My Week Ending 2022-09-25

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.


  • For those who use Google Sheets, you might find this tutorial about creating Gantt charts helpful
  • From a principal’s perspective, ways to create a culture of belonging in your school


  • A cat ringing a doorbell? Sounds intriguing and click bait to me and I fell for it
  • For social studies teachers, Richard Byrne shares 10 resources


  • With the crazy home selling and buying situation, many are avoiding home inspections that that could get expensive
  • Forget the bad guys, maybe it’s your browser that’s going nuts and sharing your passwords. Gulp


  • The article talks about four tools that you should use – I’ll check but I’m happy with what I have
  • Will all of this stuff with Trump ever be resolved in our lifetime?


  • I agree that Toronto Pearson Airport is a bad experience but with its size, does it even stand a chance? Detroit Metro is awesome but then, it’s it’s really well laid out and not land locked as far as I can see
  • I’ve never worked on a Microsoft Surface but I am intrigued by the price and how well they stand up to being thrown at football games


  • I never got terribly efficient with C or C+ and now Microsoft wants to deprecate them
  • Check out the rings of Neptune – yes, I said Neptune


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 23, 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:

  • EduGals – @Edugals
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Bonnie Stewart – @bonstewart

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

Technology Troubleshooting

Writing this blog post turns out to be a double check / proofreading thing for me. It’s a rainy Saturday morning as I type this and will finish it off tomorrow morning when the blog post and OTR links go live.

If you check above, I always, always do a Wakelet of the #FollowFriday messages and just copy the link here.

For some reason, I forgot to do that yesterday so quickly had to do it.

I tell you, folks, your blogger here is losing 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

Most definitely worth the trip to visit.

Photo of the Week

Forget beautiful sunsets. We took off along Lake Erie for a morning drive and I caught this picture in Wheatley.

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 …

… public rest areas?

Another childhood memory that played out recently is the inspiration for this post.

A couple of weeks ago, we stayed in Goderich and then headed north to visit some dear friends. We can’t travel without coffee. Can you see where this is going?

We had breakfast with a couple of cups, Yetied up and headed north. Things were going well through Amberley and Kincardine but north of there, that familiar feeling started to kick in. Both of us immediately reminisced to our childhood and how there were rest areas with picnic tables and facilities everywhere. As the km rolled on, we were debating sideroads where apparently, it’s easier to be a guy.

We had just left Tiverton and were estimating the ETA to Port Elgin when, lo and behold, we saw a blast from the past.

Thanks, Google Streetview

In a less than urgent world, we’d arm wrestle for the port-a-john but it was closer to the passenger side and I was driving.

The rest of the trip was so pleasant and towns are definitely few and far between along that stretch of Highway 21..

I can remember from my youth that there were rest areas all over the place on provincial highways. As we know, even provincial highways aren’t where they used to be in some cases. These stops were handy for those road trips that start with “do you have to go to the bathroom” and responding “no” only to ask to stop shortly along the trip.

In doing my extensive research for my blog posts like I always do, I did find that we still have a number of rest stops still in operation. Of course, there are the ONRoutes but there’s more here. I have it sorted by Region to see just what’s available in southwestern Ontario and there’s not much. There are a couple in Mitchell and Monkton but that’s a fair haul from here. You can take a drive through the one in Mitchell on Google Streetview!

For a Sunday, how about sharing some thoughts?

  • Do you know where Tiverton is?
  • Have you ever considered using a sideroad in an emergency?
  • Why are there rest areas all over the rest of the province and so few in Southwestern Ontario?
  • Will you stop and go into a Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s in an emergency and just use the facilities without buying anything?
  • Are you smart enough not to drink coffee before going on a long-ish trip?
  • Have you ever stopped and used the facilities at an ONRoute?
  • One thing that we did in my childhood that I didn’t mention was pack a lunch and stop at a picnic table in a rest area. Have you ever done that?

As always, I enjoy reading responses. Please jot a note in the comments below.

You can check out all the previous posts here.

OTR Links 09/25/2022

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