My Week Ending 2022-09-11

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.


  • Definitely – retire as soon as possible
  • You can’t blame stupidity – attacking a pharmacist is just disgusting


  • We’re getting a new trail in Amherstburg
  • Lesson plans and activities for the new Science Curriculum


  • Cold, flu – I think we know the routine but throw Covid into the mix?
  • I can remember when a 2:00 minute mile was amazing for standardbred pacers but Bulldog Hanover blew that away – 1:45.4


  • I never really thought about Chinese typewriters before. It’s not something I’ve ever had to do
  • This was interesting to read – we’ve all used Google Translate for one language to another but whale sounds?


  • We’ve heard so much about the new lights scheme on school buses – it amazes me that people still pass them on purpose
  • When life is good again – by Dolly Parton


  • Here’s what’s going to happen after the passing of the Queen – Operation Unicorn
  • A message from the Archbishop of Canterbury – second highest official of the Anglican Church after the Queen/King


  • YouTube for education is being updated
  • CITY News is covering the affirmation and guess who’s reporting?

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 9, 2022

Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

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:

  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Albert Fong – @albertfong
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Marc Hodgkinson – @Mr_H_Teacher
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Rob Ridley – @RangerRidley

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

Technology Troubleshooting

I’m working on this in a hotel room in Goderich. I brought my Macintosh so that I could use the VPN built into the Opera browser for security.

I didn’t bring a mouse and it’s amazing how much selection and movement of text I have to do and I’m not a fan of the trackpad for this – I always blog at a desk.

But triple-tapping is an awesome feature for selecting an entire sentence for deletion or editing. Thankfully, I use the same formatting for this post every Sunday!

We’re switching hotels today so I don’t know if I’ll have internet access. Whatever happened to Rupert might have to wait for a link when I get home.

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

News of the passing of Queen Elizabeth is all over social media.

Photo of the Week

These clowns will do anything for a treat.

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.


This blog post was originally posted at:


Whatever happened to …

… Rupert Bear?

I know that it’s just into September but we’re starting to look around for Christmas gifts. One of my favourite annual gifts came when my aunt and uncle were posted in England.

It was the annual Rupert Bear collection of stories.

I can recall lying on my bed reading it from cover to cover. The stories were just so appropriate and yet so well written that you couldn’t not engage. Others read G.I. Joe and other comics that were pretty violent but they weren’t allowed in our house.

We’ve looked around at some of the local bookstores but haven’t been able to find any Rupert books. We’re headed out this weekend and may expand our search. There are a number available online. My wife’s thought is that the books are just not going to be appreciated by today’s kids.

Copies of this wonderful book were kept on my bookshelf and made for rainy day readings. Rupert, apparently, had all kinds of television shows as well.

As I did some research on this, I had some great memories. The geeky me was also so impressed with the quality of the imagery and the animation that went into the production.

Rupert had all kinds of adventures but not the gory stuff and there was always something educational about each show and each story in the book. It wasn’t the stuff that would keep me up at night staring at the ceiling.

As my friend Joanne would say, “there were just … nice”.

For a Sunday, how about you?

  • Did you ever read any of the Rupert books?
  • Can you recall any of the other characters in the books?
  • Did you ever watch any of the shows?
  • Were you a fan of more violent reading as a child?
  • If you were buying books for your own kids or grandkids, what would you buy?
  • How do you find the comparison of today’s character creation for animations compared to the old days when things were hand drawn?

I’d be most interested in your thoughts. You can share them in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday post around here. You can read them all here.

OTR Links 09/11/2022

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