My Week Ending 2022-09-04

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.


  • Scary advice about doxing and how it can get deadly
  • Lets get this space exploration right – Snoopy is on board


  • New features that are coming to Windows 11 if you care to know in advance
  • Mikhail Gorbachev passes


  • Losing Princess Diana was huge – she made the royal family or at least her part of it, come across as human
  • It’s time to update if you’re using Google Chrome – seriously


  • Just when I think I have all my passwords memorized, there’s news that that may become redundant
  • Finally, good news for the Waterloo Region DSB, they’re opening their biggest building project next week


  • Good news for Computer Science as Google invests
  • Here’s a walking tour of the town where I grew up – so nicely done


  • I remember the old days when you just chose a name from your family for your kids. Now, parents search Google for them
  • Fascinating TED talk about how self driving cars see the road


  • This is what’s wrong with the current building a new school policy – an application to expand before it even opens in London
  • If you’re concerned about privacy, DuckDuckGo Essentials is essential. If you’re not concerned, its use might make you concerned

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 – September 2, 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:

  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Dave Cormier @davecormier
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Shelly Vohra – @raspberryberet3
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts 

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

Technology Troubleshooting

This is more of a public service for all.

It’s so important to keep things up to date. Now that so many browsers are based on the Chromium project, things that go wrong in Chrome can end up going wrong in others.

If that bothers you, Firefox is a good alternative.

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 is a fascinating look at those numbers that you see on airway landing strips. It starts out simply but gets involved…

Photo of the Week

There were some huge sunflowers on display at the fair. My wife poses for effect.

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 …

… quilts?

OK, I’ll confess this is “Harrow Fair Inspired”.

As I wrote yesterday, we were at the fair and checked it all out. This included going to the Quilt / Needle Arts Building to see some incredible work. The fact that it was the only place that was air-conditioned was a bonus!

We spent some time walking up and down the aisle looking at the beautiful pieces. These really were works of art and I can’t imagine how they were judged. It would be a shame to do something as mundane as putting them on a bed; they needed to be framed.

In doing the research for this post, I walked and checked out all the beds in our place and it reminded me that we don’t own any blankets. Our beds are covered with purchased duvets and quilts that my mother-in-law made for us. She had incredible skill and stick-to-it-ive-ness to make them happen.

My proofreader indicates that this was actually made by her grandmother!

Unlike the modern quilts that are clearly done on machine with fancy stitching, this is an example of an old-school quilt! My wife and I were talking and I was reminded that when we moved into this house my mother-in-law had made us a quilt to match the wallpaper in our bedroom. How’s that for custom service?

We talked about how they were created in their rec room. Her mother had all the apparatus and would set it up when it was time to quilt. The bottom, the batting, and then the top with the quilting patterns. It was all made by hand and a number of the local ladies would come over, enjoy some tea and stories, and every stitch made by hand. Unlike current machine quilts, they don’t hold up to inspection. The stitches aren’t all the same and that lends a lot of the personally crafted part to it. And, they all had patterns in them.

The downside was that it was set up between the couch and the television right at eye level. You’d have to look over or under the work in process to watch your show.

It was also the inspiration for a programming problem that I used to give kids to create a quilted pattern on the computer screen using vectors. The good mathematics students knew that they only had to do one and then they could flip the image into the other quadrants.

There really is something special about using a quilt rather than a blanket on the bed. They can be warmer and there’s a warm feeling knowing that it’s handmade.

For a Sunday morning, what are your thoughts?

  • are you a quilt or blanket or duvet type of person?
  • do you own a homemade quilt? What do you do with it?
  • do you own a quilt made with a machine?
  • have you ever sat and looked at the stitching and handiwork that goes into a quilt?
  • have you ever made or worked on a quilt? Do you have a relative that has?
  • do you have one that has stood the test of time like ours above has?

Please share your warm thoughts in the comments below.

“Whatever happened to …” is a regular Sunday post around here. I look for your fun comments and inspiration for ideas. Just shoot me your idea. All of the past posts are available here.

OTR Links 09/04/2022

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