Thematic Photographic 414 - Knobs & Dials

Only in a JeepLondon, ONApril 2017 As touchscreens rapidly take over from traditional controls in everything from cars to kitchen appliances, it's only a matter of time before we've pressed our last button or twisted our final dial. I've never been one to stand in the way of technological progress - indeed, my career has been largely based on tech - but I fear we're losing something along the way.There's a tactility to traditional knobs, dials, switches and other analog controls that no touchscreen can ever replace. When you're at the wheel and you want to bump up the fan speed, you can easily do it by feel if your HVAC system uses a big old manual control ....more

On truth

"The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose ....more

Could have been. Would have been.

This furry being was born 11 years ago today. We sadly lost him last December, but that's the wonder of being dog people: In a whole lot of ways they never really leave you. We brought Calli into our home just over a week ago, and hardly a moment goes by as I watch her that I don't see some echo of Frasier ....more

The family grows by one, again

My name is Calli, Calli LevyStratford, ONJune 2017 As many of you may know, it's been just over six months since we said goodbye to our beloved pup, Frasier. The house has been quiet ever since. Too quiet, even ....more

13 years + 1 day

Yesterday was this blog's 13th birthday* - or its bar mitzvah, if you're into that sort of thing. Which I was, once, but no longer am, as it's been a while since I was 13. But I digress.Yes, the blog ....more

Thematic Photographic 413 - Pretty in Pink

My rideDorchester, ONMay 2017 Behold my brightly-colored bicycle. It's a Specialized StumpJumper Comp that I've had for longer than I dare admit. I'm not really about things, as I don't tend to covet physical objects or use them to define who I am in the eyes of others ....more

Drop the pen. Pick it up again.

So Eeyore, a lamb and a panda walk into a bar...London, ONJune 2017 So it's been a while since I wrote anything new here, and given the fact that Written Inc. celebrates its bar mitzvah tomorrow (13! An adult!) I thought now would be a reasonable time to a) pick the pen back up and b) explain why I put it down in the first place.Quite simply, I haven't much felt like writing ....more

On Carl Sagan and the technological mess we've created

"We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster ....more

Thematic Photographic 412 - Architecture

Stone-facedToronto, ONFebruary 2017 If you find yourself staring at buildings because you find them neat, know you're not alone. Any structure of any era has to offer at least one redeeming reason for a stare or two. Even if it's a glass-and-metal box, there's got to be something there that connects with your soul.And because I've been shooting human-created structures with alarming frequency of late, I'm hoping you'll consider doing so, too ....more

Sitting in the subway late at night

All anglesToronto, ONFebruary 2017 The scene: Valentine's Day night. I'm in this city a couple of hours from home because of a work thing. The team has already had dinner and we've all headed back to the hotel to shift gears for an evening of extended shmoozing ....more
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