Solving distracted driving, one idiot at a time

The scene: Wharncliffe Boulevard northbound, 6:10 p.m. yesterday. I find myself sitting at the front of a long line of traffic, at the red light at the Riverside Boulevard intersection. I'm in the right lane, and I can smell the Mexican-food dinners being cooked up at the beloved Under the Volcano restaurant that looms over the sidewalk across the road to the west.In my rearview, an endless line of idling cars, plus one motorcyclist just behind my bumper ....more

Thematic Photographic 406 - Electrical & Infrastructure

What keeps this place aliveLondon, ONFebruary 2017 I have a number of odd habits, one of which revolves around looking into the shadowy corners of quiet rooms in the vague hope that I'll see something no one else has noticed. Sure, maybe we see this stuff all the time, but do we really see...more

On cancer, knees, and feet

"Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet."Michael Douglas I'm pretty sure I think about health more than is optimally healthy. I always worry about it. About losing it ....more

An in-between moment with a crossover

Made in WoodstockLondon, ONMarch 2017For more Thematic Wheels & Tires, click here I hold a lot of strange beliefs, and here's one of them: Life is filled with in-between moments, and it's up to us to take advantage of them lest we miss out. To wit, all too often we fail to engage in our favorite activities because we "just can't take the time" or we're "way too busy."Enter the in-between moment, in this case on the way out to my car after work, I noticed my colleague's spanking new Toyota Rav4 in the parking lot. So I pulled my smartphone out and snagged a few pictures because a) hey, new car! ...more

On holding onto our madness

"You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Robin Williams ...more

Thematic Photographic 405 - Wheels and tires

All-season goodnessLondon, ONMarch 2017 Take a close look at the average tire today and you're looking at a marvel of computer-generated engineering. Every aspect of the design you see here was painstakingly crafted to meet a specific set of performance criteria. Tires have to be quiet, efficient, durable, affordable, and safe ....more

Snakes can be friendly, too

Remember the turtle I met last week? The one I wanted to bring home but couldn't on account of the fact that I have a really smart wife who'd brain me if I even tried?Well, here's the turtle's reptilian friend. And since I don't covet snakes as much as I covet turtles, no attempt was made to make this one a Levy.That didn't stop me from trying to shoot the slithery thing on the only camera I had on me at the time ....more

On the lesson of shoes, comfort, and life

"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases."Carl Jung ...more

The market after dark

This is the public square in front of the Covent Garden Market. I wouldn't be stretching things by saying this is a jewel in our city's crown, a public space so well thought-out and managed that it's become something of a model for similar projects elsewhere. But that wasn't on my mind on this warm, damp night as I walked through the square on my way home from a photo exhibit where our daughter's work was on display ....more

On the power of the plod

"Plodding wins the race."Aesop ...more