My Week Ending 2022-01-16


Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


Readings 

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.

Sunday

  • If you’re an optimist and are looking to plan for a holiday that stays in Canada, here are some suggestions
  • The Town of Tecumseh is looking for Indigenous Artwork for some of its buildings

Monday

  • This is an amazing simulation – you drop a raindrop on a map and watch where it goes. It would be even more amazing if it wasn’t just for the United States
  • Just what we need – a whole generation of drivers that can’t parallel park. Or, at least they won’t be tested to get their license

Tuesday

  • We always have nuts on hand around here to grab a handful as a snack – turns out, they’re good for us
  • I was emotional just reading this story about how Sidney Poitier learned to read and it wasn’t through a school

Wednesday

  • I hope that every educator believes this and now we have to have politicians and others to believe as well
  • First it was Springsteen, but now there are others who are selling their collections of music

Thursday

  • If you’re looking for a change in employer, you might be interested in this list of the best places to work in Canada
  • It’s somehow comforting to see that the Royal Family isn’t immune to accusations and actions taken but still you have to wonder why it happened in the first place

Friday

  • Needless to say, I’ve never seen a school library with all the fixings like you’ll see in this library tour
  • This is a great story about supporting local business serving beer and you’re wearing a snowsuit

Saturday

  • I’m always in search of the perfect coffee — the place we got ours from yesterday could learn from these tips
  • Great advice – now that schools will be opening, we need to keep them open, students, teachers, and administrators safe, and homes safe too

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 – January 14, 2022

https://wke.lt/w/s/kh4vVZ


voicEd Radio

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Featured Bloggers:

  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
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  • Marc Hodgkinson – @Mr_H_Teacher
  • Kristy – @2peasandadog
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario / L’Association des professeurs de science de l’Ontario – @staoapso

This week’s show:

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Opening Song:

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Technology Troubleshooting

It’s amazing how fickle I can be. I love playing around with beta based stuff to see what’s coming and to share some input on it.

For the longest time, I was on the beta channel for my Chromebook and all was good. The latest update ended up repeatedly crashing the computer. I could go two ways; wait until the upgrade came along or roll back to the stable channel.

I was in a bad mood so I rolled back. It was an interesting experience because you don’t just roll back. The process involves a complete powerwash of the computer and then a reinstall. So, I did.

Chrome did have other things nicely backed up to the Google Cloud and so it did come back and I was able to go back to mostly normal.

I feel so safe.


Video of the Week

Please let this be true.


Photo of the Week

I was at my desk and caught my walking buddy on the patio just outside.

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.

dp

This blog post was originally posted at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com/

Last peaceful walks


We live on a Concession Road where the speed limit is 80 km/h. It’s a Class B road and I’m convinced that the B stands for “Boy, these shoulders are narrow!”. When we get to the corner, we’ll move to a County Road with wider shoulders and slower traffic due to a school.

Jaimie and I are out pounding the pavement every morning. While we try to head for different destinations for our other walks, this is just so convenient. We kick our 14000/28000 steps off the same way every day. Of course, we walk facing traffic. Most oncoming traffic is courteous and will pull over to the left when they see us and some even go right into the other lane to give us a lot of room. It’s great for slushy days.

With the two week Christmas Break and then the stay at home learning for the past couple of weeks, we’ve had a month of very low traffic to contend with. But, we’re anticipating that will change on Monday.

Buses run up and down the concession road to:

  • Anderdon Public School
  • General Amherst High School
  • Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School
  • Western Secondary School

That adds up to a lot of buses all running during out walking time frame. In addition to the regular buses, there are also a couple of the shorter buses. Some travel in the same direction as us and some in the opposite direction. We’re forever heading off the pavement onto the gravel or even onto the grass in some spots to give way to traffic. If you’ve ever watched Heavy Rescue 401 and the traffic they endure, we think it’s about the same. Or worse.

The very worst part comes when the bus is going the same direction as us. It’s not the bus that’s the problem; it’s the person right behind the bus who wants to swerve out and pass the bus once the flashing lights stop. Courtesy for the dog and dog walker doesn’t seem to enter their minds. Or maybe they don’t even see us.

Dreaming about his next walk

To make things worse, both concession roads that are parallel to us have been shut down for repairs resulting in even more traffic on our little road. Thankfully, one of the roads is now open but they’ve found bones while doing a bridge reconstruction on the other and that has ground everything to a half. We’re proud of our War of 1812 connections around here and would hate not to preserve them.

So, we’ve had it good for the past month. I can’t remember a walk where we were the only ones out there but the traffic has definitely been lighter. That’s going to change.

All those buses will be back and the challenges that they prevent for all the cars and trucks just ramp it up for us. There will also be a great deal more traffic anyway. In addition to the buses, there are students who drive to the secondary school and then a lot of parents who drive their kids to school. We’re kind of guessing that may increase as some people might be hesitant to put their kids on a bus.

This weekend will be the last of the light days for a while, at least until the next weekend. We will enjoy them.

Between seasons


At 5pm daily Monday to Friday, we typically turn on the news from Kitchener to see what’s going on in the rest of the province. I think we’ve all known that there has been a bunch of snow coming in from Lake Huron and hitting the Snow Belt. The typical places are identified – Goderich, Kincardine, Grand Bend which are all on the shores. Those of us that lived in the true Snow Belt know that it gets really hit about 10-15km inland. Our science teacher explained that the weather came in from the lake and was elevated by the warmer land so it went up, got cooler, and then dumped on us.

Both my wife and I grew up there and we laugh when it’s called “Lake Effect Snow”. That seems to be the buzz word anymore. We’d love to have someone explain the difference in results between Lake Effect Snow and snow. You still have to shovel it.

