My Week Ending 2022-12-11

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.


  • How to find your old Canva projects
  • Stories like this from the US truly leave me shaking my head


  • Tips for starting a blog – I would add – just do it!
  • You should use a password manager – Google Chrome has made its more visible


  • Yet another storage of violence from Toronto – this time a stabbing at Yonge and College
  • A threat from Facebook about providing news coverage


  • This is a very depressing report on the numbers of homeless people
  • I could have guessed who would have been Time’s Person of the Year with my eyes closed. I’ll bet you could have too.


  • Everyone should have a disposable email address – do you have one?
  • I’m hoping this new Memory setting helps speed up my Chromebook


  • Just when you think you’ve heard the last story about Internet Explorer – of course, it isn’t good news
  • The folks at Vivaldi launch a Mastodon server – here’s how they did it so quickly


  • Every day, there seems to be a bad news story from Toronto, including this stabbing
  • When I think of it, I contribute to Kitty’s Jukebox. This week the topic was “eyes” and I contributed this and it didn’t make the cut – Can you believe it?

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 – December 9, 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:

  • Cameron Steltman – @MrSteltman
  • Deanna McLennan – @McLennan1977
  • Elizabeth Lyons@mrslyonslibrary
  • Claire Zuliani & Michael Frankfort @MsZuliani @mfrank_76
  • Vicky Loras – @vickyloras
  • Jen Shirley – @jen_shirley
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts

This week’s voicEd Radio show:

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

Technology Troubleshooting

Just a silly little thing to report. If you read this Sunday afternoon post, you’ll note that it looks the same. That’s because I just take an old post and write over it.

For a number of reasons, there hasn’t been a full post the past couple of weeks and so when I looked at last week’s, I realized that it wouldn’t do.

So, I had to go back a few weeks to get a complete post and off I go.

Video of the Week

It’s worth a gamble.

Photo of the Week

My daughter got called out of retirement to serve at her old place of employment – Chicano’s restaurant in town. So, we went out for dinner.

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 …

2s and 3s?

I had previously talked about Euchre in one of these regular Sunday morning posts.

It was a great part of my childhood. Please visit or revisit the original post above to see why. It was something that our family did quite often and I’ve played in a number of situations outside the family as well.

It was a love that we could never pass on to our kids. You’d think we could get a foursome easily but no. My wife and I and our youngest were players and that was it.

Until a couple of weeks ago when my oldest was over for an evening and after we’d played Taboo for a while, suggested that we play Euchre. It was only then that we realized that Euchre does have a strange set of rules like only playing with part of the deck, bowers from the other colour, ordering your partner, going alone, …

Photo by Aditya Chinchure on Unsplash

Now, my oldest is a stick-to-it type of person and after that first night downloaded an app to her phone to learn the game better. Love that little girl.

She was out last night and wanted to play and so we were off. She really had learned from the app and it was great. It was time to teach her how to keep score. There’s another twist!

Nobody we know counts with fives. Or, except for my inlaws, use those plastic can tops with the pointers or, gasp, score with pencil and paper.

It didn’t go well but she did well for a beginner!

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • If you’re a Euchre player, do you count with fives or 2s and 3s?
  • Do you count with something else?
  • Did you know you can download an app to count? (I’d be more impressed if you wrote your own)
  • If luck isn’t going your way, do you “sprout a point” by moving the card to show a bit of the next one? (that brought back a lovely memory because my mom did it all the time)
  • Can you explain the logic of flipping the card to count once you hit five?
  • Can you give a good explanation for how to count a nine?
  • Isn’t it bizarre that the highest card isn’t the Ace? Can you name another game like this?

Help me out here. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

This is a regular Sunday morning post around here. They’re all available here.

OTR Links 12/11/2022

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