat. It was mostly white but qualified people had a band on it. Black for Registered Nurses and green for Registered Nursing Assistants. Student nurses had no band! You could tell immediately by the hat who was giving you your care.

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

As Alfred notes, that’s not the way that things are done these days. When you see today’s nurses in action, they typically wear scrubs. Colourful and comfortable is the rule of the day. Before this, only nurses who were in pediatrics would be allowed to wear something other than white.

Those white boots are replaced with running shoes typically. They’re far more comfortable for standing for long times. In education, we often complain about being on our feet but we do get to sit down periodically, have preparation periods to sit at a desk, and a scheduled lunch break. So many teachers today opt for the running shoe anyway for comfort.

I’m told that scrubs are so much better because:

  • you don’t have to iron them
  • they don’t show stains
  • they’re cooler and if you get cold, just throw on a sweater
  • they’re more cheerful looking
  • you don’t have to wear pantyhose

Hats were never a thing in class for teachers and you don’t see nurses wearing them these days either.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • Do you remember a time when nurses were dressed in white?
  • RN and RPN are terms that have been replaced by others as responsibilities have changed. What are they called now?
  • If today’s nurses don’t wear hats and hat bands, how do you know who is caring for you or the person you’re visiting?
  • Have you ever worked the midnight shift? How did you handle things the next day?
  • What’s the best way for your feet to recover after a twelve-hour shift?
  • Jewellery and finger nail polish was strictly forbidden – except for one thing – what was allowed?

BTW, I passed the test. She even laughed while proofreading! Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I know that she’s looking forward to reading your thoughts.

This is a regular Sunday morning article. All of the previous ones are here.

OTR Links 06/26/2022

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