Thematic Photographic 385 - Screens

Show me the way homeLondon, ONOctober 2016 I shot this furtive scene last night as I prepared to leave the parking lot of the TV station. I had just finished my weekly Clicked In segment, and as I powered the GPS on and pointed it home, I thought about how much time I - and by extension we all - spend staring into or at some sort of screen. Compared to my childhood, where the TV was virtually the only screen in the house, we've evolved into a world where everything has one, and hardly a moment goes by that one isn't in view ....more

Pretty boys wear red

One happy boyLondon, ONOctober 2016 Thank you all for your kind comments and email messages in recent days. As you can tell, it's been somewhat quiet on the blog here in recent weeks. As much as I love writing here on a regular basis, a rare convergence of lots of work at work, lots of work at home and a nasty cold that flattened me for a good long while forced me to take a break from the keyboard for a bit ....more

7 years on...

I'm generally not one to dwell on the past, but today I'll make a bit of an exception, as it's been seven years since we lost my dad. I couldn't fall asleep last night, as I couldn't stop thinking about 2:23 a.m., which was when the phone rang and everything changed. Funny how our minds work.Anniversaries, of course, don't change anything ....more

On taking Christopher Walken's advice

"None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine ....more

On Trump - and the media's responsibility

"We should be guard dogs, not lap dogs, and when the public sees Trump as more honest than Clinton, something has gone wrong. For my part, I’ve never met a national politician as ill informed, as deceptive, as evasive and as vacuous as Trump. He’s not normal ....more

Seen and heard

It's been a while since I posted an updated list of the regularly scheduled stuff that I do on-air. Here's a list of what I've got going on through the week in case you ever have the stomach to go beyond simply reading my words. Links point to either the homepage or, where available, the live player: CTV News Channel - Clicked In with Scott Laurie - Sundays at 8:20 p.m. CFRA Ottawa - Tech Tuesdays with Rob Snow - Tuesdays at 12:18 p.m. CTV News Channel - Tech with Todd (van der Heyden) - Tuesdays at 3:40 p.m. CJBK London - Tech Tips with Carmi with Andy Oudman - Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. (Show page) CJAD Montreal - This Week in Tech with Barry Morgan - Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. CJBK London - Threefer Thursday with Al Coombs - Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. AM1150 Kelowna - This Week in Tech with Phil Johnson - Fridays at 9:20 a.m. Virgin 97.5 London - Carmi the Techie Guy with Jeff and Rachel - Ad Hoc Newstalk 1010 Toronto - Ad hoc segments with John Moore (mornings), Jerry Agar (mid-mornings), Ryan Doyle (afternoons), Barb Digiulio (evenings), Ted Woloshyn (weekends) and the Motts (weekends) Hooray for technology! ...more

Thematic Photographic 384 - Dirty

Don't tread on meLondon, ONAugust 2016 Quick note: Apologies for the late posting this week. Thematic typically goes live Monday at 7 p.m. Eastern, but it's been an action-packed week in Pitkinville, so I've been slow off the digital mark. Thanks for your patience! ...more

I get another year with her, too

Where I get the girlLondon, ONAugust 2016 Anyone who knows us knows that this is kind of a special week in our family. Come to think of it, this is a special week every year in our family. That's because today, which is Debbie's birthday, comes the day after our daughter's birthday (I wrote about her day here.) Or, conversely, our daughter was born a day before my wife's (ahem)th birthday ....more

19 going on...

All focusGrand Bend, ONSeptember 2016 She is as tough as they come, a perfect mirror of her mom, the kind of daughter anyone would be proud to have. And 19 years ago today she came into the world.As much as it seems like yesterday, and as much as her life seems to have gone from then to now in a figurative blink, I realize the reason it seems to have moved so quickly is because it's been a pretty charmed journey. She's gone from a bald-headed tiny person to a wild-curly-haired toddler to a very self-assured, whip-smart and incalculably kind young woman, and she's done so as the centre point of a growing orbit of friends and fans, all of whom adore her ....more

A tree meets its end

I love having a dog for too many reasons to count. One of the major happies of being Frasier's family revolves around the leash that hangs just inside our front door, and the role it plays in the daily ritual of walking our pup. While some folks see walking the dog as a chore, I've always loved that very focused moment when he knows we're about to head off on a low-speed adventure, and he bounces madly around the vestibule while I fetch the leash, get my shoes on and get ready to head out ....more