My Week Ending 2022-08-07

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.


  • Housing has just got crazy – here’s a crazy story about crazy prices for a place in Hamilton
  • From my young neck of the woods, a nice reminisce about a church that I’ve been by so many times


  • It was sad reading about this fire from Puslinch – been there many times
  • A music festival cancelled because of gun laws makes you just shake your head and wonder


  • Feeling nostalgic about the return of this software makes me feel old
  • I’d love to have an objective teacher-librarian explain the problem with this list of banned books at this time


  • I know that I look pretty darned good – people sure looked a lot older in the past
  • A shot across the bow as one of the teaching unions shares its opening position on compensation


  • They should be on the defensive – cutbacks in health care are showing – they’re more immediately visible than those to education but the hurt will still come
  • If you’re looking to record a podcast, here’s a list of software – I’ve always used Audacity – now we go live and Stephen hits record on his end


  • If you’re in the market for a computer for your kids, this article gives some interesting suggestions
  • An interesting take on debloating Windows on a new computer. It’s too late for me; I’ve gone through with a wrecking ball


  • An interesting approach to paired programming for girls research report
  • If you remember the Big 8, you know that it was the place for music all over North America driven by Rosalie Trembley and now there’s a plan to formally recognize her contributions

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 – August 5, 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:

  • Melanie White – @whiteroomradio
  • Jen Aston – @mmejaston
  • Arianna Lambert – @MsALambert
  • Michael Frankfort @mfrank_76
  • The EduGals – @EduGals
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

There was no show this past week.

Technology Troubleshooting

I switched to one of those “other” browsers this past week to give it a shot. What was attractive was that it had a built-in ad blocker.

Sadly, though, it didn’t block them all. I wonder if they were paid to let some through.

Adding my favourite uBlock Origin solved that problem in a hurry.

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 31: Up to 72 entries.

Video of the Week

More Dr. Hook. Great memories. But it’s Dennis Lororriere…

Photo of the Week

My youngest daughter has been the queen of trimming fingernails around here. When she wasn’t available, her older sister stepped in.

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 …

… outdoor community swimming pools?

This is kind of a mixed topic for me. I’ve seen some exciting things in communities with outdoor pools offering free swims and free swimming lessons. To me, there’s a big difference between a community running it as a business and a service organization just trying to do good for the community. And yet…

Around here, the community swimming pool along with four baseball diamonds was torn down in order to build the new secondary school. Last weekend, while visiting my home town, I saw that the public pool was empty. A little research indicated that it needed repairs and it was questionable if it would ever open again. It had undergone some reconstruction a while back to rectify the fact that the exits from the changing rooms took you to the deep end of the pool. It was dangerous just getting there!

That’s just so sad.

As a child, July and August were filled with morning swimming lessons and public swimming in the afternoons and evenings. I still remember riding that back path to get there and only slowing down on my bike before hopping off to get to the door. If I did it properly, I could have the bike come alongside the fence and lean there while I went swimming. At the end of swimming, I’d change into clothes, roll my bathing suit up inside my towel, clamp it into the mouse trap on the bike, and head home to make an appearance, grab a meal, and then return. Beyond recreational swimming, there was the water polo team and racing and, of course, swimming lessons.

I completed all the Red Cross swimming courses and my Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion there. Moving on to Award of Merit, getting qualified as a swimming instructor, and with the National Lifeguard Service involved driving to Stratford and taking the courses at the YM/YWCA during the winter. Along the way, I made lots of friends with similar interests. The qualifications eventually got me jobs as a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and managed the Lions public pool in Seaforth for a couple of years. It was Seaforth where I had the chlorine incident and got to spend the night in the hospital! I put so much effort into doing all this. I still wear my medallions around my neck to this date. To think it all started as a 4 or 5-year-old whose mother took him to a Learn to Swim class and screamed every time I was forced to put my face into the water.

I’ll admit to looking good in a Speedo (whatever happened to Speedos?) and probably would have a selfie or two today with my shoulder-length hair! (whatever happened to hair?)

For all the training, I can remember only four times when I actually had to rescue someone. The look of a child’s wide open eyes under water begging for help still haunts me today and I smile when I think of the appreciation given by the boy’s father. For all the times I practiced artificial respiration, I only ever came close to using that skill once before the young lady started coughing and breathing on her own. It’s important to note that drownings and water accidents seldom happen in pools with lifeguards at work.

Photo by Clark Tai on Unsplash

As parents, we passed along the love for swimming to our kids. I spent many a summer morning outside the Amherstburg swimming pool with a coffee, watching them learn.

As I think mentally around the county, public swimming pools are definitely hard to find. We do live close to beaches on the Detroit River and on Lakes St. Clair and Erie. They are so shallow though that bacteria rises and warnings appear. Some have lifeguards and others do not. With infrastructure money, we’ve seen a number of recreation complexes built with an indoor pool. They’re nice and operate year round but they’re still not the same.

Public swimming pools were good to me. I’m sad to see that some communities no longer have them.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • did you take swimming lessons in your youth?
  • if you have children, do you have them enrolled in swimming lessons?
  • does your community have an outdoor public pool?
  • have you ever have to save someone from a near drowning incident?
  • other than swimming pools, where would you find Chlorine? Why was it so effective as a weapon in wars?
  • what’s your preference – outdoor pool, indoor pool, lake, river, quarry?
  • if today’s kids aren’t taking swimming lessons or getting involved with public swims, how do they spend their summers?
  • I was always envious of some of the schools in Windsor that have/had swimming pools in the school. Did your school have a pool?

As always, I’d be most interested in your thoughts. Please share them in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday morning feature around here. You can read all the past posts at this link.

OTR Links 08/07/2022

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