My Week Ending 2022-08-28

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.


  • Carnivals are expensive as is everything – $90 and 90 minutes at the CNE
  • What should a modern K-12 classroom look like? Here are some ideas


  • If you’ve always wondered about the attraction of Essex County, here are some good answers
  • The downside of having a phone in your pocket was documented in the 1920s


  • I’m a fan of Unsplash but there are other ways to get legal to use images – some of them appear here
  • It was so sad to read of the passing of the mayor of Goderich, John Grace


  • A list that, fortunately, I didn’t make
  • Does anyone use highlighters to study anymore? If you do, here are some tips for doing so effectively


  • Probably the best way to get the default browser for Windows 11 right is to use the Edge browser but there are options
  • Here’s a walking tour of the town where I grew up – so nicely done


  • The notion of de-bunking is new to me and I suspect that we’re going to hear a lot about it in the upcoming weeks
  • Thoughts from the year-ago Wheatley explosion – I feel for those who are still displaced


  • You should fill up when you see it. They’re doing it here and I did it last night after the football game at 1.49.9 – not a great deal but the best in town
  • I don’t understand why more people don’t take the time to install and use a good ad blocker. Here are some ideas for Android

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 26, 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:

  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Vera Teschow – @schlagzeug_usw
  • Sheila Stewart – @sheilaspeaking
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

Technology Troubleshooting

This week, it was a nice time to be on the patio so I took my iPod and my bluetooth speaker out to the patio and we sat down to listen to this wonderful concert.

I turned on the YouTube app and it started to play. Then, came a stream of ads. When I grabbed the iPod, I could not-so-easily find the cancel ads button. My wife had a difficult time because the ads were so aggressive, identifying all the things that installing this app could solve. It got so frustrating that we stopped.

The next afternoon was the same only this time I had installed the Brave browser, blocked ads, and played non-stop in the browser.

I get that advertising makes the world go around but it should be helpful. I’ve deleted the YouTube application.

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

This comes from the post this morning and I’ve been humming it in my head ever since. I wished I’d included a reference to Byron McGregor – the greatest news voice ever.

Photo of the Week

Since the boys are playing football this year, it was thought that seeing a Lancers’ game would be a good idea. Interest was quickly lost and we left early but I did manage to grab a nice pre-game 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 …

… radio jingles?

They were important when many radio stations played the same songs so that you knew you were on the right station.

We’re finally going to get a chance to get away for a couple of days for a bit of a holiday and I’m listening to local radio for the destination where we’re heading. It’s always interesting to listen to other radio stations and, even though I grew up near there, it’s a nice memory flashback to my youth and the importance to us of radio.

In my car, we have access to SiriusXM and in my wife’s Jeep, there’s one local country station that it seems stuck on.

Growing up, things were a whole lot different! We listened mostly to AM radio because, well, that’s all that would come in. Like millions, our radios seemed to be stuck on CKLW, The Big Eight.

On cloudy nights, we could get WLS from Chicago.

Moving on to the Toronto region and there we listened to CFTR and CHUM. FM radio then used to play classical music because it was much better quality. When FM radio started to play rock, it changed everything and AM radio was pretty much left behind.

Some of the things that I remember from those old days were how the disc jockeys were so “in your face”, talking between songs, talking over the music introductions to songs, and they always seemed to have their own catchphrases for their sign-on and sign-offs. You can hear Tom Rivers above and I remember Paul Godfrey from CFTR “This is Paul; I love you all”.

These days, it seems to be completely different. We don’t have to rely on weather conditions or aiming an antenna to get the best signal. And, we can stream from just about any location that we think we might be of interest. Right now, I’m listening to radio from Wingham, Ontario –, part of the Cool collection of stations. We have one here in Essex County – that makes the regular listening rotation as well. For Wingham and Windsor’s advertizers – I have the website up on my external monitor as I listen and work on another monitor. I never thought that I’d be watching radio…

Radio stations often change their format. Who can forget this classic moment when WKRP made the switch?

For a Sunday morning, how about sharing some of your experiences?

  • What was your go-to radio station in your youth?
  • Does that radio station still have the same format today?
  • Do you ever listen to AM radio these days?
  • Have you moved away from traditional radio to online streaming services?
  • Are the days of the disc jockey limited? How much of your favourite station is programmed for play without a disc jockey?
  • Everything is digital these days so everything is pristine. Why didn’t we hear record scratches back in the day? I sure heard them on my own stereo.
  • Since everything is so connected these days, does a disc jockey have to actually go into a studio to do their work?
  • Do you have a favourite radio jingle from a current station or one from your past that this post had you remembering?
  • For my birthday, my lovely wife bought me a new clock for this room and my old AM/FM radio with the phone connected to the landline jack(that hadn’t been picked up for years) was discarded. I am now truly digital in my listening! Do you own a radio for your household? How about phone jacks – are they still there or did you remove them?

How about sharing your radio thoughts with us in the comments below?

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

OTR Links 08/28/2022

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