My Week Ending 2022-07-03

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.


  • In case you ever need to know how many cores are in your Windows computer, here is how to find out
  • It’s so sad to read of the lifeguard shortage all across Canada – it was a great summer job for me. Folks, you can’t become a good swimmer in a 24 foot round backyard pool


  • A family in Sarnia have taken in a family from Ukraine and are fearing them up for Canada Day
  • Microsoft is warning us that Russia may be attacking countries that are supporting Ukraine – that’s a big list


  • This is a nice introduction to what you’ll need to take digital notes
  • Parts of David Garlick’s book are now available for download as a podcast


  • A story about my old high school and a successful virtual reality program. Why didn’t they have this when I was there. Heck, why didn’t they have computers?
  • This was so sad to read – it’s a state by state summary of how much money you need to be happy. Convert it to Canadian dollars and get really depressed


  • ChromeOS got an upgrade to 103 in the Stable Channel and here are some thoughts about the features and why you’re going to like it
  • Who doesn’t like a good story and picture of clouds?


  • Negotiations are off and running, at least unofficially, and those darned teachers better be in classrooms and coaching in September
  • You don’t read the panic about viruses anymore but they’re still out there and Windows computers are in the crosshairs. Do you need protection?


  • I had never heard of Spiral Linux but after reading this article, I’m getting the urge to try it out
  • This is a nice summary of things that you can do with Google Docs. (the reference to Writely brought a tear to my eye…) Lots of reminders if you’re a regular user but there’s some new ideas as well

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 – July 1, 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:

  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal
  • Kristy – @2peasandadog
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Cal Armstrong – @sig225
  • Nilmini Ratwatte-Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Gary Stewart

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

Technology Troubleshooting

Sometimes, there are just those little gotchas that drive you crazy.

The watch face that I’ve used for years on my Samsung watch keeps crashing. I know because I’ll look down and see it displaying the default theme.

I may be a slow learner but I finally decided to act on it. I deleted the theme and went with another one. What drives me crazy is that the new one has more features and I would have thought that it would be a bad actor.

Fingers crossed, but it’s working really well.

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 – July 2: Up to 68 entries.

Video of the Week

Being young isn’t what it cracked up to be.

Photo of the Week

Jaimie and I went and did the Greenway for our morning walk yesterday and I caught this neat picture of the track ahead and the sun peeking through the trees. What I failed to capture were the flies! They were everywhere.

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.

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Whatever happened to …

… Q-tips?

This is a little different from the regular Sunday topic but it’s interesting and I was challenged to write about it.

Thanks to Sheila Stewart for the suggestion and the challenge. She passed me this article.

How we got addicted to using Q-tips the wrong way

I felt guilty reading it. As a kid, we always had Q-tips in the medicine cabinet and if there was anything remotely wrong with our ears, Mom would whip out one and use it to clean wax. There were two ends to it so, of course, she’d use the other end for the other ear.

As far as I knew, all my friends had the same procedure done to them.

As a parent, we passed along the tradition. When I had problems, I felt good that I’m married a nurse (see last week’s post) and I’d have her do it. Now, thanks to Sheila and this article, I guess we were all wrong.

I have had my ear cleaned by a doctor a couple of times and it’s not pleasant. It’s brutal, in fact. And, he didn’t use a Q-tip! It was a big syringe filled with warm water and I’d hold this rounded metal container to catch what came out after he shot the water into my ear. A lot of water and, holy cow, a whole lot of wax. I remember thinking that it would have taken a whole box of Q-tips to do that. I couldn’t imagine Q-tipping it out without damaging something in my ear.

Hopefully, by now, you’ve read the article and are as appalled as I am. I was curious and yes we have some in our own medicine cabinet although they’re a no-name brand.

Wow, we poke out eardrums at an early age?

Your thoughts for a Sunday?

  • did your parents use Q-tips to clean your ears?
  • did you maintain the tradition by using them on your own kids?
  • there always was a container of these in my doctor’s office although he never used them on me. What would he have used them for?
  • in the article, there are suggestions for what they should be used for. Do you use them that way?
  • they are excellent tools for cleaning things other than ears – what and how?
  • was the article wrong?
  • do you have any waxy stories to share?

As always, I’d enjoy reading your thoughts about this topic. Please do so in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday morning feature around here. You can check them all out here.

OTR Links 07/03/2022

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