My Week Ending 2022-08-21

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’ll admit that I was sucked in on this clickbait – Macintosh versus Windows – but these days you know how it will turn out
  • From a principal’s perspective, here are some ideas about how to boost morale in your school staff


  • This is a good case for visiting websites in your browser rather than the browser baked into an application
  • This was kind of depressing – a shooting in Hanover, Ontario – many couldn’t find Hanover on a map


  • A summer playlist of “bad” songs – interesting list and some I haven’t heard for a long, long time
  • A 25th anniversary for Gnome. Wow, if that doesn’t make you feel old, I don’t know what will


  • New features are coming for Windows 11 this fall – here’s a list – how about moving the taskbar to the left of the screen, Microsoft?
  • Create your own original music – this will be a post here some day


  • A list of things to do in our town. I’m impressed that there are always so many options
  • I thought this was interesting – I know a lot of reactions would be Ooooh, free USB stick


  • Alison Krauss and Robert Plant have great voices and I reordered their first CD – it’s amazing – here they talk about aging
  • I’m glad to hear that the Lisa LaFlamme issue has started a review at Bell Media but it seems to me this should have been done before all this happened


  • I think we all know that online teaching and learning had its issues; a lot of people were learning on the fly and the standards may end up being lower – that will change
  • The Prime Minister weighs in with his thoughts about the decline of French in Canada

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 19, 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:

This week was particularly important to me as two dear friends shared their thoughts on the passing of a colleague

  • Donna Fry – @fryed
  • Shelly Vohra – @raspberryberet3
  • Alice Aspinall – @EveryoneCanMath
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Michael Frankfort – @mfrank_76
  • The Edugals – @EduGals
  • Doug McDowall – @dougzone2_1

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

There was no show this week but we’ll return next Wednesday morning live at 8:45.

Technology Troubleshooting

There’s one thing that I haven’t been able to totally come to grips with. My iPod is like any technology. It needs to be charged periodically. Since it’s getting older, it needs it more often.

I typically stick it into my MacBook Pro and let it charge. But there’s one really stupid thing about the process.

The iPod needs to be logged into in order to synchronize and I get that.

But the logic built into it says that it also needs to be logged into in order to charge. Every piece of technology that I own just plugs into the wall or a USB port except for this stupid thing.

Do you know how many times I plugged it in to charge only to come back and realize that it didn’t charge because I didn’t log into it?

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

Graduation from my old high school – virtually. I loved the first five minute montage of pictures around the school. Memories. I didn’t know any of the graduates!

Photo of the Week

One of our outings this week was to Lighthouse Cove at the very north east section of the county. Jaimie and I took a break to enjoy the view but he was distracted by the dog next door. I hate that you have to walk through someone’s property to get there.

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 …

… Dr Hook?

It was with the recent passing of Ray Sawyer that I realized that I hadn’t heard any Dr Hook music for a long, long time. Since then, I’ve been on a bit of a tear streaming and downloading their music.

If you go back to the 1970s in your music enjoyment (and you really should; it was the best of times), Ray was unique in the band and music in general. He always wore a cowboy hat with a feather in it and he wore an eye patch.

It’s kind of sad but I only remember Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere although there were other members. Their genre, I guess, would be Southern Rock. It appealed to me for the lyrics and the fact that they had the sounds of a steel guitar in the band. That was my instrument!

If you were to look at them, you might make the assumption that they were pretty wild and I guess they were when performing live. Their recorded music isn’t like that. I learned from a local discussion group that they actually played in Amherstburg downtown at one point.

I went looking for them on the radio. Surely, the 70s on 7 channel on Sirius XM would play them. I left the channel on for a couple of long weeks and finally, on one Sunday morning while listening to repeats of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 show, they played a Dr Hook song. I pulled over to the side of the road immediately and set an alert for Dr Hook so that I can catch it on any channel good enough to play it.

If you haven’t listened to them or listened to them lately, here’s a sampling.

More Like The Movies – a song for every man who failed with a girlfriend for not making things as romantic as the movies.

If Not You – I remember a spot where Locorierre had never intended this to go anywhere because of stereotypes and it turned out to be a great hit for them.

Cover Of The Rolling Stone – if you only know one Dr Hook song, this is probably it.

Sylvia’s Mother – in my mind, their greatest song describing reaching out to Sylvia and getting her mother instead! Kids today won’t understand the “and the operator says $0.40 more for the next three minutes”.

R.I.P. Ray Sawyer

While the band hasn’t been together for years, Dennis Locorriere is on tour right now.

So, here are a few questions to bring out the Dr Hook in you.

  • Why did Sawyer wear an eyepatch?
  • Is this the first time that you’ve heard of this group?
  • Dr Hook wasn’t their original name. What was it?
  • What popular children’s book author wrote songs for Dr Hook?
  • Why isn’t there a period after Dr?
  • Have you ever played a steel guitar?
  • Is there a way to set a watch for an artist on Sirius XM Radio without waiting until they play one of their songs?
  • Given all the success they had, and they had a lot, why aren’t they played more on the oldies station?
  • Did they ever make the cover of the Rolling Stone?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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

OTR Links 08/21/2022

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