It’s been another warmish winter so far around here. We’ve had a bit of snow but it either melts away or is shovelled off quite easily. Winter, as we remember it, doesn’t hit here until well into January. I don’t actually miss the shovelling part.

What is missing is the appearance. While there will come a time in a week or two where we’ll see white snow on trees and all that good Winter stuff, the Christmas season is ending. One of the joys of our nightly walk in town is taking different routes to get there to enjoy the Christmas lights. Some people really go to extremes for the season.

Yesterday morning, Jaimie and I helped join those who are taking things down. In came Santa, the Penguin we have for some reason, the rabbits, all the lights, and then the LED projector that was the thing to have a couple of years ago. It was cold and so I didn’t mind that we don’t go nuts with lights like some people. There were two hitches – the plastic ties that kept the lights attached to the lighthouse and some of the metal rods that hold the displays in place.

What we were left with is a whole lot of ugly mud. With the lights in place, Jaimie was pretty good about staying clear but now he’s going to need reminding that he doesn’t have free run of the mud holes. The worse part is the frozed mini-pond that was good for sliding just a day ago and is now mostly water.

I’ll be honest; it’s really ugly looking as we bounce back and forth from spring to winter and the landscape changes. At least the Christmas lights painted a nice glow to things.

The big news is that the town recognizes that it would be nice to do something so our Festival of Lights will continue through January.

This Small Ontario Town Is Keeping Xmas Going Because Who Cares What The Calendar Says

The neat thing though is that the person on the county road a couple of concessions over and starts putting up his decorations in October will be a few more weeks taking them down. We’ll drive by to enjoy it.

By the time the lights are finally shut down for the season, we’ll have snow enough to pretty things up until March. I can live with that. And where I go, Jaimie is just 2 metres away on a leash.

My Week Ending 2022-01-09


Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


Readings 

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.

Sunday

  • Imagine the electric bill for this Christmas tree
  • I’m not sure that I really need a newly designed credit card but it does look kind of cool

Monday

  • If you’re used to networking and would like to do the same thing here, here’s how to network OneDrive to a letter – shouldn’t this be the default for Windows?
  • I don’t normally agree with Anne Jarvis but I think she absolutely nailed it this time around.

Tuesday

  • The University of Waterloo now has a new hub for public transportation. They had two stops there when I went and both the 7 and 8 routes were on them
  • Who doesn’t like a good volcano – at a distance. Here are some from the past year

Wednesday

  • It will probably be a “Whatever happened to” post – Blackberrys are now unsupported
  • Scrambling is a good word for it for families trying to get their kids reconnected after the Christmas break

Thursday

  • I was quite surprised with some of the items in this post that have been identified as turning 100 this year
  • If you need to know, you shouldn’t have to poke around your computer to find this information – put it right on your desktop

Friday

  • Yeah, I’m angry and agree with the Prime Minister. As long as there are people “who know their rights to not be vaccinated”, we’re going to be stuck with what we’ve got
  • Related to that, it’s pretty clear what proportion of the population, the head of the Conservative Party is targeting with this remark

Saturday

  • I’ll try it out when it hits my desktop but I was never a real fan of Notepad to begin with. It will take a great deal to make me leave my current notetaking routine
  • These are absolutely great takeaways that web hosts need to address to make visitors happy to visit their site

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 – January 7, 2022

https://wke.lt/w/s/2b3YdE


voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Pav Wander – @PavWander
  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • James Skidmore – @JamesMSkidmore
  • Heather Swail – @hbswail
  • Mike Washburn – @misterwashburn
  • Chris Cluff – @chrisjcluff

This week’s show:

https://voiced.ca/podcast_episode_post/new-years-reflections-online-teaching-and-memories-of-moms-cooking/

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the shows are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.


Technology Troubleshooting

As I type this, my 12 year old Sony laptop is updating Linux Mint to the latest. I’m in awe of he stayability of this machine and how it just works, and works well, with Linux instead of the Windows 7 that it came with.

I’ve allowed it to upgrade one of the other partitions to Windows 10 and it’s brutally slow. 4GB of RAM is the guilty party plus a traditional disk drive.

Every now and again, I get the urge to go out and buy an SSD and more RAM but then I fire up Linux Mint and it runs so well, once it has booted.

I suppose in a perfect world, I’d get rid of it but it still runs well and Sony had a promotion at the time to have your name engraved into the body of the computer. I just can’t bring myself to part with it!


Video of the Week

I still can’t believe that there are deniers out there.


Photo of the Week

The sun was just peeking over the eastern horizon as we headed out for our morning walk.

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.

dp

This blog post was originally posted at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com/

A wild walk


Jaimie was bored and wanted to take a walk so we thought strolling along Colchester Beach might be nice. While he was good to go, we bundled up because we could hear the wind whistling outside.

It really was windy, even to the point that it was a challenge to keep the Jeep on the road at times. But we made it and headed down the hill to check things out.

The first challenge was opening the doors when we got there. It was such a strong breeze. Then, even though we were walking down a hill, we felt like we were being pushed back. The sand was blowing hard in our face. The things we do for our dogs.

Even though my fingers froze almost immediately and I had to chase my mittens across the parking lot, I got some nice pictures and a couple of videos that weren’t all that shaky.

The waves came roaring through the break used for boats coming into the harbour

Lots of action coming in on the beach

Looking out on the pier. Water was splashing over it and it was solid ice

From the top of the hill looking out on the waves

And a couple of videos; I’m impressed that my frozen hands could hold the camera steady