My Week Ending 2022-11-03

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.


  • Click bait time – with Doug Ford and strange priorities in the headline
  • A comparison of two top-end Windows computers – neither of which I’ve ever owned


  • A very nice financial settlement comes to the University of Windsor and it was great to see a former Sandwich Secondary School student talk about it
  • Who likes to spend more money than they have to – here’s an idea for airline fees


  • I’m a sucker for articles like this but there are fewer and fewer reasons to run Windows on a Macintosh these days – except to prove that you could
  • Stellantis got a new contract with some pretty decent benefits – why not CUPE?


  • I’m pretty sure that the Hosta garden in town doesn’t do this
  • My alma mater is getting back to masking. Can this example lead us through a safe winter?


  • Forget little kids – this big kid found this Mathematics fun to play with
  • I’ve never really understood American politics but found this article about a former President interesting


  • More than I ever thought I’d know about Big Ben, the clock
  • As predicting, there are bad things happening at Twitter – we need to make our digital world insulated from it


  • Premier Ford promises to ditch the bill on Monday – what does he have up his sleeve? Bargaining?
  • For a cartoonist, Twitter and Elon Musk has to be pretty easy pickings

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 – November 11, 2022

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:

  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Doug McDowall – @dougzone2_1
  • Lynn McLaughlin – @lynnmcla
  • Colleen Rose – @ColleenKR
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

A playlist of the songs of Peace that we open and close the show with.

Technology Troubleshooting

It’s amazing what an update to an operating system can do to a computer.

This week, I had malfunctioning Macintosh and Linux computers.

These weren’t monumental problems but enough that they were bugging me.

After trying to “fix” it myself, I did what I should have done from the very beginning and did updates. Guess what? Problems all went away!

Video of the Week

I could see doing this in class – inspirational and yet with a great deal of education behind it.

Photo of the Week

I’m almost hesitant to share this picture but we had some pretty heavy duty snow flakes around here yesterday. When I posted them to Facebook, so many people throughout the province were reporting nothing at all. So much for living in the sun belt.

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 …

… Tweetups?

Growing up, I used to think that I was just shy. In groups of people, I would just kind of stick to myself or to some close friends that I knew. I wasn’t big on meeting new friends.

Later on, with a superintendent who did a lot of research on these things, he introduced me to the notion that I was an introvert. “Yes, but if that’s true, how can I stand up in front of a group of students or colleagues and do presentations and other things?” He then refined his analysis to that of me being a closet extrovert. I’m still convinced he made that up on the spot. Regardless, I still had signs of being an introvert as I would be exhausted at a different level at the end of the day of working with groups of people. It drives my wife, the ultimate extrovert, crazy. To this day, I still have questions about whether something could be this binarily simple.

Going to conferences was similar. If I wasn’t working after conference events, I’d just go back to my hotel room after dining out alone, unless there was a friend that was there.

This changed in the early days of Twitter when I was introduced to the concept of the Tweetup. It would have been through Rodd Lucier (@thecleversheep) who organized a couple of Tweetups. Of curiosity, I went and it was different. Yes, there were new to me faces, but we’d connected at some point online and so they were somewhat friends already. The cool thing is that there is no formal agenda and you can just sit and chat and perhaps snack with people that you had already made connections with differently. I’ve made connections there that are still in place today.

Photo by Chris J. Davis on Unsplash

Tweetups in Ontario became kind of a thing at technology conferences. It’s probably because we had connected with technology already and so it was natural. With Covid, it’s been a long time since I went to one of these things. Instead, the notion of Checking In with Facebook has kind of replaced it. I use it so that I can automatically tag any pictures that I might take and as a way to remember who was with me at the time. I’ll do it again on Tuesday when I meet a friend for lunch in Port Stanley.

Now, please don’t get me wrong; I’m not a recluse! I’ve just become better at understanding myself – and don’t we all want to do that?

Let me name drop here and indicate that I once attended a Tweetup in a Presidential Suite.

Here’s how they actually work.

For a Sunday, how about you?

  • Have you ever attended a Tweetup? Where? Bonus points if it was at an ECOO Conference in 2013/14
  • The concept didn’t escape Verena Roberts who mentioned it in this interview
  • Are you the type that can just walk into an event and make connections immediately?
  • Would you consider yourself an introvert? extrovert? something in between? don’t believe in it?
  • Do you have any Tweetups scheduled in the future?
  • Should a Tweetup be printed in a conference program or should it just happen naturally?
  • Tweetups aren’t just for computery people. I’ve seen communities use the concept to get people together for shopping events, carnivals, etc. Have you ever seen a Tweetup created for something other than technology meetings?
  • If Twitter becomes unattractive, will we have Mastodonups? Parlereups?

I’d be most interested in your thoughts on this. That’s what the comments section is for!

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

Oh, and what the heck – Aviva Dunsiger took a shot at writing a Whatever happened to post recently, doing a great job and you can check it out here.

OTR Links 11/13/2022

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