My Week Ending 2022-07-24

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.


  • Computer Science reform. Great idea. Right now, there is no serious concerted effort about the direction and there should be
  • This is a terrific post about the need to commit to something. For those who are endlessly scrolling to avoid missing out, maybe this would change a routine


  • Maybe it’s as a programmer that I have this mindset but I’ve never been afraid of failing and I’ll fail out loud too
  • Those that know me know that I love librarians and teacher-librarians. They have skills that support anyone and this is why they’re needed in education


  • It’s hot in Europe. How hot is is? More than likely click-bait but if you’ve ever been in a data centre, you know the heat and the importance of air conditioning
  • This is great advice about whether or not you should read the daily news. I understand what they’re saying but I don’t see me stopping any time soon


  • Here’s how the voting will happen in the Conservative Party election for a new leader
  • 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
  • Are you old enough to remember when WordPerfect was the definitive tool for word processing, later purchased by Corel. It’s still available


  • I’m a big fan of this approach to programming and not just putting a bunch of blocks together and hoping that it works
  • It looks like this January 6th inquiry is pulling no punches and is serious that those who are called to testify show up


  • My wife is adamant that we will NOT use these suggestions for air conditioning temperature even if it saves money
  • I don’t scan documents on a regular basis but did go looking for an app at one time and it turns out that Google Drive has us covered

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 22, 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:

  • Nilmini Ratwatte-Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalcon
  • Noa Daniel – @iamnoadaniel
  • Jennifer Aston – @mmejaston
  • Aviva Dunsiger @avivaloca
  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

Technology Troubleshooting

My technology troubleshooting this week was actually covered in a blog post.

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’ve been really fixated on this song this week – so many different versions are available online.

Photo of the Week

You can’t beat a good sunset photo…

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 …

… corn cob holders?

My visit with Elizabeth Lyons this past week has been an inspiration for a couple of posts and here’s one more. I had intended to visit the local brewery and have a nice chat with her but ended up being invited to stay for supper. I couldn’t say no when I heard that Kent County corn on the cob was on the menu.

It was always a big deal for our family reunions. I have so many fond memories of it.

It was boiled in these big pots filled with water and heated by burning wood. You’d get it and put it on a paper plate and let it cool off before digging in.

That wasn’t the case at home. We ate it right from the boiling pots because we had sets of corn cob holders.

Thanks, Lisa McManus –

There was a technique. On a cob, there’s a flat end that was ripped from the stalk and the other pointy end would be chopped off with a knife to make another flat spot. You’d stick one holder into each end and start eating. Your fingers didn’t feel the heat at all and your tongue burned just a bit as you enjoyed the taste.

Just for the purpose of this post, I looked to see if you could buy these things in town and drew a blank. I guess we’re tougher now than back then. They are available for order online.

There isn’t isn’t just one way to eat sweet corn. I’ve seen people eat a circle around the cob, I’ve seen people stand the cob up on an end and use a knife to cut the kernels off, and I’ve seen people use the typewriter approach to go end to end and then roll the cob and work on the next rows.

Corn can be seasoned to your taste. I’ve seen people butter the cob and then have to hold it over their plate because the butter drips off. I’ve seen people put a swipe of butter on their plate and roll the corn through it. At fairs typically, I’ve seen a cob immerse entirely inside a vat of melted butter. In all cases, it can be salted to taste. I learned a new technique this week from Elizabeth’s husband Mike. He puts hot sauce on the cob! Or, you can just eat it plain which is why I did lest I make a mess on their table or my good shirt.

After my visit, we did have corn here and I tried it with hot sauce. He’s on to something.

Cooking corn on the cob can take various forms as well. I think traditionally we just put it in hot boiling water until it’s done. That always seemed strange, particularly on a hot summer day, to making the kitchen even hotter. If we’re BBQing, I’ll BBQ the corn. I’ve read of people BBQing it inside the husk but that never made sense to me because you do eventually have to take the husk and corn hair off it. A popular method around our place is to microwave it. We read an article once that promoted this as the best way to get the flavour from the cob to the kernel before eating.

People that like corn like it a lot. I swear that I could eat it daily. But it’s got to be fresh; as my aunt used to say, don’t boil the water before the corn is picked. (it didn’t make sense to me either …)

For a Sunday, your thoughts about corn.

  • do you use corn cob holders? did you as a child?
  • what’s your favourite way to hold a cob of corn?
  • do you have a preferred technique for eating corn on the cob?
  • can you buy fresh, local corn where you live?
  • there are all kinds of sweet corn – Elizabeth’s mom chose peaches and cream which is a very tender brand; another popular alternative around here is Golden Bantam. What kind do you prefer? How many of these have you heard of?
  • my mom would always freeze the last offerings of corn from summer for consumption over winter. Do you?
  • how do you spice up your corn on the cob? Butter, Salt, Hot Sauce, something else?
  • is there any way at all to get rid of all the corn hair?
  • how are your manners? How do you get rid of that annoying piece that’s stuck between your teeth? Do you point out to someone else when they’re got a piece stuck?

I’m hungry just writing this!

Please share your corn and corn cob holder stories in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday post around here. You can read them all at this link? If you have an idea for a blog post for this series, just reach out with your idea. Or, invite me for supper.

OTR Links 07/24/2022

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