My Week Ending 2022-07-17

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 think most people get these signs of a lack of self-confidence at times. I know that I do and I know that I push to get through them
  • And I was just getting used to a trackpad without physical buttons on it


  • As a long-time Minnesota Vikings fan, I think they should all be in the Hall of Fame. Period. At the very least, I’d take Chuck Foreman. I used to wear his jersey all the time
  • I sincerely hope that this is a challenge that every Tiktok user ignores


  • I know that I’m old but I’m glad that I don’t look as old as they did in the good old day. I will wear t-shirts and shorts as long as I can dress myself
  • We were really sickened by the release of this video from Uvalde showing the police officer actions


  • I’m actually surprised that it’s taken Apple and Google this long to figure out another place for advertising
  • It is sickening to see the reports of Emergency Rooms that are closed because of nurse shortages – my home town of Clinton made this list and now Mount Forest


  • I love motivational quotes – here are twenty-five from Dale Carnegie
  • Just when you thought it was quasi-safe to go out, we’re now raising red flags about BA.5 and there are still some who haven’t had their first shot


  • I’m a bit fascinated with the images from the James Webb and hope that they keep coming.
  • I’m not at the CSTA Conference in Chicago where I’ve been a regular for a couple of decades but I’m following on Alfred Thompson’s blog


  • Alfred Thompson is blogging about his experiences at CSTA 2022 and I’m reading. This is his Day 3
  • I’m really not a big fan of emojis because it takes key combinations and that moves my fingers from the keyboard. I suppose these will be appreciated by those who use them

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 15, 2022

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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:

  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Jennifer Hutchison – @TESLOntario
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Michael Frankfort – @mfrank_76
  • Sylvia Duckworth – @sylviaduckworth
  • David Petro – @davidpetro314

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

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Technology Troubleshooting

This could easily be a “Whatever happened to…” post.

For years, I’ve worn a Medic Alert, my Bronze Medallion, and my Award of Merit on a chain around my neck. This past week, the chain came off while I was swimming and that inspired me to look closely at them again. The personalized engraving has almost worn off which was to be expected – I’ve worn them since the 1970s – but the loop on the Bronze Medallion had worn down to just about nothing.

Since they are so valuable to me, I wanted to get it fixed but how?

My wife suggested that a jeweller might be able to build it up doing their magic and so we went into town to get it done.

Their solution — and I guess it made sense — is not to build it up but to just drill a hole in the medallion and put a loop in there to attach to my chain.

We all solve problems in our own different ways.

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

I needed a bit of inspiration this week.

Photo of the Week

One of our favourite dog walking places. Colchester Harbour taken from the top of the hill. The town of Essex has done so many improvements in the past couple of years.

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 …

… Hoyle’s Rules?

Let’s start with a Tim McGraw song…

I was alone the other day and started to look for something. I didn’t have the normal guidance “You won’t find it there” as I looked into the games closet. Right in my face was this book.

And off I went…

After church, it was mandatory to have lunch and then my brother and I had to play Bridge with my parents before we were allowed to go out. At the time, it seemed to me that the game was so important to them. Now that I’m older, I realize that it was more important to have some family time. Legend had it that my wife had to learn enough of the game to play at least one hand before they would approve our engagement. I also remember some talk about elopement.

Games were big in our house. At the time, we only had three television channels – Wingham, London, and Kitchener and the first two basically were the same content. So, we did play a lot of games. With my parents passing, and on our own, we have accumulated a nice collection of games that are tucked away in this closet. Sorry, decks of cards, Taboo, many versions of Trivial Pursuit, Backgammon, and so much more. Backgammon – now that’s a memory – playing it in the Math Lounge at the university and at our apartment with my roommate.

Sadly, the only traditional game that gets played at all these days is Taboo on wine night with my daughters. Apparently, I have mannerisms that entertain them.

I’m as bad as anyone – other than Wordle and its variations, I regularly play Words with Friends, Boggle With Friends, Bejeweled Blitz, and 7 Little Words. The fact that I play against “friends” that I don’t even know doesn’t go missing in my mind. You don’t even have to have players in the same place at the same time.

I do remember going to the lake to visit friends at their cottage near Bayfield. Having board games was important for activities on rainy days at the beach. There’s not much else to do at the cottage. As it turns out, my wife’s aunt had the cottage next door. I wonder if I played board games on a rainy day with her.

Back to Hoyle. I even remember when I bought the book; it was at the Westmount Mall in Waterloo when I was attending university. Games were big among my group when we weren’t pulling all-nighters trying to get bugs out of the software that we were writing. It didn’t matter how sure you were about the rules; if Hoyle disagreed, you were wrong.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • Were you a game player in your youth? Are you still now?
  • Did you own a copy of Hoyle’s rules?
  • Was Hoyle a real person?
  • If you didn’t have a copy of the book, how did you resolve questions about the rules?
  • Back to Tim McGraw — who sold peanuts at 10, 2, and 4? Does sitting around the table happen at your house?
  • Is the concept of a board game and arguments about rules foreign to today’s youth as they turn from board games to tablet games where the device is the arbiter? My wife still enjoys a game of solitaire with real cards!
  • What does the expression “According to Hoyle” mean other than in a game rule resolution?

If you’re down with that, I’d really enjoy reading your thoughts in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday post around here. You can check them all out here and please reach out if you have a topic that you’d like me to write about.

OTR Links 07/17/2022

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